After a promising first half, Lipscomb’s Lady Bisons (5-18, 2-6) lost 76-53 to the NJIT Highlanders (10-13, 3-5) in Allen Arena Saturday afternoon.
Lady Bisons’ head coach Greg Brown reflected on the contest and the difficult season.
“We let a little bit of frustration from our offense affect our defense,” Brown said. “I thought in the first half we did a good job of executing the game plan.”
The Highlanders scored 24 points off of 17 Lipscomb turnovers while the Lady Bisons failed to capitalize on NJIT’s 13 giveaways, scoring only seven points on Highlander mistakes.
Like the team looking to turn their turnovers into points, Brown noted the importance of also turning their trial into a testimony as the team moves into the home stretch of ASUN play.
“I know its cliché, but we’re going to have to find a way to carry what we did well in this game over to our game against Upstate. I think our transition game has really gotten better over the last few weeks. So if we continue that, work on filling the gaps and improving our passing, that will help us continue to get better throughout the season.”
Forward Riley Northway led Lipscomb with 16 points and also added three rebounds to the teams’ stats.
“Riley continues to do a good job of finding gaps in the zone,” Brown said. “Those are things we can continue to build on.”
Alana Dudley lead the Highlanders with 18 points and eight assists, and guard Kelly Guarino hit five three-pointers to finish with 15. Forward Leah Horton and guard Tatianna Torres also scored in the double digits.
After coming up only one point shy of a triple-double earlier this week against USC Upstate, Lady Bisons point guard Loren Cagle stuffed the stat sheet again with 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
Longtime sports fan Kyle Mooney reflected on the Lady Bisons’ tough loss and offered advice to the team.
“That’s so sad for my team and me,” Mooney said. “Now we’re going to have to win two whole games before they come back to the champion series playoffs.”
Next, the Lady Bisons will take on USC Upstate on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. in South Carolina.
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