The Lady Bisons, 4-24, 2-16 in the A-Sun, will close out the regular season at home Thursday night at 5:15 against Kennesaw State and Saturday afternoon at 2 against Mercer at Allen Arena.
Kennesaw State is 10-17, 7-11 in the conference. The Lady Owls have won game on the road. They are 1-10 away from home overall, 1-7 in conference games.
“You always want to try to play the very best that you can,” Lipscomb coach Frank Bennett said. “We have two home games and we would like to finish strong. There is a lot of motivation to play well here.
“There is a lot of disappointment that we aren’t going to be able to go to the tournament. That is a downer. Hopefully, we will respond well and come back strong.”
The Lady Bisons are led by junior guard Jenna Bartsokas with 12.3 points per game. Sophomore center Brittany Duerk is the leader in rebounds with 5.5.
“We have had a hard time scoring,” Bennett said. “In the past couple of weeks we have an ankle surgery, a broken nose, flu, pneumonia, two concussions and now a stomach virus is going around. We are practicing with just nine players."
Kennesaw State is led by sophomore guard Angie Smith with 11.4 points per game and senior guard Gia Lockett with 11. Freshman forward Sametria Gideon leads the team in rebounds with eight per game.
“Kennesaw State has won several close games,” Bennett said. “They have won four games recently by four games or less.
“They are athletic. They play a helter-skelter type game. Their guards are their leading scorers, but they spread it across the board.”
The Lady Bisons lost 70-52 to Kennesaw State Dec. 5.
“This is the longest time interval we have had between games with a conference team,” Bennett said. “Our players probably don’t remember that much about the game.
“They are a very good rebounding team. That was a key factor in the last game. They out-rebounded us 57-20 if you can imagine that. We will have to do a better job on the boards against them.”
The Lady Bisons would like to end the season with some good memories and that starts with Kennesaw State.
“We want to end the season on a positive note,” Duerk said. “We really want to show people that our record doesn’t show the time and effort we have put into this season. We are a lot better than our record.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations