Nov. 26, 2005
Growing pains continue to be felt by the Lipscomb Lady Bisons basketball team.
Saturday afternoon in the first round of the Ball State Credit Union Classic in Muncie, Ind., the Lady Bisons rebounded to play a solid second half, but the hole they dug in the first half was too deep in an 83-53 loss to host Ball State at the Worthen Center.The Lady Bisons shot 40 percent in the second half, outscoring Ball State 35-34. The Lady Bisons pulled with 22 points at 60-38 within 10:04 left in the game.
The Lady Bisons (0-2) will face Georgetown (2-1) Sunday at 11 a.m. in the consolation game. Ball State, with a three-game winning streak on the line, will play North Dakota State for the championship. Georgetown fell 64-51 to North Dakota State.
Raechelle Hampton scored a lay-up on the first shot of the game for Ball State and the Cardinal never trailed, building a 49-18 halftime lead.
The Lady Bisons started freshman Miriam McAlister, sophomores Catie Foster, Dana Carrigan and Kaleigh Gossman and junior Penny Jones. Gossman made her first start of the season. Senior center Katie Beth Pate did not play due to an injury and is not expected to be in the lineup against Georgetown.
McAlister was the only Lady Bisons player in double figures with 10 points,, 4-of-6 from the field including one 3-pointer. Jones led the team in rebounding with seven. The Lady Bisons hit 38.2 percent from the field, 21-of-55.
Ball State shot 51.5 percent from the field. Krista Stewart led with a game-high 20 points , hitting 8-of-12 from the field, 4-of-5 from 3-point range. Hampton added 13 points. Julie DeMuth chipped in 10 points and nine rebounds.