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11/11/2011 | Nashville, TN (Allen Arena) | Attendance: 0
Friday, November 11, 2011
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Despite getting 32 points from the bench, the Lipscomb women’s basketball team dropped the 2011-12 season opener 68-59 to Air Force on Friday night at Allen Arena in Nashville.
In the first-ever meeting of the two teams in Nashville and only the second meeting ever, the Falcons used a balanced attack nearly placing five players in double figures to claim the win. Air Force looked to have the contest locked up leading by 16 at 57-41 with 7:28 to play but a 17-7 run by the Lady Bisons cut the lead down to six points at 68-54 with 1:29 remaining.
“I was really proud of the fight we showed,” said Lipscomb head coach Frank Bennett. “I think our intensity level and the fight is something that is higher than we’ve had in quite a while. We executed some things well to score during that stretch as well.
Lipscomb had a chance to make it even closer with the ball and trailing by six but a jumper by sophomore O’Neisha Smith rimmed out and Air Force was able to seal the win in the final 90 seconds.
Sophomore guard Haley Nelson and senior forward Brittany Duerk led the Lady Bisons with each scoring 10 points coming off the bench. Nelson’s 10 points came off 4-of-10 shooting from the floor including a 2-for-6 effort beyond the arch. Junior wing Hannah Phillips led Lipscomb in rebounding with six despite missing most of the second half with an injury.
Allicia Leipprandt led the Falcons with 17 points on 7-of-16 shooting. Cherae Medina and Camille Thompson each added 10 as well for the Cadets to finish in double figures. Katie Hilbig led all performers on the night with 10 rebounds as Air Force held a 44-41 advantage on the boards.
Both teams saw plenty of action from the charity stripe as a combined 47 fouls were whistled in the contest. Lipscomb shot 61.3 percent from the line on 19-of-31 shooting, while Air Force was 21-for-30 for 70 percent.
“In the first half, I thought everybody on the team was going to have two fouls,” said Bennett. “We were really scrambling because usually with two fouls we try to hold them out and save the fouls for the second half but we couldn’t do that. People came in and did a really good job in different ways.
The Falcons also won the turnover battle forcing 23 Lipscomb turnovers thanks to their high-pressure, full-court defense.
The Lady Bisons continue home action on Monday hosting Austin Peay in non-conference action at 6:30 p.m. at Allen Arena
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