Lady Bisons unable to stop strong Freed offense
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
By Trevor Garrett
Lady Bisons unable to stop strong Freed offense
The Lipscomb University Lady Bisons were unable to stop a Freed-Hardeman offense firing on all cylinders Tuesday evening in an 85-76 exhibition loss.

Freed-Hardeman shot 50.8 percent for the game, including 59.3 percent in the second half. Four Freed-Hardeman players scored in double-figures led by Hannah Parsley with 22 points.

The Lady Bisons jumped out to a 7-0 lead to start the game, but Freed-Hardeman used a 9-0 run to go up 23-17 with 9:23 left in the first half.

“We made some shots early and got up but we didn’t execute our game plan defensively,” said Lipscomb head coach Frank Bennett.  “We were put in a position of having to catch up the whole time.”

Freed-Hardeman used an 8-2 run to close out the first half to give themselves a 43-32 lead at the break.

Lipscomb’s Chelsea Burroughs had her second strong performance in a row.  After posting 21 points in Saturday’s win over Harding, Burroughs scored 17 against Freed-Hardeman.  In the two exhibitions she has shot 10-of-16 from the three-point line.

“She was really competing and playing hard defensively too,” said Bennett. “She was knocking down shots and gave us some strong play.”

Burroughs also had a team-high five assists with no turnovers.

Lipscomb shot a strong 46.4 percent in the first half, but connect on only 15-of-42 attempts in the second period for 35.7 percent.

“We missed 21 shots in the paint in the second half,” said Bennett.  “Layups, power shots, that’s a lot of points left out there when you miss 21 shots in the paint.  A few of those we were not in good position to take and should have been kicked out, but a lot of them were just shots we should have hit.”

Lipscomb’s post players combined to go 7-of-22 from the field scoring 15 points on the night.

“Our posts are better than what they showed tonight and they can play better,” said Bennett.  “We have to get them the ball in better positions sometimes.  That is going to be a big key this year.”

Lipscomb held a 40-38 advantage on the boards.  Brittany Duerk and Cree Nix each had five rebounds to lead the Lady Bisons.  Jana Cross grabbed eight boards to lead Freed-Hardeman

After committing 23 turnovers Saturday against Harding, the Lady Bisons took better control of the ball turning it over just 13 times.

Tara Deatheridge scored 18 points for Freed-Hardeman while Cross had 14 and Meribeth Boehler added 11.

The Lady Bisons open their regular season Friday evening against Lehigh.  Game time is 7 p.m. in Allen Arena.  

“Lehigh is a very good team,” said Bennett. “They were 26-7 last year and won the Patriot league.  They have their key players back and are especially good at the guard position.  They have the Patriot League preseason player of the year in Erica Prosser.”

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