In the second half of Saturday’s game with Campbell the Lady Bisons picked up the pace to outscore the Camels 47-42 in the final 20 minutes, including 24 points off of fast breaks. Unfortunately for the Lady Bisons their intensity level wasn’t enough to compete with the Camels in the first half setting the stage for an 88-80 loss at Allen Arena.
“We just didn’t have real good intensity to start the game, especially on defense,” Bennett said. “We weren’t able to push the ball in the first half because they were scoring.
“Campbell was really on in the first half. We didn’t play them solid. We didn’t force them to have to try to make their shots.”
It was the first time this season the Lady Bisons reached 80 points in a game. It was also the first time a team has scored in the 80s against the Lady Bisons.
In addition to scoring 47 points in the second half, the Lady Bisons also hit 57.6 percent from the field, 49.1 percent for the game.
“After the game I told them to see what they can do as a team when they do things right,” Bennett said. “Offensively, we were aggressive in the second half. But we weren’t forcing shots. We weren’t holding the ball and trying to make a great shot.
“In the second half we played a lot better. We still had some technique problems on defense. I saw so many good things and I saw some things that weren’t so good.”
The Lady Bisons placed four players in double figures with junior guard Jenna Bartsokas scored a game-high 22 points. Freshman forward Morgan Faulkner finished with 18 points. Junior forward Valerie Bronson chipped in 15. Sophomore center Brittany Duerk tossed in 10.
Bronson played one of her strong games since the first part of the season.
“When teams give her space she can take a player one-on-one,” Bennett said. “Three-point shots aren’t her game. She is more of a driving and slashing type player.”
Faulkner continues to improve with each passing game. She came off of the bench and hit five-of-10 shots from the field, including three-of-six from 3-point range.
“That’s her sixth straight game where she has hit 50 percent or more on both two and three pointers,” Bennett said. “She is knocking down some big shots. She is also good as slashing toward the basket.
“She is playing better defensively. That allows us to let her play more on offense.”
With 3:40 left to play the Lady Bisons pulled within six, 75-69, on a 3-pointer by Bartsokas.
The Lady Bisons went on a nine-point run turning a 55-41 Campbell lead to 55-50. Bartsokas capped the run with a jumper in the lane.
The Lady Bisons cut the lead to five on two other occasions, but could not get any closer.
The biggest lead for Campbell was 18 points, 51-33, 18:26 left to play.
With 6:29 left Morgan Faulkner scored on a layup to cut the Campbell lead to six, 64-58.
The Lady Bisons trailed 46-33 at halftime. The biggest lead for Campbell was 18 points, 51-33, with 18:26 left to play.
In the first half Campbell was almost unstoppable offensively, hitting 66.7 percent of their shots from the field and hitting as high as 78 percent at one point.
Campbell scored the first two points and never trailed in the first half. The Camels biggest lead in the game was 16 points, 33-17 with 6:41 remaining before intermission.
Campbell also placed four players in double figures. Center Ashley Williamson led the way 16 points, eight-of-11 from the field. Forward Lauren Yesh added 15. Guard Courtney Cannon finished with 12. Guard Kate Cloxton chipped in with 10.
Yesh and guard Tonisha Baker each grabbed six rebounds. Duerk and Bronson also hauled in six rebounds each.
The Lady Bisons are 4-16, 2-8 in the conference. Campbell is 11-7, 6-3 in the A-Sun.
The Lady Bisons make the shortest road trip of the season Wednesday night when they play Belmont in the women’s version of the “Battle of the Boulevard”.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/ Director of Media Relations