Late scoring droughts cost the Lady Bisons the win against Kennesaw State

Late scoring droughts cost the Lady Bisons the win against Kennesaw State

Lipscomb (4-13, 1-3) was unable to even its conference record, blowing an eight-point lead to Kennesaw State (7-7, 1-2) in the loss on Monday night. Both teams’ defenses played strong in the early minutes of the game, forcing turnovers and bad shots, to keep scoring slow. However, Lipscomb’s junior forward Taylor Clark was able to find her way to the basket and establish herself, scoring five of the Lady Bisons’ first seven points. The first half was a sloppy one. Five minutes into the game, the teams had combined for a total of eight turnovers. Lipscomb was able to improve on that front. Kennesaw State was not and finished the quarter with eight total turnovers and the half with 13, including several travelling violations. Despite this difference, much of the half was very close. Kennesaw State was able to keep the Lady Bisons’ leading scorer, freshman guard Jalyn Holcomb, in check. She had only four points in the half. The Bisons were also severely outrebounded throughout much of the first half, by a margin of 20-10 by its end. Lipscomb was finally able to put a scoring run together in the late stages of the second quarter, going on a 14-3 run and leading by as much as eight, the largest lead of the game to that point. Freshman guard Casey Collier and a couple key 3-pointers from sophomore guard Taylor Hammack led the charge for the Lady Bisons. A scoring run by the Owls to start the second half saw Lipscomb’s lead shrink to just two. Lipscomb would get the lead back up to four, and back-to-back threes...
Lady Bisons fall to North Alabama Lions in ASUN home opener

Lady Bisons fall to North Alabama Lions in ASUN home opener

The Lipscomb Lady Bisons (4-12, 1-2 ASUN) struggled to stick with the faster, more pressuring style of defense of the UNA Lions (12-3, 3-0 ASUN), falling 84-72. Lipscomb was also extremely limited from the free-point line, a spot where it has been dominant from (.799 percentage from the line entering the game). Though they only led for a total of 1:53, the Lady Bisons kept it close for much of the first half. Turnovers plagued both teams early, as both teams gave up possessions leading to easy fast breaks and scores for the other side. Both teams settled in after the early run by UNA, making it a much closer affair, with the Lady Bisons taking their first lead on a 3-point shot from freshman guard Blythe Pearson late in the first quarter. Much of the second quarter was similar to the first, with the Lions staying in front but Lipscomb doing enough to keep it close. That all changed when a combination of poor ball handling and passes leading to turnovers (Lipscomb ended the half with 10 total compared to UNA’s four), only shooting 16.7% from the field in the quarter, and an inability to get to the free-throw line (going 0-2 in the half) where the team has been so dominant saw UNA going on a 17-0 run to end the half ahead 38-22. Although for much of the third quarter the damage caused by the end of the first half did not get worse, a three and a layup from UNA’s senior guard Ivy Wallen had Lipscomb fall behind by 20 points. However, Lipscomb didn’t stop...
Lipscomb women’s soccer survives penalty-kick duel to win second consecutive ASUN title

Lipscomb women’s soccer survives penalty-kick duel to win second consecutive ASUN title

It all came down to who missed first during penalty kicks, and Lipscomb had just enough to pull off a 4-3 thriller over the Kennessaw State Owls to win to win the 2019 ASUN soccer championship. It is the second consecutive title and seventh consecutive win this year. The Owls took control early, dominating the time of possession and creating several chances to score. However, Lipscomb’s “bend but don’t break” style of defense allowed them to escape the first ten minutes without conceding a goal. In the next several minutes, the Lady Bisons created enough space to find several of their own chances at the goal. Olivia Doak had several chances to score in the first half. Two of them were being near empty boxes and one on a corner kick, but good defense, an errant pass and an offside call ended those efforts. Lipscomb and Doak’s offensive advances paid off in the 15th minute, when Doak received a pass from Molly Grant, and put the shot into the upper corner of the net. “[The goal] gave us confidence,” Lipscomb coach Kevin O’Brien said. “We started playing better after that.” Lipscomb had control of the time of possession in the latter stages of the half, but the Owls still came close to equalizing. Goalkeeper Melissa Gray kept the ball out of the goal with several key saves and other defensive efforts. Lipscomb had eight offside penalties in the first half and added one more on its first possession of the second half, which would end up setting the tone for the half. The Lady Bisons never seemed to be able...
Garrison Mathews takes next steps to become professional NBA player

Garrison Mathews takes next steps to become professional NBA player

The last couple of weeks have been big for former Bison Men’s Basketball standout Garrison Mathews. Not long after officially signing a two-way contract with the Washington Wizards, Mathews participated in the NBA Summer League with the team. He played in the final two of the team’s four games. Playing against the Los Angeles Clippers, Matthews was in the game for 19 minutes and scored seven points on 3-4 shooting from the field. His points included the first three of the game. In the Wizards’ final game against the Atlanta Hawks, Mathews had significantly more playing time, scoring 11 points (nine of which came from 3-pointers) in 30 minutes. Mathews will look to bring his ability to score from beyond to the arc to the next step in his journey to play for an NBA team during the regular season. He will be playing the majority of his minutes with Washington’s G League affiliate, the Capital City Go-Go. Mathews will have some time off between now and when he has to report to the Wizards organization once again. The official date for the start of both NBA and G League training camps has not been announced yet, but they typically begin in late September and October, respectively. Per NBA regulations, Mathews could spend training camp on the Wizards roster if the organization so chooses. Otherwise, he will do it as a member of the Go-Go. After training camp, Mathews will then play in the G League regular season. The season begins in the fall, shortly after its training camps, and has its playoffs in the spring. At any point...
Garrison Mathews signs two-way contract with the Washington Wizards

Garrison Mathews signs two-way contract with the Washington Wizards

Even though he didn’t hear his name called during the draft, the reigning ASUN Player of the Year is still headed to an NBA team. Garrison Mathews signed a two-way deal with the Washington Wizards. This means that, although he takes up one of the 17 roster spots for Washington, Mathews will spend the majority of his time with the Wizard’s G League affiliate (the NBA’s minor league, previously called the D League) this season. He will only be allowed to spend 45 days per season with the Wizards “big league” franchise itself throughout the duration of the contract. The Wizards were one of the four teams Mathews worked out for prior to the NBA Draft June 20. If Mathews does well enough in the G League to make it onto the primary Wizards squad, he would become the first Bison to play in an NBA game. Washington’s G League team is called the Capital City Go-Go. When at home, they play at St. Elizabeth’s East Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C. The next step for Mathews is the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, which takes place from July 5-15 and will be his first chance to go against competition at the NBA level. If he is still on the roster after the Summer League, Mathews will play in the G League regular season that is 50-games long and begins in the fall. Official schedules for when the league begins have not yet been released. This move comes after Mathews’ record-breaking career at Lipscomb. He is the school’s all-time leading scorer (with 2,478 total points) and three-pointers...