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Brittany Duerk
Brittany Duerk

Friday, January 01, 2010

Lipscomb Lady Bisons coach Frank Bennett is hoping that with the dawn of a new year that his players made resolutions to do a better job shooting.

Heading into Saturday’s 1 p.m. game with Stetson in Allen Arena, the Lady Bisons are shooting 35.1 percent from the field and 25.9 percent from 3-point range.

Junior guard Jenna Bartsokas is averaging 12.2 points per game, the only Lady Bisons player in double figures.

“We haven’t shot the ball like we are capable of doing,” Bennett said. “We are taking care of the ball better than we ever have. We have been at 14 turnovers a game for about the last 10 games. We are playing good defense, especially our zone.

“When we get our shots we need to knock them down. We have to be able to score a little bit more around the basket than we have been. It is a confidence thing. I think we have good shooters. I feel like we are going to start making some and then everything will fall into place.”

The Lady Bisons enter the Atlantic Sun Conference game with a 2-10 record, 0-2 in the A-Sun. The Lady Bisons lost 61-50 Monday night to South Alabama from the Sun Belt Conference.

“We have been in games,” Bennett said. “A few possessions are making the big difference for us. South Alabama is maybe the best team we have played. I thought we played one of our better games against them.”

Stetson, 1-10, 1-1 in the conference, also has only one player averaging in double figures, sophomore guard Kerri Simpson with 10.3. Stetson is 0-5 on the road this season. They lost 65-53 to Buffalo Tuesday night.

Two Stetson players that concern Bennett are 6-foot-4 junior center Daphnee Frieson and 6-3 junior center Natasha Graboski. Jessica Conner, a 5-11 forward, leads the Lady Hatters with 7.8 rebounds per game.

“They will play the 6-3 and 6-4 players together some,” Bennett said. “We have been working on what they do for the last couple of days.

“Their scoring is spread out with different people scoring every night. Simpson’s average is really on an upswing right now.”

Sophomore center Clair Waggener, 6-2, and sophomore forward Brittany Duerk, 6-feet, will join guards Bartsokas and sophomore Anna Bowers and freshman forward Hannah Phillips in the starting lineup.

Duerk leads the Lady Bisons on the boards with 6.1 per game.

“She played very well against South Alabama,” Bennett said. “She made four-out-of-five field goals, mostly in the second half. She has been rebounding well and playing tough defense.

“Rebounding is getting a little better. That was a weakness early.”

The Lady Bisons will be back on the court at 5:15 Monday to play Florida Gulf Coast at Allen Arena.

Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations