Friday, December 21, 2012
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. _ The Lipscomb Lady Bisons will have a few days off to spend time at home and celebrate Christmas, but coach Greg Brown’s thought won’t be far from the basketball court as he spends much of that time trying to develop ways to improve his team.
Friday night the Lady Bisons closed out the pre-Christmas schedule with a 69-42 loss to Austin Peay at the Dave Aaron Arena. The Lady Bisons fell to 1-8. Austin Peay, from the Ohio Valley Conference, is 4-7.
“I want to put them in better positions to execute,” Brown said. “That is the thing about being new as a coach. Sometimes it takes you a little while to kind of get a feel for the team.
“I will be thinking of ways to make sure we can carry over what we are doing in practice into games. That’s the biggest thing right now. We are going very hard in practice. We are executing very well in practice. There is slippage between practices and games.”
The Lady Bisons turned the ball over 18 times and Austin Peay converted those mistakes into 28 points. Lipscomb, with eight steals, managed only seven points off of turnovers.
Austin Peay scored 32 points in the paint compared to 12 by the Lady Bisons.
Guard Hannah Phillips scored a game-high 17 points for the Lady Bisons. Forward O’Neisha Smith led the Lady Bisons with five rebounds.
“We have to get Hannah some help,” Brown said.
Austin Peay placed three players in double figures in scoring led by guard Leslie Martinez with 12. Forward Meghan Bussabarger added 11 and guard Nicole Olszewski chipped in with 10.
Martinez grabbed a game-high eight rebounds as Austin Peay held a 35-25 advantage on the boards.
The Lady Bisons still have one non-conference game remaining, a visit to Belmont Feb. 11 for the “Battle of the Boulevard”. The Lady Bisons will open Atlantic Sun play Dec. 31 at North Florida and will play at Jacksonville Jan. 2.
“Everything starts over right now,” Brown said. “It’s a cliché, but it is true.”
Brown wants the players to enjoy time with their families, but he also wants them to be thinking about the rest of the season as well.
“I challenged them to think about what they need to bring consistently,” Brown said. “On Dec. 28 we will talk about individual goals and team goals.
“We have to have a culture where they know what is acceptable and what is not. Maybe it is not clearly defined enough, but we will work on defining that. There are things we can control such as intensity, focus and concentration. We did not do a good job of that against Austin Peay.”
The players will return to campus the night of Dec. 26. Brown plans to have two practice sessions on both Dec. 27 and Dec. 28.
“We will spend a lot of time on skill work,” Brown said. “We will look at tape and see what we need to continue to correct.
“We have to get our skill level up. That is the thing about running motion. You get exposed at times when you are not quite as skilled in certain areas.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.