Thursday, February 28, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb senior guard Hannah Phillips upped her career high to 25 points Thursday night, but it was not enough as the Lady Bisons fell 67-55 to Jacksonville in Atlantic Sun Conference action.
Although Lipscomb (3-25, 2-15 A-Sun) lost, they still have a chance to advance to the A-Sun Championships next week with a victory over North Florida on Saturday and a Kennesaw State loss.
It was a sloppy game of sorts with each team committing 22 turnovers, including 15 from Jacksonville (11-17, 7-10 A-Sun) in the first half. Lipscomb was unable to take a lead with the exception of the 18:12 mark in the first stanza. The Lady Bisons converted those 15 turnovers into 15 points but were behind 37-21 entering the intermission.
“We have got to slow down, concentrate and make power moves and layups,” Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown said. “It comes back to focus and concentration.”
The second half proved to be a more consistent half for the Purple and Gold as they outscored the Dolphins 34-30.
“I thought if we had played with the intensity and concentration in the first half as we did in the second half, it may have been different,” Brown said. “You can’t pick and choose when you focus and when you compete. We dug ourselves too big of a hole to get out of in the second half.”
Down 40-26 with 17:50 remaining, the Lady Bisons started to make a charge back into contention. Phillips and freshman Mallory Charpentier sank a pair of free throws and freshman Kelli Smith drained a 3-point basket to cut the JU lead to just seven with 16:17 remaining.
With the deficit hovering in the 6-to-8 point range for most of the half, Lipscomb cut the lead to just three as Smith found Phillips open for a trey with 4:07 remaining.
However, the Dolphins answered back with a jumper in the paint from Stephanie Edwards and a layup from Jade Cargill to boost their lead back to seven with 3:00 remaining. The Lady Bisons were unable to recover as Cargill and Queen Alford posted double-doubles for JU, a combination they could not stop.
“Kids that are quick and athletic give us trouble," Brown said. “There is no doubt about it, she (Alford) is able to get to gaps and push the ball in transition, which gives us fits.”
Alford finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Cargill had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
After Phillips game-high 25 points, Smith scored 13 points to go along with four assists and four rebounds.
The Lady Bisons play their final regular season game of the year Saturday, hosting North Florida with a 6 p.m. tipoff. Seniors Chelsea McMeans and Phillips will be honored after the game for their contributions to the program.