COOKEVILLE, TENN. – Tennessee Tech outscored Lipscomb 17-4 over the last six minutes of the game in a 73-65 come-from-behind win over the Lady Bisons Monday evening at the Eblen Center.
Tennessee Tech outrebounded the Lady Bisons 49-31 including a 21-7 advantage on the offensive glass.
“For large parts of the game we rebounded evenly with them but then there were spirts where they got offensive rebounds in bunches” said head coach Frank Bennett.
Scoring throughout the game mainly came in streaks. Tennessee Tech build a 21-11 lead with 11:23 left in the first half.
Lipscomb responded with a 13-3 run to tie the game at 24 at the 7:21 mark.
“We really tightened on the defensive end and made some nice plays offensively playing together,” said Bennett.
Tech went on a five point run followed by a seven point run by the Lady Bisons. Tech closed the first half on a 4-0 run to take a 36-34 lead at the half.
Finding themselves down seven points with 18:22 left, Jenna Bartsokas hit a jumper and a 3-pointer and Leah McAlister drained a three to put Lipscomb up 43-42.
Lipscomb extended its lead to five points with 12:33 left finishing a 16-4 run over a span of 5:49.
The Lady Bisons held a lead of either three or five points until Tacarra Hayes hit a 3-point to tie the game at 61 with 5:01 left.
Lipscomb shot 2-of-12 from the field in the final five minutes. Tech held a 12-5 advantage on the boards in the same stretch.
“I feel like we could have executed a little bit better instead of shooting the quick shot,” said Bennett. “The momentum got them back in the game.”
Jenna Bartsokas led Lipscomb with 14 points and Leah McAlister has 12 points.
“Jenna played very smart and very under control and that resulted in good percentage shooting [5-of-8],” said Bennett. “She had been shooting the 3-point shot outstanding, over 40 percent on the year, and I really like tonight that when she drove she was under control and finished strong.”
Lipscomb’s freshman class of Hannah Phillips, Morgan Faulkner, Chelsea McMeans, and Kaitie Fritts all played well against Tech.
“Chelsea McMeans had her best game by far with eight points and seven rebounds,” said Bennett. “She did a nice job making baskets and was really good on the defensive boards. Kaitie Fritts wasn’t quit as productive, but she played very solid for us. Hannah Phillips plays strong defense for us and has started to score.”
Tacarra Hayes had a team high 16 points. Simone Rutledge had career highs with 14 points and 14 rebounds, 11 offensive. Rutledge entered the game averaging 2.2 points and 3.4 rebounds.
The Lady Bisons will enter conference play Thursday night against Mercer in Macon, Ga. Bennett sees the opportunity for his team to grow from the non-conference games.
“We are doing so many things well and are playing better than last year,” said Bennett. “We aren’t quit finishing the way we need to and so we have to avoid discouragement. We need to recognize what we are doing well and do more of that. And we will need to recognize these things that are hurting us and avoid those in the future.
Benjamin Seamon and Ben Flatt will be on the call for the Lipscomb Sports Network. Free online audio streaming is available at www.LipscombSports.com/sportsnetwork/.