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Brown's Big 2nd Half Highlights Liberty Win
Liberty redshirt sophomore Devon Brown scored 15 second-half points, breaking open a close game against La Salle, Wednesday afternoon in the Terrapin Classic consolation game. The Lady Flames went on to claim a 73-53 victory over the Explorers at the Comcast Center.
La Salle was within six points early in the second half, before Brown scored a dozen points during a 19-2 Liberty run. The Explorers got no closer than 15 the rest of the way.
Brown, named to the all-tournament team, scored a season-high 19 points to lead three Lady Flames in double figures. Her efforts helped Liberty improve to 5-7 on the year.
Despite getting 39 points from the backcourt duo of Ebonee Jones and Ashley Gale, La Salle falls to 4-8.
Emily Frazier scored the Lady Flames' first five points, helping Liberty race out to a 9-2 advantage in the game's first three and a half minutes.
La Salle used the three-point shot to climb back into the game. Four made triples in a four-minute span trimmed the Explorers' deficit to 15-14, 10:45 before halftime.
But LaKendra Washington answered with two three-pointers of her own. Her long-distance connections initiated a 12-2 Liberty run. Rachel McLeod's fast break layup at the 5:29 mark pushed the Lady Flames' lead to 27-16.
Liberty's advantage got as large as 13 points, before the Lady Flames took a 33-23 halftime lead.
The first half illustrated the contrast in styles between the two teams. Eleven different Lady Flames saw playing time, and Liberty controlled the area around the basket. Liberty tallied 18 points in the paint and outrebounded the Explorers, 28-17.
Meanwhile, La Salle only used seven players and was content to shoot from the perimeter. Eighteen of the Explorers' shots in the first half came from beyond the three-point arc, and La Salle made five of them for a 27.8 percent clip.
Only four free throws were attempted during the first 20 minutes of play, and all four were taken by the Lady Flames. Liberty connected on three of its charity tosses for 75 percent.
Frazier led the Lady Flames with eight first-half points, all of which came in the first six minutes. Washington and Avery Warley added six points each, while Warley paced all players with eight rebounds.
Jones hit two of La Salle's three-pointers as part of an eight-point first half. Chelsea Conner added seven points and four rebounds before the break.
Jones' two free throws at 18:09 of the second half capped a 5-0 burst by the Explorers, pulling white-clad La Salle to within six, 36-30.
Brown then highlighted Liberty's aforementioned 19-2 run. Her steal and layup with 11:54 left in the second half bolstered the Lady Flames' edge to 23 points, 55-32.
Again utilizing the three-point shot in its comeback effort, La Salle cut its deficit to 62-47 when Gale made two free throws with 4:14 to play.
However, Liberty limited the Explorers to two made field goals the rest of the way and claimed third place in the Terrapin Classic with its 73-53 triumph.
Liberty shot 55.6 percent (15-of-27) from the field in the second half, improving its overall field goal percentage to 44.4 percent (28-of-63) for the contest. The Lady Flames' shooting efforts included a season-high eight made three-pointers. Those figures helped Liberty overcome a 45 percent (9-of-20) afternoon from the foul line.
La Salle made just 30.9 percent (17-of-55) of its field goals in the contest, but 11 of the Explorers' connections were triples. That is the most three-pointers a team has made against Liberty this season.
The Lady Flames won the rebounding battle, 49-31, hauling in 24 offensive caroms. Liberty also scored nearly half of its points (36) inside the paint.
For the second straight day, Liberty's bench players were quite productive. The Lady Flames' reserves outscored La Salle's non-starters, 26-3.
Fifteen of Brown's 19 points came after halftime. The Waynesboro, Va., native's effort was the highest single-game scoring output by a Lady Flame this season.
Frazier added a career-high 14 points, part of a productive contest by Liberty's point guard duo. Fellow floor general Dymond Morgan chipped in nine points and three steals of her own.
Warley recorded her fourth double-double of the season, finishing with 10 points and a season-best 14 rebounds. During the game, she passed Sharon Wilkerson for sixth place on Liberty's career rebounding list. Warley now has 632 boards, with less than half of her junior season completed.
One day after scoring a season-high 13 points against St. John's, Danika Dale grabbed a season-high eight rebounds.
In total, 10 different Lady Flames scored points during the win, including Terika Lunsford, who posted the first three points of her collegiate career.
La Salle freshman Jones led all players with a career-high 20 points. Meanwhile, Gale drained six three-pointers during her 19-point, five-steal, four-assist contest. Conner pulled down a team-high eight rebounds for the Explorers.
Liberty will tip off Big South Conference play Monday at 7 p.m., with a trip to High Point. The Lady Flames will also return to the Millis Center in March, when the facility serves as the site for the Big South Women's Basketball Championship for the third consecutive year.
Meanwhile, La Salle will travel to Lehigh for a non-conference game on Sunday. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Terrapin Classic All-Tournament Team
Diandra Tchatchouang, Maryland (MVP)
Lynetta Kizer, Maryland
Da'Shena Stevens, St. John's
Devon Brown, Liberty
Ebonee Jones, La Salle