JACKSONVILLE – A poor first half shooting performance by the Lipscomb Lady Bisons compounded by a strong transition offense by Jacksonville allowed Jacksonville to take a 12-point halftime lead on their way to a 66-48 victory Thursday evening in Veterans Memorial Arena.
It was the 13th consecutive road loss for the Lady Bisons stretching over exactly 365 days.
Lipscomb connected on just five of their 23 first half field goal attempts. Lipscomb shot 30.6 percent on the evening.
Freshman wing Hannah Philips provided the only offensive spark for the Lady Bisons finishing with 13 points on five-of-ten shooting. She also had four rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 26 minutes of action.
“Hannah took the ball to the basket and also got some offensive rebounds,” Lipscomb coach Frank Bennett said. “She had another strong game for us.”
Freshman post Kaitie Fritts delivered her strongest performance as a Lady Bison with career-highs of six points and five rebounds. She was four-of-four from the free throw line.
“Kaitie is really playing hard around the basket,” Bennett said. “She’s aggressive going to the basket and on the boards as well.”
Lipscomb committed 26 turnovers which Jacksonville turned into 29 points. Jacksonville had 16 fastbreak points. While the Dolphins turned the ball over 23 times, Lipscomb was only able to capitalize 14 points off them. Lipscomb had just four fastbreak points.
“Tonight seemed to be a typical post-Lipscomb-Belmont letdown,” Bennett said of the Lady Bisons who are 1-9 in games after facing Belmont over the last five years.
“I would throw this game out, but we have to understand that the next game is a very important game to play well going against teams we are competing with for spots in the A-Sun tournament. It’s too bad that we didn’t understand that in this game, but we have to understand it next game and respond.”
Jacksonville took a ten point lead, 15-5, seven minutes into the game. Lipscomb opened the game shooting two-of-nine and committing seven turnovers before Phillips hit a jumper at the 11:20 mark.
She hit a three a minute later to cut Jacksonville lead to five points.
Despite shooting 21.7 percent in the first period, the Lady Bisons remained within striking distance until the last two minutes of the half.
Jacksonville went on a 7-0 run to take a 30-18 lead into the half as Lipscomb committed three turnovers and missed two field goals.
The Dolphins made it an 11-0 run making a second chance layup and hitting two free throws to open the second period.
With the Lady Bisons down 16, Phillips drained a trey, Jenna Bartsokas had a steal which she converted into a fastbreak layup, and Kaitie Fritts hit two free thows to bring the game back to single digits, 36-27, with 15:48 left.
Jacksonville worked its lead back into the low double digits before Taneskei Richardson and Courtney Jackson hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to give the Dolphins a 57-37 lead with 8:49 remaining.
Jacksonville took its largest lead of the contest, 21 points, when Ashanti Williams made a jumper at the 6:51 mark.
The teams combined to shoot one-of-11 and commit eight turnovers over the final six minutes of the game.
Jacksonville held a 37-30 advantage on the boards. Richardson paced Jacksonville with eight rebounds while Fritts’ five led Lipscomb.
Lipscomb returns to action Saturday against North Florida. Game time is 3:30 p.m. CT inside UNF Arena.