|January 18, 2020||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||1OT||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||Lib|
|FG Percentage||.306 (19-62)||.365 (23-63)|
|3P FG Percentage||.278 (10-36)||.120 (3-25)|
|FT Percentage||.600 (12-20)||.789 (15-19)|
- 16||Keyen Green
- 9||Bridgette Rettstatt
- 5||Ashtyn Baker
HOLCOMB - 1
- 3||Emily Lytle
LYNCHBURG, Va. - It was a thriller on Saturday afternoon in the Vines Center, and the Lipscomb women’s basketball team came up just short as they fell 64-60 to Liberty.
“Man, this team fights,” Lipscomb women’s basketball head coach Lauren Sumski said. “Every time they step on the floor, they realize they’re fighting for each other and the name on the front of the jersey. That, I am always proud of.
"Tonight was a tough one. It’s no secret we are down on numbers. I remember looking up at the scoreboard at one point in overtime, and we had two people fouled out and three people playing with four fouls. Despite everything, we had chances and we have to be better down the stretch. We will get better and learn from this though."
The Lady Bisons started out the game on fire, going on a 16-0 run in the first quarter to pull ahead 20-9 after the first period of action.
"We put ourselves in a good situation in the first, by just defending and rebounding, Sumski said. "It didn’t hurt that we made some shots. In the second quarter, we struggled to connect but our defensive intensity was there.
"We had the ball for the last possession of the half, but we started a little early and they ended up with lay up to cut into our lead. That was a four point swing, and they took that momentum into halftime."
But the game shifted into a defensive battle in the second quarter as the teams combined for just 15 total points.
The Flames exploded out of the halftime break with a 16-2 run of their own in the third quarter. However, the Lady Bisons fought back to tie the game up at 38-38 heading into the final frame.
Liberty started out the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run, but the Lady Bisons responded almost immediately, and then it was back and forth for the final five minutes of regulation.
"What we have to do is get better playing with a lead," Sumski said. "I think we got a bit tentative in the third, not wanting to lose the lead and we got on our heels. As soon as they tied the game, we started playing aggressive basketball again. We had an opportunity to win it in regulation, where we showed some poise to get there.
"However, we didn’t execute down the stretch in overtime. I thought we had some great looks that just didn’t fall for us. The difference was their looks were from the free throw line, and ours were from three."
Jane Deason buried a triple midway through the overtime period to give Lipscomb a 60-58 lead, but the Flames responded with a 6-0 run to earn the win at home.
Junior Taylor Clark led Lipscomb with 16 points. She hit six of her eight free throws.
Freshman Jalyn Holcomb notched 15 points, four rebounds, and four assists.
Freshman Casey Collier led the team with nine rebounds and five assists.
Lipscomb falls to 4-14 (1-4) with the loss, while Liberty improves to 10-8 (3-2).
"Don’t get me wrong, we aren’t happy with the result," Sumski said. "However, we aren’t discouraged in any way. We realize there’s a ton of basketball left, and there’s a lot of room for us to keep improving and get better.
"We have a lot of fighters in this lockerroom, who are fighting for the right things and for the right reasons. We are proud to represent Lipscomb and all of the fans that support us unconditionally."
- Keyen Green paced Liberty with 20 points and nine rebounds. Ashtyn Baker added 16 points.
- All eight Lady Bisons who entered the game played 12 or more minutes. Senior Carleigh Short logged the most with 43 minutes played.
- Senior Emily Kmec led the team with three blocked shots.
- Liberty out-rebounded Lipscomb 54-34, but Lipscomb had a 14-12 assists advantage.
UP NEXT: Lipscomb will head further north on Monday to face NJIT at 1 p.m.