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11/25/2011 | Nashville, Tenn. (Memorial Gymnasium) | Attendance: 3201
Friday, November 25, 2011
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A bigger, stronger Vanderbilt squad muscled the Lipscomb women’s basketball all over Memorial Gym, Friday, in the first round of the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament. The young SEC team defeated Lipscomb, 81-39, in a battle of cross town foes.
Lipscomb drops to 0-6 on the season, while Vanderbilt improves to 5-0.
“They’re a very good team,” said Lipscomb head coach Frank Bennett. “We’re consistently fouling too much and giving up too many second-chance points, and you can’t do that against an opponent like this.”
The Lady Bisons got down big early; Vanderbilt scored the first 17 points of the game and held Lipscomb without a field goal until the 11:43 mark, when sophomore O’Neisha Smith hit a lay-up.
Vanderbilt ran roughshod over the Lady Bisons in the opening half, getting 17 points off turnovers and building a lead as large as 26 points in the first 20 minutes of play.
Stephanie Holzer led Lady Commodores with 14 first-half points. Smith had five for Lipscomb, which trailed 37-11 at the break. It was the fewest points scored in a half by Lipscomb this season, and the first time the Lady Bisons failed to score at least 20 points in a half since Feb. 3, 2011 against North Florida.
While the shooting was better in the second half, the offensive output brought back memories of the squads 2007 match-up, which Vanderbilt won 92-37. The Lady Bisons shot just 26.4 pct. (14-for-53) from the floor this time around, committing 26 turnovers (which turned into 31 Vanderbilt points) and shooting a mere 6-for-24 from beyond the arc.
“We’ve got to have more confidence when we shoot,” Bennett said. “It looked like we had that in the second half, but it’s something that we’ll need to have for 40 minutes; we can’t have dead periods like we’ve been having.”
Holzer finished with a season-high 17 points to lead the Lady Commodores. Senior Anna Bowers was the Lady Bisons leading scorer with nine points.
In her third start of the season, freshman post player Sasha Robinson chipped in five points and nine rebounds.
The defeat comes by the largest losing margin Lipscomb has experienced since losing by 43 to Florida Gulf Coast on Jan. 29, 2009.
“Both an assistant coach and the head coach (from Vanderbilt) told me that we’re a lot better than our record,” Bennett said. “We’ve got to be more consistent, cut down on turnovers and protect the paint.”
The Lady Bisons will be back in action at Memorial Gym, tomorrow. Lipscomb will face the loser of Friday evening’s Oklahoma-Liberty game at 2 p.m. Vanderbilt will take on the winner between Oklahoma and Liberty at 4 p.m.