Feb. 2, 2006
Strong defense and dominating work on the boards were the keys to the Lipscomb Lady Bisons 54-37 win over Stetson Thursday night at Allen Arena.
The victory was sweeter since Stetson had beaten the Lady Bisons in DeLand, Fla., 70-62 on Jan. 14. The only victory for the Lady Bisons against Stetson was in a tournament before they joined the Atlantic Sun Conference.
"We had five straight losses against them," said Lipscomb coach Frank Bennett. "They were the only team in the conference we had not beaten in conference play.
It was the second A-Sun victory in a row for the Lady Bisons.
"That was the lowest points total we have held a team to this season," said Bennett. "The first half was a pretty good defensive effort."
The Lady Bisons held Stetson scoreless for more than 5 ½ minutes to open the game while reeling off 17 unanswered points of their own.
"We had a really great start," said Bennett. "We came out ready to play. They made some runs at us, but we were able to weather them and get back in control."
Guard Nefertiti Walker gave Stetson its first points of the game with a ield goal at 14:26 of the first half.
Lipscomb guard Dana Carrigan hit her third 3-pointer of the game, one of four by the Lady Bisons in the first six minutes of the game, for a 20-2 lead.
Carrigan was the only Lady Bisons player in double figures with 15 points. This was her sixth straight game to finish in double figures.
On the boards the Lady Bisons, led by a game-high 13 rebounds by center Katie Beth Pate, held a 55-39 advantage. Pate has been in double figures in rebounds in four of her last five games. Freshman forward Miriam McAlister was second in rebounds with seven.
"McAlister had good effort on the boards," said Bennett. "She tipped a lot of balls out of there. Katie Beth had a very strong rebounding night.
The Lady Bisons held Stetson to 21.5 percent shooting from the field, the lowest percentage for an opponent this season. Stetson hit 8of-31 shots in the first half for a 25.8 percent success rate and only 6-of-34 in the second half for 17.6 percent.
Walker led all scorers with a game-high 19 points.
After shooting 45 percent (9-of-20) in the first half, the Lady Bisons shot 28.6 percent (8-of-28) in the second half for a 35.4 percent rate from the field for the game.
"In the second half our offense was not as good as it could be, but we were strong defensively throughout the game," said Bennett. "This game was a big boost of confidence for us."
The Lady Bisons are 5-13 overall, 4-7 in the A-Sun. Stetson is 4-14 overall, 2-9 in the conference.
Saturday afternoon at 2 the Lady Bisons face A-Sun foe Mercer in Allen Arena.
"Mercer is a very aggressive team," said Bennett. We are really going to have to take care of the ball."