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Lady Bisons drop season opener at Austin Peay
Jilian Partin
Jilian Partin

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Lipscomb Lady Bisons opened the season on the road at Austin Peay Saturday night, losing 65-54 at the Dave Aaron Arena in Clarksville, Tenn.

It was the regular season opener for both teams.

The first half was controlled by the Lady Bisons most of the way, leading by as many as six points on several occasions.The Lipscomb Lady Bisons opened the season on the road at Austin Peay Saturday night, losing 65-54 at the Dave Aaron Arena in Clarksville, Tenn.The Lipscomb Lady Bisons opened the season on the road at Austin Peay Saturday night, losing 65-54 at the Dave Aaron Arena in Clarksville, Tenn.

It was the regular season opener for both teams.

The first half was controlled by the Lady Bisons most of the way, leading by as many as six points on several occasions.

Austin Peay tied the game at 23-23 on a pair of free throws by guard Emily Pollock with 3:37 left in the first half.

Lady Bisons’ forward Miriam McAlister scored on a lay-up for a 25-23 lead with 3:19 remaining.

A lay-up by Jasmine Rayner tied the game again at 25-25 with three minutes left. Rayner gave Austin Peay a 27-25 lead on another lay-up with 2:20 on the clock.

Lady Bisons forward Valerie Bronson tied the game again at 27-27 on a lay-up with 2:01 left in the half.

Austin Peay’s Salem Richardson sank a pair of free throws with 1:35 left for a 29-27 lead. They would never trail again in the game.

In the first half the Lady Bisons were hampered by the absences of guards Jenna Bartsokas and Anna Bowers. She scored six of the first seven points for the Lady Bisons, but was called for two fouls in the first four minutes of the game. She only played four minutes in the first half.

“Both Jenna and Anna got two quick fouls,” said Lady Bisons’ coach Frank Bennett. “Valerie and Toia McGowan did some good things. Miriam McAlister came in and gave us some good bench scoring.”

The Lady Bisons started out slow in the second half, allowing Austin Peay to open by scoring nine unanswered points.

In the second half the Lady Bisons never were able to pull closer than five points to Austin Peay. The biggest lead for Austin Peay was 15 points with 28 seconds left to play.

“I didn’t think we were in that bad of a shape at the end of the first half,” said Bennett. “But we came out and made seven turnovers in the first seven possessions. We had 10 turnovers with only three shots in the first 6:11.

“We got down a little bit and tried to do it all individually. We cut it to five later on, but at the point we had five turnovers in six possessions. We only had 14 shots in the second half because we turned the ball over so much.”

Forward Jilian Partin recorded the Lady Bisons’ first double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

“Jilian rebounded well,” said Bennett. “She did some good things.”

Bronson led the Lady Bisons in scoring with 13 points. Also in double figures Bartsokas with 10 points.

McAlister and forward Cree Nix each made two blocks.

Austin Peay center Nicole Jamen scored a game-high 14 points. Richardson added 12.

The Lady Bisons held a 36-30 edge on the boards. They also shot 48.8 percent from the field compared to 38.6 percent for Austin Peay.

Tuesday night the Lady Bisons face their second Ohio Valley Conference foe when Tennessee Tech visits for a 6 p.m. game as part of a doubleheader at Allen Arena.