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Seahawks Unable To Smother Lady Flames

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 12/08/2012
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LYNCHBURG, Virginia - Liberty outscored UNCW, 46-8, in the second half to cruise to an 84-34 victory in collegiate women's basketball action Saturday at the Vines Center.

In the first meeting between the two programs, The Lady Flames improved to 6-3 overall as they won their fourth straight contest. The Seahawks moved to 1-6 on the campaign as they suffered their third consecutive setback.

Senior Tolu Omotola scored a game-high 18 points and classmate Devon Brown added 17 to power a potent Flames attack that finished the game shooting 48.5 (32-of-66) percent from the floor, highlighted by an 11-of-19 (.579) performance from three-point range. Sophomores Reagan Miller and Emily Frazier joined the duo in double figures as they finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Freshman Ashley Rininger pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds to power the Lady Flames to a 50-29 advantage on the glass.

Junior Jessica Freeman tallied 13 points for UNCW, who finished the game shooting just 22.2 percent (12-of-54) from the floor, including a 1-for-25 (.040) effort from the field in the second half as the Seahawks went the final 12:26 of the contest without a field goal.   

Holding a 38-26 lead at the break, Liberty scored on its first four trips down the floor in the second half to spark a 16-0 run and take a 54-26 lead with 15:54 remaining.

The two sides would trade points over the next three minutes until a jumper by senior Terika Lunsford at the 12:07 mark sparked the Lady Flames to a 25-2 run that would last to the final buzzer and give Liberty the 50-point triumph.

In the first half, a three-pointer by Brown with the Lady Flames trailing 9-7 led Liberty to a 12-2 run and a 19-11 cushion.

A conventional three-point play and a three-pointer by Freeman on back-to-back possessions ended the Lady Flames spurt and pulled the Seahawks within four, 21-17, with 8:09 on the clock.

Liberty would regain control of the contest moments later, however, scoring on three straight possessions to start a 9-2 spurt and take its first double-digit lead of the game, 30-19, with 3:38 left in the first half. The two teams would trade baskets the rest of the way as the Lady Flames took a 38-26 advantage into the halftime break.  

UNCW continues its three-game road swing Dec. 18 with a 7 p.m. tip at Xavier. Liberty is back in action Dec. 13 as it hosts Bluefield State in a 7 p.m. contest.

 

GAME NOTES:

  • The 34 points scored by the Seahawks were the fewest for a UNCW squad since scoring 32 in an 83-32 setback at Old Dominion on Feb. 15, 2001.
  • The Seahawks .222 field goal percentage was the lowest for a UNCW squad since shooting .189 (10-of-53) in the 83-32 setback to the Lady Monarchs on Feb. 15, 2001.
  • The 50 point margin of defeat was the third largest for a UNCW squad since the start of the 2000-01 season and the largest since a 79-39 loss at James Madison on Jan. 6, 2008.
  • The Lady Flames posted a 40-10 margin in points in the paint, highlighted by a 24-0 edge in the second half.
  • UNCW was outrebounded for the fifth time this season. The 21-rebound margin was the largest for a UNCW opponent this season.
  • Liberty's bench outscored UNCW's reserves by a 32-5 margin, including a 22-5 advantage in the second half.
  • The Lady Flames posted a 19-0 edge in second-chance points as they finished with 17 offensive rebounds. Ten of the Seahawks 29 boards came on the offensive end.
  • UNCW moved to 84-53 against schools from the Big South Conference as it dropped its first game against schools from the 12-member league in five tries.
  • The two teams combined to shoot just 21 free throws in the game as UNCW was 6-for-9 from the line and Liberty was 9-of-12 at the charity stripe.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES:

20 - Dana Brown

  • Pulled down a career-high seven rebounds, eclipsing previous career high of five, set against West Virginia.

24 - Jessica Freeman

  • Reached double figures in points for the third time this season and the 24th time in her career.
  • Led team in scoring for the second time this season and the eighth time in her career.

40 - Karneshia Garrett

  • Led team in rebounding for the fifth time this season and the 23rd time in her career.

 


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