Nov. 5, 2007
Lipscomb freshman guard Jenna Bartsokas connected on a 3-point basket at the buzzer, but it wasn't enough.
The Lady Bisons fell 69-68 to Alabama-Huntsville in a hotly contested exhibition game Monday night at Allen Arena on the Lipscomb campus.
"We played hard at times, but we didn't play that well," said Lipscomb coach Frank Bennett. "We put them on the foul line way too much in the second half. We didn't shoot our free throws well. We couldn't get any momentum generated mostly because of those two factors. We are a much better team than what we showed."
Alabama-Huntsville jumped out to a 5-0 lead and kept the advantage until sophomore forward Miriam McAlister scored on a jumper to give the Lady Bisons a 17-16 lead with 8:14 left in the half.
The Lady Bisons extended their lead to 20-16 on a free throw by senior guard Dana Carrigan with 7:25 left to play.
Alabama-Huntsville rallied and retook the lead with 6:11 remaining in the half on a lay-up by guard Tonya McKinney. The Lady Bisons tied the game twice in the final 2:30 minutes of the first half, but Alabama-Huntsville held a 34-32 half time advantage.
In the second half the Lady Bisons regained the lead at 40-39 on a lay-up by wing Jilian Partin with 16:17 left.
It was a game of give-and-take with neither team winning by more than one point until the 4:18 mark when center Kristen Banes hit a pair of free throws to give Alabama-Huntsville a 56-54 lead. They would not trail the rest of the way, leading by as many as five points three times in the final four minutes.
With 26 seconds left senior point guard Catie Woods hit a 3-pointer to cut the Lady Bisons deficit to two points at 67-65, but Alabama-Huntsville answered with a lay-up by Andrea Bennett with 10 seconds left to play.
Alabama-Huntsville hit 23-of-29 free throws, including hitting 17-of-20 in the second half. The Lady Bisons were 19-of-37 at the free throw line, hitting six-of-19 in the second half.
"We're a much better free throw shooting team than that," Bennett said. "They shot their free throws very well. It's pretty unusual for a team to shoot free throws in a half against us."
Once again Bennett played a large number of players with 13 earning playing time and nine in double figures in minutes.
"We have pretty good depth in a lot of spots," Bennett said. "We are trying to experiment with what we've got and how we can be the most effective."
Woods played 34 minutes and scored a team-high 14 points, hitting five-of-13 from the field and four-of-12 from the 3-point line.
Also in double figures for the Lady Bisons was Carrigan with 10 points.
McAlister and center Katie Rollins each grabbed seven rebounds, tying McKinney for the game-high.
Alabama-Huntsville placed three players in double figures. McKinney led the way with 19 points including a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line. Banes finished with 18 points. Guard Ashley Boykin scored 13.
This was the last exhibition game for the Lady Bisons.