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Lipscomb (3-22, 2-12)
Kennesaw State (7-20, 3-12)
2/23/2013 | Kennesaw, Ga. (KSU Convocation Center) | Attendance: 694
Saturday, February 23, 2013
KENNESAW, Ga. – With an opportunity to make a mark into earning a spot in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament, the Lipscomb women’s basketball team defeated Kennesaw State 55-53 on Saturday afternoon in Kennesaw, Ga.
“We finally made some plays,” Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown said. “As much as we enjoy the win, I enjoyed watching them execute things we work on every day.”
The Lady Bisons (3-22, 2-12 A-Sun) used a team effort placing three players in double-figures to down the Owls (7-20, 3-12 A-Sun), who shot just 19.2 percent in the second half.
“We talked about it in the locker room after the game,” Brown said. “Each of them came in and contributed. They brought something each possession.
“It’s growth. We talk about motion and it takes a while to understand it. This was one of our better games of motion. We took advantage of driving situations and we were helped by some stops in the second half.”
The Owls jumped out to a 7-0 lead before the Lady Bisons got a layup from Hannah Phillips with 16:32 remaining in the first half.
Lipscomb battled back to tie the game at 18 on a layup from Alex Banks with 9:06 remaining on the clock. On the ensuing Owls possession, Sasha Robinson blocked the shot attempt of Bria Young to give the Lady Bisons the opportunity for their first lead in the game. Robinson gained position in the paint and scored on a short jumper to give LU the 20-18 lead.
The two teams played hot potato with the lead over the next four possessions before LU grappled on to it for the final3:49 of the first stanza. The Purple and Gold entered the intermission with a 31-30 lead, their first halftime lead since Feb. 4 at USC Upstate.
KSU jumped on the Lady Bisons much of the same way as the first half, taking a 6-0 run to build a 36-30 lead until Robinson got the first LU points on the board on a layup with 16:55 on the clock. Phillips would add a high-percentage shot to pull within one at 36-35 with 15:27 remaining in the game.
The Owls rebuilt the lead to 42-35 before a 7-0 Lady Bisons run tied the game at 42-42. Kelli Smith sank a pair of free throws, Robinson scored on a layup and Presley Stastny sank a long range shot under pressure to tie the game with 9:56 remaining.
After a defensive stop by LU, Banks scored an old fashioned 3-point play to give the Lady Bisons their first lead since the intermission break at 45-42.
Chelsea Mason tied the game for the Owls at 49-49 with 3:50 remaining on a layup. That would be the last moment the Lady Bisons would not have the lead. On the very next possession Banks scored on a layup to give LU a lead they would not lose.
Another layup, this time from Smith, increased the lead to four at 53-49 with 2:28 remaining. Three KSU free throws cut the lead to just one. Smith hit another layup, this time with her left hand to increase the lead to three with 33 seconds remaining.
A Sametria Gideon free throw cut the deficit to just two but a Nicole Adams 3-point attempt as time expired fell short giving Lipscomb the victory.
Banks led the Lady Bisons with 12 points and nine rebounds while Smith added 11 points and Robinson scored a season-high ten points. The Owls were led by Mason with 16 points, who shot 34 percent for the game. LU shot 44.4 percent from the field, the best effort in 14 games for the Purple and Gold
The Lady Bisons, two games out of the playoff picture with three games remaining, return to action on Monday as they face Mercer in Macon, Ga. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m.
“We just need to keep working on what we are doing,” Brown said. “We need to get a little better tomorrow and put ourselves in a position to beat a very good Mercer team.”