|March 04, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIPWOMEN||JUWOMEN|
|FG Percentage||.274 (17-62)||.526 (30-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.222 (4-18)||.462 (6-13)|
|FT Percentage||.929 (13-14)||.700 (14-20)|
Ashley Southern - 3
Kelli Smith - 2
Loren Cagle - 2
Loren Cagle - 1
JACKSONVILLE – The Lipscomb (5-25, 2-13) women’s basketball team’s season came to an end on Friday night, but it was not for lack of effort as the seven-seeded Lady Bisons traded blows with the two-seeded Jacksonville Dolphins (20-10, 12-3) in the first round of the Atlantic Sun Tournament before falling late 80-51.
The loss was the final game in Purple and Gold for seniors Ashley Southern, Kelli Smith, and Chandler Cooper.
“The immediate thoughts always go to your seniors after a tournament game,” Lipscomb women’s basketball head coach Greg Brown. “You think about what they brought to their program, the leadership they provided, and how they represented the program as well. We’re thankful for them, and thankful for the memories they’ve given us.”
Southern paced the Lady Bisons with 14 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and one block, while Smith collected five points, four rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Cooper was hampered with an ankle injury, limiting her time on the floor.
While both defenses started the game off strong, the Jacksonville defense provided a stingy test for the Lady Bisons all night, holding Lipscomb to just 12-34 shooting.
“We showed great intensity, especially early on,” Brown said. “I thought the first half was a heck of a game between both teams. It was a physical game, and that’s how the tournament should be.
“I thought our effort was great. I thought our execution was good for the most part; we just didn’t finish enough shots. We can’t shoot 27 percent from three, but part of that is a credit to Jacksonville. They’re one of the top defenses in the league, and I think one of the top 25 based on field goal percentage in the nation.”
Lipscomb was down just 37-28 at the end of the first half before the Dolphin defense clamped down even tighter in the third and fourth quarters.
“The game was indicative of the season,” Brown said. “We knew we were capable of playing with anybody in the conference. It’s the sustaining of it that we really have to work on. Knowing that, I didn’t have to tell them anything to fire them up before the game. They were ready.”
Junior Alex Banks was the only other Lady Bison to score in double-figures. She scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds.
- Three Dolphins scored in double-figures: Brandi Buie (20), Sherranda Reddick (15), and Kimberly Dawkins (11).
- The Lipscomb bench outscored Jacksonville’s 26-23.
- The Lady Bisons were almost perfect from the line, going 13-14. Sophomore Riley Northway led the team in free throws made going 6-6.
- The two teams each grabbed 16 offensive boards.