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Lady Bisons need a third scorer to be successful
Brittany Duerk
Brittany Duerk

Sunday, January 16, 2011

It’s all about triple doubles for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons.

In all seven of their wins this season the Lady Bisons have placed three players in double figures in scoring.

“When we have a third person scoring 10 or more we win,” Lady Bisons’ coach Frank Bennett said. “Nine or eight doesn’t do it. “We would like to have some balance in our scoring. This is a just a statistic we have noticed this season.”

Guards Jenna Bartsokas and Anna Bowers, the top scorers for the Lady Bisons, will lead the Lady Bisons Monday night at 5 when they face Campbell at Allen Arena.

Bartsokas is third overall in the A-Sun in scoring with 15.4 points per game and fourth in A-Sun games only with 18.3 per game. Bowers is seventh overall in scoring with 14 points per game and 15th in A-Sun games with 12.9 points per game.

“You would like to get a third or fourth player in double figures and others scoring eight or nine,” Bennett said. “Teams are watching videos of our games and they see the stats. They are really keying on Jenna and Anna. We can’t rely on two people to carry the load every game.

“We are emphasizing trying to get the ball inside more and driving to the basket more. We need to get to the free throw line more. When we are shooting a lot of three-pointers it usually isn’t good for us.”

The Lady Bisons lost 56-52 to Belmont Thursday night. Campbell beat Belmont 60-57 Saturday. Campbell, winner of its last five games, is 6-10, 5-2 in the conference. The Lady Bisons are 7-9, 4-3 in the A-Sun.

“Campbell is hot right now,” Bennett said. “They have a lot of the same players back from last season. They have a lot of depth. They have a lot of people getting four or five rebounds and their scoring has been like that.”

Tonisha Baker is 18th overall in A-Sun games in scoring with 11.7 points per game and 11. 5 overall, 16th in the conference for Campbell.

Jazmine Cooper and Lauren Yesh are tied for 12th overall in the conference in rebounds with 6.3 per game. Yesh is 10th in A-Sun games only with 7.3 boards per game.

If the Lady Bisons are going to be successful they will have to find that third player able to add at least 10 points. Center Jess Reece, forward Hannah Phillips, center-forward Leah McAlister, center Chelsea McMeans and guard Miaca Bowman have all been in that third player role this season.

One person Bennett would like his players to throw the ball to more is center Brittany Duerk. She had a career-high 10 rebounds in the Belmont loss.

She is averaging 5.7 rebounds per game in A-Sun games only, 17th best. She is averaging 5.6 overall, 16th best in the conference.

“Brittany is capable of getting 10 rebounds a game,” Bennett said. “We would like to see her get a rebound every three or four minutes she plays.

“She has rebounded well in parts of games. We just want her to be more consistent. We would like to play her at the No. 4 position more. At the five position she gives up a lot of height there.”

The Lady Bisons also have to tweak a few other areas if they are going to continue their improvement this season.

“I feel like we are not far away from playing our best basketball,” Bennett said. “We have to tighten it up defensively. I also think we can be a better shooting team.

“I was proud of the comeback we made against Belmont after being down 16. To erase that lead and be in a position to have shots to tie or go ahead in the game showed our determination.”

Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.