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Trip down the boulevard is less than enjoyable for Lady Bisons

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Jan. 17, 2006

Box Score

Making your team stick to a game plan is a challenge for any coach.

Lipscomb coach Frank Bennett developed a game plan to compete against the Belmont Bruins women's basketball team, but his Lady Bisons didn't always follow that plan in Tuesday night's 77-49 loss at the Curb Event Center.

"Belmont played and executed very well," said Bennett. "They have a very good team. We didn't play the game we wanted to play as far as execution on defense. Once we got down, we tried to do too much too quick to come back."

Sophomore Lipscomb guard Dana Carrigan fired up a pair of 3-pointers, but the Bruins came back quickly to tie the game. Brooke Sunday sparked the Bruins with her jump shots in the first half, helping the Bruins take a 22-12 first half lead.

"The first half was largely because we hit some threes real quick," said Bennett. "Belmont did a nice job of getting the ball to the right people. We just didn't execute our game plan."

The Lady Bisons couldn't get back on track offensively and fell behind 44-20 at the half.

In the second half the Lady Bisons would pull within 17 points 58-41 as senior center Katie Beth Pate and freshman forward Jilian Partin found a shooting groove.

"We played as pretty good segment the first eight or 10 minutes of the second half," said Bennett. "But then we fell back into making mistakes.

"Belmont played very well and that was the key thing. Their defense was very good. We forced some things. We took it out of a team flow."

Carrigan led the Lady Bisons in scoring for the second straight game with 16 points, including a 4-of-7 performance from 3-poinr range. Her total was also the game high.

Pate earned her fourth double-double of the season with a game-high 11 rebounds and 13 points.

The Lady Bisons shot 29.6 percent from the field. Belmont shot 49.2 percent.

Three Belmont players scored in double figures _ Laura Cowley and Brooke Sunday each scored 13. Alysha Clark scored 12.

Sophomore forward Kaleigh Gossman sat out the game with an injury. Gossman is the latest in a series of Lady Bisons who have spent time on the sidelines recovering.

"We have a lot of players who are game players only because they have to rest their injuries," said Bennett. "We have people coming in and out. We just have to go with what we've got on a given day. That has hurt us some, but I still think we could execute a little better.

The Lady Bisons are 3-11 overall, 2-5 in the A-Sun. Belmont is 9-5, 5-2 in the conference.

The Lady Bisons are back on the road Saturday to face Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton.

"We have to try to get better, get some conference wins and get into the conference tournament," said Bennett. "We have to be mentally tougher and execute what we want to do."