Williams’ 25 points not enough as men’s hoops fall to UNF

Williams’ 25 points not enough as men’s hoops fall to UNF

The Lipscomb men’s basketball team (11-11, 3-2 ASUN) fell short of a second half comeback as it was unable to slow the roll of the North Florida Ospreys (9-13, 4-1 ASUN). Things weren’t looking good for the Bisons right off the bat in the jam-packed arena as UNF jumped ahead 18-7 only six minutes into the first half. The Ospreys continued to dominate the half with their speed and ability to spread out the floor as they extended their lead to 14 after nine minutes of play. “I thought North Florida was the aggressor early,” Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander said. “They played inspired and with great confidence, and because of it, they got out to a good lead. We were a little rattled, and they defended us well. It took as a long time to respond.” Josh Williams kept the Bisons alive by leading the way with 16 points in the first half, but the team was plagued with foul trouble in the first half, causing Lipscomb to pull players from the bench earlier than expected. North Florida’s Dallas Moore showed why he is the defending ASUN Player of the Year as he exploded in the first half, scoring 14 points consecutively and finishing the half with 20 points. The Bisons continued to fight their way back into the game although they were just 35 percent from the field and 5-of-22 on the court. The Ospreys controlled the first half offensively and defensively by spreading out the Lipscomb offense and forcing them to take quick and off-balance shots. The Bisons struggled to get second shots, and before you...
Lady Bisons land first conference win

Lady Bisons land first conference win

Things are looking up for the Lady Bisons as they grabbed their first ASUN victory against North Florida in UNF Arena Saturday afternoon. In a tight game with 16 lead-changes, junior Loren Cagle took matters into her own hands as she sliced through the lane with a couple of seconds remaining in the final quarter and nailed a game-winning layup to clinch the victory 60-58. The game was tied at 58, and the Lady Bisons were without their two leading scorers due to foul trouble. This game-winner gave Lipscomb a much-needed boost after a slow start to the season. The last time the Lady Bisons defeated an ASUN team was in 2015 against North Florida. Lipscomb started off the game strong, jumping ahead 14-11 in the first quarter. Shooting only 27% from the field, the Bisons hit some shots that had not been falling in previous games. The Lady Bisons were able to stretch out the Ospreys defense and play to their strengths, utilizing the fast-breaks they were given. Despite UNF’s height advantage, athleticism and length, the Lady Bison’s did an excellent job of sticking to their fundamentals and blocking out. The second quarter brought on a drought for Lipscomb. In addition to an almost scoreless quarter, Lipscomb was plagued by careless turnovers. This lapse in play allowed UNF to jump ahead 24-14. Coach Brown must have said something at the half that woke the women up because they came out hot in the third quarter. Alex Banks, who led with 22 points, broke the shooting-slump and fired in back-to-back threes that gave Lipscomb a spark. Banks was 4-4...
Lipscomb students, staff prepare for inauguration

Lipscomb students, staff prepare for inauguration

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) As president-elect Donald Trump takes his oath of office at 11 a.m. central time in Washington, Lipscomb students and Tennesseans have their own festivities planned in Nashville. Although polls released this week revealed that 45th president has a historically low approval rating for an incoming president, political science professor Dr. Marc Schwerdt said the inauguration has the potential to be another unique aspect of the Trump presidency. “I think the optics of this are going to be memorable even if his words are not especially, but then the contrast is going to be between his Twitter demeanor and his rally demeanor versus the temperament you’re expected to show from the actual backside of the Capitol building looking out over the mall,” Schwerdt said. “You’re looking for that Lincoln-type temperament. You’re not looking for that ringmaster from Barnum and Bailey.” Lipscomb junior Joel Cottrill cast his first vote in a presidential election for Trump and is ready to watch him take the Oval Office, despite Trump not being his first choice for the Republican Party. “I am somewhat excited for a Trump presidency, ” Cottrill said. “I think it’s a total change compared to where we have been even with previous Republicans. All major television networks will be broadcasting the inauguration such as ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Univision and Telemundo, and the cable networks CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Bloomberg and C-SPAN. For those looking to watch the event online, Youtube, the New York Times, the Washington Post, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and NPR will be live streaming. The White House also offers a live stream. Lipscomb sophomore...
Worship chapel moves to a biweekly gathering

Worship chapel moves to a biweekly gathering

Worship Chapel will not meet this Thursday, Jan. 19, as it transitions to a biweekly schedule for the rest of the semester. Hosted in Collins Alumni Auditorium, Worship Chapel is led by a team of students and consists of five to seven a cappella songs sprinkled with biblical readings. It often leads the other breakout chapels in attendance. Chapel Coordinator Jamie Keiser said that the decision to make it biweekly partially came about due to student behavior during the service. “Last semester, we noticed that a lot of students were going to Worship Chapel because it was the quickest to get out,” Keiser said. (Though the chapel period runs from 10:55-11:45 on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the semester, Worship Chapel generally ends around 11:30.) “And they can kind of just do whatever in that chapel.” In theory, students that traditionally attended Worship Chapel by default will try other breakout chapels that interest them, and the biweekly Worship Chapels will be attended by students that are eager to participate, not just those seeking the easiest option. Sophomore Grant Malone admitted that many students use their phones or work on homework during Worship Chapel. However, he noted that it is an “interactive” option that keeps students engaged, especially compared to some of the traditional, lesson-based breakout chapels. “It doesn’t feel like a lecture or another class,” said the psychology major, who regularly attends Worship Chapel on Thursdays. “If I’m sitting down listening to someone speak at me, I’m going to be on my phone.” Malone added that he expected students to be frustrated at first with the new schedule, but that they would quickly...
Spring, summer mission teams use Missions Fair to find volunteers

Spring, summer mission teams use Missions Fair to find volunteers

After chapel on Tuesday Jan. 17, Lipscomb Missions hosted the spring Missions Fair in the student center. Roughly a dozen tables lined the second floor of Bennett as students visited each mission table to learn more about the trips available during the coming months. Each presentation contained images and cultural treasures 

from the countries. Students were able to leave their name and email address on a sign-up sheet available at each table in order to get more information about the trip. After the fall Missions Fair last semester, 12 of the original 50+ teams still have spots remaining on the upcoming trips. Most of the trips presented at the spring Missions Fair are for trips offered in 

the summer, but there were a few spring break options left. Erin 

King, senior intern for the Missions Office, said she is passionate about missions and has 

been on several different mission trips through Lipscomb. “If you feel a tug at all or

 have any interest, just look into it because you don’t know where that could

 lead you and what God could do through you,” King said. “Don’t let anything get between you and 

going on a mission trip. It is pretty much guaranteed that something beautiful

 and amazing is going to happen.” Junior Emily 

Gibbons, a past member of the Lipscomb Philippines mission trip, sat at the Philippines table to provide more information for students that had 

questions about the trip. She said the group is still looking for members to 

join for the summer trip. “We worked with 

two different ministries,” Gibbons said. “One was with under-privileged kids and the other with 

homeless kids. We did an...
Women’s tennis goes down 4-3 in season opener

Women’s tennis goes down 4-3 in season opener

The Lipscomb women’s tennis team kicked off their much-anticipated season Friday evening at the Whitworth Tennis Center against University of Alabama at Birmingham. The Lady Bisons fought hard in an epic clash between the Blazers, but they eventually went down 4-3. Still, with only six girls competing for Lipscomb due to injuries, the team showed no hesitance on the court. Bison’s Vika Dzyuba and Denise Buberl edged out UAB’s Parbis Kianoush and Marlene Herrman with a 6-4 win. Maddie Brooks and Thabile Tshatedi also had no trouble dispatching their opponents Hana Sisirak and Reghan Lynch 6-3, despite Hannah Gamage and Jaclyn Findlay’s losing 6-4. The Lady Bisons continued with the momentum into the singles rubber with Brooks and Tshatedi winning both their matches giving Lipscomb a 3-0 lead. The rest of the singles matches did not go as smoothly with Buberl and Gamage both losing in 6-4, 6-1 and 6-3, 6-2. Lipscomb’s number one player Dzyuba was forced to retire against her opponent at 7-6, 2-6, 3-4, leaving the score at three matches a piece. It was all up to Findlay as the match fell on her shoulders who was ousted 1-6, 7-5, and 6-4 against the Blazers Natalie Voss. “We had a very good chance of winning,” sophmore Findlay said. “We got a little unlucky, but we all fought really hard. It was close, and I’ll be back ready for our next match.” The team’s loss will be the least of Head Coach Jamie Aid’s worries as they prepare for Sunday’s match against MTSU. The Lady Bisons will travel to Murfreesboro on Sunday at 12 p.m. to take on MTSU’s...