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Liberty's Offense Shines in Win Over Campbell
|Devon Brown scored a season-high 25 points Monday against Campbell, sparking Liberty to a 90-61 Big South victory inside the Vines Center.|
The weather outside the Vines Center was cold and damp Monday evening, but Liberty warmed up the inside of the building with some hot shooting. The Lady Flames shot 52.2 percent from the field, en route to a comfortable 90-61 Big South win over Campbell.
Devon Brown led the way for the Lady Flames with a season-high 25 points, while Danika Dale matched her career high with 15 points. Their efforts helped Liberty successfully bounce back from Saturday's overtime loss to High Point.
The Lady Flames are now 7-7 overall and 2-1 in Big South action, after scoring their most points in a Big South contest since a 94-66 victory at UNC Asheville on Feb. 27, 2010.
Campbell drops to 9-6 overall and 2-2 in the Big South despite a 17-point, eight-assist effort from Kate Cloxton. It was the Lady Camels' sixth straight road setback this season.
Campbell jumped out to a 4-0 lead within the first 1:40 of play, and the black-clad Lady Camels did not trail until the 14:09 mark. At that juncture, LaKendra Washington hit a pull-up jumper in transition to put the Lady Flames in front, 13-12.
Just 11 seconds after Washington's hoop, Katelyn Bass nailed a layup to reclaim a 14-13 edge for the visitors.
Liberty then started a 12-2 surge, featuring a pair of three-pointers. Brown's floater in the lane at 9:16 made it 25-16 in favor of the Lady Flames.
Senior point guard Cloxton helped Campbell quickly shave its deficit to one (25-24), bookending an 8-0 surge with a pair of long triples.
The Lady Flames regained the momentum by tallying the next five points. An old-fashioned three-point play by Tolu Omotola bolstered the Liberty edge to 30-24, 5:11 before the half.
A 10-0 run late in the first half broke the game open for the Lady Flames. Avery Warley scored the last five points of the surge, including a layup which gave Liberty a 44-28 cushion at the 51-second mark.
Campbell then scored the stanza's final two points, making the halftime score 44-30, Lady Flames.
Liberty shot 47.2 percent (17-of-36) from the floor during the first 20 minutes, aided by 24 points in the paint. Meanwhile, Campbell ended the half at 39.4 percent (13-of-33) on field goals and missed its only free throw attempt of the period.
The homestanding Lady Flames doubled up the Lady Camels in the rebound category before the break, 28-14, with a dozen of their boards coming at the offensive end.
Brown notched 13 first-half points to lead all scorers, with Warley chipping in 11 points and a team-high six rebounds for the Lady Flames.
Cloxton led the Lady Camels in both points (11) and assists (4) during the opening half, paying all 20 minutes for head coach Wanda Watkins' squad.
Bass hit two jumpers within the first minute of the second half, making the score 46-34 with 19:01 to play.
The Lady Flames then embarked upon their second 10-0 spurt of the game, getting a pair of hoops by Brown and two by Dale. Dale's layup with 16:50 on the clock made it a 56-34 game in favor of Liberty.
Campbell scored on its next two trips to the offensive end, on Cloxton's fourth triple of the evening and a perimeter jumper by Bass. The Bass connection, which came with 15:55 left, made the score 56-39.
Liberty's lead fluctuated between 17 and 22 points until the Lady Flames removed all doubt with a 13-0 run. Omotola's steal and resulting layup at 4:57 made it a 30-point game at 86-56.
From that point on, Liberty cruised to a 90-61 win in its first meeting with the Lady Camels since Nov. 29, 1999.
The Lady Flames' 52.2 percent (36-of-69) field goal shooting makes them 3-0 this season and 81-1 under head coach Carey Green when hitting at least half of their shots from the floor.
Campbell ended the contest with a solid 44.1 percent (26-of-59) field goal clip, including 44.4 percent (8-of-18) from beyond the three-point arc. However, the Lady Camels only attempted three foul shots on the night, making one of them for 33.3 percent.
In a battle between the Big South's top two rebounding teams, Liberty finished with the upper hand by a wide 45-27 margin on Monday.
Liberty also had a decided advantage in most of the specialty statistics, including points in the paint (48-14), second-chance points (18-5) and fast break points (14-0).
Both teams ended the contest with 21 assists, with Liberty's total matching their season high. The Lady Flames recorded 18 steals, and eight different players contributed at least one theft.
Brown's 25 points came in just 25 minutes of action, which also featured five rebounds and three steals. The redshirt junior moved past Pam Wilder and into 11th place on Liberty's career scoring list with 1,124 points.
Dale chipped in 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals in a strong all-around effort. The Fort Hood, Texas native became one of Liberty's top 50 career rebounders on Monday, as she now has 307 caroms to her credit.
Warley scored in double figures for the ninth game in a row, contributing 11 points to go along with eight rebounds and all four of Liberty's blocked shots.
Reagan Miller hit a trio of three-pointers for nine points and matched her career high with eight assists.
Cloxton's 17 points paced the Lady Camels, as she hit five triples for the second time in her last three games. She also matched a season high with eight assists.
Fellow senior Bass added 16 points, a team-best six rebounds and a career-high three steals for the visitors. Amanda O'Neill provided 10 points and five assists.
Tonisha Baker entered the game averaging a season-high 13.5 points per contest for the Lady Camels, but she was held scoreless for the first time this season on Monday. Her previous season low was seven points.
Liberty will take to the road for six of its next eight contests, beginning the stretch Saturday afternoon at Coastal Carolina. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at Kimbel Arena, where the Lady Flames will aim for their 37th straight win in the head-to-head series against the Chanticleers.
Campbell will also play its next contest away from home, traveling across North Carolina for a Saturday matchup at conference-leading High Point. The clash will tip off at 4 p.m. inside the Millis Center.