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Wednesday, August 31, 2005
In a non-conference game with nothing but pride on the line, the Lipscomb Lady Bisons played neck-and-neck with the nationally-ranked Florida State Seminoles for 30 minutes.
In the end, however, the Atlantic Coast Conference powerhouse pulled away, 73-49.
FloridaState , No. 24 in the nation, came out hot, shooting 52 percent from the field in the first half. But on the strength of nine forced turnovers, the Lady Bisons were able to keep the Seminoles within striking distance at the half, 41-29.
"I thought we did some great things out there," said Lipscomb coach Frank Bennett. "We were a little timid at first, but we had good patience, and we were getting some good shots."
After falling behind by 14 points early in the second half, Lipscomb began to slowly chip away at Florida State 's lead. With 10:33 left in the game, Katie Beth Pate, who led Lipscomb with 15 points, hit a lay up to cut the lead to 50-42.
The Lady Bisons wouldn't get any closer. Florida State promptly called a timeout, sparking a 21-2 Seminole run.
"We had a couple of turnovers after that timeout," said Bennett. "We tried to make up for them immediately, and we got out of rhythm."
FloridaState 's Roneeka Hodges led the Seminoles with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Linnea Liljestrand added 16 points, while Holly Johnson chipped in 10 points.
Pate was the only double-digit scorer for Lipscomb, which shot 25 percent from the three-point line. The Lady Bisons came into the game averaging 37 percent from behind the arc.
FloridaState improved to 19-4. The Lady Bisons dropped to 10-8 for the season. They will welcome A-Sun foe Troy Trojans on Feb. 7 in Allen Arena