Seton Hall tied the Vines Center record with 14 three-pointers on its way to a dominating 92-56 victory over Liberty, Saturday afternoon. The 36-point defeat marked the Lady Flames' most lopsided setback in Vines Center history.
Liberty falls to 3-6 with its sixth loss in the last seven games. The Lady Flames were within eight (46-38) at halftime, before being limited to 12 percent (3-of-25) shooting and 18 total points in the second half. Mickayla Sanders paced Liberty with 12 points in her 2015-16 season debut.
Seton Hall, which has spent time inside the Top 25 this season, improves to 9-1. Tiffany Jones scored a career-high and game-high 21 points, including four triples, to lead four Pirates in double figures. Seton Hall shot 50 percent (35-of-70) for the contest, including 48.3 percent (14-of-29) from three-point range, tying the facility record of 14 made triples set by Glenville State on Dec. 10, 2011.
The Pirates' Tabatha Richardson-Smith set the tone for the contest, hitting a three-pointer just four seconds into the first-ever meeting between Liberty and Seton Hall. The Pirates, who never trailed in the contest, pushed their advantage to as much as 10 during the opening quarter before taking a 24-15 lead into the second 10 minutes. Jones scored 10 of her points in the first quarter, helping the blue-clad visitors get off to a fast start.
A Jaymee Fisher-Davis three-pointer capped a 6-0 Liberty surge just 22 seconds before halftime, cutting the Seton Hall lead to 43-38. Jordan Mosley then nailed a triple just before the buzzer, sending the Pirates into the intermission with a 46-38 advantage.
Both teams shot well from the perimeter in the first half, as Seton Hall made 54.5 percent (6-of-11) of its three-point tries and Liberty connected at a 60 percent (6-of-10) clip from beyond the arc.
It took the Lady Flames 6:19 to make their first field goal of the second half. By then, Seton Hall had extended to a 15-point (54-39) advantage. Liberty got no closer than 13 the rest of the way.
The Pirates' lead got as large as 37 (91-54) during a fourth quarter which saw the Lady Flames miss all 11 of their field goal attempts and Seton Hall sink five more triples. The Pirates went on to win by 36 points, eclipsing the 31-point margin (71-40) by which Richmond defeated Liberty on Feb. 14, 1991, during the first season of competition at the Vines Center.
Liberty finished at a season-low 30 percent (15-of-50) from the field, despite making a season-high seven three-pointers.
Seton Hall had the upper hand in nearly every statistical category, including rebounds (42-32), points in the paint (32-8), points off turnovers (25-8) and bench points (34-25). The Pirates' reserves combined to shoot 7-of-11 from three-point range.
Sanders, who had missed the season's first eight games with a hand injury, showed few signs of rust. She scored 12 points in 20 minutes off the bench, including a pair of three-pointers. The junior moved into 15th place in program history with 78 career triples.
Candice Leatherwood also connected on two triples, contributing to her career-high nine-point effort in her second career start at point guard.
Katelyn Adams chipped in seven points and a team-high eight rebounds for the Lady Flames. However, fellow post player Ashley Rininger was limited to a season-low four points, snapping her streak of 15 straight games in double digits.
Shakena Richardson (12 points, season-high nine assists), Martha Kuderer (season-high 11 points) and Aleesha Powell (10 points) were all double-digit scorers for Seton Hall.
Liberty will face its third Top 25 opponent of the season on Thursday, when the Lady Flames travel to No. 13/11 Duke (7-2). Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. inside Cameron Indoor Stadium for the first matchup between the Lady Flames and Blue Devils since Dec. 12, 2004.