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Lady Bisons give Evansville a strong test

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Jan. 24, 2008

Final Stats

Lipscomb's Lady Bisons tested Evansville, but in the end the Purple Aces earned the higher grade.

The Lady Bisons trailed for most of the game but managed to stay close to Evansville. A second half scoring surge with approximately 15 minutes left to play put Evansville in control on the way to a 69-57 win Thursday night at Allen Arena. It was the final non-conference game of the season for the Lady Bisons.

It was the fourth straight win for Evansville, a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.

`Evansville is a very good team," said Lipscomb coach Frank Bennett. "We weren't competitive with them last year and they had the same five starters back for this game. We were never really in the game with them last year."

The Lady Bisons trailed 33-29 at the half.

In the second half the Lady Bisons pulled within two points at 37-35 with 17:22 left to play as freshman guard Jenna Bartsokas scored five points in 10 seconds.

With 15:22 remaining junior forward Kaleigh Gossman scored on a lay-up to cut the lead to 39-37.

From that point Evansville went on a 10-2 run to take the first double-figure lead of the game at 49-39 with 11:41 left on the scoreboard. Evansville led by as many as 16 points the rest of the way.

"I thought Evansville upped the physical play and upped the defensive pressure and frustrated us where we weren't able to concentrate as much on the offensive end," Bennett said. "We got stuck offensively where we weren't able to score for awhile. We turned the ball over a little too much in the second half and got beat on the boards."

Freshman guard Jenna Bartsokas led the Lady Bisons with 12 points. She has led the Lady Bisons in scoring in back-to-back games. She has led the team in scoring three times this season.

Junior forward Jilian Partin added 11 points. She finished with six rebounds, tying senior point guard Catie Woods for the team lead.

Evansville guard Courtney Felke led all scorers with 18 points. Guard Ashley Austin added 12. Forward Rebekah Parker scored 11. Forward Robyn Jennings grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds and scored 10 points for a double-double.

The Lady Bisons return to Atlantic Sun Conference play for the rest of the season starting Saturday afternoon at Kennesaw State.

"The big thing for us right now is for Katie Rollins to step up and score in the post," Bennett said. "She has been getting a lot of fouls early and has been sitting a lot.

"I feel like she can be a really dominant player in the post. She has to play confidently and trust what she has practiced. We want her to get back to that a little bit."

The Lady Bisons are 4-15 overall. Evansville is 10-7.