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Buer, Rininger Make History in Win Over Campbell
Liberty's Karly Buer and Ashley Rininger each achieved milestones during Liberty's 64-40 victory over Campbell, Saturday afternoon at the Vines Center. Buer scored her 1,000th career point, while Rininger set a program single-game field goal percentage record (92.9 percent, 13-of-14) during a 27-point outburst.
Buer's 10 points on Saturday give the redshirt senior guard 1,009 for her career, including her time at Missouri State and Liberty. Meanwhile, Rininger's field goal percentage broke the previous mark of 90.9 percent (10-of-11), set by Patti Gallant against UNCG on Nov. 27, 1984.
Liberty was able to successfully rebound from Tuesday's setback at Winthrop, moving to 13-6 overall and 9-1 in Big South play. The Lady Flames' seventh straight home win, coupled with High Point's 61-58 loss at Radford, puts Liberty in sole possession of the Big South lead at the halfway mark of the 20-game conference schedule.
Campbell, which saw its top two scorers on the season (Amanda Coffer and Kiera Gaines) shoot a combined 4-of-28 from the field, drops to 11-8 overall and 6-4 in the Big South. The Camels have been held to 40 points in each of their last two games.
Buer reached the 1,000-point milestone with a jumper from the foul line at the 16:06 mark of the first half, helping Liberty jump out to an early 6-2 advantage.
The Camels responded with six straight points, initiating a sequence of four lead changes over the next eight and a half minutes.
Rininger scored nine points during a 13-0 Liberty run, including her first made triple of the season. Her layup at 4:24 off of a nice feed from Sadalia Ellis punctuated the surge, giving the Lady Flames a 26-15 edge.
Liberty stayed in front for the remainder of the game and took a 28-21 cushion into halftime.
The Lady Flames shot just 39.4 percent (13-of-33) from the field during the first 20 minutes but built a lead with defense and rebounding. Liberty held the Camels to 25.9 percent (7-of-27) shooting and won the rebounding battle, 26-17.
Liberty's starting post duo of Rininger and Katelyn Adams combined for 19 first-half points on 9-of-9 shooting from the field. Rininger also pulled down a half-best five rebounds.
Gaines' six points topped Campbell's first-half scoring chart.
Rininger scored the first six points of the second half, extending Liberty's lead to 34-21 with 16:50 remaining.
Campbell trimmed its deficit to seven (34-27) with triples by RaeChaun Edwards and Summer Price, before Liberty used the three-point shot to rebuild its advantage.
The Lady Flames hit five triples during their ensuing 23-4 run, including three by Jaymee Fisher-Davis. The junior's third triple bolstered the home team's lead to 57-31 with 7:01 to play.
Campbell got no closer than 20 points down the rest of the way, and Liberty was able to improve to 14-13 all-time against the Camels.
Liberty finished the game at 41.8 percent (28-of-67) from the field, including 38.9 percent (7-of-18) from three-point range. The Lady Flames were 60 percent (6-of-10) from long distance after halftime.
Liberty leads the Big South in free throw percentage for the season but shot an uncharacteristic 14.3 percent (1-of-7) during Saturday's matinee.
Campbell shot only 24.6 percent (14-of-57) from the field, becoming the 50th straight opponent Liberty has held below 50 percent.
The Lady Flames controlled the paint during the game, as evidenced by their advantages in rebounds (51-36), points in the paint (36-12) and second-chance points (21-8). Liberty has now outrebounded eight opponents in a row.
In just 21 minutes of playing time, Rininger finished with a season-high 27 points, 10 boards, three blocked shots and a pair of steals. She recorded her eighth double-double of the season and finished just two points shy of her career high of 29 points. Rininger also leapfrogged former teammate Tolu Omotola for eighth place in program history with 673 career boards.
Buer was the only other player to reach double figures, ending up with 10 points.
Fisher-Davis tallied nine points on a trio of three-pointers, while Simone Brown pulled down eight rebounds. That gives Brown 18 boards in the last two games.
Catherine Kearney pulled down five rebounds on Saturday, moving into Liberty's top 50 list. The New Jersey native now ranks 49th in program history with 326 career rebounds.
Gaines and Edwards were Campbell's leading scorers with eight points each.
Liberty will remain at home for a Tuesday matchup with UNC Asheville (5-14, 4-6 Big South), with tipoff set for 7 p.m. at the Vines Center. The Lady Flames will look to complete a season sweep of the Bulldogs, after notching a 67-55 victory in Asheville on Dec. 30.