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12/16/2012 | Stegeman Coliseum -- Athens, Ga. | Attendance: 2958
Sunday, December 16, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. – Playing the highest-ranked foe in the NCAA era, the Lipscomb women’s basketball team struggled with ball control in a 93-42 loss to No. 6 Georgia on Sunday afternoon in Athens.
Forced into 33 turnovers, the Lady Bisons were unable to get into an offensive rhythm as Georgia reeled off 41 points of turnovers.
“You are exposed when you play a team that is this good,” Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown said. “Any weakness you have is magnified. We can learn some lessons from it. That is what we are trying to do at this point in nonconference and carry over into conference play.”
The Lady Bulldogs jumped out of the gates to a 14-0 lead, when freshman Alex Banks scored on a layup with 16:48 remaining to put Lipscomb on the scoreboard.
After Anne Marie Armstrong scored on the fast break for UGA, sophomore Jana Wright scored the next four points for the Lady Bisons.
Wright drove and scored on a layup and got her second bucket on a jump shot from the baseline.
After the Lady Bulldogs built a 19-point lead with 7:40 remaining at 32-13, Lipscomb went on an 8-0 to cut the deficit to 32-21.
Senior Hannah Phillips drained a 3-point basket to start the run before freshman Presley Stastny kept it going with an easy layup.
Phillips then found Banks wide open for a trey, forcing Georgia call a timeout with the score at 32-21 with 5:24 left in the first half but that is as close as the Lady Bisons would come.
The timeout aided a Lady Bulldog effort that built a 49-22 lead at the half.
Lipscomb was outscored 44-22 in the second half, enroute to the final score of 93-42. Georgia improves to 11-0 on the season while the Lady Bisons fall to 1-7 overall.
The 93 points given up by Lipscomb is the most points given up since Wake Forest scored 101 points on Dec. 19, 2005.
“We are a motion team, our cutting and screening needs to improve,” Brown said. “That is what happens when we play teams like this, we have to be smarter when we play teams like this. We have such a small margin of error.
“They (the team) have seen that we can play at a high level, It is sustaining it that is the hard thing to do. I think they understand nonconference versus conference and understand how we evaluate our games.”
The Lady Bisons return to action on Tuesday night, hosting fellow Nashville school and Ohio Valley Conference foe Tennessee State at 6:30 p.m.