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Lady Raiders Defeat Lipscomb 75-63

December 14, 2001 · MT Media Relations
JUSTICE GETS CAREER HIGH: Forward Jennifer Justice responded to her second career start against Lipscomb by turning in a career high 15 points. Justice was 6-of-10 from the floor in the game along with a 3-for-5 performance from the charity stripe. Justice also had a big night on the boards with seven, her second-highest tally of the year. Justice is now averaging 6.0 points per contest.

McCLINIC EQUALS SEASON BEST: Guard Keisha McClinic equaled her season high in scoring with 13 points against the Lady Bisons. McClinic was 6-of-9 from the field in the contest. The tally also means that McClinic is beginning to find the form that made her a freshman phenom a year ago. She has now netted double figures in three straight games and four of the last five.

THOMATIS LEADS AGAIN: Senior forward Jamie Thomatis led the Lady Raiders in scoring against Lipscomb with 19 points, 15 of which came in the second stanza of the contest. Thomatis has now netted double figures in scoring in 20 straight games. The Destrahan, LA, native also made her 46th consecutive appearance in the starting lineup against the Lady Bisons.

ALUKA OUT: Senior Joanne Aluka did not play against Lipscomb due to a stress fracture in her lower right leg. It is the second game in the last three that the Augusta, GA, native has missed due to the injury.

POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE: Joanne Aluka fulfilled her undergraduate requirements and will walk the commencement line on Saturday morning. Aluka will enter graduate school next semester in order to continue her eligibility. Former Lady Raider standout Kelly Chastain will also mark the end of her matriculation on Saturday.

THIS AND THAT: The Lady Raiders are now 8-0 all-time against Lipscomb - the Lady Raiders have now posted a 3-1 record on the road this season with the only loss coming in overtime at Georgia - the Lady Raiders shot 61.2 percent from the field against Lipscomb, their highest of the season. - MT's 10 blocks against Lipscomb equaled a school record.

UP NEXT: The Lady Raiders return to action on Monday evening in the Murphy Center with a contest against Big 12 foe Kansas State. The tipoff for the game is slated for 7 PM.

HEAD COACH STEPHANY SMITH: We shot well from the field tonight and I hope that it is a sign of things to come. It's the first time we have shot better than 50 percent all year. I was mostly looking for an intense team effort tonight and I think we got that for the first time this season.

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