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ETSU (3-6, 1-1 ASUN)
Lipscomb (1-12, 0-3 ASUN)
1/5/2013 | Nashville, Tenn. (Allen Arena) | Attendance: 368
Saturday, January 05, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - There is a difference between listening and listening and understanding.
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons that are executing what coach Greg Brown wants are getting the bulk of the playing time at this stage of the season. Even though the Lady Bisons fell 80-74 to ETSU in Atlantic Sun Conference play at Allen Arena Saturday night there were bright spots to be found.
“The thing we have looked for is players that will listen and not just hear,” Brown said. “I know that is a cliché. I thought we did a good job of simplifying what we are doing.
“Motion offense takes time to learn. I thought we did a much better job of ball movement and player movement. I thought we slid to open areas. For the most part we did a better job driving the ball and hitting some shooters off of that. It was better, but it was not the result that we wanted.”
Brown chose to go with a nine-player rotation. Every player scored. Freshman forward Alex Banks led the way with 15 points. Senior guard Hannah Phillips and freshman guard Presley Stastny scored 14 points apiece.
“I thought our effort, and our execution, for the most part was pretty good,” Brown said. “We have to break it down in parts from the last game to the next practice to this game. I thought our execution has been a little bit better every day.”
However, the Lady Bisons turned the ball over 15 times while ETSU made only seven miscues.
“We moved Presley over to the point,” Brown said. “She had some turnovers, but I thought she ran the team well. And I was happy with that.
“ETSU exploited us a little bit defensively. They are stronger and more physical. We have to find a way to counter that. We will continue to grow from this.”
ETSU held a 49-39 edge on the boards and hauled down 20 offensive rebounds compared to the Lady Bisons seven. ETSU forward Serena Clark grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. Lipscomb junior center Jess Reece paced the Lady Bisons with nine.
“We gave up too many offensive rebounds,” Brown said. “Our big girls are fighting for their lives in there and our guards have to come in and clean up those rebounds.
“Transition points, offensive rebounds and points in the paint are how ETSU plays. We did a good job early of limiting those."
Reece also was 4-of-4 from the field for eight points. Bank, Stastny and forward Shanice Burnette each hit a pair of 3-pointers.
"It is about production, it is about execution and it is about listening,” Brown said. “And that is why we put Jess in there. She has demonstrated those things very well. We will continue to build with Jess on this.”
Guard Brianna McQueen scored a game-high 23 points for ETSU. Guard Shawn Randall added 13. Clark completed a double-double with 10 points.
“We still give up some things that totally violate our defensive principles,” Brown said. “Those are things we have to eliminate.
“Rebounding is going to be a weakness for us and we are going to continue to work on it. We have to change how we play on defensive transition. We have to find a way to emphasize that more.”
With the loss, the Lady Bisons fell to 1-16 all-time against ETSU. Heading into Monday afternoon’s 2:30 game with A-Sun foe USC Upstate the Lady Bisons are 1-12, 0-3 in the conference. ETSU raised its record to 3-6, 1-1 in the A-Sun.
Brown thinks the quick turnaround could prove to be a benefit for his players.
“We will come in Sunday and watch some film,” Brown said. “We need to have a good, crisp practice and be ready to play.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations for Athletics.
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