January 20, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
Stetson1015142059
Lipscomb717151655
Stats at a GlanceSTETLIP
FG Percentage.324 (22-68) .308 (16-52)
3P FG Percentage.296 (8-27) .286 (8-28)
FT Percentage.700 (7-10) .577 (15-26)
Offensive Rebounds227
Defensive Rebounds3625
Total Rebounds5832
Turnovers149
Steals510
Bench Points97
LeadersSTETLIP
PointsCHAMBERS - 19
CLARK - 21
ReboundsCHAMBERS - 12
CAGLE - 8
AssistsBEACH - 6
CAGLE - 5
StealsWAGNER - 2
KMEC - 3
BlocksTULLY - 3
CLARK - 2
Stetson bests women's hoops in defensive battle
Saturday, January 20, 2018
By Logan Butts
Stetson bests women's hoops in defensive battle

NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb (6-13, 2-2) women’s basketball team dropped a defensive slugfest to Stetson (12-8, 3-1) on Saturday afternoon by score of 59-55 at Allen Arena.

The Lady Bisons jumped out to a 7-0 lead at the beginning of the game, but the Hatters answered with a 10-0 run of their own.

“I thought our execution defensively was good,” Lipscomb women’s basketball head coach Greg Brown said. “We only gave up 59 points, and most of those were from offensive rebounds.

“We did a good job of making them take the shots we wanted them to take; we just gave up too many offensive rebounds.

In the second quarter, Stetson went on a 16-2 streak which was followed immediately by a 9-0 Lipscomb run heading into halftime.

The two squads entered the fourth quarter tied at 39, but Stetson’s offense came through the highest scoring quarter of the game to clinch the victory.

“I thought we did a lot of things well,” Brown said. “We just have to put ourselves in a better position to finish.

Freshman Taylor Clark paced the Lady Bisons with a career-high 21 points on 7-12 shooting. She also notched four rebounds, two blocks, and one steal.

“That’s just Taylor,” Brown said. “She continues to get better as a freshman. She brings such energy and effort. It’s contagious. The other players feed off of that.”

Although senior Loren Cagle had a tough shooting night, she still led Lipscomb in rebounds with eight and assists with five.

Senior Kennedy Potts and sophomore Lauren Rau each scored eight points.

“It was a physical game, which is what it will be like in postseason play,” Brown said. “We just have to use our bodies more and be smarter and anticipate better.”

 

QUICK HITS:

  • Three Hatters finished in double-figures: Brittney Chambers (19), McKenna Beach (14), and Michelle Pruitt (12).
  • The Lady Bisons swiped a 10 steals to Stetson’s five.
  • Lipscomb was out-rebounded 58-32, and lost the assist battle 15-10.
  • Eight Lady Bisons played 10 or more minutes: Cagle (with a team-high 40 minutes played), Rau, Clark, Emily Kmec, Kennedy Potts, Meredith Lovelady, Auriana Broughton, and Kaylee Cotton.
  • There were 11 lead changes and eight ties in the back-and-forth contest.
  • Potts played in her 100th game as a Lady Bison.

 

UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will continue their home stand with a matchup against first-place FGCU on Monday night at 6:30.

“You know that they’re going to do,” Brown said. “They’re going to try and spread you out, drive it, and try to knock down the open three. It’s sounds very familiar to what we are trying to do.

“They’ll be totally different than Stetson, so we’ll have to adjust. The main thing is for us to play aggressive, limit them to one shot, and contest that shot. They’re a very solid team, they’re the number one mid-major, top-30 in RPI, but we came here to compete.”