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Lady Flames Hang On to Defeat Coastal, 57-55

February 20, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Devon Brown finished with 14 points, six rebounds and five steals during Saturday's win over Coastal Carolina.

Devon Brown finished with 14 points, six rebounds and five steals during Saturday's win over Coastal Carolina.

Visiting Coastal Carolina ended Saturday afternoon's game at the Vines Center on an 11-2 run. However, Liberty made a crucial defensive stop on the contest's final possession, closing out a 57-55 victory in its 50th all-time meeting with the Chanticleers.

Trailing by two points, the Chanticleers successfully defended Devon Brown's drive to the basket and took over the ball with 16 seconds remaining. Elizabeth Weaver took Coastal Carolina's final shot, an off-distance attempt from the right wing, which caromed off the backboard as the buzzer sounded.

The Lady Flames improve to 19-5 overall and 9-2 in Big South play with the hard-fought victory. Liberty has now won 33 consecutive matchups with the Chanticleers and 200 regular-season conference games in their 19 seasons in the Big South Conference. The Lady Flames' Big South regular-season ledger stands at 200-63 all-time.

Coastal Carolina drops to 14-10 overall and 5-7 in the Big South, despite getting 19 points apiece from Sydnei Moss and Amanda Stull. The loss was the Chanticleers' seventh consecutive road defeat.

Liberty jumped out to a 4-0 lead within the first 35 seconds of the game, on layups by Kylee Beecher and Brown.

The Chanticleers responded with a 14-4 surge, including a trio of three-pointers. Stull's triple from the right wing, 13:23 before halftime, put the visitors on top, 14-10.

Black-clad Coastal Carolina did not make its next field goal for 6:09, and Liberty notched an 11-0 run during the meantime. Carra Coy split a pair of free throws at 7:33, giving the Lady Flames a 21-14 edge.

The Chanticleers trimmed their deficit to three points on two occasions during the remainder of the half. Moss' two charity tosses with 3:31 remaining shaved Liberty's lead to 27-24.

The Lady Flames responded with six consecutive points, punctuated by consecutive Amber Mays layups, going ahead 33-24, 1:47 before intermission.

Coastal Carolina then scored the half's final five points, pulling to within 33-29 at the break.

Both teams shot the ball pretty well in the first half. Liberty made 61.9 percent (13-of-21) of its field goals during the first 20 minutes, aided by 24 points in the paint and 10 fast break points. Coastal Carolina checked in at 47.6 percent (10-of-21), highlighted by a 62.5 percent effort (5-of-8) from beyond the three-point arc.

The Chanticleers won the first-half rebounding battle, 12-11, and scored 14 points off Liberty's eight turnovers.

Brown reached double figures in the scoring column in the first half with 10 points and added three steals. Mays added eight points, while Coy grabbed a team-high three boards.

Stull's nine points, all of which came on three-pointers, led Coastal Carolina's first-half attack. Teammate Moss contributed eight points and a half-high five rebounds for the Chanticleers.

Coastal Carolina was within three, at 42-39, with 13:38 on the second-half clock. The Lady Flames then used their defense to spark their offense, coming up with five steals during their ensuing 9-0 run. A Jelena Antic theft led to LaKendra Washington's fast break layup at the 7:52 mark, capping the home team's extended surge with Liberty in front, 51-39.

The Lady Flames' lead still stood at 55-44, after Dymond Morgan split a pair of free throws with 3:37 to play. Coastal Carolina then began its furious comeback, led by Moss and Stull. Moss tallied six points during her team's 11-2 run, and Stull's pair of made free throws at the 44.9-second mark set the stage for the final exchange.

Coastal Carolina was able to get back into the game by holding the Lady Flames in check defensively during the final 20 minutes. Liberty managed only 24 second-half points, shooting 37.0 percent (10-of-27) from the field and 40.0 percent (4-of-10) from the foul line.

For the game, Liberty owned a slight advantage in field goal percentage, 47.9 percent (23-of-48) to 45.2 percent (19-of-42). However, the two teams scored their points in very different ways. The Lady Flames recorded 44 of their 57 points inside the paint, while the Chanticleers scored nearly half of their markers on nine triples, the most three-pointers a Liberty opponent has hit this season.

Liberty ended up outrebounding Coastal Carolina, 28-26, and doubling up the Chanticleers in steals, 12-6. The Chanticleers owned the advantage in points off turnovers, 19-16.

Brown finished as Liberty's leading scorer, reaching double figures for the 13th consecutive game with 14 points. The redshirt freshman added six rebounds and equaled her career high with a game-high five steals.

Mays joined Brown in double figures, finishing with a dozen points. Despite being limited by foul trouble, Avery Warley paced all players with eight rebounds and tied her career high with a trio of steals.

Moss and Stull, who combined for 38 of the visitors' 55 points, were both effective on their long-distance shooting, going a combined 7-of-13 from behind the arc. Moss hit a pair of triples, while Stull added five, finishing just one shy of the Vines Center opponent record.

Moss led the Chanticleers with five rebounds, and Katie Ahaus distributed a game-high four assists.

For the second time this season, Liberty head coach Carey Green and some members of his staff coached in bare feet. The Lady Flames' "Barefoot for Bare Feet" promotion was designed to raise awareness and money for the Samaritan's Feet charity.

Green and his staff also sported pink articles of clothing on Saturday, as part of Liberty's annual WBCA Pink Zone game, in support of breast cancer research.

On the opposite bench, Coastal Carolina head coach Alan LeForce was unable to make the weekend road trip to Virginia. As a result, Mark Kost coached the Chanticleers in Saturday's contest.

The game was attended by a season-high crowd of 3,387, marking the ninth-largest women's basketball attendance in Vines Center history.

Liberty will close out its quick, two-game homestand Monday at 7 p.m., when the Lady Flames host Charleston Southern. Liberty defeated the Buccaneers by a 65-52 count in the teams' first matchup of the season, Jan. 23 in Charleston, S.C. The Lady Flames have won 26 consecutive contests against CSU, dating back to Feb. 6, 1999.

Coastal Carolina will remain within the Commonwealth for a Monday evening contest at Radford. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Dedmon Center.