|December 04, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||MTSU|
|FG Percentage||.339 (19-56)||.404 (23-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.238 (5-21)||.385 (10-26)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (6-9)||.700 (14-20)|
- 15||Taylor Sutton
COLLIER - 6
- 2||Anastasia Hayes
- 3||Anastasia Hayes
Courtney Whitson - 2
CLARK - 1
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Lipscomb women’s basketball team tipped off early in Murfreesboro on Wednesday as the Lady Bisons fell 70-49 to the Blue Raiders in the Murphy Center.
It was a close battle early on as the teams were locked in a defensive standstill, but Middle Tennessee broke open the contest with a 12-0 run between the end of the first and the beginning of the second quarters.
“Today, we didn’t make shots, and we let that dictate the other end,” Lipscomb women’s basketball coach Lauren Sumski said.
“We’re a young team, working through, trying to find our value consistently. Our defense and rebounding were there for a stretch, but the missed shots affected both sides of the ball.”
The Lady Bisons came out of halftime and carved into the MT lead, but another strong stretch from the Blue Raiders put the game out of reach for Lipscomb.
“I thought they made some tough shots,” Sumski said. “It’s tough when you’re playing a team that athletic in all areas.
“We were trying to stay in front of them, but then they made tough baskets. We have to do a better job of sticking to it when they start making those shots. I thought we let it affect our game.”
Junior Taylor Clark led the Lady Bisons with 15 points on 6-9 shooting. She also notched six rebounds, which tied for the team lead, and one block.
“TC’s really coming along for us,” Sumski said. “We obviously knew that last year she was the leading rebounder and leading scorer, but she’s been so efficient. I think that’s being undervalued.”
Freshman Casey Collier collected eight points and tied Clark for the team lead with six rebounds. She also swiped two steals.
Freshman Jalyn Holcomb added eight points, three rebounds, and a team-high two assists.
Lipscomb falls to 1-7 with the loss, while Middle Tennessee improves to 6-3.
- Taylor Sutton paced MT with 20 points. Anastasia Hayes notched 17 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists.
- Seven Lady Bisons played at least 17 minutes. Holcomb logged the most with 38 minutes played.
- MT out-rebounded Lipscomb 48-28, and had a 13-6 assists advantage.
- Senior Carleigh Short led the team with three swipes on defense. Fellow senior Emily Kmec blocked a shot.
- Lipscomb scored 24 points in the paint compared to MT’s 18.
- The Lady Bisons only took nine free throws, but hit six of them. Sophomore Jane Deason made both of her shots at the charity stripe.
UP NEXT: Lipscomb will be back in Nashville on Sunday, but they will be on the road at Tennessee State for a 2 p.m. tip.
“Right now, it’s just us taking every day and getting better. We know where we are right now, and I’m not sure if our record is indicative of that, but we have to start finishing some ball games.”