|January 20, 2020||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||NJIT|
|FG Percentage||.426 (20-47)||.339 (19-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.294 (5-17)||.292 (7-24)|
|FT Percentage||.769 (20-26)||.667 (12-18)|
- 19||Kenna Squier
CLARK - 6
SHORT - 2
- 4||Maddie Martin
Danielle Tunstall - 2
- 2||Danielle Tunstall
NEWARK, N.J. - A strong second half led the Lipscomb women’s basketball team to a win on Saturday afternoon as they defeated NJIT 65-57 on the road for their second ASUN win of the season.
The Lady Bisons scored 44 of their 65 points in the second half, outscoring the Highlanders by 16 in the final two quarters.
“I think it’s safe to say that today wasn’t our best showing,” Lipscomb women’s basketball head coach Lauren Sumski said. “However, any win in conference, especially on the road, is an earned win.
"I thought we started doing some of the things we needed to do in the second half to earn it. Most importantly, I thought we started doing it a lot better together while sticking to our values.”
Lipscomb went into the break down seven after scoring just nine points in the second quarter.
“I thought our defense was okay in the first half, but we gave them a ton of second and third shots,” Sumski said. “It felt like we defended for twice as long. We often made some mental mistakes that we hadn’t made in a while to give them easy looks that they took advantage of.
“Offensively, I thought we were a bit stagnant and the ball was sticking a lot. We also missed some uncharacteristic wide open shots.”
But the Purple and Gold came out of halftime on a mission. A 13-2 run to close the third put Lipscomb back in the lead, 42-41, heading into the fourth.
“When we were making that run in the third quarter, I thought our team really honed in on our defensive principles and Casey, Jalyn and TC really stepped up and made some big plays for us after all struggling in the first half,” Sumski said. “I thought their teammates did a good job of finding them as well.
“I think the biggest momentum swing was Carleigh’s three. It was one of those do or die possessions for them, and for Carleigh to knock down that shot at that time was huge for us.”
NJIT fought back to regain the lead early in the final quarter, but the Lady Bisons responded with a 15-0 run to put the game out of reach for the home team.
“In the second half, we did a little better finishing possessions defensively,” Sumski said. “We did a better job of limiting them to one shot until the last few possessions of the game.
“Offensively, I thought we had a little more fluidity and patience. We did a better job of attacking, but we still have a lot to improve on. As a younger team with younger guards, we are still really learning how to attack different looks and which reads get us the best shots, based on the different defensive looks the other team is throwing at us. Good thing is, we have a team full of people hungry to get better, so we will use the film from the weekend to get better.”
Junior Taylor Clark led Lipscomb with 16 points, six rebounds, and two blocks. She also notched two steals.
TC is often playing against players often bigger and stronger, but she has used her craftiness and skill to create angles and opportunities when their doesn’t appear to be one,” Sumski said. “What I was most impressed with today was her defensive intensity in the second half, after her shot wasn’t falling. She found other ways to impact the game.”
Freshman Jalyn Holcomb added 18 points, three rebounds, and a team-high four steals. She shot 6-12 from the field and 6-7 from the free throw line.
“Jalyn has been that person that has just answered for us all year long,” Sumski said. “She’s probably had the most different defensive looks thrown at her all year, and she’s found a way against often bigger, stronger players. She’s just a ball player with so much heart and toughness.”
Freshman Casey Collier finished with 15 points on 5-8 shooting, including 2-2 from three, and 3-4 from the line with three rebounds.
“It’s good to see Casey have the game that she had in the second half,” Sumski said. “She often gets one of the better defensive assignments each game, and I’m asking her to basically run the show as a freshman at the lead guard spot. I thought she showed some resilience and just toughness by making big plays when we needed them.”
Lipscomb improves to 5-14 (2-4) with the win, while NJIT falls to 3-15 (0-5).
“While not the most aesthetically pleasing, I thought that we battled back through some adversity and showed some guts,” Sumski said. :I think that’s essentially what winning basketball is, having to find a way when things aren’t going our way. I think our squad did that today, and I’m proud of them for that. We just have to continue to learn from every experience and build and build and build.”
- Kenna Squier paced NJIT with 18 points. Danielle Tunstall added 14 points and 14 rebounds.
- Seven Lady Bisons who entered the game played double-digit minutes. Collier logged the most with 38 minutes played.
- Senior Emily Kmec had eight points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block.
- Sophomore Jane Deason tied Clark with six rebounds for the team lead.
- Kmec and fellow senior Carleigh Short tied for the most assists with two.
- NJIT out-rebounded Lipscomb 41-28. The two teams had exactly seven assists each.
UP NEXT: Lipscomb will be back in Allen Arena on Saturday for a 1:30 p.m. showdown with North Florida.