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
Solid second half not enough for Lady Bison
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Solid second half not enough for Lady Bison

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb women’s basketball team returned home to Don Meyer Court at Allen Arena for the first time in nearly a month falling 74-63 to Stetson on Thursday night in Atlantic Sun action.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair with Stetson (16-3, 7-0 A-Sun) jumping out to an 18-8 lead at 14:26 before the Lady Bison (3-14, 1-5 A-Sun) went on a 6-0 run to make it a two-point game thanks to a long ball from senior Anna Bowers.  The Hatters would counter right back with a run of their own however outscoring Lipscomb 17-4 to pull back out to a comfortable 35-20 cushion.  The Hatters would drain nine three pointers in the opening stanza and took a 41-28 lead into the break.

“Stetson is very good and they have a lot of athletic ability,” said Lipscomb head coach Frank Bennett. “They came out shooting the ball extremely well. What we have to realize is we could play harder more consistently. We gave them too many open looks. Some of those threes, they’re completely wide open.”

Lipscomb refused to back down in the second half however and outscored Stetson 35-33 in the final period but the 13-point deficit was too much to overcome for the Lady Bison.  Lipscomb’s strong second half was much in part to junior wing Hannah Phillips, who scored 11 of her team-high 15 points after halftime.  It marked the tenth straight game scoring in double figures for Phillips, who leads the team in scoring.

“We would get ourselves back into (the game) many times and kept fighting but inconsistencies on offense and defense kept us from being able to get over the top and give ourselves a chance to win the basketball game,” said Bennett. “We played very good defense sometimes and wasted possessions sometimes. Consistency has been a big thing for us all year and that’s our battle to try to make it 40 minutes and cut out the gaps.”

Phillips was joined in double figures by Bowers, who finished the night with a baker’s dozen after hitting a trio of three pointers.  Sophomore post O’Neisha Smith and freshman post Sasha Robinson finished with a team high five rebounds apiece.

The Lipscomb defense was able to hold the A-Sun's top scorer, Victoria McGowan, who came into the contest averaging a league-best 17.Jama Sharp led the way for Stetson to remain undefeated in conference play with 21 points after going 5-for-6 beyond the arch.  She was joined in double figures by Sasha Sims and Cherisse Buris, who each had 15 points and Shanasa Sanders, who ended the night with 11.  

The Hatters won the battle of the boards 37-32 including 14 offensive rebounds that Stetson converted into 14 second-chance points. Both teams turned the ball over 17 times in the contest and shot similarly with Stetson holding a 42.1 percent advantage to Lipscomb’s 41.1 percent.

Lipscomb continues home action on Saturday afternoon hosting FGCU (15-2, 7-0 A-Sun) at 4 p.m. before the Lipscomb men tipoff at 6:30 p.m. against the Eagles.  Along with being “Scout Night” for area Boy and Girl Scouts, the Bison are set to collect new and used books donations for the Book Em non-profit organization that distributes books to lower-income students in the Nashville area.