|November 22, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||TTU|
|FG Percentage||.409 (27-66)||.517 (30-58)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (6-18)||.235 (4-17)|
|FT Percentage||.833 (10-12)||.680 (17-25)|
HOWARD - 1
SMITH - 1
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. –Despite a 23-point effort from Ashley Southern and a career-high 20-point effort from sophomore Riley Northway, the Lipscomb women’s basketball team could not overcome a hot second half by Tennessee Tech in an 81-70 loss to the Golden Eagles at the Eblen Center in Cookville on Sunday afternoon.
“To have outrebounded them and to have done some of the things we talked about beforehand, we gave up too many easy shots,” said Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown. “We gave up too many paint shots and rhythm threes in the second half and they capitalized on it. I thought we fought well but we’ve got to execute a little better in those situations when the lead was tight with them.”
Southern and Northway carried the offense for Lipscomb (2-5) accounting for 61 percent of the offense. Southern grabbed her 23 on 9-of-14 shooting while Northway went 9-of-12 from the floor. The duo combined to shoot 67 percent while the rest of the team combined to shoot 23 percent.
“I was very pleased with Riley’s play,” said Brown. “She’s done a good job of getting to her open spots and we’ve talked a lot about that. She loves the low face up game and we did a good job of finding her in rhythm. “
Three point shooting in the second half proved to be a big difference in the contest. After holding Tennessee Tech (2-2) to 0-of-8 from beyond the arc in the opening half, the home squad heated up in the final 20 minutes hitting 4-of-9 while Lipscomb sank just 3-of-11.
Tech's Samaria Howard led all scorers with a career-high 30 points hitting 11-of-20 from the floor to go along with 9-of-9 shooting at the charity stripe.
- Southern was limited to just 25 minutes of action due to foul trouble.
- Lipscomb held a slight 38-36 advantage in rebounding including a 14-10 edge in offensive rebounding. Southern led the Lady Bisons with 9.
- The Lady Bisons finished with an 83 percent to 68 percent advantage from the free-throw line. Lipscomb hit 10-of-12, while Tennessee Tech sank 17-of-25.
- Lipscomb also held a slim 11-12 advantage in the turnover department but the Golden Eagles were able to convert 15 points off of those miscues while the Lady Bisons finished with 11 points off turnovers.
Up next: Lipscomb returns home on Tuesday night hosting Murray State at 6:30 p.m. at Allen Arena. The contest will air live on ESPN3 with Robert Harper and Justin Seamon calling the action from Don Meyer Court.
“This is just like a conference road trip,” said Brown. “We’ll come back tomorrow with a quick day of practice and a short memory and try to correct things for Murray State on Tuesday.”