December 13, 20151st2nd3rd4thFinal
Lipscomb1213241665
Tennessee State Lady Tigers1621172377
Stats at a GlanceLIPTSU
FG Percentage.362 (21-58) .435 (27-62)
3P FG Percentage.348 (8-23) .318 (7-22)
FT Percentage.750 (15-20) .889 (16-18)
Offensive Rebounds1114
Defensive Rebounds2224
Total Rebounds3338
Turnovers2221
Steals1012
Bench Points98
LeadersLIPTSU
PointsAshley Southern - 27
LAWRENCE - 25
ReboundsAshley Southern - 14
DAVIS - 9
JOHNSON - 9
AssistsLoren Cagle - 6
COX - 6
StealsLoren Cagle - 4
DAVIS - 4
LAWRENCE - 4
BlocksPARKER - 2
Strong second half not enough for women's hoops
Sunday, December 13, 2015
By Logan Butts
Strong second half not enough for women's hoops

NASHVILLE – Lipscomb (3-9) ends a busy stretch of five games in 12 days with a loss to TSU (5-4) 77-65 on Sunday afternoon at the Gentry Center.

The Lady Tigers, who were the 2015 OVC Tournament champions as well as NCAA Tournament participants, traded blows with the Lady Bisons all afternoon before sealing the game late.

“I thought our effort was good,” Lipscomb women’s basketball coach Greg Brown said. “It’s been constant and consistent. What goes along with effort is execution. Now, we have two days off with exams and five days of practice, so I’m looking forward to the opportunity to grow with that.

“That’s the thing about playing as many games as we have; we lose some of the sharpness that we need to have everything to execute offensively and defensively.”

Lipscomb was once again very active on defense, forcing 21 turnovers only to give up 22 of their own.

Despite giving up a 16-2 run to end the first half, Lipscomb fought back to cut the TSU lead to two on multiple occasions down the stretch, but could not gain the lead.

“I told them to just keep doing what we’re doing during our second half run,” Brown said. We did a good job creating 21 turnovers, but we have to execute better in the half-court. Our 22 turnovers hurt us.”

Senior Ashley Southern put together her sixth double-double of the season, collecting 27 points and 14 rebounds. She has now scored 20 or more points eight times this season.

“Ashley does so many things,” Brown said. “She was even bringing the ball down the floor. The best thing is that she plays with poise and composure as a senior. It’s the same thing with Kelli and Chandler even though she was hobbled by that ankle a little bit. They’re leading like seniors.”

Senior Kelli Smith also finished in double-figures, notching 11 points on 3-7 three-point shooting. She also added five rebounds and three assists.

Sophomore Loren Cagle had another stat sheet-filling performance with 11 points, three rebounds, six assists, and four steals.

QUICK HITS:

  • The Purple and Gold notched 10 steals in the game. Along with Cagle’s four, Southern had three and Kennedy Potts had two.
  • TSU had three players finish in double-figures: Brianna Lawrence (25), I’mani Davis (19), and Jayda Johnson (15).
  • Both teams shot a high volume of free throws, with Lipscomb draining 15-20 and TSU making 16-18.
  • After going into halftime down 37-25, the Lady Bisons played TSU to a 40-40 draw in the second half.

UP NEXT: After a busy slate of games, the Lady Bisons will be off until Dec. 21 when they take on Western Kentucky at home at 6:30 p.m.

“Western Kentucky is very solid,” Brown said. “I haven’t had a chance to watch tape yet, but we know they’re a tough and talented team. That doesn’t bother me. We just have to take care of what we can and be ready to go.