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11/18/2012 | Lubbock, TX | Attendance: 5809
Sunday, November 18, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas. – In what has been a common theme throughout the early portion of the 2012-13 season, turnovers doomed the Lipscomb women’s basketball team in a 61-41 non-conference loss at Big XII foe Texas Tech in a Sunday afternoon matinee in Lubbock, Texas.
“It was very similar to the Vanderbilt game,” Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown said. “We just had too many turnovers and struggled early to get baskets. We have to do a better job of unforced turnovers, 23 is too many.”
Freshman guard Presley Stastny had a career-high 13 points, aided by 3-6 effort from long range, while senior Hannah Phillips added 11 points and eight rebounds.
“Presley has to be ready for her open shots and pull the trigger quickly,” Brown said. “I am sure it was nice for her to play in front of family and friends in her home state.”
Monique Smalls had a game-high 14 points for the Lady Raiders, including 4-of-6 from deep.
The Lady Raiders hit the first basket of the game as Smalls hit a jumper just over a minute into the game.
Stastny answered with a trey on the ensuing possession, to give the Lady Bisons a 3-2 lead, their first of the season.
Freshman Alex Banks hit a long-trey to tie the game at 8-8 with 11:43 remaining in the first half.
That score would hold until Texas Tech’s Chynna Brown ended a 0-for-7 3-point effort, giving the Lady Raiders the 11-8 lead, a lead they would not concede.
TTU went on a 16-4 run to end the first stanza with a 24-12 lead.
The Lady Raiders run continued at the onset of the second half as they used a 13-2 run over the first 6:32 to build a 37-14 lead.
A jump shot from Stastny stopped the run as the Lady Bisons entered an 11-4 run of their own just a few moments later.
Reigning A-Sun Player of the Week Hannah Phillips sank a 3-point basket at 10:26 to cut the Lady Raiders lead to 17 points at 39-22.
Chelsea McMeans knocked in a shot in the paint as Stastny and Phillips each added another long-range basket to cut the TTU lead to 12 points with 7:27 remaining.
The Lady Bisons and Lady Raiders traded baskets before a pair of Phillips and Sasha Robinson free throws cut the lead to 11 points with five minutes remaining at 47-36, the closest Lipscomb would get.
Texas Tech clamped down on the defensive end for the final five minutes and made the most of its opportunities to open the lead back up using a 14-5 run to end the game and the final score of 61-41.
For the first time this season, Lipscomb out-rebounded an opponent collecting 35 missed shots while the Lady Raiders snagged 32.
“We have opportunities for growth,” Brown said. “We held Texas Tech to 26 percent from the field (9-35) in the first half and continued to improve on rebounding. We also had 12 assists on 14 made baskets, which is a great number for a team.”
Following a short break for Thanksgiving, the Lady Bisons continue with game two of a three-game road stretch traveling to Murray State on Monday, Nov. 26. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. in Murray, Ky.