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Murray State (3-3)
11/26/2012 | Murray, Ky. | Attendance: 343
Monday, November 26, 2012
MURRAY, Ky. – The Lipscomb women’s basketball team continued non-conference action Monday night, falling 63-55 to Murray State at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.
Senior Hannah Phillips led the Lady Bisons (0-4) with 17 points while freshman Presley Stastny added 12. Erica Burgess for Murray State (3-3) had a game-high 18 points.
“I thought we did a pretty good job of contesting shots,” Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown said. “We made some good adjustments with the ball screens. They had too many easy baskets and put backs.
“We gave up 19 offensive rebounds. We knew going in that they were aggressive on the offensive end. We have to do a better job of pursuing the ball and maintaining the possession.”
The Racers jumped out to a 6-0 lead over the first 6:22 of the game before Phillips drained a three-point basket to end the drought.
A lay-up from sophomore Sasha Robinson and a free throw from junior O’Neisha Smith tied the game at six apiece.
After trading a pair of treys the Racers went on an 11-4 run to open a seven point gap with 6:59 remaining in the half.
However the Lady Bisons closed out the first stanza on a 13-4 run to hold a 26-24 lead heading into intermission.
“The last part of the first half, we started playing more of how we play well,” Brown said. “When we play well, we share the ball and scoring off assists. The first part of the game we were dribbling too much. We had 13 assists on 20 baskets, that is what we have to do.”
Stastny shook off her defender for a lay-in to stop the Racer run. Coupled with a three-point basket and free throw from Kelli Smith and a Chelsea McMeans jumper, the herd took its first lead of the game with 1:54 remaining in the half.
The second half contained a back and forth affair with six lead changes. Neither team was able to separate by more than six points which was a Murray State advantage until the waning moments of the contest.
With the game tied, Stastny hit a jumper in the paint with 3:22 remaining to give the Lady Bisons the lead for the final time of the game at 50-48.
From there, the Racers went on a 13-0 run over the next three minutes to build an 11 point advantage with 20 seconds remaining.
A pair of Phillips baskets, a lay-up and a 30-foot buzzer beater, brought the final score of 63-55.
Lipscomb held the Racers offense to just 27 percent from the field including 5-of-25 from long range. Conversely, the Lady Bisons shot 41.7 percent from the field but were hampered by 20 turnovers.
Murray State turned-in 15 points off turnovers and 14 points on second chance baskets.
Neither team held an advantage on the boards as each hauled in 41 rebounds. Freshman Alex Banks led the Lady Bisons with 11 while Robinson snagged 11 for Murray State.
The Lady Bisons have a quick turnaround traveling to Southeastern Conference foe Ole Miss on Thursday for a 7 p.m. tip off in Oxford, Miss.
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