|February 20, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||UNF||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.426 (26-61)||.431 (25-58)|
|3P FG Percentage||.368 (7-19)||.300 (6-20)|
|FT Percentage||.500 (3-6)||.714 (10-14)|
NORRIS - 2
BANKS - 2
NASHVILLE – As the lone fifth-year Lady Bison suiting up for the Lipscomb (6-22, 3-10) women’s basketball team on Monday night, the pressure to perform on Senior Night was high for Alex Banks. Luckily for the Lady Bisons, Banks came through in helping Lipscomb defeat North Florida (10-18, 3-10) 66-62 in Allen Arena.
Banks led the team in scoring with 21 points on 8-11 shooting, added eight rebounds and a team-high two blocks and two steals, and, most notably, became the fifth Lady Bison in the Division I era to notch 1,000 career points after hitting a layup in the first quarter.
“That was a goal I had coming into college, to score 1,000 points,” Banks said. “Coming into the game, I really just thought to play like normal and don’t even think about it. Don’t put any more pressure on myself in the game. I just wanted to relax and play.”
Banks and her father, Alan, also became the second father-daughter duo to each join the 1,000 point club after Ricky and Anna Bowers earned the distinction.
“That was great to earn that honor with my dad. I honestly did not even know I was close to 1,000 points until after our last game. Everyone kept coming up to me holding up a four, and I kept asking why. They said I was four points away. I just tried to let that stuff go because I just wanted our team to win.”
Kennedy Potts helped make Senior Night a memorable one by nearly doubling her career high with 17 points. The junior shot 4-7 from deep and hit 5-6 from the free throw line to help seal the win down the stretch.
Junior Loren Cagle filled up the stat sheet to the tune of eight points, a team-high nine rebounds, and six assists.
Head Coach Greg Brown’s Thoughts:
“The comeback wasn’t me. I just told them: make a choice; you guys know what to do. And they did. And I meant it; I wasn’t being sarcastic. They know what they had to do to execute. I understood the slow first quarter. It’s an emotional time. But the last four minutes of the third quarter and the fourth quarter, we had great execution offensively.
“Not just this game, but the entire season, KP (Kennedy Potts) has been shooting well. She needs to shoot more shots, and she’s starting to get that confidence. It’s great to see kids like that improve when they start to play with that confidence. Her making those free throws down the stretch was huge too.
“Alex and Kelsey (Gregory) both have been so important to us. I joked that Alex decided to stay a fifth year with us. And Kelsey was the first person I offered a scholarship to when I got here.
“They both literally represent everything that this university is about, from the classroom to the court to competing and to the Christian walk. I don’t have daughters, but if I did, or if my boys wanted to marry someone, then those two ladies right there are exactly what we would look for.”
- Three Ospreys finished the game in double-figures: Simone Brown (17), Sierra Shepherd (15), and Claire Ioannidis (12).
- UNF won the rebounding battle 39-32, and the assist battle 14-10.
- Lipscomb scored 32 points in the paint to UNF’s 26.
- The Purple and Gold forced 20 turnovers and only gave away 15 of their own.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will close out the regular season on the road against Kennesaw State on Saturday.