|January 09, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||KSU|
|FG Percentage||.393 (24-61)||.328 (22-67)|
|3P FG Percentage||.136 (3-22)||.194 (6-31)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (3-4)||.500 (5-10)|
YOUNG - 5
Alex Banks - 1
KENNESAW, Ga. – Despite leading by nine points at halftime, the Lipscomb (3-13) women’s basketball team dropped its Atlantic Sun opener 55-54 at Kennesaw State (6-10).
Owls junior Aareon Smith split a pair of free throws just before time expired to give Kennesaw the victory.
“We came out and executed well,” Lipscomb women’s basketball head coach Greg Brown said. “I loved our effort. We did a lot of stuff well. In the second half they made some adjustments that caused them to go on a run.
“It’s those second effort-type plays that we need to improve on, but I’m proud of the fact that we battled and came back to put ourselves in position to win the game.”
Lipscomb opened up the contest with a strong first half, leading 35-26 at the game’s midway point. After a third quarter that saw Kennesaw State outscore the Lady Bisons 21-10, the two teams traded buckets throughout the final frame.
“We calmed down a little bit, and then when it got close at the end, everyone, in a non-selfish way, tried to make sure they could make the big play instead of letting things flow,” Brown said. “Congrats to Kennesaw because they made shots when they had to. They made some contested shots.
“I thought, for the most part, we did things well. We just need to tighten it up.”
Several Lady Bisons stepped up to fill the void made from senior and leading-scorer Ashley Southern being out with an injury.
Three players finished in double-figures, with junior Alex Banks leading the way with 11 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Riley Northway added 10 points, while freshman Morgan Turner notched a career-high 10 points to go along with four rebounds and three blocks.
“The spread of scoring was a combination of Ashley being out and a lot of players having a good game,” Brown said. “Obviously, Ashley ends up with a lot of touches when we go inside like that. I thought we did a good job of distributing the ball.”
Sophomore Amber Fuqua almost tallied a double-double, finishing with nine points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Loren Cagle filled out the stat sheet with six points, six rebounds, and a team-best seven assists.
“We did a lot of things well, which is a consistent thing. It’s not that we’re playing poorly; we just haven’t finished games out,” Brown said. “We’ll continue to work on that as a staff. We’re proud of their effort, intensity, and execution; we just need to be a little bit better. We have some time to practice and work on that before we have to take on Jacksonville and North Florida.”
Check back soon for thoughts from Lipscomb women’s basketball head coach Greg Brown.
- Underclassmen provided 37 of Lipscomb’s 54 points.
- The Owls were led by Smith’s 23 points. Senior Jasmine McAllister (12) and sophomore Clara Young (10) also finished in double-figures.
- KSU won the rebound battle 44-42, but Lipscomb notched four blocks to the Owls one.
- There were eight ties and seven lead changes in the back-and-forth contest.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will travel to Jacksonville a week from today to take on the Dolphins at noon.