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Stetson (19-7, 12-3 A-Sun)
Lipscomb (2-23, 1-13 A-Sun)
2/18/2013 | Nashville, Tenn. (Allen Arena) | Attendance: 602
Monday, February 18, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Unable to overcome 14 first-half turnovers, the Lipscomb women’s basketball team fell 68-54 to Stetson in Atlantic Sun Conference play 68-54 at Allen Arena on Monday night.
A 3-pointer by Lipscomb freshman forward Alex Banks with 6:54 to go in the first half, cut Stetson’s lead down to four but the Hatters rattled off a 12-2 run to finish the half and build a 35-20 advantage at the break.
Bolstered by senior guard Hannah Phillips scoring 12 of her 14 points on the night in the second half, the Lady Bisons went on to outscore Stetson 34-33 in the second half but it would be too little, too late.
Hannah came in a little fast, pressing a little bit,” Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown said. “In the second half, she let it come to her. She played with a little more poise and got some good looks at the basket. That’s what she has to do and continue to lead us like that.”
Banks led the team with 19 points on 7-for-12 shooting, including 5-for-10 behind the arc. Banks had 12 points at halftime.
“Alex’s strength is that she’s got a motor,” Brown said. “She did a great job playing with poise. She was under control and did a good job to get some nice looks in rhythm. When she does that, she shoots the ball very well.”
Freshman guard Presley Stastny was the third Lady Bison to score in double-digit with 10 points.
The Lady Bisons tied the Hatters with 37 rebounds. Junior O’Neisha Smith led the Lady Bisons with eight boards.
Brown was impressed with the team’s effort crashing the boards and turning the ball over only seven times in the second half.
Even with the loss, the Lady Bisons have not given up making the A-Sun Tournament.
“We’ve got to continue to build in these last four games and try to give ourselves a chance to get in the tournament,” Brown said.
The A-Sun Preseason Player of the Year, Victoria McGowan led the Hatters (19-7, 12-3 A-Sun) with a triple-double, 19 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Shanasa Sanders added 17 points.
The Lady Bisons continue A-Sun action on the road against Kennesaw State in Kennesaw, Ga. at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 23.