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3/11/2014 | Alico Arena (Fort Myers, Fla.) | Attendance: 1279
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Lipscomb women’s basketball season ended Tuesday night as No. 1 seeded Florida Gulf Coast defeated the No. 8 seeded Lady Bisons 92-53 in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Sun Championship.
The Lady Bisons (6-24) struggled from the tip, starting 1-of-22 from the floor over the first 12 minutes of action. FGCU (24-7) used Lipscomb’s woes to take a 23-3 lead over that stretch.
“FGCU is very good,” Lipscomb coach Greg Brown said. “We have a young team and tonight was a lot of our players first tournament experience. It is a growth process. I thought once we settled down, we did some good things in the second half.”
Lipscomb struggled in the first half, going 3-34 from the field while the Eagles drained six threes and shot 47.2 percent (17-36) to take a 46-10 lead at the break.
“We didn’t make any adjustments,” Brown said. “We just tried to do better what we normally do. I thought we did play with more poise and composure in the second half.”
The second half was much different for Lipscomb, shooting 43.9 percent (18-41).
Whitney Knight knocked down three-straight 3-pointers early in the second half to give FGCU a 59-12 lead at the 17:27 mark.
After that run, the Lady Bisons began to find their stroke.
Down 63-19, Lipscomb used a 15-3 run to make it a 66-31 game with 12 minutes to play.
But FGCU offense continued to click, shooting 61.5 percent in the second half on 16-of-26 shooting.
“With a young team it is hard to walk straight in to Ft. Myers and compete well, “Brown said. “As our players sat on the bench, they talked about different things they saw. We understand from a leadership standpoint the opportunities that are there. We have a lot of freshmen coming back next year, so we have to grow on an upward trajectory and develop from it.”
Ashley Southern grabbed her 22nd double-double of the season with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
“The good thing about Ashley is that she had a great sophomore year,” Brown said. “It is difficult to get back into it after sitting out a year. But she does have so much more room to improve.”
Chandler Cooper was the only other Lady Bison in double-figures with 10.
Sarah Hansen showed why she is the A-Sun’s Player of the Year, going 7-of-10 from the floor for 18 points to lead all scorers.
Amanda Moore and Stephanie Haas added 17 each for FGCU.
With the loss, the Lady Bisons will get some time off before getting back to work this summer.