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Friday, January 06, 2006
Jan. 6, 2006
Lipscomb's Lady Bisons started 2006 off right with their first victory of the season.
Thursday night at Allen Arena the Lady Bisons broke the eight-game losing streak that started the season with a 61-52 victory over Campbell University in an Atlantic Sun Conference game.
"When you have a losing streak the hardest win to get is the first one because it is hard to have the confidence to go ahead and finish a game," said Lipscomb coach Frank Bennett. "The keys were our defense and our rebounding. We were getting second shots and controlling the defensive boards. We took care of the ball. Campbell didn't have any real runs in the second half because we were doing those things."
It was only the second regular season game the Lady Bisons had played on their home court.
Both sophomore point guard Catie Woods, with 18 points, and sophomore forward Kaleigh Gossman, with 16 points, set career highs. All of Woods points were on 3-pointers as she connected on 6-of-13. Woods six 3-pointers tied the school record in the NCAA era. Her 13 3-point attempts broke the old record of 12 set by Courtney Boynton at Stetson on Feb. 10, 2005.
"Catie is a great shooter," said Bennett. "We need to see her make more shots like that."
"She had a couple of weeks where she couldn't do anything in practice. When she came back she was doing conditioning and shooting. She was shooting a lot. She was just nailing them in practice. I think that gave her a lot of confidence coming in here.
Gossman was 5-of-11 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free throw line. Gossman, whose father Dave was in the stands for the first time this season, finished with eight rebounds.
"Kaleigh had a tremendous game," said Bennett. "She was on the boards. She does a lot of little things for us. It was great to see him out there and for her to play so well with him here."
The Lady Bisons held a 32-31 advantage at intermission.
A little more than two minutes into the game the Lady Bisons took a 5-4 lead. They didn't give up the lead until the 5:21 mark when a lay-up by Jennifer Lodge gave Campbell a 24-23 edge. The lay-up by Lodge was part of a 10-0 run by Campbell for a 28-23 lead at 4:05. It would be the largest lead of the game for Campbell.
"We had that one spell in the first half where we kind of got stuck at 23," said Bennett. "We kind of lost our focus and made some mistakes. When it got to 28-23 that was a dangerous point in the game. But we finished strong."
The Lady Bisons came back with a 9-3 run to end the half as Woods hit a pair of 3-pointers and Gossman scored on a free throw and a lay-up.
The game remained extremely close in the first several minutes of the second half. At 17:49 Campbell took a 35-34 lead on shot by Letitia Dickson. The Lady Bisons responded with a 3-pointer from Woods and a pair of free throws by Penny Jones to take a 39-35 lead at 16:09.
Campbell refused to go away with Lodge and Marlena Murphy scoring on lay-ups to tie the game at 39-39 with 13:51 left to play.
The Lady Bisons then went on a 12-2 run that started with a lay-up by sophomore guard Dana Carrigan at 12:40 and ended with a 3-pointer by Woods at 8:30 for a 51-41 lead, the biggest of the half.
With 7:47 left junior forward Keirstin Head found the range on a two-pointer to give the Lady Bisons their final 10-point lead of the night at 53-43.
Campbell would not cut the lead closer than seven points down the stretch.
Woods was playing in her first game since Dec. 3. Without her in the lineup the Lady Bisons had committed 35, 38 and 43 turnovers. In the win over Campbell both teams made 19 turnovers. The 19 turnovers were a season-low for the Lady Bisons.
"Catie takes care of the ball," said Bennett. "She made her shots. And she is a very good defensive player. She helps us in several ways."
Also in double figures for the Lady Bisons was Carrigan with 10.
Lipscomb senior center Katie Beth Pate, also playing in her first game since Dec. 3, grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds and blocked six shots. Freshman Miriam McAlister was second in rebounding with nine.
"Katie Beth is such a defensive force for us," said Bennett. "And then she is a rebounder. She is going to get better on the offensive end."
Three Campbell players finished with eight points _ center Adrian Rieley, Dickson and guard Tomika Tomlinson.
Murphy pulled down a game-high 18 rebounds for Campbell.
Freshman forward Jillian Partin did not dress for Lipscomb. Head left the game with an injury. Both are listed as day-to-day.
The Lady Bisons will quickly be back in action when Gardner-Webb visits Allen Arena Saturday at 2 for an Atlantic Sun Conference game.
"We've talked about the next game mentality, especially in the conference with Thursday-Saturday games," said Bennett. "We'll see how a young team can handle being successful and focusing on the next opponent.
"Gardner-Webb is very physical and well-coached. It will be a tough game.'