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Fasnacht, Feagin Spark Liberty to 69-42 Triumph Over Winthrop
The win, the Lady Flames' sixth in seven home outings, lifts Liberty's overall record to 11-8. Liberty ranks second in the Big South Conference with its 3-1 loop mark.
Winthrop is now 4-16 on the season after falling for the eighth time in its last nine games. The Lady Eagles, who shot just 33.3 percent from the field and 48 percent from the charity stripe, are 1-3 in Big South action.
Neither team made a field goal for the first 2:20 of play, until Winthrop's Amy Drake made a lay-up to cut her team's deficit to 6-4. Fasnacht had given Liberty an early advantage with a quartet of free throws.
Liberty's initial field goal did not come until the 15:50 mark, when Rachel Hammond drained a baseline jumper. Her connection started a 5-0 burst for the Lady Flames. Fasnacht's three-point play 20 seconds later lifted Liberty to an 11-4 lead.
The Eagles made back-to-back buckets and shaved the Liberty edge to four points, 15-11, with 10:25 showing on the first-half clock, when Ashley Haugtvedt canned a lay-up.
The Lady Flames came back with a 7-1 surge, opening up a 22-12 lead on Fasnacht's running bank shot, 6:56 before the half.
Winthrop then fashioned a 5-0 burst, finishing with the team's first three-pointer of the evening, a Tiffany Rodd connection from the wing at 3:53 which made the score, 27-22.
Liberty scored the final seven points of the sloppily played first half, including a Fasnacht three-pointer from the corner, taking a 36-24 lead into the locker room. The teams combined to commit 27 turnovers and 25 fouls during the opening 20 minutes of play.
Fasnacht was the star of the first half, scoring 13 points on six-of-seven shooting from the foul line, setting a season-high point total in the process. Hammond added six points and a pair of assists for the Lady Flames. All 14 Liberty players saw action in the first half, and 32 of the team's 36 markers came from bench performers.
Liberty owned a 17-11 rebounding edge in the first half, as five different players pulled down a pair of boards.
Haugtvedt paced the visitors with half a dozen points in the first half. The Lady Eagles shot well before halftime, making 47.4 percent (9-of-19) of their field goals. Liberty was efficient as well, sinking 11-of-24 field goal attempts for 45.8 percent.
The Lady Flames tallied the first three points of the second half, making it 10-straight points for Liberty, going back to the opening stanza. The homestanding Lady Flames increased their edge to 15 points, 39-24, on Moriah Frazee's lay-up 1:47 into the second half.
Winthrop got as close as 13 twice before Roli-Ann Nikagbatse scored five-consecutive points. Liberty's advantage stood at 46-28 after she made a driving finger roll with 13:07 to play.
Molly Frazee made a lay-up at 10:08, pushing the Lady Flame lead to 20 points for the first time, 52-32. Frazee's hoop was part of a 9-0 Liberty run. Courtney Watkins tossed in the final three points of the surge, including a free throw at 7:01 which made the count 57-32.
The Lady Eagles would get no closer than 22 the rest of the evening, as Liberty went on for a 69-42 victory. The Lady Flames have now held seven opponents under the 50-point mark and have done so in four-straight home tilts.
Liberty was able to triumph despite a season-high 27 turnovers, because the Lady Flames shot 48.9 percent from the field and outrebounded their opponent by a wide, 41-22 margin.
Hammond joined Fasnacht and Feagin as double-figure scorers off the bench, totaling 10 points for the second time in the last eight days. The Liberty bench scored 53 points. Megan Frazee and Rebecca Lightfoot evenly divided 10 rebounds to pace Liberty's work under the glass.
Yvonne van Daalen led Winthrop with nine points, while Ashley Fann hauled in five boards for the Lady Eagles.
Winthrop will return home to host High Point Saturday evening at 7 p.m. after playing its last three contests away from the Winthrop Coliseum.
Liberty will conclude a brief, two-game homestand Saturday at 6 p.m., when conference-leading Radford visits the Vines Center. The contest between the Lady Flames and the Highlanders will kick off a doubleheader, which will also feature the VMI versus Liberty men's basketball game, at 8:30 p.m.