January 12, 20121st2ndFinal
Stats at a GlanceSTETLIP
FG Percentage.421 (24-57) .411 (23-56)
3P FG Percentage.480 (12-25) .353 (6-17)
FT Percentage.778 (14-18) .688 (11-16)
Offensive Rebounds1411
Defensive Rebounds2321
Total Rebounds3732
Bench Points2123
PointsSHARP - 21
ReboundsSIMS - 6
AssistsMcGOWAN - 5
BlocksSIMS - 2
Lady Bison fall 64-54 at Belmont in Battle of the Boulevard
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Lady Bison fall 64-54 at Belmont in Battle of the Boulevard

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Unable to overcome ten second-half turnovers and two first-half scoring droughts, the Lipscomb women’s basketball team dropped a 64-54 Atlantic Sun Conference decision to homestanding Belmont at the Curb Event Center in Nashville.

The opening half for the Lady Bison (3-13, 1-4 A-Sun) saw a pair of offensive famines that led to a 32-26 deficit for Lipscomb.  The Lady Bison struggled right out of the gate missing their first six shots from the floor before junior wing Hannah Phillips put Lipscomb on the board with a bucket with 15:08 to play.  The Purple and Gold then went cold again in the latter part of the half going 5:27 without a basket from the floor as Belmont (4-12, 3-2 A-Sun) erased a seven-point Lipscomb lead.

“I thought in both halves when things didn’t go well in a couple of possessions we kind of lost our team concept,” said Lipscomb head coach Frank Bennett. “Everybody’s trying to make a play. Everybody’s trying to do something good but we kind of lost our trust for each other.”

Despite trouble hanging onto the ball early in the second half, a layup and subsequent free throw by freshman post Sasha Robinson cut the Belmont lead to 43-40 but the Bruins rattled off eight straight points to rebuild their cushion and go on to take the win.

“Most of our turnovers were unforced, just carless with (the ball)” said Bennett. “We’ve got to learn from that. “

Lipscomb did not have an answer for Belmont’s Haley Nelson, who finished with a game-high 17 points and 16 rebounds after collecting her 1,000th career point with her first basket of the game.  She was joined in double figures by Katie Brooks and Alyssa Visbeen with 15 and 13 points respectively.

Phillips led the Lady Bison in scoring with 11 points and nine rebounds marking the ninth-straight game the junior has scored in double figures.  Senior guard Anna Bowers and Robinson also finished in double figure scoring with 10 points each on the afternoon.

Despite battling a height advantage for most of the game, Lipscomb outrebounded Belmont 43 to38 behind Phillips’ nine boards and seven each for Robinson and senior wing Leah McAlister.

“It was a good effort on the boards,” said Bennett. “Rebounding has not been our strength on the season but we’re getting better. Sasha Robinson and Erika Thorsnberry are playing a lot and they are rebounding well and that’s helped us out there. “

Belmont’s ability to take care of the ball proved to be a big difference in the game as the Bruins only turned the ball over seven times.  The Bruins also won the shooting battle 42.4 percent to Lipscomb’s 32.1 percent.

“Give Belmont credit for playing solid,” said Bennett. “We’ve just got to do a better job when things are not going well and change up the momentum of the game to a positive momentum for us.”

The Lady Bison return home for the first time since Dec. 18 on Thursday hosting Stetson at 6:30 p.m. at Allen Arena.