Intramurals offer ways for any student to get involved with sports

Intramurals offer ways for any student to get involved with sports

Whether it’s in soccer or frisbee or spikeball competition, students at Lipscomb have plenty of opportunities to compete even if they are not involved with intercollegiate athletics. “Intramurals gives the average student the ability to participate in sports in an organized setting,” Kegan York, director of campus recreation and wellness.  “Students can play for prizes such as T-shirts and trophies, while also bringing them together over common things they love, such as soccer, football, and basketball.”  The sports for intramurals are ultimately chosen by the students, and have included non-traditional ones like ultimate Frisbee and spikeball.  The tournaments and leagues are decided upon by feedback the leadership team gets from surveys they send out to students. “We try to time our surveys that we send out to students for the end of an intramural season or just at the end of the semester,” York said.  “We like to cater our intramural schedule based on student participation and the positive feedback we receive for certain sports.”  Along with intramurals being a way for students to get involved in competitive sports on campus, they also provide an outlet for stress during the school year.  “I think it’s a great and healthy way for students to get out a lot of the stresses they have from their classes,” Jenah Park, graduate assistant for intramurals, said.  “Also a lot of people who participate in intramurals played sports in high school, and the sudden transition to not playing anymore can be harsh. So this is a nice way to ease that move.”  “I’m very thankful that the school provides this opportunity, and my favorite...
Men’s basketball leads nation in 3-point percentage

Men’s basketball leads nation in 3-point percentage

A 44% field goal percentage has propelled the Lipscomb men’s basketball team to a 5-2 start. This clip sits as number one amongst NCAA Division-I programs. The team’s best shooters right now are junior guard Greg Jones (42%), freshman guard Tommy Murr (54%), and freshman forward Jacob Ognacevic (60%). Most recently, the team beat Kentucky Christian decisively by a score of 86-67 and converted from behind the arc 13 times. “When we make threes it gives Ahsan (Asadullah) protection,” head coach Lennie Acuff said, “It means they can’t double him. Our ability to make threes is based off our ball movement and taking good shots.” So far in this season it is apparent that the team is doing just that, as better ball movement is leading to improvements from three. Last season the team shot 35% from three and averaged 7 made threes a game. Now the team is shooting well over 40% and makes 9 threes a game. “We don’t shoot a ton of threes, but I think the threes we’ve been taking are good ones.” Acuff said. “I think our shot selection and role definition lead to that. It’s something we worked on a lot in the offseason realizing it was Achilles’ heel for us last year. I’m proud of our guys that their work is paying off.” It has been an approach of quality over quantity from behind the arc for the Bisons, and it has led to the team’s best start through seven games in the Acuff era of Lipscomb basketball. The next matchup for the team is local rival Belmont University, and only time...
Men’s basketball cruises past Kentucky Christian

Men’s basketball cruises past Kentucky Christian

The Lipscomb men’s basketball team earned a competitive yet comfortable decision over the Kentucky Christian University Knights 86-67 Sunday afternoon. After a home win earlier this month over Division III Birmingham-Southern, Lipscomb improves to 2-0 against non-NCAA Division I opposition. The Knights are members of NAIA’s Appalachian Athletic Conference. Freshman forward Jacob Ognacevic paced the Bisons offensively with 27 points in 27 minutes, going 9 of 15 from the field and making 7 of 8 free throw attempts. A freshman Valparaiso transfer from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Ognacevic added 8 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 assists for the Bisons. He led the team in both points and rebounds for the afternoon. Alongside Ognacevic, junior guard Greg Jones made four 3-pointers en route to 17 points for Lipscomb, also adding 5 rebounds. Despite 5th-year junior center Ahsan Asadullah not suiting up for Lipscomb due to a minor injury suffered in a loss to Tennessee Tech last week, the Bisons controlled the paint, mostly via graduate student Parker Hazen. The Columbia City, Indiana-born forward contributed 6 of Lipscomb’s 12 points in the paint, ending with 12 points and 5 rebounds. “I’m happy with the team’s effort,” Hazen said. “Obviously, you look at a stat sheet like this, and there’s a lot of basketball things, but one thing you can’t put on a stat sheet is effort. So that’s something we’ll work towards; obviously, we play a great team on Thursday and [again] on Sunday.” Effort will be a key against Belmont and Chattanooga, both of which are top-tier mid-major programs and in-state rivals that will test the Bisons more than NAIA side KCU....
Women’s basketball wins 12th straight at home, beats Running Eagles

Women’s basketball wins 12th straight at home, beats Running Eagles

The Lipscomb women’s basketball team took down the Life University Running Eagles 72-59 Sunday afternoon. Guards Blythe Pearson and Jordan Peete were the key to Lipscomb’s offensive output, combining for 7-10 3-point shooting and 30 total points. Pearson dropped in a season-high and team-leading 17 points, despite the sophomore wing from Murfreesboro having to play with four fouls for the majority of the second half. “Jordan [Peete] is a fantastic player,” Pearson, a junior shooting guard from Overland Park, Kansas, said. “The way she can drive to the basket definitely pulls the defense so that I get those open shots.” “When [Peete] decides to play aggressive, she’s hard to stop on both ends of the floor,” assistant coach Chris Sumski said. “The effort and competitiveness she played with on the defensive end carried over to the offensive end, so that was fun to watch today,” Sumski said. Both Pearson and center Dorie Harrison ended the third quarter with four fouls, but neither one lost their composure and fouled out for Lipscomb. “We always have to plan ahead of time; we don’t know how the refs are going to call anything,” Pearson said. “We have to control the controlables.” What the Bisons did control was a high-octane offensive display, highlighted by a 25-point 3rd quarter. On a night in which Life outscored Lipscomb in the paint and the two teams finished with equal rebounds, it took effective possessions and capitalizing on turnovers for the Bisons to pull ahead. Lipscomb held a 15-point advantage in points off turnovers, creating a significant advantage that they would go on to need. After a...
Four inductees honored at 2021 Athletics Hall of Fame

Four inductees honored at 2021 Athletics Hall of Fame

The 2021 Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony introduced four new inductees, including long-time employee Andy Lane and three volleyball players: Ann Mullins, Alex Kelly Samuels, and Jake Pease House. The ceremony took place during homecoming weekend and began with an address by Lipscomb President Candace McQueen, who spoke on the importance of athletics in the university.  “Lipscomb was a great place to grow spiritually and help with my goal orientation,” McQueen said. “That is really a testament to what our athletic programs have done for so many other athletes.”  All four inductees gave heartfelt speeches to an audience filled with friends and family, after reminiscing on all that they had accomplished. Athletic Director Philip Hutcheson commented on the strengths of this hall of fame class.  “They are all first ballot hall of famers because of the way they carried themselves and the way they performed,” Hutcheson said. “What they’ve done to elevate our program, and the way they connected to everyone on campus just makes this class special.”  Hall of Fame inductee Andy Lane, who spent 33 years working for the athletic department in various roles, was thankful for the experience and what the ceremony cemented for his legacy.  “It’s such an honor, having worked here a long time, and to be on the other side of an event like this, it’s so humbling,” Lane said. “I am just so thankful and blessed to have this opportunity.”  Lane served as a sports information director, Director of Media Relations, Assistant Director of Marketing, Associate Director of Athletics for Administration, game management, assistant baseball coach, and the softball program’s first-ever...
Men’s basketball dominates Dayton, nabs prestigious non-conference win

Men’s basketball dominates Dayton, nabs prestigious non-conference win

The Lipscomb men’s basketball team handily defeated the Dayton Flyers 78-59 Wednesday night at a sold-out UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio. Over 13,000 Flyers fans crowded into the annual home of the First Four round of NCAA March Madness, and those sporting the red and blue of the home team were sent home disappointed by the visitors from Nashville. The Bisons earned the first points of the game with a bucket inside from senior center Ahsan Asadullah, and the Lipscomb led from then on. Asadullah, hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, ended the night with a team-leading and season-high 21 points along with 8 rebounds and 3 assists. “Mainly, it was patience, just taking my time,” Asadullah said. “They’re really athletic, good shot-blockers. I knew all of them were going to be pretty strong and able to push me off the block, but not letting them rush me and getting the shots that I want was the main thing.” Asadullah scored 12 points in as many minutes in the first half, pacing the Bisons offense with a 3-point dagger, four baskets inside the lane, and a free throw. His contribution led Lipscomb to a 10-point lead with 8:15 to play in the first half, and after both teams traded buckets in the remainder of the period, Lipscomb held onto its double-digit advantage with a 38-28 mark going into the break. The Bisons shot accurately all night long, but were especially efficient in the first half, going 15-23 from the field for a 65% shot rate. Meanwhile, the defensive side of the ball was equally successful, holding Dayton to an equal 38.5%...