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Lady Bisons return from Christmas break to face South Alabama

Monday, December 28, 2009

The Game

The Lipscomb Lady Bisons (2-9, 0-2 A-Sun) hit the hardwood after a twenty day break to face South Alabama (5-6, 1-0 Sun Belt). Game time is 7:02 p.m. in Allen Arena.

Lipscomb has not played since losing to Evansville 74-69 at home on Dec. 8. Jenna Bartsokas scored a season-high 20 points. Lipscomb held a 40-32 halftime lead but Evansville scored 17 points in the first seven minutes of the second half to take a 51-48 lead.

South Alabama has played four games since Lipscomb’s last game including a 71-50 home loss to Auburn last Sunday, Dec. 20. Shakira Nettles led South Alabama with 15 points. South Alabama struggled in the paint and on the boards. Auburn held a 42-8 advantage on scoring in the paint and a 48-26 advantage on rebounding.

Quick Hits

  • This is the second game of a six game homestand for the Lady Bisons that stretches through Jan. 11. Lipscomb is 1-4 in Allen Arena this year. South Alabama is 1-1 on the road.
  • Junior guard Jenna Bartsokas was named Atlantic Sun Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 14 for her 20-point performance against Evansville.
  • Lipscomb is 0-8 when giving up 61 or more points. Lipscomb gives up 52.5 points in wins and 70.4 points in losses.
  • The Lady Bisons connect on 32.0 percent of their 3-point attempts on the road and only 20.7 percent of their attempts in Allen Arena.
  • Lipscomb’s opponents grab 9.8 more boards per game than the Lady Bisons. This is the largest advantage in the Atlantic Sun and 8th largest in the nation.
  • Lipscomb committed fewer turnovers than its opponents in six games this year. The Lady Bisons accomplished this only six times last year.
  • Lipscomb turns the ball over 15.2 times per game for the 20th lowest mark in the nation.
  • Lipscomb struggles on the defensive boards bringing down 247 defensive boards (22.5 per game) while giving up 176 offensive boards (16 per game).

Last Time Out

Lipscomb was unable to stop a strong second half start by Evansville and lost 74-69 at Allen Arena on Dec. 8

Despite the loss, Bennett saw several areas to be positive about.

“I think without a doubt it was probably our best overall game,” said Bennett.

The Lady Bisons outrebounded the Aces 42-36 with four Lady Bisons tying for the team lead with six – freshman wing Hannah Phillips, sophomore wing Leah McAlister, sophomore center Brittany Duerk and junior wing Valerie Bronson.

The Lady Bisons watched a 40-32 halftime advantage disappear. Evansville scored 17 points in the first seven minutes of the first half to take a 51-48 lead.

A layup by sophomore wing Chelsea Burroughs put the Lady Bisons back in the lead at 53-51 with 9:02 left in the game.

Evansville’s Jordan Lewis scored on a layup with 8:24 on the clock to give the Aces a 55-54 lead. The Lady Bisons would tie the game two more times after that with the last at 63-63on a 3-pointer by Bronson with 4:47 on the clock. But they would never regain the lead. The biggest lead by Evansville in the final four minutes was eight points, 73-65 with 16 seconds remaining.

Junior guard Jenna Bartsokas scored a season-high 20 points for the Lady Bisons with 10 in each half. She also led all scorers in the loss. Also in double figures for the Lady Bisons was Burroughs with a season-high 18 points. Phillips chipped in with 10.

Bartsokas Named A-Sun POTW

Junior guard Jenna Bartsokas was named the Atlantic Sun Player of the Week on Dec. 14. She tallied a season-high 20 points in Lipscomb's 74-69 loss to Evansville on Dec. 8. It notched the third time in the Franklin, Tenn. native’s career that she scored 20 or more points. The exercise science major shot 7-of-14 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free throw line. Bartsokas also grabbed three rebounds, two assists, and one steal.

Run and Gun

Returning just 29.5 points of offense from last year’s team, Lipscomb coach Frank Bennett would like to see his team play a faster and more up tempo game this year. Bennett is challenging his team to shot in the first 10 seconds of a possession.  But if there is not a great shot, he has instructed his team to be patient and work for a quality shot.

Poll Action

Lipscomb was picked in the preseason coaches’ poll to finish 10th in the Atlantic Sun. The Lady Bisons were picked to finish 11th in the A-Sun in the preseason media poll.