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Saturday, November 27, 2010Basketball games between the Lipscomb Lady Bisons and the Tennessee State Tigers have become a new Thanksgiving weekend tradition.
Saturday night at 6:30 the Lady Bisons, 2-2, will welcome TSU, 2-3 at Allen Arena. This will be the third game for the Lady Bisons this season against an Ohio Valley Conference team. They are 1-1 with an 81-65 loss to Tennessee Tech and an 84-62 win over Jacksonville State.
“We’re playing with confidence and determination,” Lady Bisons coach Frank Bennett said. “We have really played hard. We are playing unselfishly together. We are taking care of the ball.
“I think we can even shoot better as a team. I hope we can develop a consistent inside threat.”
The Lady Bisons have won their last two games. TSU lost 71-50 to Arkansas Tuesday night.
“TSU is going be similar in style to what we have seen in the last two games,” Bennett said. “They will press a lot. They are going to be really aggressive with their trap defense and be looking for skills. They are going to crash the boards hard and play up tempo up and down the court.
“We have to take care of the ball. We have to keep them in the half court. We have to keep them from getting into a hot streak. We have really box out and rebound.”
Last year TSU rallied to win 72-69 in overtime. This will be the 19th game in the series. TSU leads series 15-3.
Guards Anna Bowers, with 19.8 points per game, and Jenna Bartsokas, with 14.8 are the top scorers for the Lady Bisons.
“Anna is playing very well and she is playing very hard,” Bennett said. “I’m sure every night she is not going to be on a roll, but I think she is going to play extremely well.”
Meredith Stafford and Tayla Foster each are averaging 10.4 points per game.
One of the biggest surprises for the Lady Bisons in early games has been the play of forward Leah McAlister.
“Leah is a little under-sized for the No, 4 position, but she has been rebounding well,” Bennett said. “She is really smart in getting position. She can box out. Offensively, she can seal players underneath. She is strong and has very good hands. If she gets her hands on the ball there is a very good chance she is going to come down with it.”