Monday afternoon at Allen Arena the Lady Bisons were out of synch from the start, falling to North Florida 57-53.
“For some reason we came out flat,” Bennett said. “I don’t know if it was the time of day or being the second game. I don’t know if we played to their record. I don’t want to make excuses, but for some reason we didn’t play like we are capable of playing.
“We weren’t really ourselves. We did a pretty good job of hanging in there and putting ourselves in a position where we had a chance. But we never could put a stop and score together to get over the hump.”
Guards Miaca Bowman and Jenna Bartsokas each scored 11 points to lead the Lady Bisons.
Bowman is not known for taking many shots in a game. Her 3-pointer with 23 seconds left to play tied the game at 53-53. She was three-of-four from beyond the arc. The 11 points set a career and season high for Bowman.
“Miaca had a great look,” Bennett said. “I was glad to see her take it. She has been wanting to take more shots.”
Center Brittany Duerk and forward Hannah Phillips tied for the team lead in rebounding with six boards apiece.
The Lady Bisons shot 27.3 percent from the field, hitting 18-of-66 shots. North Florida, the winner of its first A-Sun game of the season, shot 50 percent, 23-of-46.
“We had too many defensive breakdowns,” Bennett said. “We got frustrated and didn’t shoot the ball with confidence either.
“We played flat. It is hard to ever get out of that. We missed a lot of pretty good looks. Defensively, we weren’t jumping on the ball. We weren’t helping.”
North Florida also held the advantage on the boards hauling down 42. The Lady Bisons had 29.
Guard Brittany Taylor scored a game-high 14 points for North Florida. Forward Taylor Smith added 13.
Forward Larkira Jones pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds for North Florida.
“We gave them too many good looks,” Bennett said. “They did a nice job of defending us and making us go to second, third or fourth options. We have to give North Florida credit.”
The Lady Bisons return to action Thursday night when they make the short trip to Belmont for the first women’s “Battle of the Boulevard” of the season.
The Lady Bisons are 7-8, 4-2 in the A-Sun. North Florida is 3-11, 1-4 in the conference.
“It’s my fault for not having us ready to play,” Bennett said. “We can beat any team in this league. We can also lose to any team in this league. We have to expect a battle every time.
“We can take this one of two ways. Hopefully, we will be more determined and have more fight this week.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.