Feb 3, 2009

Lady Flames Extend win Streak to 10

by Jordan LoSasso

The Lady Flames women’s basketball team, behind a career high 25 points from senior Rachel Hammond, earned their 10th straight victory Saturday afternoon, defeating High Point 65-42 inside the Vines Center.

The senior scored 10 points in the opening five minutes of the game, sparking the Lady Flames to an early 12-3 lead.

“It really helped that they started in zone (defense). It is the easiest thing to start a game against,” Hammond said.

High Point kept within reach, exchanging field goals with the Lady Flames for five minutes until Liberty went on an eight point run to extend the lead to 19, 31-12, with 6:17 left in the half.

The run was aided by two Hammond free throws after a technical foul was called on High Point coach Tooey Loy for arguing at half court for the lack of fouls called by the referees.

The strong performance in the first half for the Lady Flames was negated by a burst of turnovers. Liberty turned the ball over seven times in the final four minutes of the half. The Lady Flames were held to only one field goal in that span, which came with 21 seconds left in the half.

“It’s a lack of concentration,” Coach Carey Green said. “It could have gotten really ugly.”

Liberty, however, maintained a comfortable 19-point lead going into the half, 33-14, because of strong defensive play.

The Lady Flames held High Point to 16 percent shooting in the first half and 25 percent for the game. Both are season lows for the Panthers.
“We just played with a lot of intensity,” Green said.

The Lady Flames opened the second half the same way they finished the first half. Liberty accumulated a run of six turnovers while the Panthers were able to put together a 6-0 spurt during the three-minute run.

With the lead down to 13, the Lady Flames went on an 11-0 surge led by Hammond scoring seven points with 13:26 left in the second half.

Hammond was outscoring the entire Panther team 25-23 until High Point made two free throws with 11:26 to go in the game.

Liberty gained its largest advantage of the night with a three-pointer by senior Megan Frazee. Frazee finished the game with 14 points and led the team with 14 of its 58 rebounds.

High Point ended the game with a 10-0 run against Liberty’s bench, but it was too little, too late as the Lady Flames won 65-42.

The win improves Liberty’s record to 13-7 overall and 7-0 in the Big South giving the team a two-game lead over High Point in the conference standings. High Point dropped to 10-11 overall and 6-2 in Big South play.

Earlier in the week, the Lady Flames beat conference rival Coastal Carolina 65-40 in the Vines Center on Monday night.
The game was an early defensive battle with neither team scoring for the opening 2:33 of the game.

The teams then traded 7-2 surges in the opening minutes, with the Lady Flames ahead 11-9 with 12:31 to go in the half.

After a Chanticleer three-pointer gave them the lead, the Lady Flames went on a 15-0 run to reclaim a 26-12 advantage. The burst lasted for over five minutes, ending on a Rebecca Lightfoot layup with 6:52 remaining in the half.

Coastal Carolina smothered the Lady Flames for the next five minutes, holding Liberty scoreless during a 7- 0 run that cut the deficit in half, 26-19.

The teams went to halftime with the same seven-point difference and Liberty ahead, 28-21.

“I felt like we needed to take care of the ball and we did that in the second half,” Coach Green said.

The Lady Flames took Green’s advice to take care of the ball and came out of the half with energy. Liberty led the second half with its defense and only turned the ball over four times.

Liberty had less than 20 turnovers in five out of its last six games, which was an improvement for a team that has averaged almost 21 per game.
Moriah Frazee led Liberty in the second half, scoring 13 of her team high 19 points. She sparked a 10-4 run with six points to start the half.
The Chanticleers responded, trimming the deficit to nine with 10:02 remaining in the contest.

A steal by sophomore Rachel McLeod began another Liberty surge with 9:40 to play. Moriah Frazee scored another six points in the 8-0 run.

Contact Jordan LoSasso at
jlosasso@liberty.edu.

 


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