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Lady Bisons win second in a row with 71-53 defeat of Stetson

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Jan. 13, 2007

Final Stats

Make it two in row.

Lipscomb's Lady Bisons rolled to a 71-53 win Saturday afternoon over Stetson in an Atlantic Sun game at Allen Arena. Thursday night the Lady Bisons knocked off Mercer at Allen.

The win gives the Lady Bisons a 3-3 record in the conference, 5-11 overall. Stetson fell to 2-3 in the A-Sun, 2-14 overall,

The Lady Bisons will take Sunday and Tuesday off this week as they prepare for Saturday's visit from Belmont at 4 p.m. in the women's version of the "Battle of the Boulevard".

"Our overall play is more solid," Lipscomb coach Frank Bennett said. "We aren't giving up so many easy baskets. We are making teams earn their points.

"Our guys have been so good at home with their long win streak. We are trying to build that back for us. Two wins at home this week are a step in the right direction."

The Lady Bisons trailed for most of the first half, but they kept the game close. Down 16-13 with 6:58 left before intermission, point guard Catie Woods was fouled as she attempted a 3-point shot. She hit all three of her free throws to tie the game at 16-16. That started a 14-6 run to end the first half and give the Lady Bisons a 27-22 lead.

"We were playing hard," Bennett said. "We were getting a lot of defensive stops. But, offensively, we weren't finishing plays. We were missing shots around the basket, missing some free throws and we had some turnovers mixed in."

The Lady Bisons never gave up the lead in the second half. They led 47-35 on a 3-point shot by forward Julie Martin, the first double-figure lead for the Lady Bisons in the game.

"The key thing for is we have to push it offensively and keep the ball moving," Bennett said. "We finally started making some plays and finishing a little bit.

"Tempo is the key for us. We have to get the ball moving and get the ball down the floor. We can't just walk it down the court and stand around."

The Lady Bisons maintained a double-figure lead the rest of the way, going ahead by 20 at 69-48 on a lay-up Toia McGowan with 1:39 left on the clock.

Five Lady Bisons finished in double figures. Woods led the way with 13 followed by Martin, center Penny Jones and guard Dana Carrigan with 11 each and forward Rachel Davis with 10.

"We got points from a lot of places," Bennett said. "It is unusual for us to do that. That was really good.

"We are trying to build our depth. I think we are getting better in getting the combinations we want."

The Lady Bisons were 20-of-51 from the field (39.2 percent) and 6-of-13 from 3-point range (46.2 percent). They went to free throw line for 38 attempts, hitting 25 (65.8 percent).

A big statistic for the Lady Bisons was turnovers. They made only 15 after committing only nine in the win over Mercer Thursday night.

"We have veteran ball handlers," Bennett said. "I don't know why it was so high earlier. It was in the 30-turnover range for awhile and then around 25. We are getting down to where we want to be. Teams in this conference are quick and physical. You have to take care of the basketball."

Center Ayesha Barkley scored a game-high 14 points for Stetson. Janene Maclin tossed in 11 and Kim Manning finished with 10.

Stetson was 21-of-66 from the field (31.8 percent) hit only one of 10 3-point shots (10 percent). They shot 15 times from the free throw line, hitting 10 (66.7 percent).

Stetson held a 43-40 advantage on the boards. Maclin and guard Pure Kenny each had a game-high seven rebounds.