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100 & 1,000 Are Key Numbers in Liberty Win
|Avery Warley (right) grabbed 18 rebounds on Saturday against Glenville State, including No. 1,000 of her career.|
Liberty lit up the scoreboard Saturday afternoon against Glenville State, reaching the century mark for the first time since Nov. 30, 2007 during a 116-65 win at the Vines Center. In the process, Lady Flame Avery Warley became just the third player in program history to grab her 1,000th career rebound.
The Lady Flames snapped a two-game losing skid and improved to 4-5 on the year, thanks to a Vines Center-record scoring output and the second-highest point total in program history. Liberty had not scored 116 or more points since a 142-22 home win over Roanoke College on Feb. 26, 1976, during the Lady Flames' inaugural season of competition.
Glenville State drops to 6-3 on the year, after seeing its three-game winning streak halted. The high-scoring Pioneers, who were averaging 101.9 ppg entering the contest, were held below 90 points for the first time this season.
Warley, who grabbed 14 of her game-high 18 rebounds after halftime, boosted her career total to 1,001 boards. She joins Katie Feenstra and Sharon Snodgrass as the only players in program history to achieve the milestone and becomes the fourth Big South player ever to achieve the feat.
Liberty raced out to a 12-0 lead in the first three minutes of the matinee, with Devon Brown accounting for seven of her team's points. She assisted on a Reagan Miller three-pointer at the 16:58 mark which capped the game-opening surge.
After Glenville State's Torie Bosley got her team on the board 16 seconds later with a triple of her own, the Lady Flames reeled off another 16-0 surge. Danika Dale's three-pointer from the left wing made it a 28-3 game, less than seven minutes in.
Liberty continued to extend its lead until the home team's advantage reached 41 points (63-22) at halftime. The 63 points broke the Vines Center record for most points in a half, eclipsing the 56 points the Lady Flames scored in the second half against St. Paul's on Dec. 13, 2008.
Liberty shot 53.1 percent (26-of-49) from the field before halftime, aided by 40 points in the paint. Meanwhile, Glenville State connected at a 21.1 percent (8-of-38) clip from the floor, with 24 of its first-half attempts coming from three-point range.
The Lady Flames grabbed 36 first-half rebounds, nearly doubling the Pioneers' total of 19.
Liberty featured a balanced scoring attack in the first half, with nine players scoring between four and nine points. Brown and Jasmine Gardner scored nine points apiece, while Brown collected eight rebounds. Miller added eight of Liberty's 13 assists.
Beth Deren was Glenville State's top first-half scorer, tallying nine points on a trio of triples.
Deren nailed another three-pointer to open the second-half scoring and make the score 63-25, Lady Flames. But that's as close as the blue-clad visitors would get for the rest of the afternoon.
During the latter stages of the contest, the biggest questions were whether or not the Lady Flames would score 100 points and whether Warley would grab her 1,000th rebound.
Both questions were answered affirmatively, beginning with Brown's layup at the 5:21 mark which put the Lady Flames in front, 101-55.
Dale then blocked a three-point attempt by Bosley with 1:01 remaining and Warley collected the resulting rebound, giving the Washington, D.C. native magic No. 1,000.
Liberty's final margin of victory, 51 points (116-65), matched its largest lead of the game. The Lady Flames' 116 points broke the previous Vines Center record of 104, set in a 104-19 romp over Valley Forge on Jan. 14, 1995.
Liberty finished the game at a season-high 51.6 percent from the field, while setting Vines Center records for both field goals made (48) and attempted (93). The Lady Flames scored 80 points in the paint, but also hit 62.5 percent (5-of-8) of their three-point tries.
Glenville State ended up at 28.9 percent (24-of-83) from the field, including 25.9 percent (14-of-54) from beyond the three-point arc. The Pioneers set Vines Center records for both three-pointers made and attempted in the process.
More records went down in the rebounding category, where Liberty closed the contest with a 72-40 advantage. The Lady Flames' 72 boards were both a Vines Center record and the most Liberty has grabbed in one game since joining the NCAA Division I ranks in 1988-89.
Twenty-nine of Liberty's rebounds came at the offensive end, leading to 36 second-chance points.
Warley also scored 20 points to go along with her 18 boards, tying teammate Brown for game-high honors. Brown completed her first double-double of the season with 11 rebounds.
Three other Lady Flames scored in double digits, led by Gardner's career-high 19 markers. Miller chipped in 13 points and a career-best eight assists, while Dale added a dozen markers.
Deren led the way for Glenville State, scoring 18 points while making six of her team's 14 three-pointers. Tenisha Wilson added 15 points, seven steals and six assists.
Liberty will wrap up its quick two-game homestand on Thursday at 7 p.m., when the Lady Flames play host to Virginia Union.
Glenville State will have a long break from competition, with the Pioneers' next game set for Jan. 4 at home against WVIAC foe Shepherd. Tipoff is slated for 5 p.m.