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Goodwin Leads UTSA Past Lady Flames

December 20, 2016  San Antonio, Texas  RSS
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Lela Sellers equaled her season high of nine points at UTSA on Tuesday.

Lela Sellers equaled her season high of nine points at UTSA on Tuesday.

Loryn Goodwin scored 14 of her game-high 26 points during the fourth quarter, helping host UTSA hold off Liberty, 80-64, in the consolation game of the Rae & Craig Blair Memorial Tournament, Tuesday at the UTSA Convocation Center.

Keyen Green tallied 15 of her season-high 21 points during the second half, playing a leading role as the Lady Flames trimmed a 15-point deficit to five with 5:30 to play. But Goodwin personally outscored Liberty, 13-8, the rest of the way, keeping the Lady Flames winless away from home on the season.

Liberty falls to 1-8 despite setting season highs for field goal percentage (43.3 percent, 26-of-60), assists (19) and points in the paint (44-24 advantage). The Lady Flames were victimized by turnovers (21 led to 26 UTSA points) and poor foul shooting (47.1 percent, 8-of-17).

Green made nine of her 10 field goal attempts while recording her second 20-point outing in the last three games. Fellow post player KK Barbour led all players with a career-high 11 rebounds in her first career start.

UTSA, which had shot 2-of-35 from three-point range during its previous two outings, made 8-of-23 on Tuesday as the Roadrunners improved to 4-7. Carlie Heineman hit three of those triples during a 15-point evening, while Crystal Chidomere came up with six of UTSA's 13 steals, contributing to the Roadrunners' season-best 80-point scoring output.

The lead changed hands five times during the first 4:47 of the contest, before the Roadrunners went on a 10-2 run. Goodwin scored five of those points, including two free throws which pushed the home team's advantage to 20-13 with 24.3 seconds to play in the first quarter. Lela Sellers then closed the period's scoring with a layup, giving the Lady Flames 14 first-quarter points in the paint and cutting their deficit to five (20-15).

UTSA scored the first seven points of the second quarter, pushing their cushion to a dozen points (27-15) on Tesha Smith's fast break layup with 7:27 to play in the stanza. Sellers helped Liberty battle back, tallying seven points during the last 6:02 of the half. Her putback at the halftime buzzer left the score at 38-31 in favor of homestanding UTSA.

The Roadrunners built their halftime lead by making five triples, converting Liberty's nine turnovers into 11 points and scoring 12 second-chance points.

The Lady Flames tallied 24 points in the paint during the first 20 minutes but shot just 11.1 percent (1-of-9) from three-point range and 50 percent (4-of-8) from the foul line. Coming off the bench for the first time this season, Sellers led all players with nine points during the opening half.

Green scored six points during the first 3:39 of the second half, but UTSA responded to her third layup of the quarter with a 7-0 run, bookended by Heineman three-pointers. Her triple at 4:37 made it 53-39, Roadrunners. UTSA led by as many as 15 before taking a 60-48 advantage into the final 10 minutes.

Sparked by five straight Green points, Liberty opened the fourth quarter on an 8-1 run. The freshman's three-point play with 5:30 remaining pulled the blue-clad Lady Flames to within 61-56. UTSA countered with a 6-0 burst, capped off by a Goodwin jumper, and led by eight or more points the rest of the way.

Liberty shot well during the second half, making 52 percent (13-of-25) of its field goals, including 60 percent (3-of-5) of its triples. However, the Lady Flames could not make up any ground, as UTSA shot 51.9 percent (14-of-27) after halftime.

The Roadrunners made 40 percent (26-of-65) of their field goals for the game and went 76.9 percent (20-of-26) at the charity stripe.

Liberty finished with a slim 41-40 edge on the boards, while both squads tallied 14 second-chance points.

Sellers and fellow freshman Ola Makurat each tied their season high of nine points for the Lady Flames, with Makurat connecting on a season-best three triples. Nene Johnson chipped in a team-high five assists.

For UTSA, Chidomere added 10 points, six rebounds and five assists to her six thefts. Timea Toth collected 10 rebounds, including seven at the offensive end.

Up Next
Liberty will close out its non-conference slate with a pair of games at the Cavalier Classic, Dec. 28-29 at Virginia's John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va. The Lady Flames will face Dayton for the first time in program history, Dec. 28 at 4:30 p.m. Liberty will then match up with former Big South member UMBC on Dec. 29 at 4:30.