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Lady Flames Rally to Win Navy Classic Title

November 21, 2009  Annapolis, Md.  RSS
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Devon Brown contributed 19 points and 11 rebounds to Liberty's come-from-behind 55-43 win over Navy, Saturday evening in the Navy Classic title contest.

Devon Brown contributed 19 points and 11 rebounds to Liberty's come-from-behind 55-43 win over Navy, Saturday evening in the Navy Classic title contest.

After falling behind by 16 points within the game's first eight minutes, the Liberty women's basketball team came back to win the Navy Classic championship, Saturday evening at Alumni Hall. The Lady Flames handed host Navy its first loss of the season, 55-43, holding the Midshipmen to 11 second-half points.

Liberty improves to 4-0 to start the season, after claiming its fourth regular-season tournament title in the last three campaigns. The Lady Flames were paced by Championship Game All-Star Devon Brown, who recorded her second straight double-double (19 points, 11 rebounds).

Despite 14 points and nine rebounds by Championship Game All-Star Cassie Consedine, Navy falls to 4-1. The Midshipmen shot just 18.2 percent (4-of-22) during the final 20 minutes of Saturday's contest.

The Lady Flames got off to a very slow start, committing turnovers on each of their first five possessions. Meanwhile, homestanding Navy made seven of its first 10 field goal attempts, opening up a 20-4 advantage to start the game. Consedine contributed nine points to the Midshipmen run.

Liberty then held Navy without a point for nearly four and a half minutes. However, the Lady Flames only managed a pair of Avery Warley layups during the home team's drought, cutting their deficit to 20-8 at the 7:55 mark of the opening half.

A quick 5-0 burst, capped off by a second-chance layup by LaKendra Washington, briefly brought Liberty to within single digits, at 24-15, 5:43 before the intermission.

The Midshipmen bolstered their lead to 30-17, before Liberty closed the stanza on a 7-2 run. The surge featured Brown's first five points of the evening, including a three-pointer from the right wing as the halftime buzzer sounded. Her triple made the score 32-24, Navy, at the break.

Navy made 50 percent (11-of-22) of its field goals during the first half, and converted 10 Liberty miscues into 10 points. The Lady Flames were able to stay within striking distance with its work around the basket area, though. Red-clad Liberty outrebounded its host, 20-12, including 10 offensive boards. The Lady Flames also scored 16 of their 24 points in the paint.

Individually, Warley led the Lady Flames with six first-half points. Brown added five points and a half-high five rebounds, while Amber Mays contributed five points and four assists.

Navy's Consedine led all scorers with 11 points during the opening 20 minutes of action. Teammate Angela Myers contributed seven points and a trio of assists.

Liberty's defense held Navy to one made field goal during the first 11:45 of the second half. In the meantime, the Lady Flames composed a 20-3 run, taking their initial lead of the contest when Dymond Morgan drained a runner as the shot clock expired at 12:20. Her clutch hoop made the score 36-35, Liberty.

Brown tallied 10 points during the extended surge, including an acrobatic layup at the 8:31 mark which lifted the Lady Flames' advantage to 44-35.

Navy trimmed Liberty's lead to 46-41 with 4:41 left, after three-pointers by Erin Edwards and Consedine.

The Midshipmen were also within five, 48-43, when Angela Myers converted a steal into a fast break layup at 1:27.

However, Navy did not score again, and the Lady Flames closed out their first win over the Midshipmen since Dec. 9, 1983 by making seven-of-nine free throws during the final minute. The final margin, 55-43, gave Liberty its fourth straight double-digit win to start the 2009-10 season.

Neither team shot exceptionally well during the game. Liberty finished at 39.6 percent (19-of-48) from the field, while Navy closed the contest at 34.1 percent (15-of-44). Some of the Lady Flames' keys to victory included rebounds (40-26 advantage), points in the paint (26-12) and second-chance points (16-6).

Brown single-handedly outscored Navy during the second half, 14-11. She also nabbed a career-high five steals on the evening.

Warley added a season-high 10 points and six boards for the Lady Flames, while Mays ended up with eight points and five assists. Freshman Jelena Antic chipped in five rebounds and a trio of assists during her collegiate debut.

Consedine was the lone Navy player to score in double figures. Myers backed her up with nine points and five assists.

Liberty will travel to another Patriot League arena next Saturday, for its first-ever matchup with Lafayette. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. at the Kirby Sports Center.