|November 12, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||CSU|
|FG Percentage||.389 (21-54)||.229 (16-70)|
|3P FG Percentage||.308 (8-26)||.333 (8-24)|
|FT Percentage||.500 (8-16)||.667 (14-21)|
NORTHWAY - 7
DUMORNE - 9
CAGLE - 5
LOVELADY - 2
CAGLE - 2
DOBSON - 3
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Lipscomb (1-1) women’s basketball team closed out their opening weekend road trip to Charleston with a 58-54 victory over Charleston Southern (0-1) on Sunday afternoon.
“We played two very strong, physical teams to begin the season, and came out with a win against a tough team today,” Lipscomb women’s basketball head coach Greg Brown said. “I’m proud of them making the plays that they had to make.”
Senior Loren Cagle broke a 54-54 tie with just over a minute to play, laying it in for her game-high 20th point of the day. She also tied for the team lead with seven rebounds and five assists and added two steals for a stat sheet-stuffing performance.
“She did a great job, and I felt like what gave her those opportunities was that our players did a better job screening, holding the floor, and giving her some lanes to work with. Riley and Shay, before she got in foul trouble, did a good job with that.”
Sophomore Lexi Manos iced the game with a pair of free throws in the final seconds of play to seal the victory for the Lady Bisons.
“They showed resilience today, whether it was responding to a call that didn’t go our way or a turnover,” Brown said. “We did what we had to do and found a way to win.”
Redshirt-freshman Emily Kmec notched her first career double-double in her second game in the Purple and Gold. She swished four three-pointers, including three in the first quarter from way beyond the arc, to finish the day with 14 points.
“Well that’s her,” Brown said. “She does it every day in practice. She’s just playing within her game like that. We like for her to stay behind the ball and get that trail. The whole team did a great job of using screen and finding shooters and drivers when they were open.”
Senior Riley Northway added 10 points and seven rebounds, including a pair of clutch baskets in the fourth quarter.
“I like what we’re doing, and I like our attitude and chemistry,” Brown said. “For the first weekend, we feel good about it.”
- Two Buccaneers finished in double-figures: Ke’Asia Jackson (12) and Rachel Burns (11).
- The Lady Bisons ended a seven-game road losing streak dating back to Jan. 21, 2017. Their last road victory came against ASUN foe North Florida.
- Sophomore Lauren Rau tied Cagle for the team-lead with five assists.
- Cagle and fellow seniors Loshaveon Jones and Meredith Lovelady each notched two steals for the Bisons.
- Lipscomb was out-rebounded 54-31, but won the assist battle 15-10.
- 10 Lady Bisons played 9 or more minutes in the win: Cagle (with a team-high 39 minutes played), Kaylee Cotton, Kennedy Potts, Auriana Broughton, Rau, Kmec, Manos, Northway, Jones, and Lovelady.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will have a quick turnaround with a 6 p.m. contest on Wednesday against Ball State.
“These upcoming road games will be tough,” Brown said. “We went up there and had a good win at Ball State last year. They’re another big, strong, and athletic good team. We have to take care of the ball and rebound the ball much better to stay in contention there.”