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Friday, January 07, 2011With each passing game the scouting reports have a familiar ring for Lipscomb Lady Bisons’ coach Frank Bennett.
Each team is athletic and likes to push the ball up and down the court. Each team likes to drive the ball to the basket. Jacksonville also fits in that category.
“Jacksonville’s style is very similar to Stetson,” Bennett said. “They have a very athletic starting lineup and pretty good depth off of the bench.
“We have to keep them from driving the ball to the basket. We have to keep them from scoring inside and getting second shots. Our challenges are the same each game because some of that style fits into our weaknesses.”
The Lady Bisons will host Jacksonville Saturday in an Atlantic Sun Conference game at 4 p.m. at Allen Arena. The Lady Bisons are 6-7, 3-1 in the conference. Jacksonville is 6-6, 1-2 in the A-Sun.
The Lady Bisons lost at Florida Gulf Coast Wednesday 75-57. Jacksonville lost 77-65 at Campbell Monday. The Lady Bisons have lost three of their last four games. Jacksonville has lost four of its last five.
Jacksonville has won the last eight games in the series after the Lady Bisons won the first six. The last time the Lady Bisons beat Jacksonville was Nov. 30, 2006 at Allen Arena.
Senior guard Jenna Bartsokas leads the Lady Bisons with 15.2 points per game. She is averaging 19.8 points in A-Sun games.
Junior guard Anna Bowers is averaging 14.6 points per game overall.
Junior center Brittany Duerk is the leading rebounder for the Lady Bisons with 5.2 per game. Bennett is also counting on Duerk to add some more scoring punch.
Bartsokas has always been a team leader and Bowers has elevated her game offensively.
But Hannah Phillips, a junior forward, also continues to improve offensively. Assistant coach Billy Snell has been working with Phillips on her shooting style.
“Hannah has shown a lot of improvement the last few games,” Bennett said. “She didn’t have consistent footwork and balance. Her second problem was her shooting stroke.
“It is finally clicking for her a little bit. She sees the ball is going in and she is gaining some confidence.”
Phillips is getting increased playing time as Leah McAlister is slowed by an injury.
“Hannah can run all day,” Bennett said. “She can run at a high pace. She has great endurance.
“She is a good defender. She can rebound. She is one of our better passers. The thing we are looking for from her is consistency.”
Rebounding is one area where the Lady Bisons are looking for improvement.
“Keeping it close is like a victory for us on the boards,” Bennett said. “I thought we have done a pretty reasonable job the last two games.
“That’s the challenge of playing three guards on the perimeter. And we have been playing a fourth guard at our No. 4 forward position. We are undersized. We just have to play hard and use good techniques to neutralize that.”
Senior forward Lynsey Paschal leads Jacksonville with 11.3 points per game. Taneskei Richardson, also a senior forward, is averaging 10.3 points and a team-leading 9.5 rebounds per game.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.