The Lipscomb University Lady Bisons may have missed their first 19 three pointers, but they connected on the long balls when they mattered most and pulled off a 52-45 victory over Presbyterian College in the MSU Invitational in Morehead, Ky.
Lipscomb shot 5-of-36 from the three-point line for 13.9 percent. The Lady Bisons were 16-of-63 overall from the field for 25.4 percent.
The Lady Bisons attempted 17 three-pointers in the first half and did not connect on any. Presbyterian held a 22-18 advantage at the half.
Lipscomb head coach Frank Bennett attributes the poor shooting performance to not shooting with good fundamentals.
“We weren’t shooting with good form,” said Bennett. “Our strokes weren’t looking good and I was thinking to myself that ‘I know we have a much better shooting team than this.’”
Lipscomb scored 16 of their 18 first half points off 19 Presbyterian turnovers. Presbyterian finished with 31 turnovers on the afternoon.
“The defense kept us in there both halves,” said Bennett. “Finally a steal and layup, a three, and a few free throws got it to where momentum shifted our way.”
Lipscomb missed two more three-pointers to start the second period before Jenna Bartsokas nailed a long ball from the left key with 18:05 left.
Presbyterian took its largest lead of the game 35-25 on a three-pointer by Amanda Mills with 13:58 left.
With Lipscomb down nine, Brittany Duerk connected on a jumper and then Hannah Phillips hit a three-pointer on the next possession to put Lipscomb back in the game with 9:58 left.
Presbyterian’s Mariah Pietrowski made two layups to put the Lady Bisons down eight. Presbyterian did not hit a shot the rest of the game and made only one free throw.
Lipscomb went on a 16-1 run over the last 7:41 of the game.
“We realized that their point guards weren’t very good going to their left and we overplayed that,” said Bennett. “This adjustment killed time, they didn’t get into their offense very well, and then Miaca took a charge and we really took them out of their rhythm.”
Phillips hit two free throws with 4:49 left and then drained her second three-pointer of the afternoon with 4:13 on the clock. Phillips led Lipscomb with 12 points and hit all six of her free throw attempts.
Kaitie Fritts gave Lipscomb their first lead of the second half on a jumper with 3:35 left. Miaca Bowman added a three pointer while Phillips and Bartsokas each added two free throws to seal the games for the Lady Bisons.
Bartsokas also scored in double figures with 11 points.
Presbyterian held a 41-32 advantage on the boards. Duerk had 10 rebounds to lead the Lady Bisons. Lipscomb had 15 offensive rebounds and 16 second chance points.
Pietrowski led Presbyterian with 14 points.
Lipscomb improves to 2-4 on the season. Presbyterian is 0-5 on the year.
“Hopefully today’s win will be a big confidence boost,” said Bennett. “I hope we learned that can win on a bad night and we can make plays to finish games.”
The Lady Bisons will take a few days off for Thanksgiving before traveling across town to face Tennessee State Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Gentry Center.
Written by Trevor Garrett, Athletic Communications Manager