|December 30, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||JSUW|
|FG Percentage||.295 (18-61)||.389 (21-54)|
|3P FG Percentage||.313 (10-32)||.250 (5-20)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (6-8)||.500 (6-12)|
Hughes - 2
Woodson - 2
JACKSON, Miss. – After a furious third quarter comeback and a fourth quarter that saw each team trading buckets, the Lipscomb women’s basketball team (3-12) fell in the final seconds of action to Jackson State (6-5) 53-52.
The Lady Tigers’ Daisha Williams hit a three-pointer to give her team a one-point lead with three seconds left.
“After the game we talked about how strong of a second-half effort that was,” Lipscomb women’s basketball head coach Greg Brown said. “We also talked about how everyone came in and made a play to help make that comeback. Jess stepped in and made a blocked shot. Lo had great execution. Everybody stepped up and made a play. That’s what we have to have.
“There are a lot of lessons to learn from it. We put ourselves on a position to win, which is what you want to do. Obviously, you don’t want to dig yourself that big of a hole in the first half. I thought the poise, composure, and resolve in the second half was a good thing to build on.”
Despite falling behind 33-18 at the end of the first half, the Lady Bisons went on a 23-5 run in the third quarter to pull ahead 41-38 entering the final frame.
“Part of the spark for that run was us settling down,” Brown said. “We got good lucks early, but we were out of rhythm. We started making the shots we normally do. I thought we did a better job of ball reversal. We also did a nice job of getting some defensive stops, forcing a few turnovers, and taking them out of their rhythm.”
Sophomore Loren Cagle helped spark the comeback, scoring most of her game-high 17 points in the second half. She also added five assists, four rebounds, and three steals.
“Loren played 40 minutes again tonight,” Brown said. “Her poise and composure is so good. Knowing that she has to handle the ball as much as she does at times, when they left her open she was able to knock those shots down.
“Twice she split the zone and either made a dump-down pass or got to the rim on it. She plays a lot older than a sophomore. She’s done a god job leading, and has talked to us about wanting to lead more.”
Senior Chandler Cooper kept the offense afloat in the first half by hitting three shots from behind the arc to earn nine of her 12 points in that half.
“The last two games this week Chandler has been healthy,” Brown said. “It’s been a while for her to get healthy and get enough reps in practice. Chandler is capable of doing everything that she’s done as she continues to get more reps and to play in rhythm and with confidence. She’s a talented player, so obviously we look forward to that, and the senior leadership is also critical.”
Sophomore Riley Northway almost notched a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds.
- Williams (11) and Radejah Woodson (12) led the Lady Tigers in scoring.
- Lipscomb forced 24 Jackson State turnovers in the loss.
- Cooper and sophomore Amber Fuqua both notched two steals.
- Jackson State won the rebounding edge 45-29.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will take the court again on January 9 at Kennesaw State at 1 p.m.
“These two games right here provide great reference points for things we need to work on,” Brown said. “Everything we do in practice is either correcting something we have to correct or going over something we’ll see in conference play. This will give us some time to rest and heal up, as well as some time to work on fundamentals and other things we need to improve on individually and collectively.”