|February 22, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||FGCU|
|FG Percentage||.362 (21-58)||.456 (31-68)|
|3P FG Percentage||.208 (5-24)||.410 (16-39)|
|FT Percentage||.625 (5-8)||.867 (13-15)|
Ashley Southern - 3
Loren Cagle - 3
Amber Fuqua - 1
Kelli Smith - 1
Loren Cagle - 1
Alex Banks - 1
MEADOR - 2
MCCASKILL - 2
FORT MYERS, Fla. – In the final road game of the regular season, the Lipscomb (5-23, 2-11) fell to Florida Gulf Coast University (25-4, 13-0) 91-52 at Alico Arena.
The Eagles’ conference-best defense prevented the Lady Bisons from taking easy shots throughout the night.
“If you look at some of the execution stuff after we went in and took an early lead, we were fine right there,” Lipscomb women’s basketball head coach Greg Brown said. “Some of the shots we normally get and take weren’t there, so we tried to guide them in, which of course then puts more pressure on the defense. That’s a credit to Gulf Coast.”
After halftime, the Lady Bisons came out playing their best form of the night. Lipscomb started the third quarter on a 13-5 run before the Eagles made a run of their own.
“At halftime, I said we need to come out and do the things that we do well,” Brown said. “This is the same team that nearly beat Stetson just two days ago. There’s a mental part to it that’s a big aspect of Gulf Coast’s game where they take you out of your rhythm. You have to be able sustain those runs. We’ll learn from it, and take those lessons to the Kennesaw game.”
Senior Ashley Southern fought her way to a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. It was her eighth double-double of the season and 37th of her career.
“It’s been good to get her back in the rotation,” Brown said. “I know sitting out for a month was tough on her, and that’s a tough matchup to go against Whitney Knight, so it’s good to see her get a double-double.”
Sophomore Loren Cagle also had a full stat line, notching 10 points, three rebounds, three assists, and one steal.
- FGCU had four players finish in double-figures: Taylor Gradinjan (18), Stephanie Haas (14), Whitney Knight (13), and Haley Laughter (13). Knight also had 10 rebounds, five assists, and three blocks.
- The Lady Bisons had 14 assists on 20 made baskets.
- The Eagles shot 16-39 from downtime as compared to Lipscomb’s 5-24 mark from behind the arc.
- FGCU won the rebounding battle 43-34.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will close out the regular season at home versus Kennesaw State on Saturday at 4 p.m.
“In bot gams, Stetson and this game, we did some things well,” Brown said. “We have to pull those things out and tighten up execution-wise. We have to out-rebound them, and we have to take care of the ball.