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.
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.
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.