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Lipscomb (5-22, 2-14 A-Sun)
Stetson (24-5, 16-1 A-Sun)
3/1/2014 | DeLand, Fla. (Edmunds Center) | Attendance: 324
Saturday, March 01, 2014
DeLAND, Fla. – The Lipscomb women’s basketball team hit a school NCAA record 18 3-pointers, but it was not enough for the Lady BisonsSaturday in Atlantic Sun Conference road action.
Lipscomb battled in the first half, but eventually fell 112-88 to Stetson in the Edmunds Center.
“Stetson is a tough team,” Lipscomb coach Greg Brown said. “We had a couple of breakdowns and turnovers late when they made their run.
“But overall, I like the way we bounced back and our effort today. This is a tough road trip with Florida Gulf Coast and Stetson. If we can play with this type of effort and energy going forward, we will be in good shape.”
Lipscomb scored its first 12 points from behind the arc and led 12-11 at 14:29 in the first 20 minutes of action.
“A lot of our threes were wide open rhythm shots,” Brown said. “We would have liked to go inside a little more, but the shots we were taking were great shots for our team.”
After the teams traded buckets, Sara Bliss knocked down back-to-back treys to give the Lady Bisons a 26-20 lead with 9:07 left in the first. It was the Purple and Gold’s largest lead of the day.
Stetson used a 14-4 run to take the lead at 34-30, before pushing the lead to 45-38 at the break.
The Lady Bisons opened up the second half the same way they started the game, knocking down threes.
After Stetson stretched the lead to 13, Lipscomb fought to get it back to five on two separate occasions.
The Purple and Gold got double-figures from five Lady Bisons.
Danay Fothergill, the A-Sun’s leading scorer, led the team with 20. She hit 6-of-16 shots from the floor, including 3-of-9 from three-pointrange.
Stetson’s offense began to show why it is the top offense in the league, using runs of 11-0, 9-0 and 8-0 to push its lead to 28 and put the game out of reach. The victory was Stetson’s 16th straight after a conference-opening loss to FGCU.
“We talk about it every day,” Brown said. “If we get better every day, then at some point we will get a big return on our investment. We just have to keep working.”
Chandler Cooper scored all 15 of her points in the second half – all on 3-pointers. Bliss and Kelli Smith also hit five bombs to add 17 and 15 respectively.
Ashley Southern poured in 14 points and 11 boards for her 20th double-double of the season. She is now one double-double shy of tying the A-Sun’s single season record of 21.
The Hatters put seven players in double-figures, led by C.J. Coddington and Brianti Saunders’ 20 points.
Amber Porter added 16 points and 10 boards.
Lipscomb hit 32-of-70 shots for a 45.7 percent field goal percentage. It drained 18-of-42 attempts from behind the arc and 6-of-10 from the stripe.
The Lady Bisons dished 26 assists and coughed it up 18 times.
“Our 26 assists on 32 baskets shows how we played,” Brown said. “I thought we really distributed the ball well today. We just have to keep it up and keep improving with each day.
“It is frustrating to see things like that not show up in the final box. There are things we see on the court that show us that there is an improvement defensively. We look a lot at deflections, where we average 30 per game. If we can get that number to 35, it will make a difference.”
Stetson hit 41-of-71 from the floor (57.7 percent), 10-of-15 from three and 20-of-22 from the line.
The Hatters edged Lipscomb in rebounding 38-33.
Lipscomb returns to action Thursday when ETSU visits Allen Arena for a 6 p.m. tip.
“I want to see us continue to grow,” Brown said. “To rebound as well as we did against a strong, athletic team is encouraging.
“I thought we moved and distributed the ball good today. We talked before the game that in order to make big changes, we must make small, gradual changes first. And at some point, it will all come together.”