February 04, 20161st2nd3rd4thFinal
Lipscomb516181251
NJIT1512122261
Stats at a GlanceLIPNJIT
FG Percentage.298 (17-57) .404 (21-52)
3P FG Percentage.292 (7-24) .368 (7-19)
FT Percentage.909 (10-11) .571 (12-21)
Offensive Rebounds128
Defensive Rebounds2829
Total Rebounds4037
Turnovers1817
Steals105
Bench Points413
LeadersLIPNJIT
PointsAlex Banks - 23
GUARINO - 15
HORTON - 15
ReboundsLoren Cagle - 8
HORTON - 20
AssistsLoren Cagle - 7
DUDLEY - 9
StealsChandler Cooper - 4
DUDLEY - 1
GRANDISON - 1
IRELAND - 1
DUDLEY - 1
SPAHN - 1
BlocksLoren Cagle - 2
VETRA - 2
Women's hoops comeback attempt falls short at NJIT
Thursday, February 4, 2016
By Logan Butts
Women's hoops comeback attempt falls short at NJIT

NEWARK, N.J. – Despite overcoming a 10-point first half deficit, the Lipscomb (3-19, 0-7) women’s basketball team’s comeback bid came up short in the fourth quarter as they fell to NJIT (4-18, 1-6) 61-51.

The matchup was the first between the two teams in each program’s respective history as the Highlanders just joined the Atlantic Sun this season.

“We knew what we wanted to offensively, and we knew what they were going to do,” Lipscomb women’s basketball head coach Greg Brown said. “It’s a matter of getting key stops at key times. I hate to say it’s about little things, but it’s one thing here or there that cause breakdowns both offensively and defensively.”

Junior Alex Banks led the team with 23 points in the loss, a season high.

Senior Chandler Cooper added 14 points, including a 4-6 mark from three-point range.

“Alex did a good job getting to the rim, and Chandler did a good job of getting open,” Brown said. “Not just with Alex or Chandler, but we have to see when Kelli or Lo or any other shooter gets in a rhythm so we can get them open and play off that.”

After trailing at both the end of the first and second quarters, Lipscomb took its first lead of the game with 1:33 remaining in the third quarter when Cooper nailed a deep three-pointer.

“Heading into the fourth we told them to continue what they had been doing,” Brown said. “We knew we had to out-rebound them, which we did. I will say that showed growth.”

Each team traded buckets for the early part of the fourth before NJIT took a commanding lead in the waning moments.

Loren Cagle led the team in both rebounds and assists with eight and seven, respectively. The rebound total was a career high for the sophomore. She also tallied two steals and a career-high two blocks.

“She continues to fill up the stat page,” Brown said. “Seven assists is a heck of a job. We had 14 assists on 17 baskets, but we have to shoot better than 31 percent.”

Junior Leah Horton set the Highlander single-game record for rebounds with 20. She also tied for her team’s lead in scoring with 15 points.

QUICK HITS:

  • Each team notched seven three-pointers. NJIT attempted 19, while the Lady Bisons shot 24.
  • The Highlanders grabbed 29 rebounds to Lipscomb’s 28.
  • The win was NJIT’s first A-Sun win since joining the league this season.
  • Lipscomb was active on the defensive end, tying the Purple and Gold’s season-best steals mark with 10. They also tallied four blocks.

UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will be taking on USC Upstate on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

“We just have to take care of what we do,” Brown said. “It’s really not about who we play from here on out. It’s about executing the little things we do every day in practice. We know we have to rebound and take care of the ball. We really have to win those two battles.”