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Lady Bisons can't capitalize on fast start against Stetson
Brittany Duerk
Brittany Duerk

Monday, January 31, 2011

The Lipscomb Lady Bisons jumped out quickly but could not sustain their early effort in a 78-53 loss to Stetson Monday night at Allen Arena.

The Lady Bisons jumped out to an 8-2 lead. Stetson, which missed its first seven shots from the field, rallied to take a 12-11 lead with 11:12 remaining in the first half.

With 8:44 left before intermission the Lady Bisons led 18-16 on a layup by center Jess Reece. It would be the Lady Bisons last lead in the game.

Stetson went on a 16-1 scoring streak from 8:30 to 5:01 and never looked back. The Lady Bisons trailed 42-23 at halftime.

“All of a sudden our defensive transition, ball pressure and help were gone,” Lipscomb coach Frank Bennett said. “We just couldn’t get it back. We couldn’t rally. It probably gave them some confidence.

“Stetson is very athletic and very talented and they are playing very well. We had to be really sharp. We weren’t and they made us look bad.”

The Lady Bisons gave Stetson a battle in the second half, scoring 30 points while holding Stetson to 36.

“We showed some fight coming out in the second half,” Bennett said. “But we missed some layups and some open shots. You have to finish those shots. There isn’t a margin for error when you are trying to catch up like that.”

When the Lady Bisons beat Stetson 73-72 in overtime at DeLand, Fla., Jan. 3 the Hatters placed six players in double figures for the first time in 11 seasons. They repeated that feat in Monday’s win with Jessica Conner leading the way with 16 points.

Stetson shot 55.2 percent from the field, hitting 32-of-58 attempts. They hit eight-of-14 from the 3-point arc, a 57.1 percent success rate. That was the highest shooting percentage the Lady Bisons have allowed this season.

“Stetson has seven or eight good, athletic players,” Bennett said. “They are executing well with confidence. We had to stop them as a team, not as individuals.”

Lipscomb guard Anna Bowers scored a game-high 18 points. Guard Jenna Bartsokas added 10.

The Lady Bisons shot 35.3 percent overall from the floor, connecting on 18-of-51 shots. They also shot 35.3 percent from 3-point range, hitting six-of-17.

Forward Brittany Duerk pulled down a game-high and season-high 11 rebounds for the Lady Bisons. Center Natasha Graboski led Stetson with nine boards.

Stetson held a 36-27 rebounding advantage.

The Lady Bisons are 8-14, 5-8 in the A-Sun. Stetson is 11-10, 7-5 in the conference.

“It was an embarrassing situation for us,” Bennett said. “It puts more pressure on us to be ready to play on the road this weekend having missed this opportunity at home.”

The Lady Bisons are on the road in Florida this week with a stop at North Florida Thursday night and a visit to Jacksonville Saturday.

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