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Liberty Dominates Paint in 66-56 Victory

February 22, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty redshirt sophomore Avery Warley set a Vines Center record by making all nine of her field goals, Monday evening versus Charleston Southern. Her inside presence played a key role in the Lady Flames' 66-56 victory over one of the Big South's hottest teams.

Warley's perfect field goal shooting eclipsed the facility record of 8-of-8, set by Moriah Frazee against Virginia Union on Nov. 30, 2007. She led all players with 22 points and completed her sixth double-double in the last nine games with 10 boards.

Liberty's 13th win in its last 14 games boosts its overall record to 20-5. The Lady Flames, which have now recorded 12 20-win seasons in the last 14 years, are 10-2 in conference play. Liberty finished the game with a decisive 38-16 rebounding advantage and notched 44 points in the paint to the Buccaneers' 16.

Meanwhile, Charleston Southern saw its four-game winning streak halted, despite hitting 10 three-pointers on the night. The Buccaneers are 15-11 overall and 7-6 in Big South play.

The Lady Flames scored the game's first five points, taking a 5-0 advantage on Warley's putback hoop at the 18:23 mark.

It only took Charleston Southern 1:02 to tie the score at 5-5, leveling things on Kelsey Wasmer's three-pointer from the left corner.

Liberty responded with a 7-0 burst, punctuated by back-to-back Warley layups. Her hoop at 14:55 made the score 12-5, Lady Flames.

The Buccaneers used the three-point shot to come back and take their first lead of the night, 20-18, 9:22 before intermission. Consecutive NBA-range triples by Helen Terry capped CSU's extended surge.

The two teams exchanged the lead five times, before Liberty opened some breathing room, thanks to its aggressive defense. The Lady Flames forced six turnovers during an 11-0 run, which featured five points by Warley. The redshirt sophomore's layup at the 1:22 mark pushed Liberty's advantage to double digits for the first time, 34-24.

Charleston Southern closed the stanza with a 5-0 burst, trimming its deficit to 34-29 at the break.
Liberty shot 54.2 percent (13-of-24) from the field in the first half, including a 7-of-7 effort by Warley. Charleston Southern connected on 45 percent (9-of-20) of its attempts, a majority of which came from three-point range. The Buccaneers were a stellar 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from long distance during the first 20 minutes of play.

The Lady Flames used their considerable size advantage to outrebound CSU, 17-11, and outscore their guests inside the paint, 22-4. Liberty also scored 17 points off of the Buccaneers' 14 first-half turnovers.

Warley and Devon Brown combined to score 26 of the Lady Flames' 34 points in the opening period. Warley led all players in points (16), rebounds (7) and steals (3). Brown chipped in 10 points and five boards.

Terry tallied 11 points off the bench for CSU, helping the Buccaneers' reserves own a 13-4 scoring advantage in the first half. Wasmer added nine points, while Katie Tull distributed a half-high five assists.

The Buccaneers got within a single point, at 35-34, when Wasmer made two of her three foul shots 1:43 into the second half.

Liberty countered with a 10-0 surge, keyed by Brown's four points, three rebounds, steal and assist. However, it was actually Rachel McLeod who laid in Brown's missed shot at 15:33, bolstering the Lady Flames' lead to 45-34.

Liberty's bulge reached 13 points, at 51-38, before six straight Wasmer points quickly brought Charleston Southern back to within seven. The Buccaneers trailed, 51-44, at the 10:51 mark.

Charleston Southern only managed to hit one more field goal over the next 9:37, and Liberty outscored the Buccaneers by a 15-5 count during the span. The Lady Flames took their largest lead of the contest, 66-49, when Warley drilled a layup with 2:13 left.

CSU made a frenetic comeback attempt in the final minute, but Liberty was able to claim its 18th double-digit victory of the season, 66-56.

Several key statistics highlight Liberty's second-half success. The Lady Flames held the Buccaneers to just three made trifectas in a dozen attempts. Liberty also outrebounded its guest, 21-5, and scored all 12 of the stanza's second-chance points.

For the game, Liberty made 54.5 percent (24-of-44) of its field goals, improving to 69-0 under head coach Carey Green when sinking at least half of its attempts. Meanwhile, CSU finished at 43.9 percent (18-of-41), including 40 percent (10-of-25) from downtown. It was the most three-pointers a Liberty opponent has hit this season.

Defensively, Liberty came up with 11 steals and scored 29 points off of 20 CSU miscues.

Warley was one of two Lady Flames to post a double-double on Monday. Brown's ninth double-double of the year consisted of 20 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. The redshirt freshman single-handedly outrebounded Charleston Southern after halftime, 7-5.

In her second game back from injury, Jelena Antic totaled six rebounds and a team-best three assists for the Lady Flames. Fellow reserve Dymond Morgan tied Warley for game-high honors with a trio of steals.

Wasmer continued her recent run of high scoring, notching 19 points and making four triples. Terry also finished with four three-pointers as part of a 16-point effort.

Tull, the conference's second-leading scorer, was held without a point for the first time this season, but set a career high with seven assists.

Liberty will now prepare for its final road trip of the regular season. The two-game swing will begin Saturday afternoon, with a contest at UNC Asheville. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Justice Center, as the Lady Flames attempt to complete a season sweep of the Bulldogs. Liberty defeated UNC Asheville, 82-40, Jan. 18 at the Vines Center.

Meanwhile, Charleston Southern will wrap up a three-game road swing Saturday at conference-leading Gardner-Webb. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. at Paul Porter Arena.