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Lady Flames Roar Back for 57-38 Victory

January 25, 2010  Conway, S.C.  RSS
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Devon Brown (front) and Avery Warley combined for 32 points and 22 rebounds during Liberty's Monday evening come-from-behind win at Coastal Carolina.

Devon Brown (front) and Avery Warley combined for 32 points and 22 rebounds during Liberty's Monday evening come-from-behind win at Coastal Carolina.

Liberty defeated Coastal Carolina for the 32nd consecutive time Monday evening at Kimbel Arena, but it wasn't easy. The Lady Flames trailed by 10 points in the second half, but used a 24-2 game-closing run to pull out a 57-38 road win over the Chanticleers.

The Lady Flames improved to 14-4 overall and 5-1 in the Big South with their seventh consecutive win. Avery Warley and Devon Brown both notched double-doubles, keying Liberty's furious comeback.

Meanwhile, Coastal Carolina lost for the first time in nine home games, dropping to 12-6 overall and 3-3 in conference action. The Chanticleers owned a 28-18 lead with 17:06 left, but were outscored 39-10 the rest of the way.

It took the Lady Flames more than four minutes to score their first points of the evening, but homestanding Coastal Carolina only took a 2-0 advantage in the meantime.

After Amber Mays broke the ice with a fast break layup, Liberty scored eight straight points. The Lady Flames' early edge reached 8-2 when Brown banked home a layup from the left side at 13:35 of the first half.

Amanda Stull's triple incited an ensuing 7-1 surge for the Chanticleers. Devin Rivers' pair of free throws at 11:42 evened the score up at 9-9.

Coastal Carolina's stingy defense held Liberty to a pair of made field goals during the remainder of the half. The Chanticleers closed the session with another 7-1 run, punctuated by Stull's long three-pointer just before the halftime buzzer sounded. Her long-distance connection gave Coastal Carolina a 21-16 halftime advantage.

Both teams struggled at the offensive end during the first 20 minutes. Liberty shot just 25 percent (6-of-24) from the field, while the Chanticleers checked in at 31.6 percent (6-of-19). Coastal Carolina owned the advantage from both the three-point stripe (three triples to Liberty's one) and the free-throw line. The Chanticleers made all six of their foul shots in the first half, while Liberty shot 37.5 percent (3-of-8).

The Lady Flames scored 12 of their 16 points off 11 first-half turnovers by the Chanticleers, but Coastal Carolina did a nice job of keeping Liberty away from the hoop. The Lady Flames only notched four points in the paint in the first half.

Warley paced the Lady Flames in both points (5) and rebounds (6) before halftime, while LaKendra Washington came off the bench for four points, including the Lady Flames' only three-pointer.

Sydnei Moss posted seven points and six rebounds for Coastal Carolina, while Stull added six markers before the break.

A Moss three-pointer on the Chanticleers' opening possession of the second half bolstered her team's lead to eight, 24-16.

Coastal Carolina took its first and only double-digit lead of the night, 28-18, with 17:02 showing on the second-half clock, when Moss banked in a runner from the left side.

Warley tallied Liberty's first eight points of the second half, including the initial six tallies of Liberty's 10-0 run. Back-to-back Brown baskets capped the surge, which enabled the Lady Flames to knot the score at 28-28 at the 12:30 mark.

Liberty briefly took the lead, 33-31, when Washington's second triple of the contest bounced high off the rim and through the net with 10:22 to play.

The Chanticleers quickly answered by scoring five consecutive points. Another Moss triple, at 9:02, gave the home team a 36-33 lead.

However, Coastal Carolina did not score again until Elizabeth Weaver drained a perimeter jumper 7:33 later. In the meantime, the Lady Flames reeled off 18 unanswered points. Nine of those points came courtesy of Brown, whose two made free throws pushed Liberty's advantage to 51-36 with just 1:41 remaining.

The Lady Flames went on to finish off their 12th double-digit win of the season, 57-38.

Liberty dominated the second-half statistics, headlined by a 27-5 rebounding advantage. In fact, both Brown (7 second-half boards) and Warley (6 second-half boards) single-handedly outrebounded the Chanticleers after intermission. The Lady Flames also owned sizable advantages in second-chance points (15-0) and points in the paint (16-4) during the final 20 minutes. Those numbers helped Liberty enjoy a 45-21 rebounding advantage on the evening.

The Lady Flames were also efficient offensively in the second half, shooting 50 percent (14-of-28) from the field and committing only three turnovers. For the game, Liberty ended up shooting 38.5 percent (20-of-52), while holding Coastal Carolina to 31.7 percent (13-of-41).

Brown stepped up her play in the second half, scoring 15 of her team-high 17 points after the break. She added 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the year and also paced all players with four steals.

Warley posted her second straight double-double on the South Carolina "Beach Trip," ending up with 15 points and a game-high 12 boards.

Guards Mays and Washington contributed eight and seven points, respectively. Kylee Beecher was also key to Liberty's rebounding dominance, collecting eight of her nine caroms at the offensive end.

Moss scored 13 of Coastal Carolina's 17 second-half points, on her way to a 20-point, eight-rebound evening. Stull was held scoreless after intermission, but finished as the Chanticleers' second-leading scorer with six points.

Liberty will continue its four-game road swing Saturday, with a visit to Big South co-leader High Point. Tipoff at the Millis Center, site of the 2010 Advance Auto Parts Big South Women's Basketball Championship, is set for 4 p.m.

Coastal Carolina will also meet a Big South co-leader Saturday. The Chanticleers will play at Gardner-Webb, beginning at 4:30 p.m.