|December 28, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||VANDY|
|FG Percentage||.422 (27-64)||.508 (32-63)|
|3P FG Percentage||.455 (15-33)||.600 (6-10)|
|FT Percentage||.765 (13-17)||.786 (22-28)|
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NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb women’s basketball team turned in a valiant effort against Vanderbilt on Thursday night as the Lady Bisons (3-11) fell 92-82 in a high-scoring, hard-fought matchup at Memorial Gymnasium.
“We talked about six things before the game, and they all dealt with effort,” Lipscomb women’s basketball head coach Greg Brown said. “I thought it was the most I’ve seen for second-effort type plays, whether it was loose balls or rebounds, and that led to good baskets in transition.”
Lipscomb started out the contest on fire as the Lady Bisons drained seven three-pointers in the first period to lead 27-17 at the end of the first 10 minutes.
“We think spacing is critical for us,” Brown said. “They were good rhythm shots, and there were inside-out three’s, and we pushed the tempo. I thought it was good basketball and a fun game.”
The Lady Bisons carried that momentum into the second quarter, posting a 45-41 lead over the Commodores (4-10) at halftime.
“At halftime, we evaluated where we were with the stuff we can control,” Brown said. “There’s a lot of it that we can’t control, and I know it’s cliché, but we told them to continue to control the things we can.”
Vanderbilt took its first lead of the game at the midway mark of the third quarter, as the Commodores surged ahead 51-50 and were able to hang on despite several comeback attempts from the Lady Bisons.
“They made a couple of good runs, and I thought we answered those for the most part,” Brown said.
Overall Lipscomb shot a season-best 15-33 from behind the arc.
Senior point guard Loren Cagle led all scorers with 26 points, her third straight game over 25. She shot 4-8 from three-point range and added three rebounds, seven assists, one steal, and one block.
Redshirt-freshman Emily Kmec notched 17 points on 5-11 shooting from deep. She added three rebounds, a team-high three blocks, and a team-best three steals.
Senior Kennedy Potts scored a season-high 15 points on 5-7 shooting, all from long range. She also grabbed four rebounds.
Sophomore Lauren Rau added 12 points and a team-high and career-best nine assists.
Senior Loshaveon Jones notched eight points, five rebounds, one steal, and one block.
Freshman Taylor Clark led the team with a hard-fought, career-high six rebounds.
“Shay and Taylor showed what they can bring with their effort,” Brown said. “I think they got a good picture of what we’ve been talking about and what we’ve seen in spurts. Tonight was the best that we have sustained that type of energy.”
- Six Commodores finished in double-figures: Chelsie Hall (17), Autumn Newby (16), Kayla Overbeck (15), Christa Reed (15), Rachel Bell (10), and Erin Whalen (10).
- The Lady Bisons swiped seven steals and notched a season-high five blocks.
- Lipscomb was out-rebounded 44-29, and lost the assist battle at 19-16.
- Seven Lady Bisons played 10 or more minutes: Cagle (with a team-high 40 minutes played), Rau, Kmec, Jones, Clark, Potts, and Meredith Lovelady.
- Lipscomb forced 15 turnovers and gave up 13.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will play again tomorrow night as they take on Alabama A&M at 6:30 at Allen Arena.
“It doesn’t matter whether there’s a quick turnaround or not, now is the time to control the mental part of it,” Brown said. “We have to come out again and play with that type of intensity and effort.”