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Kennesaw State (3-4, 1-1 A-Sun)
Lipscomb (1-8, 1-1 A-Sun)
12/3/2011 | Nashville, TN - Allen Arena | Attendance: 2319
Saturday, December 03, 2011
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Looking to start the 2011-12 Atlantic Sun Conference slate 2-0 after Thursday night’s win over Mercer, the Lipscomb women’s basketball team fell short dropping a 74-55 decision to Kennesaw State at Allen Arena on Saturday afternoon.
With KSU (3-4, 1-1 A-Sun) leading 47-45 with 8:55 to play in the second stanza, the Lady Bisons (1-8, 1-1 A-Sun) allowed the Owls go on a 12-4 run and put the game away for the visitors.
“We came out with a lot of intensity tonight on the defensive end and really played hard in the first half,” said Lipscomb head coach Frank Bennett. “Offensively, we played out of control, didn’t screen well and didn’t run the offense well.
“I thought the second half we came out with some more really strong defense and got the game cut to two points. At that point, we missed some one-and-ones and, had some turnovers and then had a couple of defensive lapses that let the (lead) get back to 8-to-10.”
Lipscomb was led by junior wing Hannah Phillips, who scored 16 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the field. She was joined in double figures by senior guards Morgan Faulkner, who scored tallied 13, and Anna Bowers, who added 10.
The Owls finished with a 45-33 advantage in rebounds that led to 17 second-chance points for KSU. Sametria Gideon led Kennesaw State with nine boards. Lipscomb was led by Phillips and senior post Brittany Duerk, who each grabbed seven.
“They had a lot of second shots and that keyed a lot of it,” said Bennett. “They get the rebound and kick it out to the wide open three-point shooter. It’s hard to guard that when everybody’s rebounding. But if we can just stop them on one shot with good box outs, that cuts the momentum a lot. “
Kennesaw State also won the battle at the charity stripe where the Owls went 17-of-18 from the line while Lipscomb was only 11-of-23. Turnovers also plagued the Lady Bisons as KSU forced Lipscomb into 20 miscues compared to 16 of their own.
“In the first half, we had six turnovers,” said Bennett. “In the second half, we had 14. Those turnovers late, create fastbreak opportunities so it hurts your defense as well as your offense. We’ve just got to execute a little better and we need a little more leadership when things are not going well.
The Lady Bisons outshot the Owls 41.3-34.8 percent but could not overcome the rebounding and free throw disadvantages.
Lipscomb steps outside of A-Sun play on Monday with a non-conference road contest at Tennessee Tech at 7 p.m.
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