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Lady Bisons back on winning track with 70-58 A-Sun win over Jacksonville

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Jan. 28, 2006

Box Score

The Lipscomb Lady Bisons basketball team got back on the winning track with a convincing 70-58 victory over the Jacksonville Dolphins Saturday afternoon at Allen Arena.

"It was good to get a win after some tough losses," said Lipscomb coach Frank Bennett. "Jacksonville is quick and aggressive. They put a lot of pressure on you. We were fairly consistent without any long runs against us."

The Lady Bisons set the pace for the game early with 3-pointers from point guard Catie Woods and guard Dana Carrigan in the first 2 ½ minutes.

The Lady Bisons held onto the lead until 8:12 of the first half when Jacksonville's Nakina Alford hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 17-17 and Ashley Williams hit the first of two free throws to give the Dolphins their only lead of the game at 18-17 with 8:12 left in the half.

That was the only time the Dolphins would lead in the game. The Lady Bisons went on an 11-0 run to take a 28-18 lead with 4:14 left in the half.

The Lady Bisons led 34-25 at intermission.

In the second half the Lady Bisons remained in control building to a 19-point lead, their largest of the game at 59-40 on a jumper by freshman forward Miriam McAlister.

The final 4 ½ minutes of the game the Lady Bisons never trailed by fewer than 10 points.

McAlister set the pace for the Lady Bisons with her second double-double in a row and third of the season with a team-leading 13 points and 10 rebounds. She also added two blocked shots.

"She was really getting on the boards," said Bennett. "She had some big defensive rebounds for us. We thought she would be able to get on the boards. She is pretty athletic. She has long arms and she is a quick jumper.

"She is getting used to playing harder at this level. She has had two pretty good games in a row."

Also in double figures for the Lady Bisons were Woods and center Katie Beth Pate with 12 points each and Carrigan with 10.

"Catie Woods is a good shooter," said Bennett. "She played with a lot of confidence and a lot of endurance."

Williams led Jacksonville with a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Sheena Carpenter added 16.

The Lady Bisons played without guards Karli Osborn and Jilian Partin. Osborn was home in Utah to attend a funeral of a relative. Partin was sidelined with an injury.

"We were a little thin on the perimeter without them," said Bennett. "Jacksonville was going with four guards a lot of the time. They were pressuring us hard, but we handled that really well."

The Lady Bisons are 4-13 overall, 3-7 in the conference. Jacksonville is 4-13 overall, 1-9 in the A-Sun,