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12/1/2012 | Nashville, Tenn. (Allen Arena) | Attendance: 1346
Saturday, December 01, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Lipscomb first-year head coach Greg Brown’s first go-around in the “Battle of the Boulevard” did not go as anticipated in a 70-54 loss to rival Belmont on Saturday night in Allen Arena.
This marks the first ‘Battle’ between the two schools as a non-conference contest in the Lady Bisons (0-6) NCAA era as the Bruins (3-6) have transitioned into the Ohio Valley Conference.
Returning home for the first time in 18 days, the Lady Bisons received 13 points and six rebounds, both career-highs, from freshman Mallory Charpentier.
A hot-shooting Belmont squad hit 50 percent (27-of-54) of its baskets while holding the LU offense to 34 percent (16-of-47) and just 3-for-15 from 3-point range.
“We learned that our execution is critical,” Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown said. “We failed to execute out of time outs and how we executed in practice this week. The game slippage is probably the most disappointing thing.
“We have a week off, we can talk about the mistakes, recognize and fix them and move on from it.”
Freshman Alex Banks knocked in a 3-point basket to give Lipscomb an early 3-0 lead.
Jordan Coleman knocked in a layup on the ensuing Bruins possession to cut the lead to 3-2. Freshman Kelli Smith hit 1-of-2 free throws to push the Purple and Gold lead to 4-2.
Alyssa Visbeen knocked in two straight jumpers, part of her game-high 20 points, to give Belmont a 6-4 lead.
Smith found a cutting Charpentier who hit a jump shot to knot the game at 6 all with 13:51 remaining.
The Bruins then took over, starting with an 11-0 run that lasted the next 3:30. Belmont continued to pad their lead throughout the first half, topping with a 34-14 margin with 3:32 remaining in the stanza, on a Molly Ernst trey.
Leading into halftime, the Lady Bisons found themselves behind 40-21.
After Belmont built a 24-point lead at 50-26 with 14:31 remaining, Lipscomb went on an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to 18 points.
O’Neisha Smith hit a free throw and Hannah Phillips sank a long-distance shot to start the run. Smith then stole the ball to set up sophomore Jana Wright for an easy lay-up with 13:44 remaining.
Charpentier finished the run with a fast break lay-up after she picked off a Katie Brooks pass, taking it the distance.
This was the closest the Lady Bisons would get before a pair of Chelsea McMeans free throws cut the deficit to 16 along with the final score at 70-54.
Lipscomb remains in Nashville for a matinee next Sunday against Jacksonville State. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m.