Lipscomb coach Frank Bennett has been waiting all season for his Lady Bisons to break out offensively. Saturday afternoon in Allen Arena they finally did beating Atlantic Sun Conference foe Stetson 79-60.
The 79 points are the most scored in a game this season by the Lady Bisons, marking the first time this season they have scored 70 or more points. They also set a team season high in assists with 22. Bennett said in his 30 years as Lipscomb coach he could not recall them making only six turnovers in a game.
The Lady Bisons shot 42.2 percent from the field (27-64), 26.2 percent from 3-point range (26.3 percent) and 20-31 from the free throw line (64.9 percent).
“A lot of times your passing and pushing the ball down the floor creates your better shooting opportunities,” Bennett said. “We shot the ball pretty well from outside. And we finished inside a little better.
“I thought we did a great job passing the ball. With six turnovers and 22 assists that is almost a 4-to-1 ratio.”
Bennett is hoping that the shooting of the Lady Bisons will be something they can build on during the remainder of the conference games.
“A lot of times when you make a few it is kind of contagious,” Bennett said. “Hopefully, it will be true in this case that we have broken barrier and the basket is going to look a little bit bigger.”
One of the strongest performances of the game was by freshman center Chelsea McMeans with a season and career high 17 points, 13 in the second half. The 17 points were also a game high. She also led the Lady Bisons in rebounding with seven.
“She has a nice shot facing the basket,” Bennett said. “She got some of those, and she got some shots around the basket too. She really stepped up for us.”
Bennett called the game a solid team effort.
“I thought we good play from our starters and good play off the bench,” Bennett said. “Everyone that came in played really solid basketball.”
The Lady Bisons led 32-26 at intermission. Stetson cut the lead to 25-24 with 4:28 on the clock. They also trimmed the Lady Bisons lead to one at 27-26 with 2:46 before the half.
However, the Lady Hatters never led in the game after hitting the first shot for a 2-0 lead.
In the second half the Lady Bisons came out strong with a 10-3 run to take a 42-29 lead.
“It is really important how you play the first four minutes of the half,” Bennett said. “If you come out and play well you can increase the margin and go into double digits.
“We met their runs pretty well. The first half they outrebounded us by 10, and in the second half we outrebounded them by seven. You can’t finish your defensive stops unless you can get those rebounds.”
With 8:39 left sophomore forward Chelsea Burroughs scored to give the Lady Bisons an 18-point lead at 61-43. She also scored to give the Lady Bisons a 63-43 lead.
With 4:34 remaining sophomore guard Anna Bowers hit a pair of free throws to give the Lady Bisons another 20-point lead at 70-50.
The Lady Bisons would once again use free throws to lead by 20 when sophomore center Brittany Duerk hit a pair of free throws with 2:13 left at 76-56.
Also in double figures were junior guard Jenna Bartsokas with 12 and Burroughs with 10.
The Lady Bisons are 3-10, 1-2 in the conference. Stetson slipped to 1-11, 1-2 in the A-Sun.
The Lady Bisons are back in action Monday night at 5:15 at Allen Arena when Florida Gulf Coast visits as part of the A-Sun doubleheader. Florida Gulf Coast, 8-3 overall, 3-0 in the conference, beat Belmont 81-48 Saturday afternoon.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations