At the half, Lipscomb lead 35 to 33 off of scrappy and aggressivedefense.
The Lady Bisons set the tempo for most of the half. ETSU wouldn’t go away, and the number one overall seed in the women’s bracket led 41 to 40 before a three from the Bisons had ETSU forced
to play some tough defense to keep a major upset from happening.
With fifteen minutes left to play, Lipscomb stuck in it and refused to give up, with the lead going back and forth.
The Bisons’ traveling fans were loud and continued to spur the team on to major success, despite ETSU living off of bad shots and turnovers.
With nine minutes gone, the Buccaneers were controlling the boards as well, and they took a 53-46 lead. This spurred their traveling pep band to begin to drown out everyone, as the 12-3 run put the Lady Bucs in charge.
The major problem developing was ETSU’s propensity to foul, as they neared the double bonus. Lipscomb began to miss free throws late though, along with a slew of turnovers.
Despite the slowly growing lead for the Lady Bucs (eight points with eight minutes left), they were not able to effectively close the door. This was aggravated by a full court press from the Lady Bisons. A layup from Hannah Phillips kept them in it, but ETSU’s up tempo defense was too much, and the Lady Bucs led by eleven points with 3:52 left, at which point they put Lipscomb into the double bonus.
With 90 seconds left, Lipscomb pulled within seven.
However, behind Gwen Robinson’s career high 24 points and Lipscomb’s poor defense, ETSU led by five with a minute left. A flurry of threes from Lipscomb made it interesting late, led by Hannah Phillips.
But the No. 1 ETSU Lady Bucs won 83-75 to advance to the next round. This was their eleventh straight victory against the Lady Bisons. Tara Davis added 23 points and four assists. Lipscomb’s ten three point field goals was their sixth game like that this year, led by Jenna Bartsokas with eighteen points and five 3’s. ETSU will play the winner of North Florida and Jacksonville.