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Lady Bisons end A-Sun winning streak at three in a row

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Feb. 10, 2007

Final Stats

Lipscomb's Lady Bisons bid for four Atlantic Sun wins in a row ended Saturday afternoon in a 58-49 loss to Mercer at the University Center in Macon, Ga.

The Lady Bisons struggled to find any offense in the first half, but kept their defensive pressure up. They led only once in the first 20 minutes, taking a 3-2 edge at 16:47 on a 3-point shot by point guard Catie Woods.

Mercer took control and built a 12-point lead (24-12) with 3:52 left before intermission.

But the Lady Bisons turned the tide with a 10-0 run from that point as forward Rachel Davis and forward Jilian Partin capitalized on both lay-ups and free throws to close out the half trailing 24-22.

In the second half the Lady Bisons continued to stay close, taking a 29-28 lead with 15:55 left to play on a 3-pointer by Davis. A jump shot by Davis would extend the Lady Bisons lead to 31-28 with 14:56 on the clock.

Mercer came back to take the lead once again, building a 34-31 advantage with 11:49 remaining.

Woods, the conference leader in 3-point field goals made, struck again for the Lady Bisons with a 3-pointer with 10:12 left for a 35-34 lead.

Mercer again scrambled back into the lead, building another 3-point advantage (39-36) with 8:04 left in the game.

With 7:10 on the clock forward Julie Martin hit a pair of free throws to put the Lady Bisons back in front by a score of 40-39.

Mercer retook the lead one last time at 41-40 with 5:59 left to play and never gave it back up. They closed out the game by outscoring the Lady Bisons 17-9

Davis scored a career-high 15 points and also tied for the game high. She also set a season high for field goals made in a game with five. Partin added 11 points and tied for the game-high in rebounds with eight.

The Lady Bisons shot 26.2 percent from the field, hitting 11-of-42 attempts and 14.3 percent from beyond the arc, hitting three-of-21 tries. The Lady Bisons attempted 32 free throws and hit 24, a 75 percent success rate.

Forward TaShera Lewis and guard Rhonda Owens each had 15 points for Mercer.

Mercer shot 35.8 percent from the field, hitting 19-of-53 tries and two-of-10 from 3-point range, 20 percent. Mercer made 25 free throw tries, hitting 18 for 72 percent.

The Lady Bisons will not play their next game until Feb. 17 when they make the short trip down the boulevard to Belmont for a televised version of the "Battle of the Boulevard".

The loss dropped the Lady Bisons to 6-7 in the conference, 8-15 overall.

Mercer is 3-9 in the A-Sun, 4-19 overall.