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    Rebounding, FT Shooting Power East Carolina Past Liberty, 72-64

    Nov 26, 2022 | Charlottesville Va | Women's Basketball

    Rebounding and free throw shooting helped East Carolina top Liberty, 72-64, on day one of the Cavalier Classic, Saturday at John Paul Jones Arena. The Pirates made 19 more free throws than the Lady Flames, going 27-of-38 at the line, and became the first team in more than a year to outrebound Liberty.

    Liberty falls to 2-3 with its second tight loss in four days despite a career-high 19 points off the bench from Jordan Bailey. The Lady Flames turned the ball over 16 times, leading to 23 Pirate points, and yielded 24 offensive rebounds.

    ECU is now 5-1 after its fourth consecutive victory. Alexsia Rose (18 points) led four Pirates in double figures as East Carolina improved to 2-1 all-time against the Lady Flames.

    Box Score Highlights
    Liberty Individuals: Bailey – 19 points, 7 rebounds, 3-6 3FG; Mya Berkman – 12 points, 14 rebounds; Jordan Hodges – 10 points, 3 assists; Bella Smuda – 7 points, 6 rebounds.

    East Carolina Individuals: Rose – 18 points, 3-8 3FG; Danae McNeal – 16 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals; Morgan Moseley – 13 points; Brittany Franklin – 11 points, 10 rebounds.

    Key Team Stats: Liberty shot better than ECU from both the field (40 percent to 32.3 percent) and three-point range (32 percent to 11.5 percent). However, the Pirates were 27-of-38 at the charity stripe (71.1 percent) while Liberty was just 8-of-13 (61.5 percent). ECU won the rebounding battle, 45-44, converting 24 offensive boards into 25 second-chance points. The Lady Flames’ reserves outscored ECU’s bench, 30-22, and Liberty tallied 16 assists on 24 made field goals.

    Turning Point
    Liberty never led after it was 4-3 early in the first quarter, but the Lady Flames did make several runs at the Pirates.

    Bella Smuda’s layup with 4:45 remaining in the contest capped a 13-4 Liberty surge, cutting the deficit to 57-55.

    However, Liberty did not score again until the final minute and the Pirates put the game away with a 9-0 run, rebuilding a 66-55 cushion. ECU’s last seven points of the decisive run came from the foul line.

    Game Summary
    First Quarter

    • East Carolina led for most of the opening period, taking a 20-18 advantage after scoring 10 points off five Liberty turnovers.
    • The Lady Flames shot 50 percent (8-of-16) from the field during the first quarter, getting points from five different players.

    Second Quarter

    • ECU’s Alexsia Rose hit three triples during the first three minutes of the second quarter, helping the Pirates outscore the Lady Flames 17-7 over the period’s first 7:26. Morgan Moseley’s layup at 2:34 put East Carolina on top, 37-25.
    • Liberty then finished off the half with a 10-0 run, pulling within 37-35 after Jordan Bailey’s floater at the halftime buzzer.
    • Jordan Hodges, who had not scored in double figures during her career prior to Saturday, tallied 10 first-half points, while ECU scored 14 points off Liberty’s 10 miscues.

    Third Quarter

    • Mya Berkman tallied four points early in the second half, trimming the Lady Flames’ deficit to 40-39 on a three-point play at the 7:29 mark.
    • However, that would prove to be Liberty’s only made field goal of the stanza, as the Lady Flames shot just 7.7 percent (1-of-13). ECU outscored Liberty for the period, 11-7, taking a 48-42 lead into the final 10 minutes of play.

    Fourth Quarter

    • Bailey scored eight of Liberty’s 22 fourth-quarter points, but Brittany Franklin countered with nine points and six boards as ECU posted 24 tallies. The Pirates were 16-of-20 from the free throw line during the final period.

    Notes and Nuggets

    • Bailey’s game-high 19 points eclipsed her previous career high of 17. She came off the bench for the first time this season on Saturday after being limited to 18 total points during the season’s first four games.
    • Berkman (12 points, season-high 14 rebounds) notched her second double-double of the season and the ninth of the career. She is now just 20 points away from becoming Liberty’s 20th 1,000-point scorer.
    • Making the first start of her career, Hodges scored in double figures for the first time as a Lady Flame with 10 points.
    • Emma Hess’s pair of three-pointers give her 14 through this season’s first five games.
    • Kennedi Williams distributed a season-high six assists.
    • Alise Markova joined Hodges in making her first career start on Saturday.
    • Prior to Saturday, the last time Liberty was outrebounded was Nov. 23, 2021 in a home loss to Memphis. The Lady Flames had not lost the rebounding battle in 33 consecutive contests.
    • Liberty has now lost back-to-back games, something that did not happen to the Lady Flames last season.

    Up Next
    Liberty will wrap up its stay in Charlottesville on Sunday by facing Minnesota (3-2) in the Cavalier Classic finale. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena, and the game will air on the ACC Network Extra.

    Featured in Main Photo: #15 Audrey Clark