|February 06, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||UPST|
|FG Percentage||.414 (24-58)||.525 (32-61)|
|3P FG Percentage||.429 (9-21)||.529 (9-17)|
|FT Percentage||1.000 (14-14)||.833 (20-24)|
DICKERSON - 2
STARLING - 2
JORDAN - 1
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Lipscomb (3-20, 0-8) women’s basketball team could not overcome a sluggish start against USC Upstate (15-8, 6-2), falling 93-71 to the Spartans.
Despite out-scoring the Spartans 41-40 in the second half, the Lady Bisons were unable to overcome the first half deficit.
“At halftime we just talked about how we have to have simple execution and stick to some of our basic rules,” Lipscomb women’s basketball head coach Greg Brown said. “The first several possessions of the second half, the first four minutes, were good. We stuck to it. Then, we started having breakdowns. We gave up too many points in the process.”
Senior Chandler Cooper paced the Purple and Gold with 15 points, including three three-pointers, four rebounds, and three steals.
Junior Alex Banks notched 13 points on 6-12 shooting from the field.
“The last two games both Chandler and Alex have played well,” Brown said. “
Sophomore Loren Cagle collected nine points, three assists, and two steals, while Kelli Smith added 11 points and a team-high five rebounds.
“Kelli hit some good shots,” Brown said. “She’s been very strong defensively, getting her hands on the ball, playing help defense, and she’s done that consistently all year. That’s what we need more of across the board.”
- Six Spartans finished in double figures: Raven Jefferson (18), Brittany Clency (15 and seven assists), Brittany Starling (14 and 11 rebounds), Tamera Thorpe (12), Travonda Haddock (10), and Kristen Dickerson (10).
“Starling is a good player,” Brown said. “She’s averaging a double-double, and there’s a reason for it. We did hold her to less than we did last time, but we have too many points spread out and too many fouls.”
- Banks has now hit double-figures in four consecutive contests, while this is the second time this season Cooper has score 10 or more in back-to-back games.
- Cagle has posted two or more steals 12 times this season, while Cooper has reached the mark eight times.
- This was only the second time all season Cagle has posted less than four assists.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will be back in action against NJIT on Wednesday in Allen Arena at 6:30 p.m.
“Coming into this next game, we just simply need to execute,” Brown said. “We need to go by the scouting report and make sure we stick to our basic defensive principles. When we move the ball on offense, we’re pretty good. We got several back cuts tonight, but we have to do that consistently as we go into Wednesday’s game.”