|January 28, 2012||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||UNF||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.407 (24-59)||.458 (22-48)|
|3P FG Percentage||.435 (10-23)||.353 (6-17)|
|FT Percentage||.500 (6-12)||.742 (23-31)|
PHILLIPS - 6
LAMAR - 1
JONES - 1
PHILLIPS - 1
REECE - 1
ROBINSON - 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Behind a staunch defensive effort and balanced scoring, the Lipscomb women’s basketball downed visiting North Florida 73-64 in Atlantic Sun Conference action on Saturday afternoon at Allen Arena.
One of the biggest differences in the contest was the constant defensive pressure by Lipscomb that forced the Ospreys (8-14, 5-6 A-Sun) into 25 turnovers that resulted in 21 points for the Lady Bison. The 25 UNF miscues are the most forced by Lipscomb in a contest this season.
The Lipscomb defense was especially tough in the second half holding the Ospreys off the board for a stretch of 9:30 that allowed the Lady Bison to turn a 39-38 deficit into a 13-point lead.
“We’ve really worked hard in practice this week,” said Lipscomb head coach Frank Bennett. “We had a rough game at ETSU last Saturday and these are two big home wins. We worked a lot on shooting this week they’ve come out with great focus and a lot of intensity in these two games.”
For the second straight game, the Lady Bison (5-17, 3-8 A-Sun) posted four players in double figures led by senior guard Anna Bowers, who finished the contest with 15 points. Bowers was joined in double-digit scoring by junior guard Morgan Faulkner with 13 and junior wing Hannah Phillips with 11, along with freshman post Sasha Robinson, who matched her career high with 12.
“We’ve need that third and fourth scorer and a little help here and there,” said Bennett. “We got the ball to Sasha and she took the ball to the basket. We got some inside scoring and some good kick outs.
“What I like is every time they made a run against us, somebody stepped up and made a play and the movement of the basketball from side to side made a lot of that possible.”
North Florida was able to use 10 three pointers to hang around in the contest including five from Jadhken Kerr, who led the Ospreys with 15 points. UNF managed to win the battle of the boards 41-27 behind a nine-rebound effort from Raneisha Lamar. Sophomore wing O’Neisha Smith and Phillips paced the Lady Bison with six rebounds each.
Thanks to 14-of-27 shooting in the first half, the Lady Bison won the shooting battle 45.8 percent to North Florida’s 40.7 percent. UNF held a 43.5 percent to 35.3 percent advantage from beyond the arch however.
The Lady Bison continue home action on Saturday hosting Belmont at 6:30 p.m. at Allen Arena.