WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Junior forward Ashley Reninger racked up her seventh double-double of the season with 19 points and 13 rebounds and Liberty rallied in the second half for a 64-55 women’s basketball victory over UNCW early Thursday at Trask Coliseum.

The Flames reeled off their fourth consecutive win to even their record at 5-5 in the final non-conference game of the season for Coach Carey Green’s club. The Seahawks dropped their eighth in a row and stand 1-10 going into the Christmas break.

The game was Liberty’s first appearance in Wilmington and marked the seventh installment of the “Seahawks Tomorrow” game with thousands of young students from elementary schools in the Wilmington area attending the matchup.

Reninger, from Canton, Ohio, went 8-of-14 from the field and scored 12 of her game-high points in the second half to help the Flames erase a nine-point deficit. Sophomore guard Sadalia Ellis was the only other player in double figures for the Flames with 11 points.

Junior playmaker Kelva Atkins paced the Seahawks with 15 points, six rebounds and three assists. Freshman backcourt mate Brie Mobley chipped in 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds for UNCW, which opened a three-game homestand.

After falling behind by six points at intermission and still trailing 36-27 with three minutes elapsed in the second half, Liberty used its decided height advantage by going inside early and often in the second period. The Flames finished with a commanding 45-27 rebounding advantage and scored 13 of their 15 second-half baskets near the rim.

Early in the final half, freshman Ryan Flowers scored three straight baskets and her layup at 17:08 staked the Seahawks to their largest lead of the contest, 36-27. But a pair of layups by Ellis started a 15-4 run for the Flames and Catherine Kearney’s free throw with 11:31 left gave the Flames a narrow 42-40 edge.

The lead changed hands five times over the next six minutes until Reninger keyed a critical late spurt for the Flames. The 6-4 performer converted a layup with 3:20 left to give Liberty a 54-52 lead and then added two free throws to push the advantage to 56-52. Liberty outscored UNCW, 12-2, the rest of the way to take only the second meeting ever between the two teams.

The Seahawks scored the first five points of the game before Liberty recovered and grabbed a 12-9 lead on a Reninger layup with just over 15 minutes left in the first half.

UNCW responded with 10 straight points, however, and freshman guard Johanna McMillan’s triple at 11:18 staked the Seahawks to a 19-12 margin. Mobley later drained a bucket on the right elbow with one second left in the first half to give the Seahawks a 31-25 lead at the break.

The Flames return to the Vines Center to entertain Big South Conference rival Campbell on Sunday, Dec. 28, at 2 p.m. The Seahawks are off until entertain Florida Atlantic on Monday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m.

GAME NOTES: The Seahawks started four freshmen and one junior…UNCW is now 5-2 in “Seahawks Tomorrow” games…Liberty scored 42 of its 64 points in the paint…There were eight ties sand nine lead changes…The Seahawks had nine steals…The two teams combined for 4-of-32 behind the arc…Flowers added eight rebounds for UNCW…Each team attempted 16 free throws…Reninger played a game-high 38 minutes for the Flames.