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...
Garrison Mathews records career-high 28 points against Miami Heat

Garrison Mathews records career-high 28 points against Miami Heat

Down seven players, including leading scorer Bradley Beal, the Washington Wizards pulled off an upset win Tuesday  night against the second-best team in the NBA, the Miami Heat. The Wizards’ success is due to their bench production, where they outscored Miami 80-27, including a career-high 28 points from former Lipscomb Bison Garrison Mathews.  Mathews, a two-way player with the Capital City Go-Gos, was recently recalled to join the injury-ridden Wizards. Entering the game in the first quarter, Mathews quickly scored on a jumper, but it was not until the second quarter when Mathews got into a scoring rhythm. In that second period, he scored 20 points, while the Heat was only able to score 24 points. It's quick! 👌#WizHeat | @gmathews_24 pic.twitter.com/oUMNsIuWZ5 — Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) December 31, 2019 Joining Mathews with a career high was Ian Mahinmi, who contributed 25 points; Jordan McRae led the team with 29 points.  At the half, Wizards assistant coach David Adkins was asked about the strong performances from Mahinmi, McRae and Mathews; his response: “That’s 61 first-half points!” Speaking of Mathews, Adkins said, “Well, you know his nickname is ‘Wild Thing.’” And Mathews lived up to the name. While his offensive performance was not as strong in the second half, finishing with just 6 points after the break, he continued to draw attention, defenders and fouls, which opened up his teammates for shots. Mathews finished the night with 28 points, including four three-pointers and four assists. Mathews earned a standing ovation when he entered the game in the third quarter, accompanied by “M-V-P” chants, and the fan support continued when two questionable...
Campus security prepares for holiday boost in Green Hills-area crime

Campus security prepares for holiday boost in Green Hills-area crime

Just in the past week, there have been ten thefts and two burglaries reported in the Green Hills area. Lipscomb security has stepped up for the holidays knowing the crime rate increases around this time of year. “This has been a pretty good semester for us. We are off to a pretty good start. We want to finish up strong, of course, but so far we have been blessed,” said Lipscomb Security Lt.  Patrick Cameron. There were five burglaries and two motor vehicle theft reports on Lipscomb’s campus within the entire 2018 year, according to the 2019 annual crime report. This has been an increasing number from the years prior but, campus security has done everything they can to secure the campus. “We have tried to, if possible, take lunch or dinner breaks inside the vehicles so we are still out and to have those extra eyes and just to remind everyone that it is that time of year where we do see an uptick in incidents,” said Cameron. “The campus crime rate has not increased but the surrounding areas have. We continue to see, through the weekly reports from Metro, that it’s all around us,” said Cameron. According to Neighborhood Scout, with a crime rate of 52 per one thousand residents, Nashville has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes. From the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One’s chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 19. “We have a good bit of campus secured with cameras and this allows us...
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...
Angel Tree comes to campus to allow students to spread holiday cheer

Angel Tree comes to campus to allow students to spread holiday cheer

The Lipscomb Intercultural Honor Society has paired up with the Salvation Army to bring the annual Angel Tree program to campus. The Angel Tree brings Christmas to those who might not be able to afford things for their families or themselves during the holiday season. This program allows Lipscomb students to get involved in the community by helping out those in need. To get involved, stop by the student center 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 6-8. There you will find a Christmas tree full of names with lists of what those people need or want. The age range is from 3-80 and the goal is to get something for everyone. Helping out does not come with a hefty price tag either; you can spend no less than $10 but no more than $50. Kiana Rafiei works in the Office of Intercultural Development and helped out with the Angel Tree program last year. “I helped an elderly woman,” she said. “She needed a few random things like towels and pillows. It was so rewarding knowing you helped someone during the holiday season.” As the Christmas season approaches, see if you can help an angel in need. You could even pair up with another student if you both want to help bring someone some holiday cheer. Once you’ve shopped for your angel, drop off your gift in the Office of Intercultural Development at the bottom of the student...
Kirk Franklin boycotts Dove Awards after police-brutality speech is edited

Kirk Franklin boycotts Dove Awards after police-brutality speech is edited

Gospel artist Kirk Franklin says he will boycot future Dove Awards, the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and the Gospel Music Association (GMA), until “tangible plans are put in place to protect and champion diversity.” The GMA has responded by beginning a process to reconcile with Franklin and other stars who have announced support for him. The GMA Dove Awards, an annual show that recognizes achievement in the Christian music industry, took place on Lipscomb University’s campus for the seventh consecutive year on Oct. 16. Franklin’s boycott, that he announced early in November, is in response to the network removing comments during his Artist of the Year award acceptance speech. Franklin spoke of  the death of a 28-year-old black woman who died after a Fort Worth police officer shot through her window Oct. 12. “A young girl by the name of Atatiana Jefferson was shot and killed in her home by a policeman, and I am just asking that we send up prayers for her family and for his,” Franklin said. “And asking that we send up prayers for that 8-year-old little boy that saw that tragedy.” That moment, along with others, was edited out of the 50th Annual Dove Awards television broadcast. In response, Franklin took to social media and posted a video calling for a boycott of the show. He said the ultimate goal of the boycott is “reconciliation and accountability.” “It is important for those in charge to be informed,” he said. “Not only did they edit my speech, they edited the African-American experience.” Franklin said that this isn’t the first time the GMAs have chosen to...