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11/29/2012 | Oxford, Miss. (Tad Smith Coliseum) | Attendance: 371
Thursday, November 29, 2012
OXFORD, Miss. - It was a tale of two halves for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons.
For the first 20 minutes Thursday night at Tad Smith Coliseum the Lady Bisons appeared to be working on a fairy tale, but the ending was a nightmare as Ole Miss took over for a 68-46 win.
“We are not giving up,” Lady Bisons coach Greg Brown said. “We have shown we can compete with these people like Vanderbilt and Texas Tech. We had control of the first half of this game.
“We will talk about sustaining it. That’s where we have to get better.”
Seventeen seconds into the first half the Lady Bisons scored the first goal of the game on a lay-up by freshman guard Presley Stastny. The Lady Bisons led 10-8 at 12:01, but Ole Miss took over and scored eight unanswered points for a 16-10 lead. With 7:17 left before intermission Lipscomb freshman guard Kelli Smith sank a 3-pointer to cut the Ole Miss edge to 16-13.
With 30 seconds left senior forward Hannah Phillips connected on a 3-pointer to cut the Ole Miss lead to 25-24. Three seconds later Ole Miss scored again to carry a 27-24 lead into the dressing room.
But in the second half the Lady Bisons chances for an upset faded faster than a color photograph left out in the sun. Ole Miss scored 11 unanswered points to take a 38-24 advantage. Ole Miss would not be challenged the rest of the way.
“It was the first four minutes,” Brown said. “We just didn’t defend their penetration very well. We had done a good job the whole time in the first half.
“They snuck in some offensive boards on us and we turned it over right away. Ole Miss was much more aggressive coming out to start the second half.”
Stastny, who had 10 first half points, scored the first goal of the Lady Bisons in the second half with a 3-pointer to cut the Rebels lead to 38-27.
The Lady Bisons managed only 22 points in the second half as Ole Miss rolled with 41 points in the final 20 minutes.
Stastny, with a career–high and game-leading 15 points, scored in double figures for the third straight game.
“She had three shots that rattled in and out to start the game,” Brown said. “They were wide open. She was much more aggressive with the ball. She played well.”
Ole Miss placed two players in double figures in scoring. Guard Valencia McFarland scored 14 points and guard Diara Moore chipped in 12.
The Lady Bisons were outrebounded 53-35. Danielle McCray grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. Kenyotta Jenkins hauled in 10.
“We had good positioning,” Brown said. “Our block outs were fine. We went too far underneath the basket and couldn’t get out hands on the ball.”
Turnovers were also an issue. Ole Miss made 10 miscues. But the Lady Bisons committed 16, including nine on steals by Ole Miss.
Ole Miss, the Lady Bisons second Southeastern Conference foe of the season, is 4-1. The Lady Bisons are 0-5 heading into Saturday’s “Battle of the Boulevard” confrontation with Belmont at Allen Arena. Tip-off time is 6:30 p.m.
“Fortunately, our schedule is going to be a little kinder to us,” Brown said. “We are going to get to play at home some and get back to playing more mid-majors instead of BCS schools.
“This has been a pretty tough schedule, but it has been good for us. We hope we can grow and build on it. If we can with this intensity and sustain some of this stuff we will be more prepared when we get into conference play.”