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Defense Keys Lady Flames Victory Over Chanticleers
The Liberty Lady Flames held Coastal Carolina without a field goal over 5:58 in the middle of second half as they rallied from behind to down the Lady Chanticleers, 58-51, in Big South action, Saturday afternoon, at Kimbel Arena.
With the win, the Liberty moves to 7-1 in the Big South and 16-5 overall, while Coastal Carolina drops to 3-5 in conference and 13-7 overall.
The Lady Chanticleers jumped out to a 4-1 lead and led 6-5 with 16:01 left on a jumper from Kim Turner. The Flames countered by scoring the next four points and led by as many as five points on two separate occasions. With 5:14 left in the half, Liberty held the second of its five point leads at 22-17, as Allyson Fasnacht (So., G, Salem, Virginia) drilled a jumper.
Coastal Carolina, however, kept the Lady Flames in striking distance and when Amber Rose hit on a four-point play at 4:11, the Lady Chanticleers were within one, 24-23. After a jumper by Liberty's Jamie Feagin (Jr., F, Lockport, N.Y.) put Liberty up by three, Alisha Dill hit a three, knotting the game at 26. Karolina Piotrkiewicz (Jr., C, Calais, France) followed with lay-up at 2:19 to give the Lady Flames a 28-26 lead, but Coastal Carolina scored the last four points of half. Joanna Pekonen hit a jumper with five seconds left, giving the Lady Chanticleers a 30-28 halftime lead.
After intermission, Coastal Carolina took a 36-32 lead at the 15:50 mark on a Dill lay-up. Liberty then went on a 9-0 run over the next 3:10 to take the lead, capped by a three from Fasnacht. The lead then reached 10, 50-40 on a Molly Frazee (Fr., F, Xenia, OH) jumper at 7:36. In addition, the Lady Flames held the Chanticleers without a field goal for almost six minutes in the middle of the period to take command.
However, Coastal Carolina battled back into the game by scoring the next nine points and when Vanessa Laug hit two free throws with 4:25 left, Liberty's lead had been cut to one at 50-49.
Piotrkiewicz made it 52-49 at 2:36 with a lay-up and Fasnacht scored the next four points, including two free throws with 35 seconds left. Dill hit a layup to cut the lead to five, but the Lady Flames grabbed the offensive rebound on two straight misses on the front end of one-and-one's to give the Lady Flames their seventh Big South victory of the year.
Dill led all scorers with 16 points, while Turner added 12 for Coastal Carolina. Turner also had six rebounds and three blocked shots. Liberty was led by Fasnacht's 12 points, while Piotrkiewicz had a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Courtney Watkins also netted ten points for Liberty with eight coming in the second half.
Liberty shot 47.2 percent and had 44 points in the paint. They also out-rebounded the Lady Chantcleers, 48-26. Coastal Carolina shot 34.5 percent from the field and was 4-of-10 from three-point range. The Lady Flames did struggle at the free throw line on the afternoon, making 7-of-20 (35%), while the Lady Chanticleers made 9-of-13 (66.7%).
Liberty continues their beach road swing as they travel to Charleston Southern for a Big South match-up, Monday night. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.