Freshman Kaleigh Grossman led the Lipscomb Lady Bisons in scoring for the second time this month with 15 points, and Katie Beth Pate put together her fifth double-double of the season in a 64-58 Atlantic Sun victory Saturday afternoon at Allen Arena.
"We're constantly trying to improve at this point in the season," said Lipscomb Coach Frank Bennett. "They are a tough team. It was a great win for us. I felt really good about our intensity. We played solid defense. We gave a real effort on defense."
Grossman's 15 points were a career-high.
Kaleigh gives us so much energy," Bennett said. "She runs the floor well, and gets back on the offensive boards really well. She is a good shooter facing the basket."
Pate scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Courtney Boynton put together a solid statistical line with 13 points, six rebounds and three assists.
"Katie Beth did a nice job on the boards," Bennett said. "She also made 6-of-8 free throws. I think she is getting better at that."
The Lady Bisons made a difference at the free throw line hitting 26-of-39 shots. Grossman again led the way hitting a career-high 7-of-8.
GeorgiaState struggled with execution making 26 turnovers in the game. Early mistakes by Georgia State allowed the Lady Bisons to stay close in the early going of the first half.
Georgia State took its biggest lead of the game at six points (18-12) with 11:30 left in the half when Kelcey Roegiers-Jensen hit a 3-pointer.The Lady Bisons went on a 7-0 run to take a 19-18 lead at 7:54 on a 3-pointer by Dana Carrigan. Georgia State 's Robyn Gilbert answered with a lay-up to retake the lead at 20-19.
A lay-up by Penny Jones gave Lipscomb a 21-20 lead with 7:13 left in the half. The Lady Bisons never trailed again. The play also marked the beginning of an 8-0 run which gave the Lady Bisons a 27-20 lead at 4:12 . That was also the advantage they held at intermission, leading 32-25.
In the second half the Lady Bisons built their biggest lead of the game at 37-26 as Pate hit back-to-back free throws at 17:08.
GeorgiaState pulled within four points on several occasions, and challenged the Lady Bisons in the final 1:30 as they pulled within three at 58-55.
The Lady Bisons hit 6-of-10 free throw attempts down the stretch to ice the game, 4-of-6 by Boynton.
"We had to adjust to a lot of things," Bennett said. "They went to a zone press, full-court man and zone," Bennett said. "Our players were really focused in on what we needed to do."
The Lady Bisons held a 37-32 advantage in rebounds. Fourteen of the rebounds were on the offensive end.
"I thought our offensive rebounding was the best that it has been all season," Bennett said.
The Lady Bisons moved to 13-10, 10-6 in the A-Sun. Georgia State fell to 12-12, 10-7 in the conference.