|December 15, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
TSU Lady Tigers
|Stats at a Glance||LIPWBB||TSU|
|FG Percentage||.410 (25-61)||.446 (25-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.280 (7-25)||.364 (8-22)|
|FT Percentage||.875 (7-8)||.765 (13-17)|
WOOTEN - 2
KMEC - 1
NASHVILLE – In what was a fast-paced, back-and-forth game throughout, the Lipscomb (2-9) women’s basketball team fell 71-64 to Tennessee State (2-6) at the Gentry Center on Friday night.
The fourth quarter saw the Lady Bisons and the Tigers trade important baskets, but TSU came out on top thanks to timely baskets in the final minutes of action.
“They made timely plays,” Lipscomb women’s basketball head coach Greg Brown said. “They rebounded the ball really well. We forced some turnovers, but not enough to take up the margin of error, and they shot 45 percent for the game.
“It’s hard to win when we give up easy baskets and easy shots around the basket.”
The third quarter featured runs from both teams, as Lipscomb started out the period on a 9-3 run and TSU followed it with an 8-0 run of their own.
“The thing we talked about is that we had to take away the direct feeds to the post,” Brown said. “We talked about it at half time, we talked about it at the end of the third quarter, and they continued to do that. Then, we got too deep off the ball and gave up open three’s.”
For the first time this season, four Lady Bisons finished in double-figures.
“We did enough things well offensively to win the game,” Brown said. “But, we have to have that same level of intensity and personal pride in a defensive stop as we do an offensive score.”
Senior Loren Cagle led the team with 13 points, four rebounds, a team-high four assists, and a team-leading five steals.
Sophomore Lauren Rau added 11 points, a team-best five rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
Sophomore Lexi Manos notched a career-high 10 points to go along with three assists and two steals.
In the post, senior Riley Northway scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds, while redshirt-freshman Emily Kmec earned nine points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block.
- Three Tigers finished in double-figures: Taylor Roberts (18), Tia Wooten (16), and Kaliya Griffin (13).
- Lipscomb was out-rebounded 42-27, and lost the assist battle at 18-14.
- Seven Lady Bisons played 10 or more minutes: Cagle (with a team-high 38 minutes played), Rau, Northway, Kmec, Manos, senior Loshaveon Jones, and freshman Taylor Clark.
- Lipscomb forced 20 turnovers and gave up 16.
- The Purple and Gold shot 7-25 from three-point range, and the Tigers shot 8-22 from deep.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will have another road game on Sunday a little further away as they take on Saint Louis at 2 p.m.
“We’re in the top half or the top two in a lot of categories in the conference,” Brown said. “That means, on paper, we’re in the top part of the conference. We have to keep trending that way.
“The good thing is we don’t have to play SEC or Missouri Valley teams in our conference. Our conference is very talented and athletic, but there’s not as much size on the wings and other things like that. It’s much more routine-oriented, and we know what to expect.”