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Lady Flames' Israel Journal: Edition 8

June 7, 2010  Eilat, Israel  RSS
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Devon Brown shot 7-7 from the floor and scored a game-high 14 points on Monday.

Devon Brown shot 7-7 from the floor and scored a game-high 14 points on Monday.

Below is a journal entry from Danika Dale, chronicling the Lady Flames' Monday in Israel, which featured a 71-12 victory over the Israeli Arabs selected team.

Today was very interesting. It began normally as usual, except with no tours ... only basketball. So far, I've made friends with the whole German team in the Friendship Games. They're awesome!

Breakfast was okay, and very early, since we went and watched some of the other teams play before our game. It's definitely a lot different than watching teams play in the United States.

Later on, at lunch, I found out that Coach Green was letting some of us (Carra, Amber and I) play for the Palestinian team, who is short of players, and it was so awesome! We didn't win, but I gained some new friends, and now the three of us will be playing with them (as well as our team) for the remainder of the tournament. I'm so glad they asked us to play.

Tonight, we had a dinner with all of the teams from the tournament, and followed it with some good entertainment and a "disco." Tolu and Carra starred as helpers in the magic show, and kept us quite entertained. It was a lot of fun. We also got to make a lot of fun beats on bongo drums, along with some crazy music. It was definitely the most interesting "disco" I've ever experienced.

Well, that's it for another great day in Israel with new friends and playing the sport I love the most.

- Danika Dale

After an off day on Sunday, the Lady Flames returned to action at the 2010 Friendship Games Monday afternoon, versus the Israeli Arabs selected team. Liberty jumped out to an 18-0 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, improving to 2-0 with a 71-12 triumph.

Devon Brown led the team in scoring for the second straight contest, sinking all seven of her field goal attempts for 14 points. Avery Warley joined her in double figures with 10 points, while fellow post player Kylee Beecher fell just shy of a double-double, tallying eight points and nine boards.

For the contest, Liberty shot 63.5 percent (33-of-52) from the field and came up with 19 steals. Nine different Lady Flames had at least one steal, paced by Dymond Morgan's four thefts.

With special thanks to team statisticians Amber Mays and Kittery Maine, here are some of the Lady Flames' numbers from Monday's victory.

Dymond Morgan: 5 points, 2 assists, 4 steals
LaKendra Washington: 9 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals
Emily Frazier: 1 point, 4 rebounds, 3 steals
Jelena Antic: 7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
Danika Dale: 2 points, 1 steal
Kylee Beecher: 8 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals
Tolu Omotola: 4 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals
Avery Warley: 10 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal
Brittany Campbell: 7 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist
Rachel McLeod: 4 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists
Devon Brown: 14 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals
Carra Coy: 0 points

Here's the latest update on an ever-evolving Friendship Games schedule. The women's teams have now been consolidated into a single group, including Liberty, Germany, ASA Israel, Palestine, the Israeli Arabs selected team and Israel's Under-20 National Team. Here is how the remainder of the Lady Flames' tournament schedule now looks:

Tuesday, June 8 – 10 a.m. (3 a.m. Eastern) – Liberty vs. ASA Israel
Wednesday, June 9 – 10:45 a.m. (3:45 a.m. Eastern) – Liberty vs. Palestine
Wednesday, June 9 – 2:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m. Eastern) – Liberty vs. Israel Under-20 National Team
Thursday, June 10 – 10 a.m. (3 a.m. Eastern) – Championship Game

Please note that Liberty and the Israel Under-20 National Team are tied atop the standings at this point in the Friendship Games, with matching 2-0 records.