|January 07, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||KSU||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.377 (23-61)||.358 (19-53)|
|3P FG Percentage||.250 (3-12)||.300 (3-10)|
|FT Percentage||.677 (21-31)||.700 (14-20)|
NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb (3-13) women’s basketball team started off ASUN Conference play on Saturday afternoon with a loss as the Lady Bisons fell to Kennesaw State (2-13) at home 70-55.
The Lady Bisons won the first period and kept it close in the final frame, but the middle two quarters proved to be the team’s undoing, as they were outscored by double-digits during those two frames.
Junior Loshaveon Jones came off the bench to lead the Purple and Gold in points with 15 and rebounds with a career-high eight. She also added three steals and two blocks, both team-highs, before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.
Senior Alex Banks added nine points and five rebounds in the paint, while junior Auriana Broughton scored eight points.
Junior Loren Cagle led the team with three assists, to go along with seven points, one steal, and one block.
Head Coach Greg Brown’s Thoughts:
“We talked about early on what we have to do in the conference. We looked at four areas: rebounding, turnovers, field goal percentage, and free throw attempts. We said if we can win two or three of those four then you could win a lot of games, if you win all four you can win the game big. And that held true.
"They set the tone right off the bat with rebounding. I thought we worked hard on it in practice this week, so if we can improve in those categories then that will help.
“I’d have to go back and look at the tape, but I think rebounding and fouls got us in the middle two quarters. We don’t have a margin of error to miss those two-footers and four-footers.
"They were physical with us, and they kind of took us out of our rhythm. We did a good job at times of getting those second cuts and backdoor cuts, but just not enough of it.
“Shay did a good job of taking what was there offensively and using her skillset. She had a big block for us and some steals and that’s what she can bring consistently.
“The good thing is we have a week right here. There’s the idea that we can control the turnovers to a certain extent, because that’s decision-making, and we can control rebounds to an extent, because that’s just a choice to block out and pursue them.”
- Three Owls finished in double-figures: Allison Johnson (22), Clara Young (17), and Carlotta Gianolla (13).
- Lipscomb’s bench outscored Kennesaw’s 26-10.
- There were five ties and six lead changes throughout the game.
- Kennesaw won the rebounding battle 44-31, while the Owls also took the assist win 13-10.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will be back at home on Jan. 14th to continue conference play with a matchup against Florida Gulf Coast at 1:30 p.m.