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Buer Scores 24 in Liberty Win Over Coastal

January 8, 2015
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Karly Buer scored a game-high 24 points during Liberty's 66-47 triumph at Coastal Carolina on Thursday.

Karly Buer scored 24 points, including Liberty's first 12 tallies of the second half, leading the Lady Flames to a come-from-behind 66-47 victory at Coastal Carolina, Thursday evening at The HTC Center.

Liberty trailed by a 32-31 count at halftime before controlling the final 20 minutes with defense, rebounding and stellar foul shooting. After the intermission, the Lady Flames limited the Chanticleers to 20.8 percent (5-of-24) field goal shooting, won the rebounding battle by a 25-15 count and hit 94.1 percent (16-of-17) of their free throws.

The Lady Flames improve to 10-5 overall and 6-0 in Big South play with their fourth straight win overall and their 43rd consecutive win in the head-to-head series against Coastal Carolina.

Coastal Carolina falls to 7-7 overall and 1-4 in conference games after scoring a season-low 47 points and suffering its fifth consecutive defeat.

Buer scored 10 points within the game's first eight minutes, helping the Lady Flames race out to a 16-9 advantage.

Coastal Carolina battled back and took its first lead at 28-26 on Anna Vogt's layup, 1:55 before halftime.

The Chanticleers led by as many as four points, before taking a 32-31 edge into the locker room.

Coastal Carolina shot 48 percent (12-of-25) in the opening half, as compared with 44.4 percent (12-of-27) for the Lady Flames. The host team also enjoyed an 18-12 rebounding edge.

Buer led all players with 12 first-half points, while AJ Jordan scored nine points before the break for the Chanticleers.

Buer tallied Liberty's first 12 points of the second half, including the first five markers of an 8-0 run that extended the Lady Flames' edge to 46-35 with 10:39 on the clock. Jasmine Gardner punctuated the surge with an old-fashioned three-point play.

The Chanticleers got no closer than nine the rest of the evening and Liberty's lead grew as large as 21 points during the final minute. In the end, the Lady Flames were able to improve to 7-1 all-time at The HTC Center and 52-6 in games played in South Carolina under head coach Carey Green. Liberty has now held three straight opponents below the 50-point mark.

For the game, Liberty shot 38.5 percent (20-of-52) from the field, while holding the Chanticleers to 34.7 percent (17-of-49).

While the Lady Flames were scorching the nets from the foul line, Coastal Carolina shot just 50 percent (9-of-18), including only 40 percent (4-of-10) after halftime.

The Chanticleers ranked No. 5 nationally for rebound margin before Liberty outrebounded them, 37-33, on Thursday.

Buer's 24 points were just two off of her season high, as the redshirt senior also came up with a team-high three steals.

Mickayla Sanders equaled her season high with 15 points and pulled down six rebounds in 18 minutes, contributing to Liberty's 30-14 edge in bench points.

Gardner scored all seven of her points after halftime and tied teammate Ashley Rininger for game-high honors with seven boards.

Sadalia Ellis distributed a game-high five assists before fouling out.

Jordan's 13 points paced the Coastal Carolina scoring attack, while Ced Gibson chipped in 12 points and Jas Adams added 10 markers.

Liberty will return home for a Tuesday evening matchup with Longwood. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Vines Center as the Lady Flames seek their 12th consecutive victory over the Lancers.