|November 19, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||MT|
|FG Percentage||.320 (16-50)||.462 (24-52)|
|3P FG Percentage||.286 (6-21)||.545 (12-22)|
|FT Percentage||.769 (10-13)||.667 (12-18)|
LYON - 5
REUTER - 5
MANOS - 1
CAGLE - 1
COLLIER - 2
SHORT - 1
COTTON - 1
EDWARDS - 2
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Lipscomb (1-4) women’s basketball’s five-game season opening road stretch came to a close on Sunday afternoon as the Lady Bisons fell 72-48 to Middle Tennessee (3-0) at the Murphy Center.
The Blue Raiders jumped out ahead early with a 19-5 run to start the game, and Lipscomb was never able to recover.
“It was frustrating in the fact that I thought we had a good plan going in,” Lipscomb women’s basketball head coach Greg Brown said. “And we thought we had some guys we could clog the paint with and do some different things defensively with.
“When we executed, we did well. We got them late in the clock a lot. We forced a few turnovers. We did some things that were good, but our ability to sustain is what gets us.
Senior Loren Cagle paced the Lady Bisons with a team-high 18 points, four rebounds, a team-best four assists, and one steal.
“I thought Lo did a great job being aggressive and attacking,” Brown said. “I thought Riley was able to get into space, get good shots, and battle defensively with their posts. We just have to get more players sustaining effort throughout the game like that.”
Fellow senior Riley Northway also scored in double-figures with 10 points and four rebounds.
Redshirt-freshman Emily Kmec and sophomore Kaylee Cotton each tied Cagle and Northway for the team lead with four rebounds. They also each notched four points.
“Offensively we were stagnant,” Brown said. “We got held up on cuts, and we just didn’t move the ball. Now, in the fourth quarter we moved the ball better. We’ll have to look into the how and why of that.”
- Four Blue Raiders finished in double-figures: Rebecca Reuter (16), Abbey Sissom (12), Gabby Lyon (10), and Kyla Allison (10).
- Lipscomb was out-rebounded 37-28, and lost the assist battle 15-11.
- 10 Lady Bisons 10 or more minutes: Cagle (with a team-high 38 minutes played), Northway, Kmec, Cotton, Kennedy Potts, Lexi Manos, Meredith Lovelady, Carleigh Short, Auriana Broughton, and Taylor Clark.
- Lipscomb forced 12 turnovers and gave up 13.
- Cotton, Kmec and Short each notched their first blocks of the season.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will have their home opener on Tuesday night at 6:30 as Murray State visits Allen Arena.
“We could’ve scheduled differently, but we have to learn from it,” Brown said. “We played five very good teams on the road who are as physical as anybody in our conference. Their size alone is massive and long. So can we take these things and these lessons learned back to these games coming up and back to the conference.”