|February 03, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NJIT||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.355 (22-62)||.393 (22-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (6-18)||.294 (5-17)|
|FT Percentage||.727 (8-11)||.680 (17-25)|
CAGLE - 3
RAU - 3
TUNSTALL - 1
TORRES - 1
LIBBY - 1
NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb women’s basketball team survived a thriller Saturday afternoon against NJIT as they came back to defeat the Highlanders 66-58 at Allen Arena.
The Lady Bisons (9-14, 5-3) trailed at halftime by two, 36-34, but came back to outscore NJIT (3-20, 1-7) 32-22 in the second half.
“After the quick turnaround from the last game we were a little bit dead-legged mentally and physically, but I’m proud of the way we came back,” Lipscomb women’s basketball coach Greg Brown said.
“We won all four of the main categories that we look at, and we were down in all four of those categories at the half, so that’s an excellent second half to perform like that.”
Lipscomb senior Loren Cagle led the charge for the Lady Bisons, collecting 22 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, and three steals, all team-high figures.
“Coach Meyer used to say ‘Don’t think about winning; think about ways to win,’ and I think this team has embraced that type of thinking,” Brown said. “We have good leadership from the seniors and the players who have been here for a long time.”
Freshman Taylor Clark notched 13 points on 6-10 shooting from the field.
Sophomore Lauren Rau added 11 points, three rebounds, three assists, and tied for the team lead with three steals.
Rau gave Lipscomb a 52-51 lead late in the fourth quarter after splitting a pair of technical free throws. NJIT’s head coach was assessed a technical with just over five minutes left to play.
In the final minute of action, sophomore Kaylee Cotton swished a three to ice the win for the Lady Bisons, extending their win streak to three.
“This team has improved, and that’s what we try to preach to them – to have that growth mindset,” Brown said.
“That was the last thing we told them in the locker room before the game: let’s just try to get a little bit better today. Every day is an opportunity to be better. That’s what they’ve bought into, and its showing.”
- Two Highlanders finished in double-figures: Taj Lewis (14) and Kelly Guarino (11).
- The Lady Bisons swiped 11 steals in the win. Cagle, Rau, and senior Kennedy Potts each stole three.
- Lipscomb out-rebounded NJIT 39-38, but lost the assist battle 14-13.
- Nine played 10 or more minutes. Cagle led with a team-high 37 minutes.
- There were 12 ties and eight lead changes in the close game.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will go back on the road to take on USC Upstate on Wednesday at 6 p.m.