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Florida Gulf Coast (21-5, 14-0 A-Sun)
Lipscomb (2-22, 1-12 A-Sun)
2/16/2013 | Nashville, Tenn. (Allen Arena) | Attendance: 491
Saturday, February 16, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Florida Gulf Coast has not lost an Atlantic Sun Conference game. The Lipscomb Lady Bisons have won one.
So, when the two teams met Saturday afternoon at Allen Arena it could be assumed that the situation probably wasn’t going to be a good one for the home team. When it was over Florida Gulf Coast won 89-38.
The only thing more frustrating than the loss for Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown was how the team performed on the court.
“The frustrating thing is an inconsistency in execution at times,” Brown said. “We have to focus on the process. We have to get better at what we are doing and go from there.”
With five more games left to go, and a chance that the Lady Bisons could still earn an A-Sun Tournament berth, Brown is looking for some competitive fire from his players. And he admits he can’t coach that. It has to be part of the character of each player.
“Motivation has to be intrinsic,” Brown said. “You shouldn’t be motivated by winning or losing. You should be motivated to get better and be the best player you can possibly be. The motivation for me is to be the best coach and the best teacher I can be.”
Florida Gulf Coast led 43-19 at halftime. The Lady Bisons scored 19 points in each half.
“We talk about the process whether it is a one-point game or a 50-point game,” Brown said. “At halftime we went over screening and second cuts. We went over the same things we work on in practice because there was a failure to do those things.
“We told them you don’t usually rise to an occasion. You usually fall back to what your greatest weakness is. And that is what happened. We had to refocus, pass and cut, not get beat on the baseline and take care of the ball. Those are all things we teach every day. They either chose not to, or didn’t feel like there was sense of urgency, to do what we asked them to do.”
Guard Kelli Smith led the way for the Purple and Gold with 11 points. Guard Hannah Phillips just missed a double-double with nine points and a career-high and game-high 13 rebounds.
Phillips continues to be the most consistent bright spot on the team as she completes her senior season.
“Hannah has a motor,” Brown said. “She is able to move around. She doesn’t take plays off. She is aggressive. She is a competitor. She doesn’t have down days. She is always up.
“You look for leadership and experience from your seniors, especially when you sometimes have four freshmen on the floor. I constantly tell the players to look at her and how she plays.”
Florida Gulf Coast placed four players in double figures. Guard Sarah Hansen scored a game-high 18 points followed by guard Joyce Iamstrong with 17, guard Stephanie Haas with 16 and forward Anthi Chatzigiakoumi with 10. Forward Katie Meador grabbed 10 rebounds.
Florida Gulf Coast is 15-0, 22-5 overall. The Lady Bisons are 1-13, 2-23 overall.
Monday night the Lady Bisons are back in action at Allen Arena when Stetson visits at 6:30.
Brown would like to see his team finish the season on a strong note.
“So much if it is how you are wired,” Brown said. “Is a player competitive? That is why those are key ingredients you look for in a recruit.
“You can develop competitiveness a little bit. But most of it is who they are. It has to be a part of their DNA.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations