Mar 2, 2010


by Chris McNair

The Lady Flames overcame deadly three-point shooting at the hands of Charleston Southern to come out on top with a 66-56 victory Monday evening at the Vines Center.

It was a career night for Liberty redshirt sophomore Avery Warley, as she set a new Vines Center record, formerly held by Moriah Frazee, by connecting on all nine of her field goals in the contest. Her rebounding and inside play were instrumental in helping the Lady Flames defeat one of the better teams in the Big South.

Charleston Southern’s Helen Terry and Kelsey Wasmer were almost unstoppable from beyond the arc, accounting for eight of 10 made three-pointers on the night. According to Warley, their ability to apply pressure and limit their opponent’s three-point shooting in the second half was key in helping secure the win.

“We had a lot of ball pressure. We were really more physical on the perimeter, so it made them make a lot of bad decisions,” she said.

Warley along with redshirt freshman Devon Brown recorded double-doubles, which has been routine for them this season. It was Brown’s ninth of the season as she tallied 20 points and pulled down a game-high 12 boards.

The Lady Flames were relentless on the defensive side of the ball. They recorded 11 takeaways and scored 29 points off Charleston Southern turnovers.

As a result of their defensive excellence, Charleston Southern’s Katie Tull, who is the Big South’s second-leading scorer, went scoreless on the night.

“I’m glad that we brought a lot of energy from the defensive perspective. I felt like that was the difference,” Green said.
Free throw shooting was also a difference-maker in the game. Liberty made more free throws (17) than its opponents attempted (16).

On Warley’s performance, Green was impressed with the excitement and intensity she brings to the game.

“Well she’s no doubt a great physical specimen. She’s still young. She’s a sophomore but she’s learning. She brings a lot of passion and she’s excited. When she’s on her game she’s very difficult to deal with,” Green said.

Green went on to say that with her level of effort she is deserving of the accolades, and he is thankful to be coaching her.

Liberty continued its winning ways against a poor UNC Asheville team who currently sits in last pace in the Big South. The Lady Flames dominated in all aspects of the game, pummeling the Bulldogs with a commanding 94-66 victory Saturday afternoon at the Justice Center. This game marks the 13th consecutive time the Lady Flames have defeated the Bulldogs in their home gym.

Liberty’s defensive excellence continued into this game from its previous game against Charleston Southern, in which it held the Big South’s second-leading scorer to no points. In this game they forced a whopping 28 turnovers.

With the win Liberty improves to 21-5 overall and 11-2 in the Big South. Warley recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 22 points and 10 rebounds. She was joined in double figures by Jelena Antic (13 points), Beecher (12), Brown (12), Washington (12) and Dale (10).

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