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Lady Bisons fall at Campbell, 79-63
Valerie Bronson
Valerie Bronson

Monday, February 14, 2011

Winning on the road in college basketball is difficult and Monday was no different for the Lady Bisons, who dropped its seventh straight road game and fifth overall, falling to Campbell, 79-63 in Buies Creek, N.C.

Campbell outrebounded Lipscomb 51-32 and connected on 30 of its 62 (48%) field goal attempts while the Lady Bisons finished 22-of-64 (34%) from the floor.

CU (11-13 overall, 10-6 A-Sun) scored on six of its first eight possessions to start the game while Lady Bisons (8-17 overall, 5-11 A-Sun) misfired on its first four trips, falling behind 10-0 to start the contest. The Camels extended its lead to 24-8 with 12:51 remaining in the first half as they connected on 11 of their first 13 field goal attempts.

With Monique Spry knocking down a pair of free throws, giving Campbell a 38-19 lead with 2:52 to go before halftime.

With Lipscomb down by 19 on the road in the first half, the Lady Bisons stormed back into the game by closing out the final three minutes of the half on a 13-3 run to cut the Camels lead to nine points at intermission. Senior wing Valerie Bronson scored nine of Lipscomb’s 13-points during the run.

Just like the beginning of the first half, Campbell struck first in the second when they scored eight of the first 10 points of the second half, to race out to a 49-34 lead with 17 minutes left in the contest.

Meanwhile, Lipscomb’s offensive struggles continued early in the second half as they connected on 2 of their first 10 field goal attempts in the first seven minutes of the half. The Lady Bisons continued to chip away at the Campbell lead but never could get within single digits of Campbell in the second half. Anna Bowers’ three-point basket with one minute to play cut the Camels lead to 73-61, which was the closest the Lady Bisons had been since the start of the half.

Bowers was the only Lipscomb player to finish in double figures (17). Bronson finished with nine, with all those coming in the first half while Jenna Bartsokas had eight. Morgan Faulkner had seven points while freshman O’Neisha Smith pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.

Campbell had four players in double figures, led by Spry who had 17 points in 24 minutes.

The Lady Bisons will be back in action this coming weekend, when they play host to East Tennessee State at 4 p.m. at Allen Arena on Saturday, Feb. 19. The Lipscomb men’s basketball game against ETSU will follow at 6:30 p.m.

Following Saturday’s doubleheader, the Lady Bisons will conclude its home season on Monday, Feb. 21, when they host USC Upstate at 7 p.m. The contest against the Spartans has been declared as Think Pink/Pack the House for Cancer Awareness Night at Allen Arena. Admission is free with a suggested donation to the game’s beneficiaries, St. Thomas Women’s Health and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Pink jugs will be available throughout the arena for contributions.