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Thursday, February 26, 2009The Lipscomb Lady Bisons have seen this happen too many times this season.
They come out of the blocks with a fast start, stay close for much of the game, only to wind up on the wrong end of the score at the final buzzer. This time around they fell 71-42 to Jacksonville at Allen Arena Thursday night in Atlantic Sun play.
The Lady Bisons struck first with a 3-point shot by forward Jilian Partin at 19:08. They would maintain their advantage until Teneskei Richards tipped in a shot with 7:30 remaining in the first half for a 19-18 Jacksonville lead.
The Lady Bisons struck back immediately as forward Valerie Bronson connected on a jumper for a 20-19 edge at 7:08.
“We had a really good start,” said Lipscomb coach Frank Bennett. “We took a couple of forced shots at that point.”
Richardson answered with a jumper at 6:53 for a 21-20 lead for Jacksonville. The Lady Dolphins would not trail again, leading by as many as 12 points down the stretch in the first half at 35-23 with 43 seconds left.
The Lady Bisons trailed 35-25 at the half.
“Even though we were down 10 at the half, I thought we weren’t in that bad of a shape. I thought we could settle down.”
In the second half Jacksonville scored in the first eight seconds as Regina Omoite hit a jump shot.
Guard Jenna Bartsokas came back with a lay-up for the Lady Bisons at 18:16. Jacksonville then went on an 11-4 run, extending their lead to 19 points with 14:38 left to play.
“Jacksonville was beating us back on our main shots which never should have happened,” said Bennett. “We just made it too easy for them in the second half.
“Jacksonville got into one of those rhythms where a shot was not going to go for us and they were going to make every medium jumper they took. At the end of the second half we played a little bit better but for most of the second half we did not play very well.”
Partin and freshman forward Chelsea Burroughs tied for the team lead in scoring with 10 points apiece. It was the third time in the last six games that Partin has tied for the lead. She led in two other games in that that same stretch.
Partin grabbed 10 rebounds, tying for the game high. It was the fourth double-double of the season for Partin. Her last was at Belmont Jan. 12 when she scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Jacksonville placed four players in double figures. Guard DaVina Hamilton scored a game-high 21 points. Ashanti Williams came off of the bench to add 12. Forward Desarae Johnson and guard Courtney Jackson each added 10.
Johnson also hauled in 10 rebounds for a double-double.
The Lady Bisons are 5-23, 3-16 in the conference. Jacksonville is 17-11, 13-6 in the A-Sun.
Saturday the Lady Bisons will play North Florida. It will be Senior Day with players Partin, center Katie Rollins and forward Miriam McAlister to be honored.
“We just have to look at the Jacksonville game as an anomaly,” said Bennett. “We have to be ready to play on Saturday against North Florida.”
It is the last regular season game for the Lady Bisons who will play March 4-7 in the Atlantic Sun Tournament at Allen Arena.