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February 08, 20201st2nd3rd4thFinal
Kennesaw St.2016242888
Stats at a GlanceLIPKSU
FG Percentage.375 (21-56) .500 (29-58)
3P FG Percentage.367 (11-30) .462 (6-13)
FT Percentage.700 (7-10) .960 (24-25)
Offensive Rebounds119
Defensive Rebounds2024
Total Rebounds3133
Bench Points1430
PointsSHORT - 21
Piccolino - 25
ReboundsDEASON - 6
Poole - 8
AssistsHOLCOMB - 4
Johnson - 3
Poole - 3
Gianolla - 3
StealsKMEC - 1
Gianolla - 4
BlocksDEASON - 1
Poole - 2
Piccolino - 2
21 from Short not enough as women’s hoops falls to hot-shooting KSU
Saturday, February 8, 2020
By Logan Butts
21 from Short not enough as women’s hoops falls to hot-shooting KSU

KENNESAW, Ga. - The Lipscomb women’s basketball team fell victim to a hot-shooting Kennesaw State squad on Saturday afternoon as the Lady Bisons lost 88-60 at the KSU Convocation Center. 

“Credit to KSU today,” Lipscomb women’s basketball head coach Lauren Sumski said. “They really played a great game today. They made shots all over the place tonight, got to the free throw line a ton, took care of the ball and really challenged us defensively.”

The Owls shot 29-58 from the field and hit 24 of their 25 free throws. 

Senior Carleigh Short nearly scored a career high, compiling 21 points on 7-10 shooting, including 5-8 from three-point range. She caught fire in the second quarter, scoring all 12 of Lipscomb’s points in the period to keep the Bisons within single digits at the half.

“Carleigh Short was really good for us today,” Sumski said. “Not only did she take and make tough shots today, they were big shots - in those crucial moments when we really needed them.

"She’s worked so hard to get better this year, and it really shows. I’m happy for her and the night she had. I’m confident she will continue that for us this year.”

However, the Owls broke the game open in the third quarter, and held onto the lead for the rest of the contest. 

“We have grown accustomed to getting a ton of different defensive looks, and we threw a couple of different looks at them,” Sumski said. “They just made so many shots. That stretch in the third really hurt us.

"On top of that, they shot and made eight free throws in a row. Those free ones really got things going for them, and they were already blazing hot. They shot 25 and missed one. They really played inspired, and we didn’t match that today.”

The game started out close, as KSU out-scored Lipscomb 20-17 in a back-and-forth first quarter. Junior Taylor Clark led the way early on, finishing with 14 points on 5-9 shooting and tying for the team lead with six rebounds. 

Lipscomb falls to 5-18 (2-8) with the loss, while KSU improves to 10-11 (4-6).

“At this point, there is nothing we can do about this one today - other than learn from it and grow from it,” Sumski said. “We have to keep fighting to get over this hump. I know we are capable.”



  • Five Owls finished in double-figures: Gillian Piccolino (25), Alexis Poole (19), Amani Johnsin (13), Breanna Hoover (11), and Lexi Mann (10). 
  • Sophomore Jane Deason and Freshman Casey Collier tied Clark for the team lead with six rebounds.
  • Freshman Jalyn Holcomb assisted on a team-high four baskets. 
  • Eight Lady Bisons played double-digit minutes. Short logged the most with 38 minutes played. 
  • KSU out-rebounded Lipscomb 33-31, and had a 12-9 assists advantage. 

UP NEXT: Lipscomb will play again on Monday at 6 p.m. on the road at North Alabama.