Lady Bisons fall short versus FGCU

Lady Bisons fall short versus FGCU

The Lady Bisons could not quite take down the Goliath of Atlantic Sun women’s basketball on Monday night, falling to Florida Gulf Coast (19-3, 5-0 ASUN) by a score of 68-54. Lipscomb hung tough throughout the entire game until the last few minutes. “You can’t judge anything that you do by the final score,” Lipscomb coach Greg Brown said. “I think we can look at our intensity.” The Lady Bisons (6-14, 2-3 ASUN) went on a 10-0 run late in the third quarter to pull even at 48. FGCU’s largest lead throughout the game was eight until the final five minutes, when the Eagles closed on a 20-6 run. Brown was pleased with his team after the game. The Eagles are ranked #1 among mid-major schools by College Insider and have also received votes in the AP Top 25 Poll. “Your margin of error is very small,” Coach Brown said. “I’m very proud of what we were able to do, and I think it’s big for them to understand that they are capable of doing a lot of things.” The Lady Bisons relied heavily on the scoring of senior Loren Cagle and freshman Taylor Clark. Cagle led all scorers with 20 points, and Clark added 14. Redshirt freshman Emily Kmec scored just three points in the game on one-of-nine shooting, despite averaging 10 points per game this season. Coach Brown was not worried about her performance. “She’s a good shooter,” Coach Brown said. “That’ll happen. She still had seven rebounds, deflections, one assist, no turnovers and a blocked shot, so there’s always more ways to contribute. Her length helps...
Eric Ansett earns Men’s Golf ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors

Eric Ansett earns Men’s Golf ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors

Junior golfer Eric Ansett picked up his game on the course this season, but he was recently recognized for his work in the classroom as well. Ansett was given the honor of the Atlantic Sun’s Men’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the Golf Championship banquet. He becomes the first Bison to ever win the award in men’s golf. Ansett currently has a 3.71 grade point average as he finished out his third year as a Journalism and New Media major at Lipscomb. The Spokane, WA, native was a member of the All-Academic team last year, but he laid claim to the top academic honor this year. Despite last year’s selection, Ansett was still surprised to receive the award. “I was not expecting the award at all, but it was still an honor to receive it,” Ansett said. “I think it’s something to be proud of, to excel on the course and in the classroom, but to be recognized for it is just an extra bonus. There were probably plenty of other guys who deserved it just as much.” Ansett kept this attitude as he discussed how he keeps his grades up. “I wouldn’t say I have a secret formula or anything, but when you miss so much school, I have found two things to be crucial,” Ansett said. “First, don’t be afraid to meet with your teachers to go over things. They are always there to help. And second, pick good friends who will always take good notes for you. Those two things will literally save your life.” Ansett wants to be a sports journalist one day and...
Lipscomb, local jazz musicians close out year with a bang

Lipscomb, local jazz musicians close out year with a bang

“It meant a lot to go out on a bang like this.” Senior Glenn Hill could not stop smiling after the Jazz and Improvisation Workshop Concert on Wednesday night in Shamblin Theatre. The show, directed by Music Adjuncts Marcus Finnie and Kyle Whalum, featured many Lipscomb students like Hill alongside professionals in the music industry, including Whalum’s father, Grammy-winner Kirk Whalum. The students involved worked hard in their Jazz and Improvisation Workshop this semester to develop their soloing skills. Many had not soloed in front of an audience before Wednesday. Director Kyle Whalum was excited to see the students’ work come to fruition because he knows how scary it can be. “When a student jumps in for the first time and goes for it, that’s what it’s all about,” Whalum said. Whalum also compared the fear to something a little more “modern”. “It’s an incredibly difficult thing to say you’re going to do,” Whalum noted. “I think in modern terms, it’d be like freestyle rapping. How many times have you been hanging out, someone’s free-styling, and you kind of want to, but you’re way too scared to? That’s what it feels like.” These young musicians were not only able to exhibit their abilities, but they were joined by seasoned veterans who were able to throw down their own solos. “The concert would have been great regardless, but having them here made it even better.” Whalum’s father, Kirk Whalum, headlined the night, and is a Grammy-winning sax player who has soloed for many, including the late Whitney Houston. “We’re just so honored to have world-class musicians — which Nashville has...
Lumination Radio provides entertainment for listeners while rewarding contributors

Lumination Radio provides entertainment for listeners while rewarding contributors

Lipscomb students contribute to the on-campus radio station Lumination Radio to produce content varying from music to sports, finding their work paid off in a sense of achievement. Senior Anna McClure, Lumination Radio’s program director, oversees the schedule for the 24/7 radio station. She spends a lot of her time working with music, people who want to make a podcast and both live broadcasts of The Gathering and sports events. “I love being a part of the live broadcasts that we do,” McClure said. “Seeing everyone come together to produce a broadcast is incredibly rewarding. It’s been one of the most rewarding aspects of my role as program director.” Senior Sports Director KJ Lauck puts together groups for each sports broadcast and works with athletics to execute each game. Lauck said he shares similar feelings toward the broadcasts. “My favorite thing about broadcasting is preparing for the game and doing research, and then being able to use that during a game,” Lauck said. “It’s a feeling of accomplishment.” There is a wide range of people that contribute to these broadcasts, some that are even outside the Communications department. “I’ve called games with people from different majors like English, and it was smooth,” Lauck says. “Everyone who wants to participate can participate. There are no exceptions.” Radio Assistant Wayne Campbell oversees all production of the radio station. Campbell noted that he sees a lot of talent and good content through Lumination Radio. “I’m always proud when our students win awards for their work — and there have been several in the past couple of months; but I’m never prouder than when...
Lady Bisons come up short against Jacksonville on Saturday

Lady Bisons come up short against Jacksonville on Saturday

The Lady Bisons battled hard in Allen Arena on Saturday but dropped their fifth game in a row to Jacksonville 73-67. After falling to a 10-2 deficit at the beginning of the game, Lipscomb went on a 12-2 run and ended the first quarter with a 19-18 lead. Following that run, Jacksonville led most of the first half, holding a 39-35 lead at halftime. Loshaveon Jones filled in well, keeping Lipscomb in the game in the first half scoring 11 points with 5 rebounds. Alex Banks took charge in the third quarter scoring 12 of her 18 points on four three pointers in that quarter alone. Assistant Coach Courtney Locke praised both Jones and Banks’ performance. “The biggest thing that Shay (Loshaveon) and Alex did was hit the offensive boards, and I think that was crucial in putting Jacksonville on their heels,” Locke said. Riley Northway, who has seemed like a sparkplug at times this season for the Lady Bisons, took a seat on the bench as she picked up her third foul just 38 seconds into the second quarter. The teams traded the lead back and forth throughout the rest of the game. Jacksonville forward Kayla Gordon fouled out, and two other Dolphins finished with four fouls. “The one thing that Jacksonville doesn’t want to do is foul, so putting them into position to guard us off the dribble was a big part of the game plan,” Locke said. “I thought we executed it very well.” That game plan kept the game close all the way to the end. Meredith Lovelady’s attempt of a go-ahead three for Lipscomb rimmed...