Lipscomb women’s basketball team falls to Eastern Illinois without Harrison and Shelton

Lipscomb women’s basketball team falls to Eastern Illinois without Harrison and Shelton

Coming off two straight losses during the ASUN-MAAC challenge last weekend, Lipscomb was looking to bounce back at home against the Eastern Illinois Panthers Sunday afternoon. Without starting sophomore center Dorie Harrison and starting junior guard Sydney Shelton, the Bisons had quite a challenge.giving their leading scorer, freshman guard Jalyn Holcomb, a supporting cast. Much of the first half was controlled by the Panthers’ disruptive offense in the paint, behind 6’1” sophomore center Abby Wahl’s 12 first-half points. For the Bisons, junior forward Taylor Clark and senior forward Emily Kmec both got into early foul trouble, which aided in EIU’s success down low. “We’ve faced adversity all season, so it’s nothing new,” Lipscomb head coach Lauren Sumski said. “But we need to be smarter. We need to execute better. We can’t turn the ball over 22 times.” The Bisons ended the first half and began the first half on a 24-13 run to cut the Panthers lead to 4, but fouls and turnovers ended the Bisons’ hopes of completing the comeback The Panthers capitalized by scoring 22 points on Lipscomb’s 22 turnovers. Combined the two teams finished with 49 fouls, including 30 in the second half. After her 17 second-half points, sophomore guard Jordyn Hughes finished the day as the leading scorer for Eastern Illinois, and for the Bisons, Holcomb scored 18 points.  “We left young ladies open in transition and they knocked down shots,” Sumski said. For this squad, their focus is on using these non-conference games to grow before conference play begins in January. “We just need to lock in and focus and getting better at finishing possessions,...
Size and experience prove too much for Bisons in their loss to Xavier

Size and experience prove too much for Bisons in their loss to Xavier

For the third consecutive game, the Bisons were on the road and without three of their starters. Senior guard Michael Buckland, sophomore guard Greg Jones, and sophomore guard Jake Wolfe, sat out, leaving a smaller and younger roster to face off against the five upperclassmen starters for the Xavier Musketeers, who were all 6’4” or taller. Saturday afternoon, Lipscomb traveled north to Cincinnati where they fell to No. 25 Xavier 87-62. “We were without three guys that are really key to our team, so I thought we got tired in several instances in both halves and that’s when they went on runs,” Lipscomb head coach Lennie Acuff said. With their speed, the undersized Lipscomb roster was able to disrupt Xavier’s offense for the first ten minutes of the game, but once the Musketeers got into a rhythm in the paint, the Bisons couldn’t find an answer. On both the offense and defense, Lipscomb struggled to get rebounds, allowing Xavier to score 24 second-chance points. “We have to be a little more physical. We need to turn freshman into sophomores and juniors – that would help. They had grown men out there. But we are going to be fine; we just need to keep working.” It was not all bad news for Lipscomb though. Freshman guard KJ Johnson finished with a career-high 25 points and sophomore center Ahsan Asadullah came up just one rebound short of a double-double with 18 points and 9 rebounds.  “I was proud of how hard our guys fought,” Acuff said. “It was a one-point game with eight or nine minutes left in the first half,...
Late-game turnovers cost the Lady Bisons the win against the Racers

Late-game turnovers cost the Lady Bisons the win against the Racers

  Sparked by Lady Bisons’ turnovers, the visiting Murray State Racers staged a late-game comeback to walk away with a 67-57 victory in a game that has Lipscomb coach Lauren Sumski perplexed. After holding the edge in the turnover battle in the first half, Lipscomb allowed 15 second-half turnovers while Murray State only allowed three. “We are better than that,” Sumski said after the Tuesday loss. “We are better than giving up 19 and 25 points in the third and fourth quarter.” Despite the fact that the Lady Bisons were unable to hit a three-point shot until late in the second quarter, it was Lipscomb that jumped out to an eight-point early in the game. Going into the halftime break, Sumski and her team still held a six-point lead, led by sophomore guard Jane Deason’s seven points and sophomore center Dorie Harrison’s six points.  Entering the second half, the Lady Bisons extended their lead to 10 before four consecutive turnovers cut the lead to three.  “They made a lot of the shots that we gave them from poor communication and poor transition,” Sumski said.  The Racers took advantage of these missed opportunities from the Bisons and went on 25-9 run to close out the game behind sophomore guard Macey Turley’s 20 points and freshman forward Macie Gibson’s 19 points.  “We are better than that defensively,” Sumski said. “But tonight I felt like they beat us to 50-50 balls, and they turned it on when it mattered. We didn’t respond in the second half when they went on their run.” The Lady Bisons continue to play this weekend in the...
2019-2020 Season Preview: Lipscomb women’s basketball ready to show the world

2019-2020 Season Preview: Lipscomb women’s basketball ready to show the world

Arriving on the heels of one of the worst seasons in program history, new women’s basketball head coach Lauren Sumski is embracing the doubters as the motivation for her team. “We were excited,” Sumski said.“I was fired up when they [the ASUN preseason poll] picked us ninth.” This is just the response you would expect if you have spent any time with the young head coach. Her excitement, enthusiasm and can-do attitude are a breath of fresh air for a team that many times last season seemed defeated before they even took the court. “Usually, all of those preseason rankings are just based off of the former season, and that’s exactly where we finished,” Sumski said. “We don’t make any qualms about it; we never have.” But Sumski knows something that the poll voters do not: this is an entirely new team. “We have a lot of returners who I think have stepped up and improved in different ways,” she said. “We have some transfers that I think are going to add to us tremendously. And I think we have some young kids who are really going to be able to step up and help us really early as well.” One of those returners is junior guard Taylor Clark, who was voted as ASUN preseason player of the year. Clark, who missed parts of last season with injuries, was Lipscomb’s leading scorer last season and the only player who averaged double-digit points. Adding to the Lady Bisons’ roster is former Kentucky guard and redshirt sophomore transfer Dorie Harrison, who played all 32 games for the Wildcats and averaged 6.7...
Garrison Mathews becomes the first Bison to play in an NBA game

Garrison Mathews becomes the first Bison to play in an NBA game

For the first time in the history of Lipscomb basketball, a former Bison played in a regular-season NBA game. Garrison Mathews took the court for the Washington Wizards in their season opener against the Dallas Mavericks.  With just under a minute left in the 4th quarter, Wizards coach Scott Brooks brought rookies Mathews and former Virginia Tech standout Justin Robinson in to close out the game for Washington.  Mathews signed a two-way contract with the Wizards earlier this summer, which allows him to play in the NBA for 45 days and with the Wizards’ affiliate, the Capital City Go-Gos, for the remainder of the season.  In his one minute of playing time, Mathews assisted fellow two-way player, Chris Chiozza, on a three, cutting the Mavericks winning margin to only eight, 108-100. However, Mathews was not the only player to make his NBA debut Wednesday night; across the court, fellow former Bison, Zach Flener, opened the season as a member of Dallas’s player development team.  Prior to the game, Mathews and Flener were able to meet to wish each other luck as they both begin their new careers.  Continue to follow the Washington Wizards as Garrison continues his NBA career and check back for updates on his career here at Lumination...