|December 21, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||1OT||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TTU||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.481 (26-54)||.424 (28-66)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (4-12)||.412 (7-17)|
|FT Percentage||.765 (13-17)||.615 (8-13)|
CAGLE - 5
TEAM - 5
NASHVILLE – It was another tightly-contested affair for the Lady Bisons, who came out on top with late-game heroics for the second game in a row as Lipscomb (3-10) defeated Tennessee Tech (3-10) in overtime 71-69 in Allen Arena early Wednesday afternoon.
The Lady Bisons led for the majority of the first three quarters before the Golden Eagles surged ahead late in the fourth.
With just 13 seconds remaining, senior Alex Banks scored her team-high 20th point of the night to put Lipscomb ahead 64-63.
On the very next play, Banks fouled out on a call that sent Tech’s leading scorer Yaktavia Hickson (24 points on the afternoon) to the line to tie the game.
In overtime, both teams struggled to score before Lipscomb was able to put it away with a lay-in from junior Loren Cagle with 2.6 seconds left to play.
Cagle finished the contest with 14 points, five rebounds, a team-high six assists, and one steal.
Juniors Riley Northway and Meredith Lovelady also finished in double-figures. Lovelady swished in three of her 12 to give Lipscomb a momentum swing in the final minute of overtime, while Northway poured in a season-high 14.
Lipscomb turned in its best defensive performance of the season, forcing a season-high in steals with 14 and blocks with five.
Junior Loshaveon Jones secured four steals and three blocks to go along with six points and five rebounds. Junior Auriana Broughton added two blocks and two steals of her own.
Head Coach Greg Brown’s Thoughts:
“It was exciting in the fact that it was a lot different game. We played so crisp against Ball State, and this was ugly both ways, but we found a way to maintain and found ways to win.
“Alex brings such experience. She’s had five years here. She understands, she’s a vocal leader, she plays hard. She did a real good job of finishing inside for us. When people give her those open looks, she’s got good rhythm and can knock those shots down.
“That’s the thing we challenged them with the last week or so, to be more aggressive. It doesn’t mean to be careless or crazy, but to be aggressive, to get up in the ball, to trust yourselves, and to trust your teammates.
“She did a great job like Lo always does of maintaining poise. She rides on through. I’m very proud of everything she does for us.”
- Along with Hickson, Asia Harper notched double-figures for the Golden Eagles with 12 points.
- Eight Lady Bisons swiped a steal in route to setting the team season-high mark of 14.
- Lipscomb forced 29 turnovers total and only gave up 19 of their own.
- The Purple and Gold were out-rebounded 44-27, and Tech gained 18 assists to Lipscomb’s 12.
- Lipscomb shot 7-17 from behind the arc, led by Lovelady’s 4-8 mark.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will be back home post-Christmas for a showdown with Saint Louis on the 29th at 6:30.