Nov. 23, 2007
Paradise wasn't all that great for the Lady Bisons.
Friday afternoon they opened up the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii with an 85-51 loss to the host University of Hawaii at the Stan Sheriff Center.
"We couldn't execute very well," said Lipscomb coach Frank Bennett. "In the first half their transition game was beating us down the floor
"We were getting shots. But they went to a zone defense and we didn't execute as well as we would have liked. Maybe it was our long layoff, but we got rattled a little bit early."
The Lady Bisons will play UAB Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. CT. The game can be heard on WAMB-AM (1200) with Craig Hartline handling the play-by-play.
UAB is 1-3 after losing 83-74 to Hartford in the first game of the tournament.
Hawaii jumped out to a 19-4 lead, using primarily a zone defense. In the second half Hawaii shifted more to a man-to-man defensive strategy.
The Lady Bisons trailed 45-20 at halftime.
Junior forward Rachel Davis played only nine minutes, but was the only Lady Bisons player to score in double figures with 10 points. She hit both of her field goal attempts, including a 3-pointer, and was 5-of-6 from the free throw line. She also grabbed five rebounds, one short of Kaleigh Gossman's team-leading six.
"Rachel came in and played really well for us," said Bennett. "She was perfect from the field.
Defense proved to be the key for Hawaii, scoring 17 points of off 20 Lipscomb turnovers,
The Lady Bisons struggled with their shooting, hitting 6-of-32 in the first half and 14-of-61 from the field for the game, a 23 percent success rate. The Lady Bisons were 5-of-25 from beyond the 3-point arc. They shot 78.3 percent from the free throw line, 78.3 percent.
"We got some pretty good shots, but we couldn't knock them down for awhile," Bennett said. "We didn't have much of a flow. There are some basic things we have to work on."
Hawaii placed four players in double figures. Tanya Smith posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, both game highs. Megan Tinnin added 15 points, Dita Liepkaine scored 14 and Iwona Zagrobelna chipped in with 10.
The Lady Bisons are 1-4. Hawaii is 3-1 overall.
The tournament continues through Sunday.