Feb. 9, 2008
A slow start is usually always difficult to overcome.
When that slow start is against the top team in the conference it is almost impossible to overcome.
Such was the case for the Lady Bisons who fell 61-48 to Jacksonville Saturday evening at Allen Arena in an Atlantic Sun Conference match-up.
"This was the first time Jacksonville has won on our court here," said Lipscomb coach Frank Bennett. "They have a very good team. They are at the top of the conference.
"But we didn't come out with a lot of energy the first half it didn't seem like as far as moving without the basketball. I thought we came back in the second half and started doing some good things, but we could never get over the hump."
The Lady Bisons led 4-2 two minutes into the game on a lay-up by freshman guard Jenna Bartsokas, but they would never lead again.
In the last eight minutes of the first half the Lady Bisons pulled within four points of the lead five times, but could never get any closer. They trailed 33-23 at intermission.
In the second half the Lady Bisons played more aggressively. Defensively, they held Jacksonville to 28 points, but offensively they scored only 25 in the final 20 minutes.
The Lady Bisons pulled within three points (43-40), the closest they had been since the first two minutes of the game as junior forward Rachel Davis scored on a lay-up.
"The big thing was we would make a passing turnover and give them the chance to get a fast break lay-up," Bennett said. "That was kind of discouraging. We would work hard to get it back to five or so and they would have a spurt and get it back to 11."
But Jacksonville went on an 11-4 at the point to lead 54-44 with 4:34 left to play.
With 2:20 remaining junior forward Kaleigh Gossman scored on a lay-up to cut the Jacksonville lead to eight points (56-48). But Jacksonville scored the last five points in the game to seal the win.
Junior center Katie Rollins led the Lady Bisons with 11 points. Gossman finished with 10.
Junior forward Jilian Partin grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. The Lady Bisons held a 39-30 edge on the boards.
"Jilian has played so hard," Bennett said. "She is No. 2 in the conference in rebounding conference play. That usually translates into points as well, but she had hard time finishing plays against Jacksonville."
Jacksonville forward Ashley Williams scored a game-high 20 points and completed the double-double with 10 rebounds. Courtney Jackson added 14 points.
The Lady Bisons are 6-18 overall, 4-6 in the conference. Jacksonville is 19-3 overall, 9-1 in the A-Sun.
Monday night at 7 the Lady Bisons are back in Allen Arena for an A-Sun game with North Florida. The game is "Think Pink" and "Pack the House" night as the Lady Bisons call attention to breast cancer.
The Lady Bisons will wear pink shirts during pre-game warm-ups. Fans are encouraged to wear pink.