In a season full of high scoring games, the Stetson women's basketball team raised the bar on Saturday.
Behind double-figure scoring from seven different players and a 67-point second half, the Hatters (24-5, 16-1 Atlantic Sun) defeated visiting Lipscomb 112-88 at the Edmunds Center to claim their 16th win in a row.
The 112 points was the second highest offensive output in school history and fell just two points shy of the school single-game record.
"We scored a lot of points, but I didn't think we played very well," Stetson head coach Lynn Bria said. "I thought the first half especially we weren't very good. About the middle of the second half we started to guard, and move, and have some intensity about us. It was good that we did that. We just have to do a better job of playing for 40 minutes."
The Lady Bisons (5-22, 2-14 A-Sun) trailed by just five, 65-60, with 10 minutes remaining in the game, but the Hatters rattled off 47 points over the final 9:24 to pull away late. Stetson turned three consecutive steals and a block into nine straight points to get the run started.
"That's when we really started to play," Bria said about that run. "After that I thought our defense was pretty good."
Senior Sasha Sims scored 13 of her 19 points in the second half and went a perfect 5-for-5 from three-point range.
"(The game) was all about intensity," Sims said. "Offensively we had a lot going for ourselves. Our defense could have been a lot better, but overall it was a great team effort."
Lipscomb scored 88 points, a season-high for a Stetson opponent this year. The Lady Bisons did most of their damage from behind the arc, hitting 18 three-point field goals.
"They are going to hit threes; that is what they do," Bria said about the Lady Bisons. "They really weren't scoring in the paint. Anything they tried to get in the paint they didn't get. We still have to scramble out and contest those (three-point) shots."
Stetson dominated the paint, outscoring Lipscomb 60-12 on inside points. Freshman Amber Porter led the way with a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double performance. She also blocked seven shots to become the fifth player in conference history to surpass 100 blocks in a single-season.
"I thought Amber had a complete game," Bria said. "When you look at offense and defense, it was dramatically different when she wasn't in the game. I thought Sasha Sims (also) played a great game."
Brianti Saunders and C.J. Coddington each scored 20 points to lead the offense. In addition to Sims and Porter, Jama Sharp (14 points), Myeisha Hall (13 points), and Cherisse Burris (10 points) also scored in double figures. Sharp added eight assists and four steals.
The Hatters shot 57% (41-for-71) from the floor and 66.7% (10-for-15) from behind the arc. Stetson hit 41 field goals and collected 27 assists, both season-highs.
With the victory, the Hatters tied the school record for most wins in a season with 24 and set up a winner-take-all showdown with Florida Gulf Coast for the regular season title next Saturday in DeLand.