Monday, January 28, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Some nights the ball just does not go through the rim.
Monday was one of those nights for the Lipscomb women’s basketball team in a 55-39 loss to Kennesaw State in Allen Arena.
Kennesaw improves to 5-16 and 1-8 in conference play while the Lady Bisons fall to 2-17 overall and 1-8 in the loop.
Senior Hannah Phillips scored 17 points while freshman Alex Banks netted 13 points and snagged nine rebounds for the Purple and Gold. However the Owls placed four in double-digits led by Chlease Mason with 17 points. Sametria Gedeon scored 13 points and secured 16 rebounds as KSU outrebounded LU 56-39.
“The lesson to learn is you don’t rely on the offense to dictate the energy and tempo of the game,” Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown said. “We gave up too many easy baskets and too many offensive rebounds. There was a lack of pursuing the ball. When you miss that many shots on the offensive end you should be getting more than 12 offensive rebounds.”
Lipscomb shot 24.6 percent from the field and 6.7 percent from 3-point range.
The Lady Bisons took the opening tip and Phillips proceeded to make a 3-point basket to give the home squad the lead.
Phillips and Banks showed early that they would be the two to stop for Lipscomb as they scored the first 11 points for the Lady Bisons. Banks scored on three straight layups while Phillips added a pair of free throws to give LU the 11-10 lead with 13:01 remaining.
After that moment, the basket appeared to have a lid over it as Lipscomb missed its next 10 shots as the Owls built a 28-11 lead with 2:48 remaining in the half.
Over the final two minutes of the first half, Banks hit a jump shot and Phillips scored on a layup and a free throw to go into the intermission down 14 at 30-16.
Junior Jess Reece hit a jumper in the paint to cut the Owl lead to 12 to start the second half. However KSU turned around and steadily built a 20-point lead at 38-18 with 14:28 remaining.
Lipscomb slowly chiseled away at the lead cutting the deficit to just eight points with 1:34 remaining in the game. It was too little too late as Kennesaw State made its free throws down the stretch leading to the final score of 55-39.
“You always try to figure out what you can learn from a game,” Brown said. “We still have an opportunity to make the conference tournament and have a chance to get into the middle of the pack.
“We have half of the season to go and we need to learn our lesson and move on.”
The Lady Bisons travel to ETSU on Saturday for a 12:30 start in Johnson City.