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Brown Reaches 1,000 in Setback at Virginia
|Devon Brown made this free throw during the second half of Wednesday's game at Virginia to become the 14th player in program history to score 1,000 career points.|
Liberty redshirt junior Devon Brown scored a game-high 18 points, including No. 1,000 of her career, Wednesday evening at Virginia. However, it was not enough to overcome the Cavaliers' suffocating defense, as Virginia posted a 64-38 victory over the Lady Flames inside John Paul Jones Arena.
Virginia, which improves to 8-2 overall and 5-0 at home this season, limited the Lady Flames to 27.3 percent (12-of-44) field goal shooting and forced 33 Liberty turnovers.
Liberty is now 3-5 on the year, after losing its second straight contest to a Commonwealth rival. The Lady Flames' 38 points were a season low, as they became the eighth team Virginia has held below 60 points this season.
Brown became the 14th player in program history to reach 1,000 points, hitting the milestone on a free throw with 9:59 remaining in the second half. She also led all players with eight rebounds, while playing just 30 miles from her hometown of Waynesboro, in front of a sizeable collection of family and friends.
After the Lady Flames got on the scoreboard first, with a left-handed layup by Avery Warley, Virginia responded with eight straight points. Chelsea Shine's hoop at 16:53 put the home team in front, 8-2.
Liberty got to within four, 10-6, when Warley hit her second shot of the early-going, with 14:39 left in the first half.
The Lady Flames did not score again for nearly nine minutes though, and the Cavaliers posted a 12-0 run in the meantime. Back-to-back three-pointers by China Crosby and Ataira Franklin highlighted the surge, which ended with Erinn Thompson's layup at the 6:38 mark. Her hoop made the score 22-6 in favor of the home team.
Consecutive triples by Crosby kick-started an 8-0 Virginia run which gave the Cavaliers a 33-11 edge, 24 seconds before intermission. Warley then hit a layup off of a nice feed from Brown with eight ticks left, making the halftime score 33-13 in favor of the home squad.
Liberty shot 26.3 percent (5-of-19) from the field in the first half, as compared with 38.9 percent (14-of-36) for its host. The Cavaliers converted Liberty's 15 first-half turnovers into 16 points.
Virginia owned a slim, 19-18 first-half rebounding advantage but accounted for all 10 of the period's second-chance points.
Warley paced the Lady Flames with six points in the first half, while Brown led all players with five first-half rebounds.
The Cavaliers' Crosby scored 12 points during the first 20 minutes, with all of her tallies coming on four made triples. Franklin chipped in nine markers and totaled three steals for Virginia.
Liberty scored the first five points of the second half, trimming its deficit to 33-18 when Catherine Kearney split a pair of free throws at the 14:36 mark.
But the Cavaliers quickly countered with a 15-0 surge, capped off by two straight Telia McCall hoops. Her second basket, which came with 10:29 to play, put the Virginia advantage at 48-18.
Brown stopped the run with three free throws at the 9:59 mark, the last of which put her at exactly 1,000 career points and made the score 48-21, Cavaliers.
Shortly after Brown achieved the milestone, she caught fire from three-point range. She nailed three triples in a 36-second span, the last of which pulled the Lady Flames within 54-32 with 6:45 left.
A putback by Brown with 4:14 to play cut the gap to 56-36 and put the wraps on her 16-point second half, but that's as close as the Lady Flames got. Virginia finished the game with an 8-2 run to close out a 64-38 decision and its third straight win.
The homestanding Cavaliers did not shoot exceptionally well on the night, finishing at 40 percent (26-of-65) from the floor. However, they did sink eight three-pointers and score 32 points off of Liberty turnovers.
The red-clad Lady Flames' best stats came around the basket, where they owned a 41-31 rebounding advantage and equaled a season high with seven blocked shots.
Warley joined Brown in double figures with 14 points, while also grabbing seven rebounds and blocking two Virginia shots. The redshirt senior's offensive output enabled her to leapfrog Pam Wilder for 10th place in program history with 1,121 career points.
Three Cavaliers reached double digits on the night, paced by Crosby's 12 points. Shine and Ariana Moorer chipped in 10 markers each. Franklin topped Virginia's squad with both five rebounds and six steals.
Liberty will return home for its next two games, beginning with a Saturday tilt against Glenville State. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. for the first half of a basketball doubleheader inside the Vines Center. The Liberty men's basketball team will host Virginia Intermont in the nightcap at 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, Virginia will continue a five-game homestand by playing its third Big South Conference opponent of the 2011-12 season. Radford will visit John Paul Jones Arena for a 2 p.m. tipoff on Dec. 18.