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10/28/2013 | Nashville, Tenn. (Allen Arena) | Attendance: 0
Monday, October 28, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In its first action against another opponent, the Lipscomb women’s basketball team picked up a 68-57 victory over Freed-Hardeman in exhibition play on Monday evening in Allen Arena.
Twenty points from junior transfer Sara Bliss, 18 points from freshman Maya Dillard and a double-double from sophomore transfer Ashley Southern led the Lady Bisons charge.
Bliss opened the game with a 3-point basket from the top of the key. The Lady Lions quickly answered with a three of their own from Brittany Montgomery to show that the game would be a battle throughout.
The two squads traded the lead throughout the first nine minutes until a pair of Southern free throws gave the Lady Bisons a two-point lead with 11:04 remaining in the first half.
“We have nine new faces and it was the first time we have been on the court against anyone else,” Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown said. “It was a little ugly early.
“I thought execution wise towards the end, we got into a little bit of a flow.”
Starting with Southern’s free throws, the Lady Bisons went on a mini six point run powered by another set of free throws, this time from sophomore Kelli Smith and a layup from freshman Elise Spann to give LU a 17-11 lead.
Freed-Hardeman answered back to knot the game at 22-22 when Kenley Crowell sank a 3-pointer with 4:05 reaming in the half.
Lipscomb battled back to enter the intermission period with a 30-26 lead.
Holding a 32-31 lead, the Lady Bisons utilized a pair of treys from Smith and Bliss to build a seven-point lead at 38-31 with 17:29 remaining in the game.
Once again, the Lady Lions fought back to tie the game at 38-all with 15:56 remaining on the clock.
Much like the first half, the two squads bantered back-and-forth ending with a 47-47 tie with 9:46 remaining.
Lipscomb flexed its muscles going on a 10-0 run utilizing a Southern jumper and Dillard layup sandwiched around a pair of Bliss treys to take a 57-47 lead with 6:31 remaining.
It was a spurt of basketball that Brown enjoyed seeing.
“We want to push the ball,” Brown said. “We want to look for open threes.”
The Lady Bisons would not relinquish their lead, ending with the final score of 68-57.
Lipscomb was aggressive with the ball, getting to the free throw line 28 times, including a 10-for-12 effort from Dillard.
“I thought with Maya, we were aggressive in driving the ball and we got to the free throw line,” Brown said.
Southern posted her double-double with 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Freed-Hardeman was led by Hayley Newby who notched a double-double of her own with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Of the positives that Brown saw, he liked the way the Lady Bisons quickly turned around and pushed the ball up the floor consistently.
“I thought we did a pretty good job of making the next play,” Brown said. “They (FHU) hit a couple of shots at the end of the shot clock and instead of relaxing, they (Lipscomb) got the ball in and pitched it ahead and got a layup out of it.
“What we’ve got to do is work on lengthening the spurts of attention and execution. But I was pleased with all of them.”
He quickly added with a smile on his face, “As pleased as a coach can be at this time of the year.”
Lipscomb has one final exhibition game, Wednesday Nov. 6 against Fisk, before opening the regular season Nov. 10 against Morehead. Both contests are in Allen Arena.