Stetson put forth its best defensive effort of the season and extended its winning streak to eight games in a row with a 82-47 victory over host Lipscomb Saturday afternoon at Allen Arena.
The Hatters (16-5, 8-1 A-Sun) held the Lady Bisons (3-17, 0-9 A-Sun) to just 22.7% shooting from the field and 18% shooting from behind the arc to complete a sweep of their two-game Atlantic Sun road trip through Kentucky and Tennessee.
“I was very proud of our defense the entire game,” said Stetson head coach Lynn Bria, who picked up career win no. 250. “I thought the effort was outstanding.”
Amber Porter and C.J. Coddington each recorded double-doubles to lead the Hatters. Porter scored a game-high 17 points and added 12 rebounds and three blocks, bringing her season total of rejections to 71.
Coddington, meanwhile, recorded an even 10 points and 10 rebounds while providing the Hatters with some much needed energy during the first half. It was her first career double-double.
“It’s exciting, I couldn’t have done it without my teammates,” Coddington said. “We are just out here playing hard, playing together as a team, and everything is falling into place for us.”
Stetson led wire-to-wire, but benefitted from a 22-1 surge bridging the intermission to break the game open. The Hatters ended the first half on a 9-1 spurt, then scored on its first six possessions of the second half during a 13-0 run.
“I thought we were more aggressive offensively (in the second half),” Bria said. “We moved the ball much more, we got some really good hard cuts, and we got to the free throw line more.”
Coddington helped carry the team in the first half as the Hatters struggled to knock down shots and had all three post players get into foul trouble.
“(C.J.) had a great game, she almost had the double-double at halftime,” Bria said. “Overall she had one the best games I have ever seen her play. Amber got in foul trouble in the first half but played a lot minutes in the second half and really was a force on both ends of the floor.”
Sasha Sims scored 14 points and Brianti Saunders added 10 points to help lead the attack.
Stetson dominated the paint, outrebounding Lipscomb 53-40 and outscoring the Lady Bisons 38-14 on inside points. Stetson also received 34 points off the bench as all 10 players marked the scoresheet.
Stetson topped the 80-point mark for the third game in a row and for the 11th time this season. Lipscomb’s 47 points was a season-low for a Hatters’ opponent.
Coupled with Northern Kentucky’s win over Florida Gulf Coast, Stetson moved into a tie for first-place in the A-Sun standings. The Hatters continue their four-game road swing next weekend with games at USC Upstate on Thursday and at ETSU on Saturday.