Monday, February 04, 2013
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – A first half momentum surge could not be carried over into the second half as the Lipscomb women’s basketball team fell 78-62 to USC Upstate in Atlantic Sun Conference action on Monday night in Spartanburg, S.C.
Lipscomb falls to 2-19 overall and 1-10 in A-Sun action while USC Upstate improves to 9-13 overall and 5-6 in the loop.
The Lady Bisons used a 13-1 run to end the first half with a two-point lead but were outscored 46-28 in the second stanza, spoiling senior Hannah Phillips career-high 24 points.
Alex Banks proved she would be a force to be reckoned with throughout the game as she scored the first six points for Lipscomb on a pair of 3-point baskets. However, the Spartans matched those treys and added an extra to take a 9-6 lead with 15:31 remaining in the first half.
The Spartans built an 11-point lead with 6:33 remaining in the half as Tee’Ara Copney scored on a layup as part of her 12 first half points.
The Lady Bisons used a 19-6 run to close out the first half as Hannah Phillips started to heat up and received a spark off the bench from Shanice Burnette. Phillips put eight points on the board while Burnette put six points up, including a 3-point basket as time expired in the first half giving Lipscomb a 34-32 lead.
“We settled down and reversed the ball,” Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown said. “We attacked them on penetration and didn’t take the early shot.”
After playing even through the first media timeout of the second half, with Lipscomb holding a 39-37 lead, the Spartans used a surge to take the lead.
A 13-1 run over the next 4:30, the Spartans built a 50-40 lead that they would not relinquish as the Lady Bisons were unable to find the rhythm they had as they ended the first half.
“The biggest change was we could not stop penetration,” Brown said. “We didn’t rotate and we gave up easy baskets.
“It also didn’t help that we missed a lot of shots in the paint and open threes.”
With Phillips game-high 24 points, she now sits nine points shy of 1,000 in her career as she looks to become the fifth Lady Bison to reach the club.
“She has gone through so much this year, it is remarkable,” Brown said. “The intangibles and energy she brings are what you want to see out of a senior and you can’t ask more out of her. She is the type of a kid you want to recruit and have in your program.”
Banks joined Phillips in double-figures with 14 points and snagged six rebounds. Copney had a team-high 21 points for Upstate and was joined by Brittany Clency and Tweety Hawkins who each scored 15 points apiece.
The Lady Bisons return to the friendly confines of Allen Arena for a 6:30 p.m. contest against A-Sun newcomer Northern Kentucky on Saturday.