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Saturday, January 06, 2007
Jan. 6, 2007
Junior point guard Catie Woods scored a career-high and game-high 21 points, but the Lipscomb Lady Bisons could not prevail in an 82-71 loss Saturday afternoon to Atlantic Sun foe Kennesaw State on the road.
"We played with pretty good intensity," Lipscomb coach Frank Bennett said. "In the second half we couldn't keep them from running the ball on us. We gave up too many shots in transition."
The Lady Bisons kept the game close in the first half, striking first on a jumper by Woods. The lead shifted often in the first half with Kennesaw State taking a six-point lead (24-18) on a 3-pointer by Jennifer Baker with 9:26 on the clock.
With 5:53 left in the half the Lady Bisons once again took the lead at 26-24 on a 3-pointer by junior guard Dana Carrigan. Neither team scored again until 3:34 when Kennesaw State tied the game at 26-26.
The Lady Bisons fell behind 29-26, but tied the game on a 3-pointer by Julie Martin with 1:28 remaining before intermission. Kennesaw State scored on a lay-up by Baker with 26 seconds left. Senior center Penny Jones went to the line for Lipscomb with one second left. She made her first shot and missed her second giving Kennesaw State a 31-30 edge at the half.
In the second half the Lady Bisons continued to make a strong effort. Woods once again scored first, this time with a 3-pointer for a 33-31 lead 14 seconds into the second half.
In a replay of the first half the two teams swapped leads. The Lady Bisons led 43-40 with 14:38 left to play on a 3-pointer by Woods. But Kennesaw State went on a 10-0 run and never gave up the lead again.
The Lady Bisons made one last run cutting an 11-point Kennesaw State lead to six points at 69-63 with 2:04 left. Kennesaw State responded, opening up a 12-point lead, their biggest of the game at 75-63 with 1:45 left.
"Once they made that spurt we never could catch up again," Bennett said.
With 1:05 remaining Jilian Partin hit a 3-pointer for the Lady Bisons to trim the Kennesaw State lead to eight points (79-71), but they couldn't continue to push the issue.
The 21 points by Woods are the most by a Lady Bisons player in a game this season. She hit 8-of-17 shots from the field, including five-of-10 from 3-point range. She did not go to the free throw line. Also scoring in double figures for the Lady Bisons was senior center Penny Jones with 16 points.
"Catie Woods played 38 minutes and did not make a turnover," Bennett said. "She is a very good 3-point shooter and she was getting good looks. She was also penetrating well with the basketball for some good shots.
"Penny struggled in the first half. She had 11 points and eight rebounds in the second half. She was getting the right-handed hook shot coming off the left block and moving into the middle."
Carrigan, who is the tops in steals in A-Sun games in the conference, made a game-high four steals.
Jones and sophomore forward Jilian Partin tied for the rebound lead with eight each.
The Lady Bisons were 27-of-71 from the field, a 38 percent success rate. They hit 12-of-27 attempts from 3-point range, 44.4 percent. They were five-of-10 from the free throw line.
Kennesaw State placed three players in double figures. Center Stephanie Scearce led with 15 followed by forward Jade Robinson with 14 and forward Rosetta Hollis with 13.
Montinique Nixon recorded a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Lady Bisons were out-rebounded 49 to 36. but held the advantage on the boards in the second half.
The Lady Bisons, 3-11, 1-3 in the A-Sun are back in action Thursday night at Allen Arena against Mercer. Kennesaw State, which is not eligible for the conference tournament this season, is 6-8, 2-2.