|February 10, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NJIT||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.370 (20-54)||.397 (25-63)|
|3P FG Percentage||.353 (6-17)||.269 (7-26)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (3-4)||.750 (6-8)|
- 12||Ashley Southern
- 6||Ashley Southern
Alex Banks - 9
- 7||Loren Cagle
GUARINO - 2
SPAHN - 2
Amber Fuqua - 1
Loren Cagle - 1
Alex Banks - 1
NASHVILLE – With leading scorer Ashley Southern returning to action after an injury absence, the Lipscomb (4-20, 1-8) women’s basketball team earned its first Atlantic Sun victory of the season against NJIT (4-20, 1-8) 63-49.
The victory ended a 17-game losing streak for the Lady Bisons dating back to a late November matchup with North Alabama.
“Our defense carried us during this game,” Lipscomb women’s basketball head coach Greg Brown said. “We held them to 49 points. We converted off turnovers. It was big to out-rebound them. I noticed, too, that they went from 49 percent shooting in the first half to 29 percent in the second. That’s doing what we have to do on defense.”
Southern nearly posted a double-double in her return with a team-high 18 points and nine rebounds.
“It makes everybody feel good to see Ashley return,” Brown said. “It’s good for her. You hate to see a senior sit at all. It’s been tough on her. But, she rode straight in and maintained a lot of poise and composure because I know she was nervous.”
After taking a 31-29 lead into halftime, the Lady Bisons first halftime lead in conference play, the Purple and Gold finished the game on a 9-0 run to secure the victory.
“That was similar to how it was in the first semester early in the season before Ashley got hurt,” Brown said. “We would build leads and then finish the game out. It shows how much the players have matured. Even though the record isn’t indicative, every player has improved.”
Sophomore Loren Cagle filled up the stat sheet to the tune of 10 points, seven rebounds, and a team-leading nine assists.
“We challenge our guards to rebound,” Brown said. “She and Kelli had 13 rebounds between the two of them, and that’s excellent. That’s the difference to out-rebound them by 10. That’s two games now that we’ve out-rebounded our opponent. We have to keep doing that.”
Junior Alex Banks was also close to a double-double as she notched eight points and nine rebounds.
- Sophomore Riley Northway and senior Chandler Cooper each notched eight points, giving the Lady Bisons five players with eight or more points in the win.
- Kelly Guarino paced NJIT with 12 points, the only Highlander in double figures.
- The Purple and Gold out-rebounded NJIT 40-30 including an 11-4 offensive advantage.
- Lipscomb had 21 assists compared to 11 turnovers, tying a season-best assist-to-turnover ratio mark.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will be back in action for a pair of home matchups on Saturday against North Florida at 1:30 p.m. and on Monday against Jacksonville at 6:30 p.m.
“It’s just like in golf how those three-foot puts get tougher and tougher, but when you start making them the hole gets bigger,” Brown said. “I’m glad for them because they have not wavered. They have stayed together. They’ve busted their butt in practice. They’ve communicated, and now they get rewarded for it. The resilience and poise they have showed is big, and that can carry us forward.”