LIPSCOMB ACADEMY BASKETBALL
Our program is built on a foundation of mind, body and soul.
Focusing on the student-athlete’s mind, academics in the classroom is a priority when playing a school sport. We make it part of the mission to help build well-rounded female athletes that can learn life lessons, as well as basketball skills, throughout their time in the program. The bodies of our female athletes are equally important when it comes to training; therefore, all student-athletes participate in the strength and conditioning program and work with Lipscomb Academy’s nutritionist. Finally, we grow spiritually through devotions, prayer, service and building relationships within the team. The Lipscomb Academy Girls Basketball Program competes in the TSSAA Division II AA Central Region.
Becky Starks - Head Girls' Basketball Coach
Becky Starks played NCAA Division I basketball at Ole Miss, was the all-time three-point leader and earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from there. While a graduate student at Ole Miss, she was an assistant basketball coach. Upon graduation, Starks returned to Tennessee to coach and teach and spent 12 years total (2003-2005, 2009-2019) at Harding Academy in Memphis where she was instrumental in creating a strength and conditioning program for female student-athletes. Under her leadership as head basketball coach, Harding won the TSSAA Division II Class A state championship (2010) and eight district championships. Additionally, Starks served as the assistant women’s basketball coach at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, as well as head basketball coach at Hutchison School in Memphis, and most recently, she served as an assistant basketball coach at Grace Christian Academy in Franklin.
Ndidi Madu: Varsity Assistant, JV Assistant
Justin Wade: JV Head Coach, Varsity Assistant, Grade 6-12 Skill Development
Emily High: MS Head Coach
Upper School Main Basketball Gymnasium
Originally opened in 1979, the first basket made in the Lipscomb Academy gym was by former Lipscomb University president Willard Collins. The full-size court facility was renovated in 1999.
Bleacher capacity: 1500
Appearances (12): 2022,2011, 2007, 2005, 2001, 1997, 1996, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1983, 1980, 1979
Finals Appearances/Runners-up (2): 2022,1986, 1979
Championships (1): 1986
Ella Grace Thompson, Harding University
Gracie Simpson, Lipscomb University
Loren Cagle, Lipscomb University
Kelli Smith, Lipscomb University
Miriam McAlister, Lipscomb University
Katie Foster, Lipscomb University
Kera Bergeron, Austin Peay University
Kera Bergeron, Austin Peay State University
Lynn (Roller) Lavender, Lipscomb University
Amy Fuller, University of Virginia
Regina (Atnip) Smith, Lipscomb University