Tuesday night the Bisons, rebounded from a 36- point loss to Belmont Jan. 13, for a 73-64 win in the second edition of the “Battle of the Boulevard” this season. The Lady Bisons lost 56-52 at Belmont that same night.
The Lady Bisons enter Thursday’s game with Belmont trying to break a five-game losing streak. Both the Lady Bisons and Belmont are 7-12, 4-6 in the A-Sun. Belmont has lost its last three games.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Allen Arena. The game will be televised live on A-Sun TV.
“We lost by 33 at Belmont in 2003-2004, our conference championship year and the year we went to the NCAA Tournament,” Lady Bisons coach Frank Bennett said. “Then we beat Ole Miss a week later.
“There are lots of examples of how things can be a lot different just through your focus and execution.”
The Lady Bisons are led by guards Jenna Bartsokas with 15.9 points per game and Anna Bowers with 13.9. The Lady Bisons need a consistent third scorer to step up.
Haley Nelson leads Belmont with 14.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.
Lipscomb sophomore forward Hannah Phillips has scored in double figures in her last two games with 10 at USC Upstate Monday and a season-high 13 at ETSU Saturday.
“Hannah does so many things well on the court,” Bennett said. “In conference play she is one of our top two rebounders.
“She can guard a variety of players. She plays mostly the three position for us, but she can play the two guard and four forward positions. She can run all day. She is one of our better passers.”
Assistant coach Billy Snell has been working with Phillips on outside shooting and she appears to be making progress.
“She has improved as a shooter,” Phillips said. “She needs to keep getting better at finishing her drives and shooting consistently. She needs to make easy plays instead of trying to make difficult plays that might lead to turnovers.
“She has worked hard with Billy and on her own on her footwork when she shoots and on her shooting stroke. Over a period of time that is starting to pay off. You have to something consistently over a long period of time before it becomes a strong habit.”
The Lady Bisons lost 77-70 at USC Upstate, but overall it was one of their better games of the season in terms of execution on both ends of the court.
“We played really hard against Upstate,” Bennett said. “We had a really good focus. We started shooting the ball a little better than we had the last few games.
“We battled with them. The little things hurt us on defense. It is a shame we played so hard and put so much effort into it that we couldn’t get the win.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.