Nov. 7, 2005
The first look at the Lady Bisons basketball was a good one.
Led by freshman guard Miriam McAlister who scored a team-high 15 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds, the Lady Bisons beat the University of Alabama-Huntsville Monday night 68-64 at Allen Arena.
"I thought Miriam played very well on both ends of the floor," said Lipscomb Coach Frank Bennett. "She is very athletic, and she has pretty good fundamentals. She made a couple of threes. She got some big rebounds. She is very versatile. She is pretty long and she is so quick and athletic for her size."
The Lady Bisons opened with a starting lineup that featured McAlister, sophomores Kaleigh Grossman and Dana Carrigan and seniors Karli Osborn and Katie Beth Pate. Starting point guard Catie Woods, a sophomore, sat out the game with an injury.
"We are likely to start three sophomores, one freshman and a senior," said Bennett. "We are going to have kind of a young starting lineup. We have some experience coming in off the bench. Penny Jones made some good plays and Jillian Partin had a couple of baskets. I thought our bench did a good job. We have a chance to have some depth."
The Lady Bisons led by a score of 40-36 at halftime. Both teams scored 28 points in the second half.
"It was kind of nice to have a pretty close game where we had to execute and make plays late in the game," said Bennett. "I thought we could have been a little more consistent and maybe increased our lead at times. Second shots really hurt us a lot."
In the first half the Lady Bisons trailed until the 7:58 mark when Katie Foster connected on a 3-pointer for a 23-20 advantage.
The Lady Bisons would not trail in the game from that point. Their biggest lead was 11 points at 13:12 of the second half on a lay-up by Partin.
Alabama-Huntsville rallied to pull within one at 58-57 at 9:19 on a 3-point shot from Jessica Russell. But the Lady Bisons answered with a lay-up from McAlister at 8:29 for a 60-57 lead.
Also in double figures for the Lady Bisons were Carrigan with 14 points, 12 off of 3-point shots, and Jones with 13. Pate blocked four shots.
"I think Dana will be a different player confidence-wise as far as being in great shape and stronger this year," said Bennett. "She can be lights out at times. She can get a shot off pretty quick."
Alabama-Huntsville was led by Russell with 15 points and Hillary Luna with 12.