Nov. 3, 2007
Lipscomb's Lady Bisons opened the season with a 67-56 exhibition win over Harding University Saturday night at Allen Arena.
The Lady Bisons started out slow, especially on offense, but picked the pace up, taking the lead for good at 21-19 on pair of free throws from freshman forward Cree Nix.
"We had a hard time scoring early," said Lipscomb coach Frank Bennett who is in his 28th season with the Lady Bisons. "We were a little nervous since it was our first game.
"We had some trouble getting into a flow. We were trying to force passes. Our defense really kept us in the game. We wore them down a little bit with our depth and with our pushing the basketball."
The Lady Bisons held a 28-24 edge at the half and outscored Harding 39-32 in the second half.
"The second half went much better," Bennett said. "We had a much better flow. We didn't have to make a play. We just mived the ball so someone would have a chance to make a play."
Senior point guard Catie Woods was 6-of-14 from the floor, including five 3-point baskets, for a game-high 17 points.
Sophomore center Miriam McAlister added 12 points for the Lady Bisons and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. "We did a nice job of finding Catie and she did a great job of stepping up as a senior and making those plays," Bennett said. "It was great to see Miriam, Kaleigh Gossman and Tiffany Arnold out there after missing all or most of last season."
The Lady Bisons were 18-of-46 from the floor for a 39.1 percent shooting percentage. Harding shot 19-of-52 from the field for 36.5 percent.
On the boards the Lady Bisons held a 33-20 advantage.
"We have a lot of flexbility in our players," Bennett said. "Harding was a very guard-oriented team. We had to play more of our guards to match up with that.
"We have lot more athleticism overall with our freshman class and the players we have coming back. We have some good chemistry."
Harding placed four players in double figures. Forward Kristen Donnell led the team with 12 points. Guard Lakyn Garrison and Kallie Bartee each chipped in with 11. Catherine McMenamy.