|December 02, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BEL||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.522 (35-67)||.351 (26-74)|
|3P FG Percentage||.429 (12-28)||.267 (4-15)|
|FT Percentage||1.000 (8-8)||.750 (12-16)|
- 20||Ashley Southern
- 10||Amber Fuqua
Riley Northway - 7
- 10||Loren Cagle
THOMPSON - 1
MAGGARD - 1
MCCABE - 1
NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb (3-5) women’s basketball team fell at home to Belmont (6-1) 90-68 on at home in the “Battle of the Boulevard” on Wednesday night.
Similar to the men’s “Battle” on Tuesday night, the Lady Bisons were unable to stop a hot-shooting Belmont team that pulled away in the second half.
“They got out to a great start, and I thought we held our composure and got it back,” Lipscomb women’s basketball head coach Greg Brown said. “In the second half we ended up getting it down to four, but then they went on that run.
We ended up having too many breakdowns: missed rotations, missed block outs, things like that. And, we missed too many shots we normally make. When they’re shooting the ball well, you can’t give them those opportunities.”
The Bruins shot 35-67 from the floor, including 12-28 from three-point range, while the Lipscomb shot 26-74 overall and 4-15 from deep.
Despite the Bruins high shooting percentage, Lipscomb was able to force 21 Belmont turnovers compared to only 10 of their own.
“I liked the effort we had defensively in that second quarter,” Brown said. “That is something we’ve been working on, and we’ve got to get better at it. We gave up some easy stuff. I liked the intensity; we just have to have more intensity consistently and be more physical in block outs, on loose balls, and in second efforts.”
Senior Ashley Southern, who was honored before the game for scoring her 1,000th career point last week, paced the Purple and Gold with 23 points on 10-20 shooting.
“It’s tough on Ashley because she’s going to have a lot of attention paid to her,” Brown said. “She maintained her poise, and got good looks at it.”
Junior Alex Banks also scored in double-figures with 16 points on 6-11 shooting.
“We knew Alex could get to the rim,” Brown said. “We thought we had an advantage there, and she did a good job of taking advantage of it. She is coming along real well off of her injury, so you’ll continue to see growth from her.”
- Belmont now leads Lipscomb 45-28 overall in the series, and 19-5 in the Division I era.
- Six Bruins notched double-figures in the game: Ellie Harmeyer (20), Sally McCabe (18), Kylee Smith (16), Jenny Roy (14), Darby Maggard (12), and Lauren Thompson (10).
- Sophomore Loren Cagle led the Lady Bisons in assists and steals with four of each.
- Sophomore Amber Fuqua grabbed the most rebounds for Lipscomb with seven.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons are set to take on Morehead State on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Allen Arena.
“We’ve two days to come right back here with a Morehead double-header,” Brown said. “That will be a great environment with both of us playing at home this year.”