|January 06, 2020||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||Stet|
|FG Percentage||.458 (22-48)||.375 (24-64)|
|3P FG Percentage||.348 (8-23)||.300 (3-10)|
|FT Percentage||.867 (13-15)||.615 (8-13)|
- 31||Day'Neshia Banks
- 8||Day'Neshia Banks
- 3||Tonysha Curry
- 5||Day'Neshia Banks
Jamiya Turner - 3
- 3||Day'Neshia Banks
DELAND, Fla. - The Lipscomb women’s basketball team earned their first ASUN win of the season and the first of head coach Lauren Sumski’s career on Monday night as the Lady Bisons took down Stetson 65-59 at the Edmunds Center in DeLand, Flroida.
Lipscomb was led by junior Taylor Clark and freshman Jalyn Holcomb, as the duo combined for 51 of the Lady Bisons 61 points. The win halted a nine-year, 16-game losing streak to Stetson.
“I’m really proud of our team’s effort tonight,” Sumski said. “I thought we put together a really good defensive effort in the 2nd quarter after a slow start, which gave us a lead going into the half.
“We got stops when we needed to. We came up with more of those 50/50 balls in the final two minutes, that we needed. Again, I’m really proud of these kids. They have fought through so much adversity that no one has seen. They’ve worked really hard in ways that no one has seen, and they’ve stuck together through it all. That’s really all you can ask for as a coach.”
Clark poured it in the bucket all night, dropping a career-high 31 points on 9-17 shooting from the field, including 3-6 from three-point range, and 10-11 from the free throw line. Her performance peaked in a dominant third quarter in which she scored 13 points.
“Coming into the game, we knew that they’d have trouble guarding TC,” Sumski said. “We really worked to establish her early. She missed her first couple of looks, but settled in and finished the game in an incredibly effective fashion.
"I thought she did well to defend someone with maybe five or six inches on her as well. She really stepped up and made plays fearlessly.”
Clark, who also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and swiped a team-best and career-high five steals, became the first Lady Bison to score at least 30 points in a game this season.
Holcomb was nearly as hot as Clark, shooting 8-13 from the field for 20 points. She also earned seven rebounds, led the team with three assists, and notched two steals.
“Jalyn is so tough,” Sumski said. “She brings a focus and an intensity that has really become contagious. We have asked her to do a lot for us, and she’s worked really hard to figure out what this team needs of her.
"Today, it was difficult to establish a rhythm for her, but I thought she made big shots when we needed them most and just competed.”
After a back-and-forth first quarter, Lipscomb jumped out to a 10-0 run in the second quarter, before eventually taking a 28-22 lead into the half after outscoring the Hatters 18-4 in the period.
“It was a total team effort tonight, all available players got minutes and were effective in those minutes,” Sumski said. “They really stuck to the game plan and picked each other up in spots when we needed them the most. I think our non-conference really prepared us for a game like this.
“To bounce back tonight, after such a tough battle on Saturday night, was most impressive. We’ve been in so many of these close games, to pull one out on the road, just shows the growth and development of our team.”
Clark’s big third quarter broke the game open for Lipscomb, but Stetson responded 15-0 run of their own in the fourth to pull ahead 53-51.
“Again, TC, was just so impressive,” Sumski said. “She’s played out of position all year. She’s seen so many different looks defensively and offensively, that she’s gotten a chance to work through and gain confidence. She’s stuck with us and trusted us, when we have asked a lot of her. It was great to watch her to reap the benefits of that tonight.”
Holcomb responded with a huge three-pointer to re-take the lead, and the Lady Bisons never looked back.
“As always, I thought Carleigh Short and Emily Kmec do a lot that may not always show up on the scoreboard,” Sumski said. “They really lead this group on the floor. They’ve helped our freshmen to really grow up quickly, and I think our freshmen are starting to look less and less like freshmen and more and more like sophomores.”
Lipscomb improves to 4-11 with the win, while Stetson falls to 7-8.
- Day’Neshia Banks paced Stetson with 15 points. Megan Vincent added 10.
- Seven Lady Bisons to enter the game played at least 10 minutes. Holcomb logged the most with 40 minutes played.
- Senior Emily Kmec nearly notched a double-double with six points, seven rebounds, and a team-high three blocks.
- Stetson out-rebounded Lipscomb 37-33, and had a 12-10 assists advantage.
- Lipscomb was 13-15 from the free throw line, led by Clark’s 10-11 mark.
UP NEXT: Lipscomb will have their first ASUN home games on Jan. 11 and 13 as North Alabama and Kennesaw State visit Nashville.