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Lady Bisons fall short in championship game with Memphis

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Nov. 25, 2006

Final Stats

The Lipscomb Lady Bisons may not have walked away with the championship in the Lady Tiger Classic at the University of Memphis, but they came away with a better understanding of the type of team they can be.

"We have taken our game to a higher level," Lipscomb coach Frank Bennett said.

Playing without the services of starting forward Tiffany Arnold, the Lady Bisons managed to stay close to host Memphis, falling 57-55 Saturday night in the championship game at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.

"We never could tie them or take the lead," Bennett said. "We came within two points several times, but couldn't get any close."

The Lady Bisons played much the same way that they played against Austin Peay in the 56-55 first round win Friday night.

The Lady Bisons, who trailed 29-22 at intermission, kept it close for most of the game, trailing by 10 at 32-22 with 19:46 left in the second half.

Neither team hit a field goal in the second half from 14:31 to 11:51 when Necaise scored for Memphis for a 40-34 lead.

The Lady Bisons cut the Memphis lead to 47-45 on a 3-point shot by Catie Woods at 8:14. At 8:01 the Lady Bisons once again were within two points at 49-47 on a lay-up by Rachel Davis.

Free throws down the stretch helped keep the Lady Bisons close. Davis hit one of two shots at 1:41 to cut the Memphis lead to 57-53. Woods then hit a pair of free throws to make it 57-55, but could not find the magic in the closing seconds for the second night in a row.

The Lady Bisons hit only 16-of-42 shots from the field (38.1 percent) and 8-of-19 from 3-point range (42.1 percent). The Lady Bisons went to the line 25 times, but his only 15 for a 60 percent rate, well below their 20-of-24 against Austin Peay.

Memphis shot only 36.8 percent from the field hitting 25-of-68 shots. Memphis hit only one of 17 attempts from 3-point range. Memphis was 6-of-15 from the free throw line.

The Lady Bisons committed 26 turnovers, 18 in the first half. Nineteen of the first half points for Memphis were created by Lady Bisons turnovers.

"The turnovers, especially in the first half, really put us in the hole," Bennett said. "We did a good job on defense, but we let them have too many shots inside and we let them get too many points off of turnovers."

Woods led the Lady Bisons with 11 points from her point guard position. Forward Julie Martin added 10. Center Penny Jones grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

Memphis was led in scoring by Paris Leonard with a game-high 14 points. Devin Necaise added 13. Robin Jones tossed in 12.

The Lady Bisons, 2-3, will play host to Tennessee State Monday night at Allen Arena in the first game of a doubleheader with the Bisons. The Bisons will play Winston-Salem State at 8:15 p.m.