Campbell entered Saturday evening's contest at the Vines Center ranked among the nation's top five defensive teams. However, it was Liberty's stifling second-half defense and a big dose of Keyen Green (career-high 30 points) which led the way to the Lady Flames' 60-42 victory.
The Lady Flames and Camels were deadlocked at 27-27 at halftime before Campbell managed just 15 second-half points, shooting 24 percent (6-of-25) with eight turnovers. Green outscored the Camels by herself during the final 20 minutes, tallying 18 points after the intermission and 10 during a game-breaking 20-2 Liberty burst in the fourth quarter.
Liberty (10-8, 5-1 Big South) successfully shook off a Tuesday loss at UNC Asheville, improving to 6-0 at home this season. Green, who became the first Lady Flame to score 30 points since Devon Brown had 32 at Winthrop on Dec. 29, 2012, spearheaded a dominating effort by the Liberty post players. The Lady Flames finished with notable advantages in rebounds (40-26), points in the paint (38-14) and second-chance points (18-2).
Campbell lost its third straight game, falling to 9-8 overall and 2-4 in Big South play. The Camels shot just 31.8 percent (14-of-44) from the floor and 18.8 percent (3-of-16) from three-point range. Their 17 turnovers led to 20 Liberty points and Summer Price, tied for the Big South lead in scoring at 16.3 ppg, managed just four points on 1-of-7 shooting.
The two teams combined to shoot just 6-of-21 during a physical, defense-dominated first quarter. Campbell emerged with a 14-10 edge after 10 minutes thanks to an 8-of-11 effort from the foul line and a 10-6 rebounding advantage.
Green scored seven points within the first 2:28 of the second quarter and briefly gave the Lady Flames a 17-16 lead. However, Campbell hit five of its first six shots in the period, including a Hayley Barber bank shot at 4:41 which extended the Camels' advantage to 26-19 on the heels of a 10-2 run.
Liberty then held Campbell without a made field goal for the remainder of the half, recording an 8-1 surge during that time. Bridgette Rettstatt scored five of the Lady Flames' points, including a triple from the right wing that tied up the halftime score at 27-all.
Green scored 12 first-half points for the Lady Flames, who owned advantages in rebounds (16-14), points in the paint (16-8) and second-chance points (12-0).
Freshman Ashlyn Hampton paced Campbell with seven points before the break. Her team shot 42.1 percent (8-of-19) from the field and 69.2 percent (9-of-13) from the foul line.
Liberty kept the Camels scoreless for a span of 3:17 in the third quarter, pushing out to a 36-31 lead on two free throws by Green at the 5:41 mark. The sophomore from Philadelphia totaled eight points during the stanza, helping the Lady Flames take a 40-34 cushion into the fourth quarter.
Campbell freshman Lauren McNamara-Clement opened the fourth-quarter scoring with a three-point play with 6:42 remaining, slicing Liberty's lead in half, to 40-37.
Green scored on the Lady Flames' next trip to the offensive end, initiating the home team's aforementioned 20-2 surge over a 6:08 span. Not only did the reigning Big South Freshman of the Year score 10 points during the run, but she also grabbed a rebound, dished out an assist and took a charge.
As a result, Liberty won its eighth straight head-to-head matchup with Campbell and its seventh consecutive home meeting with the Camels.
The Lady Flames finished at 42.3 percent (22-of-52) from the field, aided by a 63.6 percent (7-of-11) clip in the fourth quarter.
Green hit 12 of her 14 field goal attempts and 6-of-8 from the line. She eclipsed her previous career high of 26 points and also grabbed six rebounds in tonight's contest.
KK Barbour collected a game-high nine boards for the Lady Flames and came up with a pair of steals. Ola Makurat blocked a career-high three shots.
Freshmen also contributed to Liberty's triumph, with Rettstatt posting seven points and five boards and Ashtyn Baker dishing out a game-high four assists.
Campbell was led in scoring by a freshman of its own, as Hampton totaled 11 points before fouling out.
Up Next Liberty will play its next two games against Commonwealth foes, beginning with a Tuesday visit to Longwood (3-14, 1-5 Big South). Tipoff for the 40th all-time meeting between the Lady Flames and Lancers is scheduled for 7 p.m. inside Willett Hall.
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