|January 25, 2020||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||UNF||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.400 (26-65)||.381 (24-63)|
|3P FG Percentage||.350 (7-20)||.280 (7-25)|
|FT Percentage||.692 (9-13)||.625 (5-8)|
Green - 16
COLLIER - 2
NASHVILLE - A frantic fourth-quarter comeback was not quite enough for the Lipscomb women’s basketball team as the Lady Bisons fell 68-60 to North Florida in Allen Arena on Saturday afternoon.
“I thought we got some good looks at it in the first half, and I think that missing those opportunities affected us defensively,” Lipscomb women’s basketball head coach Lauren Sumski said.
“Defensively, we normally get into a better rhythm, but I thought they had some players step up and hit some big shots when they needed it. We just couldn’t seem to overcome their size tonight.”
A slow start to the game hurt the Lady Bisons comeback bid late in the game. UNF put together a 13-0 run in the second quarter, and they would not surrender the lead for the rest of the game.
Lipscomb responded with a 6-0 run in the final 1:19 of the first half, capped by a jumper from Casey Collier right before time expired.
The Ospreys came out of halftime with an 8-0 run to build their into double-digits. The Lady Bisons went on a lightning fast 8-0 run, which only took 37 total seconds, cutting the UNF lead to 67-60 with just under nine seconds to play, but that’s where the comeback attempt ended.
“We just have to be able to play like that for 40 minutes instead of the last eight,” Sumski said. “I thought in the first quarter, we came out a little sluggish. Second quarter, same thing. We tried to pick it up there at the end, but it’s like we did the same thing in the second half after addressing it at halftime.”
Lipscomb’s freshman backcourt of Collier and Jalyn Holcomb combined for 33 of the team’s 60 points.
“They’ve been really consistent for us lately, and they just come ready to work every day,” Sumski said. “So, we appreciate their competitiveness and their will to win.
“I thought that Jalyn kind of carried us in the first half offensively, and that Casey really stepped up in the second half.”
Holcomb did the heavy lifting in the first half, with a 10-point first quarter. She finished 7-17 from the field and 2-5 from three. Collier led the way in the second half, scoring 15 points. Her final tallied included 6-12 shooting, five rebounds, and team-highs with three assists, two steals, and two blocks.
Sophomore Jane Deason made several key plays in the comeback charge, finishing with 7 points and a team-best eight rebounds.
“We’ve been trying to get Jane back into it a little bit,” Sumski said. “She had a really good game against Belmont, and then got hurt there. So it’s good to see that from her, and we know we can expect that out of her from this point forward.”
Lipscomb falls to 5-15 (2-5) with the loss, while UNF improves to 11-8 (4-2).
“We’re young sometimes in the wrong places, but I think we have some opportunities to learn and grow from this and figure out ways to be more consistent.”
- Adrienne Jackson and Janesha Green led UNF with 16 points. Jazz Bond added 12 points and 13 rebounds, while Tiffany Tolbert had 13.
- Seven Lady Bisons played double-digit minutes. Holcomb logged the most with 38 minutes played.
- Junior Taylor Clark tied with Collier with two blocks for the team lead.
- UNF out-rebounded Lipscomb 42-34, and had a 16-7 assist advantage.
UP NEXT: Lipscomb will be back in Allen Arena on Monday night for a 6:30 matchup against Jacksonville.
“We just have to let go of this one really quickly, move on and come back ready to work and try to put together better defensive halves,” Sumski said. “I thought for us to give up 38 in a half is uncharacteristic of who we’ve been lately. Those are things we’ll have to look at and correct to be more consistent.”