|February 17, 2020||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NJIT||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.511 (24-47)||.418 (23-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.476 (10-21)||.400 (12-30)|
|FT Percentage||.500 (8-16)||.588 (10-17)|
Danielle Tunstall - 1
NASHVILLE. - It came down to the final seconds, but the Lipscomb women’s basketball team earned a 68-66 win over NJIT in Allen Arena on Monday night.
Lipscomb began the game with one of their best halves of basketball in ASUN play. They went on a 13-2 run encompassing the end of the first quarter and beginning of the second quarter, building up to a 34-17 lead at halftime.
“I thought that we saw some really good things,” Lipscomb women’s basketball head coach Lauren Sumski said. “We just have to continue to learn how to play with a lead and finish ballgames.”
The Lady Bisons came out with the same sense of urgency in the second half as senior Carleigh Short drained a three and freshman Collier Collier earned an old-fashioned three-point play to build their lead out to 23 points.
But the Highlanders were not done yet. NIT went on a 13-0 run bridging the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth. They had another run, this time 9-0, late in the contest. Lipscomb’s lead had vanished to 61-58 with 44 seconds left.
“They made some uncharacteristic shots and hats off to them for battling and playing with that resolve,” Sumski said. “But for us, we have to do a better job of executing down the stretch and make sure we continue to do the things that made us successful.”
Collier swished a pair of clutch free throws to keep the Highlanders at bay with 7.1 seconds left, but the game was up for grabs until NJIT’s final shot was wide.
Junior Taylor Clark paced the team with 17 points on 7-14 shooting to go along with three rebounds and two assists.
Short had 16 points on 5-8 shooting, including 4-7 from behind the arc.
Collier collected 14 points, six rebounds, and a team-high four assists.
Senior Emily Kmec nearly notched a double-double with eight points, a team-high 11 rebounds, plus the only block and steal for the Lady Bisons.
“I thought Emily played really aggressively tonight,” Sumski said. “She put the ball on the floor and scored it some.”
Lipscomb improves to 6-20 (3-10) with the win, while NJIT falls to 4-21 (1-11).
“We just have to continue to build off these things we’ve done well,” Sumski said. “We’re excited about the road trip we have coming up.”
- Two Highlanders finished in double-figures: Danielle Tunstall (22) and Kenna Squier (15).
- Freshman Blythe Pearson had nine points on a 3-5 mark from three-point range.
- Lipscomb hit 12 of their 30 three-point attempts, tying a season high.
- Seven Lady Bisons played double-digit minutes. Short logged the most with 39 minutes played.
- NJIT out-rebounded Lipscomb 35-29, and had a 16-13 assists advantage.
UP NEXT: Lipscomb will hit the road for a pair of games against North Florida and Jacksonville on Feb. 22 and Feb. 24.