Thursday, November 01, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Riding a double-double performance from senior Hannah Phillips, the Lipscomb women’s basketball team gave a glimpse of why the future is bright with a 55-49 victory over Freed-Hardeman in exhibition play at Allen Arena.
Phillips led all scorers with 24 points, adding 10 rebounds and five assists to lead the Lady Bisons in head coach Greg Brown’s first steps on the LU sidelines.
“I thought everyone in their own given time stepped up,” Brown said. “Hannah did a great job, we know the ball has to go through her a lot and people are going to figure that out.
“Jana (Wright) came in and played well; Presley (Stastny) came in and continued to play well. Everything is going to be by committee, it is going to be a different line up every night.”
The Lady Lions, ranked No. 3 in NAIA put the pressure on early, as the two squads traded the lead over the first 18 minutes of play.
After a Cynthia Woodward 3-pointer gave the Lady Lions a 1-point lead, the Lady Bisons turned up the heat both defensively and offensively.
Utilizing a 9-0 run to enter the half, Lipscomb would gain a 27-19 advantage.
Phillips chipped in five points via two free throws and a long-range basket, sophomore Shanice Burnette also added a trey from outside to open the 7-point advantage.
Junior O’Neisha Smith added a free throw with seven ticks left on the clock, giving a lead the Lady Bisons wouldn’t relinquish.
“It was a good group, being patient with the ball,” Brown said. “We did a better job of getting paint touches. We had a better job of shot selection and got some stops (on the defensive end).”
After opening the second half and pushing to a 10-point lead, the Lady Bisons had a reverse of fortunes with an 8-0 run coming from the Lady Lions.
Grace Alonso de Armino hit a basket in the paint to start the run. Then utilizing offensive rebounds on three trips down the floor, Natalie Shumpert hit a 3-point basket and Brittany Montgomery squared in a jumper to cut the lead to just three. Kenley Crowell hit the first of two free throws to cut the lead to just two points.
Stastny grabbed the rebound off the missed second free throw and hit an ensuing trey to stop the Freed-Hardeman run.
With a lead of 10 points with time ticking down, the Lady Lions pushed for one last run to try and snag the victory on the Lady Bisons home floor. Ashley Tate and Shumpert each hit a 3-point basket to cut the LU lead to just four with 19 seconds remaining.
Wright and Smith each went 1-for-2 from the free throw line to give the final score of 55-49.
Maria Bagwell posed a major problem on both ends of the floor for the Lady Bisons as she tallied 15 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end. The Lady Lions posted 23 offensive rebounds as part of their 47 on the night.
“It comes from ball watching,” Brown said. “We have been preaching about (that) and now we have video to prove it. She (Bagwell) is one of the best rebounders in the country no matter what level, so it’s a two-point problem.”
After Phillips 24 points, Stastny and fellow freshman Alex Banks each had eight points. Stastny also posted six rebounds and three assists.
The Lady Bisons open regular season play on Friday, Nov. 9 with a 6 p.m. game at Gardner-Webb.