Eagles fall in season opener

Keith Smiley

The Eagles lost their first game Sunday at home to Lipscomb 66-55. The Eagles showed a lot of potential in their first game under new head coach Kip Drown. Eagles guard Alexis Sams led the team in points with 15 in 38 minutes, all coming from behind the arc. Although Sams performance wasn’t enough to lead the Eagles to victory, this young women’s basketball team comprised of seven sophomores and two freshmen, showed fight all night long.

“I was very pleased that we played all the way to the buzzer and played hard,” Coach Drown said. “I told the team during one of the timeouts that is what we’re trying to establish. We are going to play 40 minutes.”

The Eagles had plenty open looks during spans of the game, but the shots just weren’t falling. The Eagles fought back in the second half, outscoring Lipscomb 16-14 in the third quarter and closing the gap to within one point.

“I thought the key to the game was when we got the score down to just a point there in the third,” said Coach Drown in an interview. “We had the crowd into it and momentum was starting to go our way but we went down and gave up offensive rebounds on back-to-back plays to perimeter players. And they were able to convert the put-backs and I thought that might have been the real turning point for the game.”

The Eagles did put up a solid effort, but the Eagles couldn’t come up with an answer for Lipscomb forward Ashley Southern, who finished with a game high 23 points. Lipscomb had three players in double figures. This young team will have a week to prepare and build some more chemistry before taking the court again this Friday.

The Eagles will be looking to bounce back against Mercer this Friday at 7pm in Macon, GA.