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Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Bisons on the Air
Online Radio: Lipscomb Sports Network, www.LipscombSports.com (Benjamin Seamon, play-by-play)
Online Video: ASun.TV (Lipscomb Sports Network audio feed)
The Lipscomb University Lady Bisons (1-1, 0-0 A-Sun) seek their second win of the season Tuesday night as they host Austin Peay (0-1, 0-0 OVC). Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. (CT) in Allen Arena.
The Lady Bisons enter the game after defeating Central Arkansas 68-60 Sunday afternoon. Four Lady Bisons scored in double figures with Valerie Bronson and Leah McAlister each posting 12 points.
Austin Peay lost to Chattanooga 76-66 Sunday afternoon in their season opener. Whitney Hanley scored 22 points while making 69.2 percent of her field goal attempts. Nicole Jamen added 16 points and 11 rebounds. The rest of the Lady Govs made just 9-of-31 (29 percent) field goal attempts.
Austin Peay returns ten letter winners and four starters that was 17-16 last year and won the Ohio Valley Conference tournament as the No. 5 seed to advance to the NCAA tournament.
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons used a balanced scoring attack and a solid defensive effort to defeat Central Arkansas 68-60 Sunday afternoon at Allen Arena.
Forwards Valerie Bronson and Leah McAlister both scored 12 points, a game-high, to lead the Lady Bisons. Also in double figures for the Lady Bisons were guard Chelsea Burroughs with 11 and guard Anna Bowers with 10. Eight players had six points or more for the Lady Bisons.
The Lady Bisons were 5-of-22 from 3-point range, a 22.7 percentage. The hit 25-of-60 shots overall from the field, a 43.2 percent success rate.
McAlister and Burroughs each had a pair of 3-pointers.
The Lady Bisons were beaten 46-43 on the boards by Central Arkansas. Point guard Jenna Bartsokas led with seven rebounds. Bronson, McAlister and Burroughs each had six.
The Lady Bisons opened the game hitting the first field goal, a lay-up by Bronson. They led 20-8 with 12:54 left to go in the first half.
The closest Central Arkansas came to the lead in the first half was 30-29 with 1:12 remaining. The Lady Bisons closed out the half with layups from McAlister and Bowers and a pair of free throws from Burroughs.
Central Arkansas, which was tied with Belmont Friday night with three minutes left to play, refused to go away. They never led in the game, but they did tie the score at 47-47 with 10:24 left in the second half.
The Lady Bisons, ahead 51-50 with 7:31 on the clock, went on a 10-2 run to break away for good.
Lipscomb-Central Arkansas Postgame Notes
Returning just 29.5 points of offense from last year’s team, Lipscomb coach Frank Bennett would like to see his team play a faster and more up tempo game this year. Bennett is challenging his team to shot in the first 10 seconds of a possession. But if there is not a great shot, he has instructed his team to be patient and work for a quality shot.
Lipscomb was picked in the preseason coaches poll to finish 10th in the Atlantic Sun. The Lady Bisons were picked to finish 11th in the A-Sun in the preseason media poll.
The Lady Bisons lost three players to graduation last year. Jilian Partin started all 30 games last year scoring 10.2 points per. She also grabbed 6.3 boards per contest.
Lipscomb also lost posts Katie Rollins and Miriam McAlister. Rollins averaged 4.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. She played in 28 contests, starting nine. McAlister saw limited action due to injuries. She averaged 4.2 points and 3.3 rebounds in 17 games.
Cree Nix announced she was leaving the Lady Bisons squad two days before the season started. Nix averaged 7.9 points and 7.5 rebounds last year as a sophomore.
Lipscomb adds four freshman to this year’s squad. Wings Hannah Phillips and Morgan Faulkner along with posts Chelsea McMeans and Kaitie Fritts are expected to all play critical roles for the Lady Bisons this year.
Phillips is a 5-11 wing from Brentwood High School in Brentwood, Tenn. She was named to the All-Region and All-District teams her senior year and was named to the 2009 TSSAA TACA All-Star Team.
Faulkner is a 5-9 wing out of Madison Academic Magnet in Jackson, Tenn. She was an All-State selection her freshman, sophomore, and senior years. She set her school’s records for points scored (2,440), rebounds (835), and blocks (260).
McMeans is a 6-2 post from LaVernia High School in LaVernia, Texas. She was a unanimous selection as district Defensive Player of the Year her senior year. She was also named to the TABC All-Region Team and was an All-State All-Academic student-athlete.
Kaitie Fritts is a 6-1 post from Central Hardin High School in Elizabethtown, Ky. She was an All-State honorable mention and was named the 5th Region Player of the Year.
The Lady Bisons are coached by Frank Bennett. He is in his 30th year as the head coach at Lipscomb. Bennett has amassed a record of 564-370 (.604) in his tenure. Bennett was the 2003 Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year. He was also the 1996 and 1999 WBCA NAIA Coach of the Year. Bennett was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 2002. He led the Lipscomb to the 2004 Atlantic Sun title and Lipscomb’s first NCAA National Tournament appearance.