Dec. 22, 2007
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons will take some well-earned days off to celebrate Christmas with their families and friends.
They left for home on a less than cheery note as they lost to No.19-ranked Vanderbilt 92-37 Saturday night at Memorial Gym to close out the pre-holiday schedule. The Lady Bisons have faced Vanderbilt 13 times and have not won a game in the series. This is the third time since the Lady Bisons made the move to NCAA Division I that they have faced Vanderbilt.
"I thought we competed throughout the game much better than we did last year against Vanderbilt," said Lipscomb coach Frank Bennett. "In the second half our defense settled down where we kept them from scoring at a very high rate for most of the half."
The Lady Bisons will return to Nashville for practice Dec. 29.
"It's time to get away from basketball and not think about it a whole lot," Bennett said. "We'll try to get them to run a little on a couple of days. We will come back for several days of good practice before we play again. Most of the teams we will play from here on out will be more at our level than what we have played so far."
The Lady Bisons fell behind 19-2 to start the game and never could recover. They trailed 51-16 at intermission.
Junior center Katie Rollins led the Lady Bisons with eight points. It was the first time this season that at least one Lady Bison has not scored in double figures. Junior forward Rachel Davis grabbed a team-leading five rebounds in seven minutes of play.
The 37 points is the lowest the Lady Bisons have scored in a game. They lost at Wake Forest 101-38 on Dec. 19, 2005.
"They changed defenses well," Bennett said. "We didn't always recognize what we they were doing. We have some young players at certain positions. We had a hard time getting into the offense we needed."
Vanderbilt placed three players in double figures. Forward Christina Wirth scored a game-high 16. Guards Jennifer Risper and Meredith Marsh each chipped in with 13.
Amy Mato hauled in a game-high eight rebounds in 13 minutes on the court.
"We are a better shooting team than we have shown so far," Bennett said. "When we start shooting better that will make a big difference."
The Lady Bisons fell to 2-10 with the loss. Vanderbilt is 9-3.
The next game for the Lady Bisons will be Jan. 2 when they welcome in the New Year with a visit to Samford.