Senior guard Jaymee Fisher-Davis made five triples and scored a career-high 17 points during Liberty's 73-68 victory at High Point on Tuesday.
Jaymee Fisher-Davis scored a career-high 17 points, Tuesday at the Millis Center, helping Liberty snap a rare two-game Big South losing skid with a 73-68 victory at High Point.
Fisher-Davis, who nailed five triples on the evening, was joined in double figures by teammates Sadalia Ellis (16 points), Catherine Kearney (11 points) and Katelyn Adams (10 points, game-high nine rebounds) as the Lady Flames halted just their second two-game Big South losing streak in Carey Green's 17 seasons as head coach.
The Lady Flames (16-10, 13-4 Big South) clinched a first-round bye for the Big South Women's Basketball Championship with Tuesday's win and moved to within a game of conference leader UNC Asheville with three contests remaining.
Despite Kaylah Keys' game-high 20 points and Kat Harris' five three-pointers, High Point drops to 10-16 overall and 9-8 in conference play.
Liberty made six of its first seven field goal attempts to start the game, including three by Ellis, opening up a 12-5 lead at 5:31 of the first quarter. High Point then outscored the Lady Flames, 16-7, over the remainder of the period, aided by 11 Keys points, taking a 21-19 advantage at the end of the quarter. Liberty shot 69.2 percent (9-of-13) during the period but High Point turned the Lady Flames' seven turnovers into 16 points.
Kearney scored six points during the first 2:53 of the second quarter, helping the Lady Flames build a 30-24 lead. Liberty stayed in front for the remainder of the half, taking a 37-33 halftime lead after shooting 64 percent (16-of-25) from the field in the first 20 minutes.
Keys led all players with 15 first-half points, while both Ellis (11 points) and Kearney (10 points) reached double figures in the first half for the Lady Flames.
Harris hit two triples within the first 2:28 after halftime, tying the score at 39-39 with 7:32 to play in the period. But Liberty did not give up the lead and later built a 55-47 advantage when KK Barbour sank a pair of free throws at the 1:26 mark. The blue-clad Lady Flames' lead stood at 55-49 entering the fourth quarter.
High Point trimmed its deficit to four on four different occasions in the final quarter. However, Fisher-Davis helped keep the Panthers at bay with a pair of triples during the last 3:46. Her fifth trifecta of the night, coming at the 1:56 mark, proved to be a dagger as it put Liberty on top, 69-60. The Lady Flames went on to complete a regular-season sweep of the Panthers in the 50th all-time hardwood clash between the two teams.
Aided by 34 points in the paint, Liberty shot 50 percent (26-of-52) from the field for the game. High Point countered at 42.4 percent (25-of-59), including eight three-pointers.
The Lady Flames committed just five turnovers during the second half after having 13 before halftime. Liberty won the rebounding battle for the 13th straight game, 39-26, and grabbed 12 offensive boards.
Fisher-Davis tallied 11 of her 17 points after halftime, eclipsing the senior's previous career high of 16 points. She matched her career best with five made triples on nine attempts.
Ellis' 16 points came one day after her 22nd birthday, while Kearney's 11 points marked her fifth career double-figure scoring effort against the Panthers.
Adams' nine boards enabled her to overtake former teammate Devon Brown for eighth place in program history. The Minnesota native has now collected 810 career rebounds.
Freshman Brooke Alexander chipped in seven points, five rebounds, a game-high five assists and only one turnover in 32 minutes for the Lady Flames.
Harris finished with 15 points for the Panthers, while Emma Bockrath had 12 points, five boards and four assists. Liberty will return to the Vines Center for a Saturday matinee against Longwood (6-20, 3-14 Big South). Tipoff is slated for 3 p.m. as the Lady Flames attempt to complete a regular-season sweep and record their 15th consecutive win over the Lancers. Liberty posted a 72-67 victory at Longwood on Jan. 24 in the first matchup between the Commonwealth foes this season.
Saturday's game will give Liberty Head Coach Carey Green a chance to pick up career win No. 400. Green is 399-138 in his 17 seasons with the Lady Flames.
The Liberty-Longwood clash will be part of a basketball doubleheader at the Vines Center, following the Liberty men's basketball team's regular-season finale against Gardner-Webb at noon.