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Belmont (9-14, 8-4 A-Sun)
Lipscomb (5-18, 3-9 A-Sun)
2/4/2012 | Nashville, TN - Allen Arena | Attendance: 1306
Saturday, February 04, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Unable to get the offense on track and in rhythm, the Lipscomb women’s basketball team fell 60-43 to Belmont in the second installment of the “Battle of the Boulevard” on Saturday night at Allen Arena in Nashville.
A night after the Lipscomb men had shooting woes against the Bruins, the Lady Bison (5-18, 3-9 A-Sun) struggled even more mightily hitting only 11-of-53 attempts from the field for a 20.8 shooting percentage. Belmont (9-14, 8-4 A-Sun) on the other hand was 22-of-46 from the field for 47.8 percent.
“Belmont did a really nice job,” said Lipscomb head coach Frank Bennett. “They were really packing the defense. With Leah McAllister out, we don’t really have a three-point shooter at the post position. That helps them be able to pack the lane.
“We had trouble finishing tonight. I think we were 1-for-14 in the post for the night and I think we got a little frustrated. The way they were packing it in required patience and movement and I think we tried to get some quick shots and after missing a few shots, the basket started looking a lot smaller.”
Lipscomb used great free throw shooting in the first half to make up for the tough looks on the floor. The Lady Bison made 13 trips to the charity stripe and sunk 11 to stay within three points at the half as the Bruins took a slim 32-29 lead into the break. Belmont managed to hang on to the lead despite senior center Haley Nelson, the reigning A-Sun Player of the Week, playing only seven minutes before having to leave the game after a tumble head-first onto Don Meyer Court.
“Nelson is a very good player and did a nice job bouncing back from that blow to the eye,” said Bennett.
The easy charity stripe opportunities that kept things close in the first half vanished in the second half for the Lady Bison as Lipscomb managed only seven trips to the foul line. Lipscomb made only four with two of those coming in the first minute of the second stanza as the Lady Bison made it a one-point game.
That would be as close as the Lady Bison would come on the night however as Belmont’s defense would clamp down and allow the Bruins to build a solid lead that eventually led to the win.
With Belmont’s Nelson, the A-Sun’s leading rebounder, managing only 16 minutes on the night, Lipscomb won the battle of the boards 41-34 including 14 offensive rebounds. The Lady Bison were unable to convert on those extra chances however scoring only seven, second-chance points. Sophomore post O’Neisha Smith led Lipscomb with a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Lady Bison posted three players in double figures led by senior guard Anna Bowers and junior guard Morgan Faulkner, who each had a dozen. Bowers 12-point night marks the 11th-straight contest the veteran has scored in double digits. Sophomore guard Haley Nelson joined Bowers and Faulkner in double figures with a 10-point night off the bench.
Belmont was led Tristan Daniel with 12 points and Katie Carroll and Katie Brooks, who each had 10 points each on the night.
The Lady Bison continue Atlantic Sun play next week taking on Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday at 6:05 p.m. before a trek to Stetson on Saturday afternoon.