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Lady Bisons use second half surge to take down Alabama-Huntsville

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Nov. 11, 2006

The Lady Bisons capped off an afternoon double header at Allen Arena with a 56-38 exhibition win over the University of Alabama Huntsville.

Lady Bisons Head Coach Frank Bennett said that he was impressed with the way his team improved from Thursday night's exhibition loss to Harding.

"I think we got all of the jitters out of us in the first game," Bennett said. "It is good to get a win."

"We made some adjustments throughout the game. We saw some improvement from this game to last game. We are getting better."

After only leading 25-22 at the intermission, the Lady Bisons turned it on in the second half on both sides of the ball to take care of the Lady Chargers from Alabama-Huntsville.

"I thought as the game went on we started to play better,"  Bennett said. "Tonight I think our defense kind-of held us in their when we weren't scoring offensively. In the second half, we played much better and that is a good sign."

It was back and forth in the first half, with the lead changing four times during the first twenty minutes of action. Neither team held more than a five point lead in the first half. Alabama Huntsville led by as many as five points, and the Lady Bisons led by as many as three points in the first half.

The Lady Bisons never gave up the lead in the second half, opening up a twelve point lead of 39-27 with 11:14 left in the game after going on a 18-5 run that spanned from the end of the first half to midway through the second half.

Catie Woods led the way for the Lady Bisons on the offensive side of the ball with a team high 14 points. Woods went 3-3 in the first half from behind the 3-point line, and had nine points at halftime. Woods picked up five more points in the second half, and finished the game shooting 4-6 from behind the arc.

Sophomore Jillian Partin was also in double figures for the Lady Bisons. She finished 4-5 from the field and 2-2 from behind the 3-point line with 10 points. Senior Penny Jones scored nine points and hauled in a game-high eight rebounds.

Kristen Banes led the way for the Lady Chargers, scoring a game-high 19 points.

The Lady Bisons finished the preseason with a 1-1 exhibition record and will host the University of Arkansas on Friday November 17 in their first regular season game of the 2006-2007 season.

Bennett said he is excited to have another Southeastern Conference opponent coming to play in Allen Arena.

"It is a great thing having an SEC school in Allen Arena," Bennett said. "The last time we had an SEC school in Allen Arena, we knocked off Ole Miss."

The Lady Bisons defeated Ole Miss University 74-71 on December 6, 2003.