Jasmine Gardner's first career double-double, consisting of 10 points and 13 rebounds, helped Liberty defeat Glenville State, 93-75.
Liberty broke open a close game with a 24-3 first-half run, Tuesday evening versus Glenville State. The Lady Flames then held off the high-scoring Pioneers at the Vines Center, 93-75. Avery Warley and Jasmine Gardner both finished with double-doubles for Liberty, which improved to 3-4 on the year, while posting a season-high point total. The Lady Flames are now 3-0 at the Vines Center this season. Meanwhile, Glenville State falls to 3-4, despite Tenisha Wilson's game-high 23 points. The Pioneers drop to 0-3 all-time versus the Lady Flames. An early 7-0 burst by the Lady Flames, capped off by Dymond Morgan's left-handed layup at the 16:07 mark, gave Liberty a 9-5 advantage. Blue-clad Glenville State reeled off the game's next nine points, forcing four Liberty turnovers during the stretch. The Pioneers took a 14-9 edge when Wilson canned a pair of free throws at 13:42. Liberty limited Glenville State to one made field goal over the next eight minutes, outscoring the visitors by a 24-3 count during that time. Warley scored 10 of the Lady Flames' points during the extended surge, but it was Gardner who split a pair of foul shots 5:47 before halftime and put Liberty in front, 33-17. The Lady Flames doubled up the Pioneers, 44-22, when Jelena Antic hit a mid-range jumper at 3:16. LaToya Hambrick notched three points during Glenville State's ensuing 5-0 spurt, and her free throw cut Liberty's edge to 44-27, 1:25 before intermission. LaKendra Washington then scored the stanza's final five markers by herself, including a three-pointer from the right wing which tickled the twine as the halftime buzzer sounded. As a result, Liberty took a 49-27 lead into the locker room at the half. It was the Lady Flames' highest-scoring half since tallying 54 first-half points at UNC Asheville on Feb. 27, 2010. Liberty took advantage of its height advantage in the first half, scoring 32 points in the paint and a dozen second-chance points. The Lady Flames shot 51.2 percent (21-of-41) during the half and owned a 32-22 rebounding edge. By contrast, Glenville State took more than half of its shots from three-point range, going 2-of-22 (9.1 percent) from beyond the arc during the first 20 minutes. The Pioneers' overall field goal percentage ended up at 25.0 (10-of-40). Individually, Warley and Danika Dale scored 10 points apiece in the first half to pace the Lady Flames' attack. Warley also grabbed a team-high six rebounds, while Tolu Omotola tracked down five boards before the break. Meanwhile, Wilson led the Pioneers in first-half points (10) and rebounds (3). Two Warley free throws 3:37 into the second half punctuated an 8-2 Liberty surge, bolstering the home team's advantage to 63-37. Miranda Reed accounted for the final three points of Glenville State's ensuing 11-2 run. The senior's fast break layup with 13:46 left pulled the Pioneers to within 17, at 65-48. Glenville State continued chipping away at its disadvantage, and Mishae Miles' layup at the 10:07 mark made it 72-57 in favor of Liberty. But that's as close as the scrappy Pioneers got. The Lady Flames held Glenville State to one made field goal over the next 4:50, pushing their lead back out to 81-61 in the meantime. During the closing stages of the game, the question became whether or not Liberty could score 100 points for only the second time under head coach Carey Green. The Lady Flames fell a few points shy, but wrapped up a 93-75 victory. It was 22 points more than Liberty's previous season-high scoring output, which came in a 71-19 home win over Virginia Union on Nov. 16. It was also the most points the Lady Flames have tallied since a 94-66 win at UNC Asheville on Feb. 27, 2010. The Lady Flames shot a season-high 50 percent (38-of-76) from the field on the night, sparked by 62 points in the paint. Liberty also set season bests for steals (18) and rebounds (64), outrebounding the Pioneers by 22 caroms. Glenville State finished at 32.9 percent (27-of-82) field goal shooting. Forty-six of the Pioneers attempts came from beyond the three-point arc, but they connected only seven times for 15.2 percent. Glenville State did excel in scoring points off turnovers, notching 35 tallies off Liberty's 35 miscues. The Pioneers also saw 55 of their 75 points scored by reserves. Warley paced the Lady Flames' scoring attack, which featured eight different players who scored at least six points. The redshirt junior finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season and the 15th of her career. She also climbed to ninth place on Liberty's all-time list with 589 career rebounds. Freshman Gardner also recorded a double-double for Liberty, the first of her career. She posted career highs in both points (10) and rebounds (13). The duo was joined in double figures by Antic (16 points), Omotola (12) and Dale (season-high 10). Brittany Campbell distributed a season-high five assists to lead all players, while Morgan added four assists and a season-high four steals. For the Pioneers, Autumn Davis complemented Wilson's offensive output with 15 points of her own, including a trio of three-pointers. Danielle Woodmore collected a team-high seven rebounds. Liberty will play its next nine games away from the Vines Center, beginning with a Sunday afternoon tilt at James Madison. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. at the JMU Convocation Center for a matchup between the Big South and CAA preseason favorites. Glenville State will head to Bluefield State for a Thursday contest at 5:30 p.m. It will be the Pioneers' eighth consecutive game played away from home to open the 2010-11 campaign.