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Brown, Warley Lead Way in 75-62 Road Win

January 30, 2010  High Point, N.C.  RSS
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Reigning Big South Player of the Week Avery Warley posted a career-high 26 points and 14 rebounds during Saturday's 75-62 victory at High Point.

Reigning Big South Player of the Week Avery Warley posted a career-high 26 points and 14 rebounds during Saturday's 75-62 victory at High Point.

The weather outside the Millis Center Saturday afternoon was cold and snowy, but Liberty remained hot, extending its winning streak to eight. Devon Brown and Avery Warley both posted career-high point totals during the Lady Flames' come-from-behind 75-62 win over Big South co-leader High Point.

Brown totaled 29 points and 11 rebounds, while reigning Big South Player of the Week Warley added 26 points and 14 boards. Their efforts helped Liberty improve to 15-4 overall and 6-1 in the Big South. The Lady Flames now sit in second place in the conference standings, one-half game behind Big South leader Gardner-Webb.

High Point had won nine of its last 10 games entering Saturday's contest, but the Panthers were limited to 24 percent (6-of-25) shooting during the second half. As a result, they fall to 13-8 overall and 6-2 in Big South action.

Both teams got off to a fast start at the offensive end, and the first five minutes of play featured three lead changes and three ties. Warley tallied the Lady Flames' first 11 points of the contest.

A 9-2 surge gave High Point its largest lead of the early-going, 20-16. Frances Fields split a pair of free throws at 11:52, capping off the run.

Liberty went right back on top, 21-20, after a Dymond Morgan triple and a Brown fast break layup on its next two possessions.

The lead changed hands three more times before the homestanding Panthers fashioned a 12-3 run, spanning 4:57. Jurica Hargraves scored five points during the span, which ended with LaTeisha Dean's made foul shot, 1:29 before intermission. Her connection made the score 39-30, High Point.

The Lady Flames closed the gap slightly, but still trailed at intermission for the second straight game, 41-34.

Both teams shot the ball well from the field during the first 20 minutes of play, as High Point hit 58.3 percent (14-of-24) and Liberty followed at 48 percent (12-of-25).

The Lady Flames, the nation's leader in rebounding margin, uncharacteristically lost the first-half rebounding battle, 17-11.

Warley and Brown combined for 26 of Liberty's 34 points before the break, paced by Warley's 16 points and four boards. Brown chipped in 10 points and three caroms.

High Point's scoring attack was a bit more balanced. Hargraves and reserve Shamia Brown posted 10 points apiece. Backup guard Erin Reynolds grabbed a team-leading four rebounds, while Fields distributed six of the Panthers' 13 assists.

After an explosive first half, High Point did not tally its first made field goal for 4:51 after halftime. In the meantime, Liberty knotted the score with a 9-2 run. Brown scored six points during the surge, including a driving, right-handed layup at 15:36 which tied things at 43 apiece.

Warley tallied six points during a 7-2 surge by the Lady Flames, including a putback with 10:53 showing on the second-half clock that made the score 53-51, Liberty.

High Point answered at the midway point of the second half, on a nifty left-handed layup by Amy Dodd. Her basket made the score 53-53, but it was the Panthers' only made field goal during a 12-minute span of the second half.

Liberty broke the game open during High Point's drought, posting a 14-1 run. Brown notched six of the Lady Flames' points in the run, but it was Warley's two free throws at the 3:48 mark which pushed Liberty's advantage to 13 points, 67-54.

The Panthers got no closer than 10 points down the rest of the afternoon, as Liberty became only the second visiting team to win at the Millis Center in 2009-10, by a 75-62 score.

The statistical figures did a 180-degree turn during the second half. While High Point was struggling to a 24 percent figure from the field, Liberty shot 48 percent (12-of-25), matching its first-half effort. For the game, the Lady Flames hit 48 percent (24-of-50) of their field goals, while the Panthers shot 40.8 percent (20-of-49).

Free throw shooting also made a difference for Liberty. The Lady Flames got to the line often and connected on 74.3 percent of their tries, setting new season highs for both free throws made (26) and attempted (35).

Liberty also controlled the action in the paint during the final stanza, outrebounding High Point 31-8, scoring 20 points in the paint to the Panthers' six and notching all 12 of the period's second-chance points. For the game, the Lady Flames finished with a sizable 42-25 advantage on the glass, marking the ninth straight game they have outrebounded their opponent by at least 10 caroms.

Brown, who played a career-high 39 minutes, scored 19 points and pulled down eight rebounds in the second half alone. Her 29 points is the highest single-game scoring output by a Lady Flame this season.

Warley was also a key part of Liberty's second-half comeback, recording a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) during the final 20 minutes and single-handedly outrebounding High Point. The redshirt sophomore, who also set a new career high with 38 minutes played, drilled eight of her 11 free throw attempts.

The Lady Flames also received solid contributions from point guards Amber Mays and Morgan. Mays scored seven points and matched her season high with five boards. Meanwhile, Morgan chipped in six points and a team-high three steals.

Hargraves and Brown each finished with 13 points to pace the Panthers. Fields led all players with six assists, all of which came during the first half, while Dodd collected a team-best six boards.

Liberty will conclude its four-game road swing Monday, with a contest at Commonwealth rival Radford. Tipoff at the Dedmon Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.

High Point will make the South Carolina "Beach Trip" next weekend, beginning with a Feb. 6 game at Coastal Carolina. The matchup with the Chanticleers will begin at 2 p.m.