|February 12, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||JU||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.387 (24-62)||.444 (24-54)|
|3P FG Percentage||.429 (6-14)||.000 (0-5)|
|FT Percentage||.640 (16-25)||.517 (15-29)|
NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb women’s basketball were locked in a defensive struggle with Jacksonville on Monday night, falling 70-63 in Allen Arena.
Lipscomb senior Loren Cagle led the team with 28 points on 10-18 shooting. She also notched five rebounds and a team-high three steals.
Sophomore Lauren Rau added an all-around line of a career-high 18 points, a team-best eight rebounds, and a team-leading five assists.
Despite 46 points from their starting backcourt, the Lady Bisons (10-16, 6-5) were undone down the stretch by missed free throws and a lack of three-point shooting.
Lipscomb shot 15-29 from the free throw line and did not make a three-pointer for the first time in the Greg Brown era, as Jacksonville’s (19-7, 9-2) stingy defense proved to be stifling.
The Purple and Gold went on a 9-2 run late in the fourth quarter to make it a one-possession game, but Jacksonville sealed the win with a pair of baskets.
Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown’s thoughts:
“Their physicality, especially on the offensive boards, made a difference. They just made some big plays down the stretch, and that’s why they are where they are with their program. But, I’m proud of the effort and things that we did. We’ll take this, learn from it, and hopefully get a chance to play them again in the tournament.
“The girls have really bought into the game plan. They’ve had great leadership and great practices with that. Being able to come in and do that during these quick turnaround games of the past few weeks is what you want to see heading into the tournament because that’s how those games are as well.
“Loren and Lauren were able to score with a lot of pressure. They distributed the ball, rebounded, and did a great job leading against some very good guards from Jacksonville.
“I love the attitude that Loren brings. I love the fact that she’s a stat-sheet filler. That separates her from other players in the conference. She’s a great facilitator and so unselfish. But, her effort on the boards for a point guard is the most impressive thing for me. She’s the MVP for us right now.”
- Three Dolphins finished in double-figures: Kayla Gordon (21), Jasmyn Brown (15), and Naqaiyyah Teague (14).
- Lipscomb notched 40 points in the paint to Jacksonville’s 22.
- The Dolphins out-rebounded Lipscomb 45-34, and Lady Bisons won the assist battle 15-10.
- Eight Lady Bisons played 10 or more minutes. Cagle led with a team-high 39 minutes.
- There were 14 lead changes and seven ties in the close contest.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will hit the road for a matchup with FGCU on Saturday at 3 p.m.