|November 21, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MUR||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.354 (23-65)||.365 (23-63)|
|3P FG Percentage||.273 (9-33)||.276 (8-29)|
|FT Percentage||.563 (9-16)||.524 (11-21)|
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NASHVILLE – The season opener for the Lipscomb (2-4) women’s basketball came down to the wire against Murray State (1-3) on Tuesday night, but the Lady Bisons prevailed 65-64 in Allen Arena.
“I’m proud of our effort,” Lipscomb women’s basketball head coach Greg Brown said. “This has been a tough stretch of games. To come back home without a normal routine, out of school and with a quick turnaround, I’m proud of what they were able to do.”
After a hard-fought first three quarters, the game opened up in the final frame as the two teams traded baskets down the stretch in a frantic finish.
“I thought they did a good job of just finding ways to win,” Brown said. “I think we held them to the lowest points they’ve had all year. It was kind of a bend but don’t break at the end.”
Senior Loren Cagle led the way for the Lady Bisons with 19 points, seven assists, two steals, and one block.
Senior Riley Northway had a career day for the Purple and Gold. She earned her first career double-double with 18 points on 7-13 shooting and a career-high 13 rebounds. She also added a career-high four assists.
Redshirt-freshman Emily Kmec added 14 points and eight rebounds. Cagle, Northway, and Kmec combined for 51 of Lipscomb’s 65 points.
“I’m proud of them,” Brown said. “And so many players came in and made plays. Shay (Loshaveon Jones) had a great backdoor cut to get us a basket. Lexi had a big layup. Kaylee had four rebounds. Taylor came in with three rebounds. Everybody gave us something specific.”
Senior Meredith Lovelady hit a pair of big three’s in the game’s waning moments, including a corner three with less than two minutes to go to finish with six points.
- Ke’Shunan James paced Murray State with 19 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Two other Racers finished in double-figures: Bria Bethea (23) and Abria Gulledge (13).
- Lipscomb was out-rebounded 51-42, but won the assist battle 18-10.
- 8 Lady Bisons 10 or more minutes: Cagle (with a team-high 40 minutes played), Northway, Kmec, Lovelady, Lexi Manos, Kennedy Potts, Loshaveon Jones, and Kaylee Cotton.
- Lipscomb forced 14 turnovers and gave up only 11.
- The Purple and Gold’s bench outscored the Racers’ bench 12-0.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will return to action for another home game on Sunday as they take on Austin Peay at 3 p.m. in Allen Arena.
“They’re very well-coached and very athletic,” Brown said. “Hopefully these tough games we’ve been playing will help us. It’s going to come down to keeping out of the paint, contesting shots, and blocking out, and then knocking down shots on our end. It’s a pretty simple thing, but not easy to do.”
2017 Women's Basketball - Murray State by Lipscomb Bisons on Exposure