|February 20, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||STET|
|FG Percentage||.446 (29-65)||.456 (26-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.417 (10-24)||.313 (5-16)|
|FT Percentage||.636 (7-11)||.786 (22-28)|
Loren Cagle - 14
Ashley Southern - 6
Ashley Southern - 1
Alex Banks - 1
BEY - 1
DELAND, Fla. – After a strong second-half performance that saw the Lady Bisons take the lead late in the fourth quarter, the Lipscomb (5-22, 2-10) women’s basketball team lost late against Stetson (17-9, 8-4) 79-75 in the Edmunds Center.
The Purple and Gold put together a 14-3 run beginning with a three-pointer from senior Kelli Smith at the end of the third quarter all the way through a 67-65 lead with seven minutes remaining in the game.
“All season long you’ve seen us get better from one game to the next,” Lipscomb women’s basketball head coach Greg Brown said. “Sometimes it manifests itself in the results, and other times it doesn’t. I thought that was one of the better examples of us putting more things together.
“We took care of the ball. We had 23 assists with only nine turnovers on 29 made baskets. We made some plays. They made some at the end too, but I thought it was a tough game between two teams competing.”
The Lady Bisons held onto the as late as the 2:37 mark before Stetson overcame the deficit for good.
Lipscomb had four players finish in double-figures. Senior Ashley Southern tied for the team lead in points and rebounds with 14 and six, respectively.
“Seeing so many players contribute emphasizes the team part of it,” Brown said. “Offensively it was good, but I thought the biggest contribution was defensively. Our rotations were as good as they’ve been. Obviously they could be better, but we made some plays when we had to. The aggressiveness and the enthusiasm were things we want to continue to build on as we near the end of the season.”
Sophomore Loren Cagle earned a double-double with 14 points and 11 assists to go along with five rebounds.
Senior Chandler Cooper notched 12 points, including a 4-6 mark from downtown, while junior Alex Banks added 11 points and five rebounds.
Sophomore Amber Fuqua tied Southern for the rebound lead with six, and also added eight points of her own.
“You want to go into the end of the year playing your best basketball,” Brown said. “I think this game gives us the confidence that we can play with anybody in the league. And if you play with them and give yourself a chance, then in the tournament you just have to be better than them on one night.”
- The Lady Bisons scored 36 bench points, including both Southern and Cooper’s double-digit performances.
- The Purple and Gold shot 10-24 from behind the arc as opposed to Stetson’s 5-16 mark.
- Lipscomb notched 23 assists on 29 made baskets.
- Four Hatters finished in double-figures: Brianti Saunders (19), DeAsia Beal (17), Brena Bey (13), and Aisha Turner (10).
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will have one day off before taking on conference-leading FGCU on Monday at 6 p.m.