|March 03, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||JU|
|FG Percentage||.379 (22-58)||.500 (33-66)|
|3P FG Percentage||.308 (8-26)||.231 (3-13)|
|FT Percentage||.706 (12-17)||.815 (22-27)|
BENDER - 1
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – For the second consecutive season, the Lipscomb (6-24) women’s basketball team took on Jacksonville (23-7) in the first round of the ASUN Tournament, and for the second year in a row the Dolphins came out on top, this time 91-64 at Swisher Gymnasium on Friday night.
JU started out hot, opening the game on a 12-0 run. Lipscomb fought back, cutting the lead on multiple occasions, but the physicality and speed of Jacksonville was too much for the Lady Bisons to overcome.
“They came out with a different level of energy than they did the last time we played,” Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown said. “That’s a team that’s had a taste of the NCAA Tournament. When you have that taste, you’re always trying to get it back.
“We just didn’t match that intensity right away. Once we settled, we put together two good quarters in the second and the third. But, they played at a different level with a lot of intensity.”
Junior Loren Cagle once again flirted with a triple-double, posting 14 points, nine rebounds, 11 assists, and three steals. It was the fourth double-double of the season for the point guard and the seventh of her career.
“Lo has flirted with three or four triple-doubles now,” Brown said. “She’s a stat-line filler. I thought her intensity for the first half and for the whole game matched Jacksonville’s.
“I can’t say enough about her, knowing that she’s going to get beat up and thrown around and face-guarded, but continues to play with poise and composure and lead from that spot.”
Junior Meredith Lovelady poured in a career-high 16 points. The sharpshooter went 4-9 from behind-the-arc to keep Lipscomb in the game.
“Meredith, although she’s a junior, this is her first year in the system,” Brown said. “Tonight showed the growth that she has had all season. When she gets her feet set and she’s in rhythm, she’s got unlimited range. She did a good job of moving, and they did a good job of finding her tonight. When she’s on, she can shoot with anybody.”
Senior Alex Banks fought through an injury to notch 10 points in her final game in the Purple and Gold. She finishes her career with 1,049 points, good enough for fifth all-time in the DI era at Lipscomb.
“If people only knew what Alex has had to go through injury-wise,” Brown said. “She’s been battling an ankle and an Achilles for two-and-a-half-to-three weeks. It’s nasty-looking, and it flared up on her tonight. I’m just so proud of her toughness for playing through that.
“I’ve said it before, and I’ll continue to say it, but on the court, in the classroom, and through the Christian walk, Alex represents exactly the type of student-athlete we want to have in this program.”
- Four Dolphins finished in double-figures: Jasmyn Brown (22), Kayla Gordon (17), Christin Mercer (17), and Brandi Buie (11).
- The Lady Bisons were out-rebounded 45-28 and lost the assist battle 16-13.
- Lipscomb shot 8-26 from behind-the-arc, compared to JU’s 3-13 mark.
- 13 Lady Bisons received playing time in the loss.
“It’s exciting to see this junior class coming back next year to be seniors,” Brown said. “They’ll understand then what it’s like play with that sense of “this is the end; there’s not another go-around.
“It was frustrating to look over and see so many injured players who had grown during the season. Morgan had come so far before her injury, Lauren Rau had turned the corner after going through a lot, Laure was really playing well with 18 points before she went down at Upstate, and Emily Kmec has had a year to get stronger and healthy.
“That’s four players that can have an impact on a group of veterans that’s coming back next year. You go from a team that’s inexperienced with freshman and transfers to a very veteran team with a solid freshman coming in as well.”