|March 07, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
No. 4 Lipscomb
No. 1 FGCU
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||FGCU|
|FG Percentage||.317 (20-63)||.542 (39-72)|
|3P FG Percentage||.269 (7-26)||.500 (22-44)|
|FT Percentage||.800 (8-10)||.714 (5-7)|
Nelson - 6
RAU - 1
COTTON - 1
CAGLE - 1
JULIEN - 2
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Lipscomb women’s basketball team’s season came to an end on Wednesday night as the Lady Bisons fell to FGCU 105-55 in the ASUN Semifinals at Alico Arena.
After a historical scoring performance in the first round of the tournament, the fourth-seeded Lady Bisons (12-19) could not find their shot against the top-seeded Eagles (29-4) as FGCU’s explosive offense built a large lead early on.
“It’s not the way we wanted to end it, but for the seniors it doesn’t take away from what they did and the position they put us in as a program,” women’s basketball head coach Greg Brown said. “One of the things we talked about was being in the position to play for a championship, and we certainly were.
“Gulf Coast is an excellent team, and that’s obviously the standard that we are trying to reach. So, we know what we have to work on in the offseason.”
ASUN All-Freshman Team member Emily Kmec led the Lady Bisons with 12 points on 4-8 shooting from behind the arc.
“I thought we came out and started well,” Brown said. “We did some good things and followed a good game plan, but then they made adjustments and hit a couple of shots that really shifted the momentum. They make you pay when you’re late for a rotation.”
Senior Loren Cagle fittingly led the team in rebounds with eight and assists with six in her final game in the Purple and Gold. The ASUN Player of the Year led the team in both categories on eight different occasions this season.
“I can’t say enough about Lo’s game,” Brown said. “What she’s done off the floor is even better than the great player that she is. She’s been a statline filler her whole career. We’re certainly miss her, more for the young woman that she is more than the player she is on the floor.”
Kennedy Potts, Loshaveon Jones, Riley Northway, Auriana Broughton, and Meredith Lovelady also played in their final games in the Purple and Gold, as did the injured Laure Assena.
“For these seniors, what they came in and were able to do for us, we’re proud of them,” Brown said. “Their accomplishments off the floor are unbelievable. They represent the university well.
“Hutch talks about the four C’s: the Christian walk, the competitiveness, the classroom, and the community, and we couldn’t ask for a better group to represent those things. And that’s what we’ll remember. It’s an emotional night, and you don’t like this feeling, but for the big picture they’ve done a lot.”
FGCU advances to take on the winner of Jacksonville-North Florida in the ASUN Championship Final.
- Four Eagles finished in double-figures: China Dow (30), Nasrin Ulel (17), Taylor Gradinjan (16).
- The Eagles out-rebounded Lipscomb 46-27, and Lady Bisons lost the assist battle 23-11.
- Nine Lady Bisons played 10 or more minutes. Cagle led with a team-high 37 minutes.
- Lipscomb shot 7-26 from behind the three-point line, while FGCU shot a conference tournament-record 22-44 from deep.
- 10 of the 12 Lady Bisons who saw the court scored in the contest.