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Carrigan, Rollins, Foster score career highs in 79-50 win over Mercer

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Jan. 11, 2007

Final Stats

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It is always good to be rewarded for hard work.

Lipscomb Lady Bisons finally reaped the fruits of their labors Thursday night as they rolled to a 79-50 Atlantic Sun win over Mercer at Allen Arena.

"We really needed some tangible success," Lipscomb coach Frank Bennett said. "I felt like we had played pretty well our last four games, but we had certain areas where one or two things made a difference. Hopefully, we have some confidence."

The Lady Bisons offense was sparked by 60 percent success rate from the field, hitting 15-of-25. Junior guard Dana Carrigan, who set a career-high with 21 points, also made a career-high for 3-pointers made with five. It was the second game in a row that a Lady Bisons reached 21 points. Point guard Catie Woods had 21 points at Kennesaw State Saturday.

"It is good to see the lefty make some shots," Bennett said. "This year and last year she started out slow shooting the ball. She had good looks. She hit some shots early to get us going. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come."

Center Katie Rollins scored a career-high 12 points, hitting four-of-four 3-point shots. She set new career marks for 3-pointers made and for attempts.

"Katie is a pretty good 3-point shooter," Bennett said. "She got some good looks."

Also in double figures for the Lady Bisons was center Penny Jones with 12 points. Jones also recorded her first double-double of the season as she added a game-high 11 rebounds which also equals her season high.

Guard Katie Foster also set a career high with six points, hitting both of her 3-point shot attempts. She also set a career mark hitting two 3-pointers in a game.

Mercer took control of the game early, leading 17-14 with 11:19 left in the first half. The Lady Bisons tied the game at 17-17 on a 3-point shot by Woods with 8:56 remaining before intermission. Jones tipped the ball in at 8:15 to put the Lady Bisons ahead 19-17. They did not give up their lead the rest of the way.

"The first seven or eight minutes we weren't playing too well," Bennett said. "We came out a little sluggish and got down.

"Tempo is a key thing for us. We have to move the ball. When we stand around we aren't nearly as effective. We finally got our tempo going and started making shots."

The Lady Bisons led 39-21 at the half. For the final 17 minutes of the second half they never led by less than 21 points. The Lady Bisons used 11 players. Each one scored at least two points.

"It was good to be able to breath during a game," Bennett said. "It seems like when we have won we have had to come from behind and barely squeak it out. It was good to have a little bit of a margin and be able to get everybody in the game."

The Lady Bisons hit 25-of-60 shots from the field, a 41.7 percent success rate. They also hit 14-of-19 shots from the free throw line, a 73.7 percent rate.

Mercer shot 34.9 percent from the field, hitting 22-of-63 attempts. They hit only two of 10 attempts from 3-point range, a 20 percent rate. Mercer attempted only six free throws, hitting four for a 66.7 percent success rate.

Nicole Leonard with 10 points was the only Mercer player in double figures. Sally Skeldon led in rebounding with seven.

The Lady Bisons held a slight 39-37 advantage on the boards.

The Lady Bisons are 2-3 in the A-Sun, 4-11 overall. Mercer slipped to 0-4 in the conference, 1-14 overall.

The home-stand continues to the Lady Bisons Saturday at 4 p.m. when Stetson visits Allen Arena.