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ETSU (7-19, 6-9 A-Sun)
Lipscomb (5-21, 3-12 A-Sun)
2/16/2012 | Nashville, TN - Allen Arena | Attendance: 1286
Thursday, February 16, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A win would have been just the tonic for Lipscomb Lady Bison coach Frank Bennett who has been battling cold symptoms for a couple of days.
But a victory was not to be for the Lady Bison who fell 59-39 Thursday night to ETSU in an Atlantic Sun game at Allen Arena. The Lady Bison slipped to 5-21, 3-12 in the conference. ETSU is 7-19, 6-9 in the A-Sun.
The Lady Bison started out strong in the first half. With 6:56 left before intermission wing Hannah Phillips sank a 3-pointer to tie the game at 14-14. But ETSU went on an 11-3 run to close out the half.
“We came out with some energy and we were playing well defensively,” Bennett said. “We hit a couple of shots to start off.
“I thought after awhile the physical part of the game frustrated us. We were missing shots we would normally hit and we kind of lost our confidence.”
In the second half the Lady Bison closed to within eight points, 29-21, when Anna Bowers hit a layup at 15:53.
ETSU came back strong with a 25-point lead, the biggest of the game at 55-30 on a layup by forward Natalie Pickwell with 5:14 on the clock.
“The first couple of minutes of the second half were really important,” Bennett said. “We didn’t seem to have a lot of energy starting the half.”
Both teams struggled to score. ETSU connected on 26-of-83 shots for a 31.3 percent rate from the field. The Lady Bison hit 13-of-57 attempts for a 22.8 percent success rate.
“We tried to get some sets to get some good looks,” Bennett said. “We got frustrated and missed those good looks.
“We thought if we made a shot or two we could regain our confidence. But we couldn’t get that spark going.”
Forward Gwen Washington led ETSU with 10 points. Bowers paced the Lady Bison with 10. They were the only players to reach double figures.
ETSU hauled in 60 rebounds, 28 off the offensive boards. Nineteen of their points were on second chances. Forward Destiny Mitchell grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and guard Cara Bowling brought down 10.
The Lady Bison finished with 47 boards. Wing Leah McAlister led the Lady Bison with seven rebounds.
“In both halves we gave away too many second shots,” Bennett said. “A lot of ETSU’s points came off of offensive rebounds and some off of turnovers. We didn’t protect the paint or take care of the ball.
“Leah had six rebounds in eight minutes. It was nice to get her back. She has been a really good rebounder for us. She hadn’t practiced in 2-1/2 or three weeks. I think she will give us a lift once she gets back to practice.”
The Lady Bison return to action Saturday at 4 p.m. when USC Upstate visits Allen Arena. It is the last home game of the season. It will also be “Senior” Day.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.