Tatyana Crowder scored all of her career-high nine points after halftime of Liberty's 63-51 victory at Longwood.
Big games by Keyen Green (20 points, 12 rebounds) and Tatyana Crowder (career-high nine points) helped Liberty hold off a feisty Longwood squad, 63-51, Tuesday evening at Willett Hall. Coupled with Radford's 50-47 victory over High Point, the Lady Flames' 18th straight win over the Lancers moves them into a first-place tie in the Big South Conference standings.
Green posted a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds) during the second half alone, while Crowder scored all nine of her points and grabbed four boards after halftime. Liberty improves to 11-8 overall and 6-1 in Big South play, matching High Point and UNC Asheville for the conference's top record.
The Lady Flames owned advantages in rebounds (37-24), points in the paint (26-16) and bench points (25-8), while hitting 81 percent (17-of-21) from the foul line.
Longwood, which dressed only nine players, drops to 3-15 overall and 1-6 in the Big South. Dayna Rouse tallied 15 of her season-high 17 points during the second half, while Kristina Antonenko added a dozen. However, the Lancers committed 17 turnovers and shot 34.7 percent (17-of-49) for the game.
KK Barbour scored the Lady Flames' first eight points of the game, highlighted by a four-point play that jump-started a 7-0 run by the visitors. Barbour's nice pass to Green resulted in a layup, capping off the surge with Liberty on top, 10-5, at 4:27 of the first quarter.
The Lady Flames maintained the lead for the remainder of the opening period, scoring seven points off Longwood's eight turnovers during the stanza.
Liberty went on another 7-0 run in the second quarter, finished off by a Lela Sellers triple from the right wing which extended the Lady Flames' advantage to 22-11 with 4:31 to play in the half.
The Lady Flames later took a pair of 12-point leads before going into the locker room on top, 32-23.
Green (10 points) and Barbour (8 points) led all first-half scorers, while Liberty held Longwood to 34.8 percent (8-of-23) from the field. The opening half included 23 turnovers, with Liberty committing a dozen and Longwood 11.
Rouse tallied 11 of Longwood's 15 points in the third quarter, including a trifecta from the top of the arc which cut her team's deficit to five points (43-38) at the 3:44 mark. However, Green helped the Lady Flames stay on top by tallying nine third-quarter points of her own. As a result, Liberty took a 45-38 edge into the final period.
Longwood pulled to within five twice in the fourth quarter, including at 3:58 when Antonenko's layup made it 53-48 in favor of the Lady Flames. But Sellers hit a baseline jumper and a three-pointer from the right wing on Liberty's next two trips to the offensive end, essentially sealing the Lady Flames' 20th victory in their last 25 meetings with in-state opponents.
Liberty finished at 42.6 percent (20-of-47) from the floor and 37.5 percent (6-of-16) from three-point range, overcoming a 20-turnover night.
Green's double-double was her second of the season and the 11th of her career. After totaling 50 points in the last two games, the Philadelphia native has climbed into the Lady Flames' top 50 career scorers list. She finished Tuesday's game ranked No. 49 in program history with 583 career points.
Crowder tied her season high of five rebounds, tied her career high of three assists and recorded one of Liberty's five blocked shots.
Barbour, Sellers and Nene Johnson added eight points apiece for the Lady Flames, with Sellers coming up with three steals.
The Lancers were led in rebounding by 5-4 guard Que King, who corralled seven boards.
Up Next Liberty will return home for a rare Sunday Big South Conference game against Big South preseason favorite Radford (12-6, 5-2 Big South). Tipoff is set for 2 p.m., and the contest will be televised by Stadium.
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