Dec. 2, 2006
In the Atlantic Sun Conference it is tough enough to win without giving a helping hand to the opposition.
Lipscomb's Lady Bisons found that out Saturday afternoon as they made 30 turnovers, 15 in each half, in a 53-44 loss to North Florida at Allen Arena.
"It is kind of getting frustrating making turnovers early in the game," Lipscomb coach Frank Bennett said. "It let's a team come in and gain confidence when you make turnovers like that.
"We had a lot of mental mistakes from our good players. When we play a good game on Thursday I have to do a better job of getting us ready to play on Saturday. This was a great opportunity for us, and we didn't take control of it."
The Lady Bisons went on an 11-5 run to close out the first half to tie the game at 21-21 at intermission. There were four lead changes in the second half. The Lady Bisons led 31-29 with 15:53 left in the game, but would never have the lead again the rest of the way.
"We kept saying this game is up for grabs," Bennett said. "We were within range for winning it if we could have gone out there and start making plays. But we never could get into it. We didn't play as well as we can play.
"We could have been a little more patient in feeding the post position. North Florida did a nice job of pressuring us. They played hard and got on the boards. They shut us down in the paint."
The Lady Bisons are 3-5 overall, 1-1 in the conference. North Florida is 2-5, 1-1 in the A-Sun.
It was the first game this season that the Lady Bisons failed to place at least one player in double figures. Sophomore forward Miriam McAlister just missed her second double-double in a row, grabbing a team-leading 10 rebounds and scoring a team-leading nine points.
"Miriam is a real force, but she still hasn't gone through a full-scale practice," Bennett said. "She is still rusty.
The Lady Bisons were 14-of-46 from the field (30.4 percent) and five-of-21 from 3-point range (23.8). The Lady Bisons made 11-of-17 free throw attempts.
North Florida placed three players in double figures with guard Jennifer Bowen scoring a game-high 16 points followed by guard Shandrea Moore with 12 and guard Tamara Hubbard with 11.
Forward Jennifer Guldager did not score a point, but grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.
North Florida hit 19-of-53 shots from the field (35.8 percent), including two-of-10 shots (20 percent) from 3-point range. North Florida was 13-of-21 from the free throw line.
The Lady Bisons held the advantage on the boards 38-33. North Florida made 19 steals compared to nine by the Lady Bisons. Seven of the Lady Bisons' steals were made by Dana Carrigan.
"Rebounding has been a strength for us," Bennett said. "We played pretty good defense, but we had some breakdowns late in the game that hurt us."
The Lady Bisons are back in action Monday night at Murray State in a non-conference game. The opening tip-off is at 5:15.
"This is another quick turnaround," Bennett said. "This will be our ninth game in 18 days. We really haven't had much time to think about Murray State. I think the game will be up for grabs."