Nov. 19, 2005
The first basketball game is sort of like that box of chocolates Forrest Gump's mother always talked about. You never really know what you are going to get no matter how much you have prepared.
The Lady Bisons regular season opener on the road at Kent State Friday night could have certainly been sweeter. With a line-up that often included four freshmen and a senior, the Lady Bisons struggled offensively on the way to a 69-34 loss at the M.A.C. Center in Kent, Ohio.
"We've got a lot of work to do, particularly on offense," said Lipscomb coach Frank Bennett who started his 26th season. "We did a reasonable job defensively. We did some good things at times defensively."
The Lady Bisons missed 12 of their first 13 shots. They finished with an 18.2 percent shooting percentage from the field hitting 10-of-55 shots. The Lady Bisons hit only one of 13 3-point shots. They were 13-of-29 from the free throw line.
"Kent State plays very good pressure defense," said Bennett. "Because of their pressure we were putting the ball on the floor too quick. We had trouble with our passing game. We never got in a rhythm."
Freshman wing Jillian Partin came off the bench to lead the Lady Bisons with eight points. Partin and senior center Katie Beth Pate each had seven rebounds. Pate also had a game-high six blocks.
Samantha Scull led Kent State with a game-high 14 points. La'kia Stewart added 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Lady Bisons, 0-1, travel to Ball State University Saturday and Sunday for a tournament that also features Georgetown and North Dakota State.
Kent State sports information contributed to this report.