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11/12/2012 | Nashville, Tenn. (Allen Arena) | Attendance: 1432
Monday, November 12, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb women’s basketball team gave No. 16 Vanderbilt a run for its money, cutting a 20-point deficit to just six in the second half, but ultimately fell short in a 62-45 contest Monday night in Allen Arena.
Senior Hannah Phillips fell one point short of matching her career high with 21 points giving the Commodores (2-0, 0-0 SEC) a rough welcome in their first visit to Allen Arena.
The early portions showed what might be a repeat of last year’s 81-39 Vanderbilt victory as VU jumped out to a 13-0 lead before a Chelsea McMeans bucket put the first Lady Bison (0-2, 0-0 ASUN) points on the board with 9:56 remaining in the first half.
“I thought we did a great job of maintaining our poise,” Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown said. “We had good possessions. We were down 6-0 at the first media time out but we dictated tempo. We could not get into an 80-point game.”
Jasmine Lister sank a 3-point basket with 5:58 remaining in the first half to build a Commodore lead of 24-4.
The Bisons would go on a 15-6 run over the next 4:31 to cut the lead to 30-19. The Bisons had four assists on five field goals to make the run.
A late Lister three gave the Commodores a 33-19 lead at the half.
Coming out of the intermission break, Vandy built a lead of 37-21 before a Lady Bisons run closed the gap and kept Vandy on its toes.
A 9-0 run by the Purple and Gold cut the Commodore lead from 16 points to just seven at 37-30. Phillips corralled a steal and turned it into a 3-point bucket to start the run.
Sasha Robinson sandwiched a pair of post moves around a Jana Wright layup moving into the 12-minute media time out.
Out of the media break, Christina Foggie sank a long-range basket to vault the VU lead back to 10.
Relentless pressure brought the Lady Bisons within six points with 8:05 on the clock. Phillips continued her second half assault hitting a jumper in the lane, thanks to a dish from Wright.
“We hit some shots and maintained our poise,” Brown said. “We hit some nice backdoors, they switched some screens and we recognized that. We pursued the ball which enabled us to eat some clock going the other way.”
Trading baskets over the next four minutes, LU pushed to get within seven points with 4:10 left in the game.
Showing the national ranking Vanderbilt has, a 15-5 run to end the game squelched any thoughts of an upset.
Phillips scored her 21 points on 8-of-17 shooting including three baskets from deep adding eight rebounds and two assists. Wright and freshman Presley Stastny each added six points in the Lady Bisons effort.
Lister poured in a game-high 24 points while last season’s SEC scoring champion Foggie added 13 points.
VU, with a noticeable size advantage, edged out the Lady Bisons by one rebound at 32.
“We did a good job removing space and pursuing the ball,” Brown said. “They were buying into what we talk about, especially after the effort at Gardner-Webb. That was a great job of refocusing.”
Shooting 40 percent from the field, Lipscomb had 12 assists on 18 made baskets led by freshman Kelli Smith with four. The Commodores shot 36.8 percent from the field and hit 11-27 from three-point land.
Lipscomb travels to Texas Tech for a 2 p.m. tip-off Sunday, Nov. 18 in Lubbock, Texas.