February 02, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
USC UPSTATE1016183377
Lipscomb1324173084
Stats at a GlanceUPSTLIP
FG Percentage.380 (30-79) .561 (32-57)
3P FG Percentage.250 (5-20) .450 (9-20)
FT Percentage.667 (12-18) .647 (11-17)
Offensive Rebounds116
Defensive Rebounds2340
Total Rebounds3446
Turnovers1024
Steals63
Bench Points2126
LeadersUPSTLIP
PointsJEFFERSON - 24
NORTHWAY - 21
ReboundsPOPPLEWELL - 7
CAGLE - 14
AssistsDELVA - 5
CAGLE - 14
StealsJEFFERSON - 3
POTTS - 1
BROUGHTON - 1
CAGLE - 1
BlocksAGRUSA - 2
CAGLE - 1
Well-balanced attack leads women's hoops over Upstate
Thursday, February 2, 2017
By Logan Butts
Well-balanced attack leads women's hoops over Upstate

NASHVILLE – It was a fully-focused team effort from start to finish for the Lady Bisons on Thursday night as Lipscomb (5-17, 2-5) defeated USC Upstate (8-14, 1-6) 84-77 in Allen Arena.

Junior Riley Northway, senior Alex Banks, and junior Meredith Lovelady each scored in double-figures, while junior Loren Cagle nearly notched a triple-double for the well-balanced Purple and Gold attack.

Cagle filled out the stat sheet with a complete performance, scoring nine points and leading the team with a career-high in both rebounds with 14 and assists with 14. She also added one steal and one block on defense.

Northway led the team with a career-high 21 points (on 7-11 shooting) and six rebounds, while Banks earned her fifth career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds to go along with a career-high four assists.

Lovelady added 12 points, including a 4-6 mark from downtown. Juniors Kennedy Potts and Auriana Broughton added seven and six points, respectively.

Lipscomb come out strong in the win, taking a 37-26 lead into halftime. The Lady Bisons then fought off several Upstate comeback attempts, holding on to win with timely free throws in the last few minutes of action.

Head Coach Greg Brown’s Thoughts:

“I’m very pleased. We’ve done it before. They continue to work hard; we just told them you have to keep plugging away every day and things will happen. They’re starting to see that. You saw in transition, you saw in the rebounding that some of those things we’re emphasizing every day are starting to payoff.

“She has such poise, and plays that way and has been that way since high school. She’s such a great kid as well that you have to root for her, everybody does. It’s a neat story with her being a Lipscomb Academy kid and what Lipscomb means to her. Her ability to get the ball to teammates and their ability to finish is key.

“Banks and Northway did a great job finishing. The guards did a good job of spotting up and knocking down their shots. They tried to take Lo out of it, and we had other players step up and handle the ball and finish plays.

“I’m really excited about where we’re going.”

QUICK HITS:

  • Four Spartans finished in double-figures: (Raven Jefferson (24), Riley Popplewell (12), Tamera Thorpe (11), and Vanessa Agrusa (10).
  • Lipscomb led Upstate 24-8 in fast break points and 26-21 in bench points.
  • The Lady Bisons won the rebounding battle 46-34 and the assist battle 19-7. The rebounding mark was a season high.
  • 11 Lady Bisons scored in the victory.

UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will be back at home for a quick turnaround as they take on NJIT Feb. 4 at 1:30.