February 04, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
NJIT1717202276
Lipscomb161681353
Stats at a GlanceNJITLIP
FG Percentage.421 (24-57) .339 (20-59)
3P FG Percentage.474 (9-19) .174 (4-23)
FT Percentage.679 (19-28) .643 (9-14)
Offensive Rebounds78
Defensive Rebounds3228
Total Rebounds3936
Turnovers1317
Steals87
Bench Points1017
LeadersNJITLIP
PointsDUDLEY - 18
NORTHWAY - 16
ReboundsHORTON - 7
CAGLE - 8
AssistsDUDLEY - 8
COTTON - 4
StealsDUDLEY - 2
TORRES - 2
CAGLE - 2
BlocksRUBAN - 2
HORTON - 2
Cold-shooting second half dooms women's hoops
Saturday, February 4, 2017
By Logan Butts
Cold-shooting second half dooms women's hoops

NASHVILLE – A cold-shooting second half derailed the Lipscomb (5-18, 2-6) women’s basketball on Saturday afternoon as the Lady Bisons fell 76-53 to NJIT (10-13, 3-5) in Allen Arena.

The Purple and Gold kept in the close in the first two quarters, as they headed into halftime down just two, 34-32. But, a 21-point second half doomed the Lady Bisons comeback attempt.

Junior Riley Northway led the team in scoring for the second consecutive game, posting 16 points on 8-13 shooting.

Junior Loren Cagle also accumulated another stat-heavy game, notching 13 points, a team-high eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

Junior Laure Assena added some help in the post, earning a career-high nine points and six rebounds down low.

Leading scorer Alex Banks found herself in foul trouble early on. The game was the senior’s first scoreless outing of the year.

Head Coach Greg Brown’s Thoughts:

“We let a little bit of frustration from our offense affect our defense. I thought in the first half we did a good job of executing the game plan.

"They have some talented kids that are going to hit shots, so we let that defeat us a little bit and take some air out of us. We didn’t do as good of a job attacking the basket on offense as we needed to, and that’s obviously something that I take responsibility for.

“There are five of us all still fighting for spots in the ASUN, so we have to keep the long-range game in front of us. We have to know that some nights shots are going to come and some nights they aren’t, and how to contribute when our shots aren’t falling.

“I know its cliché, but we’re going to have to find a way to carry what we did well in this game over to our game against Upstate. I think our transition game has really gotten better over the last few weeks. So if we continue that, work on filling the gaps, and improving our passing, that will help us continue to get better throughout the season.

“Laure gave us great minutes coming off some injuries, and Riley continues to do a good job of finding gaps in the zone. Those are things we can continue to build on.

“People are going to try not to let Alex beat them. They’re going to put one of their best defenders on her and scheme towards that, but she’s resilient and she’ll bounce back. She leads in so many other ways than just a stat line.”

QUICK HITS:

  • Four Highlanders finished in double-figures: Alana Dudley (18), Kelly Guarino (17), Leah Horton (14), and Tatianna Torres (10).
  • The Lady Bisons lost the rebounding battle 39-36, and the assist contest 19-16.
  • Lipscomb’s bench outscored NJIT’s bench 17-10.
  • Freshman Kaylee Cotton led the Lady Bisons with four assists.

UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will head to South Carolina to take on USC Upstate on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.