Lady Bisons Back On Winning Track In Basketball
Wednesday, August 31, 2005


Lipscomb's Lady Bisons stopped a six-game losing streak Saturday afternoon with a 66-52 defeat of Jacksonville at Swisher Gymnasium.

"The games, with the exception of Florida State, were going down to the last minute or so," said Lipscomb Coach Frank Bennett. "We were losing games that we had been winning earlier. We were doing some good things like rebounding and cutting down on our turnovers, but we having trouble scoring and getting to the free throw line."

Jacksonville, which upset Atlantic Sun leader UCF this season, held a 29-25 halftime advantage over the Lady Bisons.

"This was a pretty good trip for us," said Bennett of the victory and the four-overtime loss at Stetson. "We had strong second halves in both games. We had a truly strong second half against Jacksonville. We are more like our old selves."

It was a matter of two big offensive runs for the Lady Bisons. They used a 7-0 run early in the second half to take a 35-33 lead with 16:55 left in the game.

Jacksonville tied the score at 35-35, but the Lady Bisons used a 14-4 run to take the lead for good, holding a 49-39 advantage with a little more than 10 minutes left to play.

Again Jacksonville fought back, pulling to within six points at 52-46 with6:30 left. But the Lady Bisons answered with a 5-0 run to seal the victory.

It was also a matter of two vastly different halves for the Lady Bisons. They made eight of their 14 turnovers in the first half. They shot 26.5 percent in the first half, but rebounded with a 61.5 percent success rate (16-of-26) from the field in the second half, including 75 percent from 3-point range, hitting 6-of-8 attempts in the second half.

'It took us awhile to get adjusted to their zone," Bennett said.

Courtney Boynton led the Lady Bisons in scoring with 14 points. Lindsay Daly added 13. Catie Woods finished with 12 points, hitting 4-of-6 attempts from 3-point range, the only field goals she shot.

'Lindsay Daly had a shot in the first half that helped keep us in the game," Bennett said. "Catie Woods is a very good free throw shooter. It has just been a matter of her getting used to when to shoot."

Katie Beth Pate continues to be a force around the basket with a game-high 12 rebounds. She also added two blocked shots.

This was the fifth straight loss for Jacksonville .

Lipscomb is 11-10 overall, 8-6 in the A-Sun. Jacksonville slipped to 4-17, 1-13 in the conference.