Women's Basketball Falls to Liberty

The loss drops Coastal to 9-5 overall and 2-3 in Big South play.


Kayla Cook sank two 3-pointers on her way to a team-high 10 points.

Jan. 14, 2012

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CONWAY - Liberty used a season-high 61.4 shooting percentage from the field, including 78.3 percent in the first half, to dispatch Coastal Carolina 82-45 at Kimbel Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The setback, Coastal's first at home this season, drops the Chanticleers to 9-5 (2-3, Big South) on the season as the win improves Liberty to 8-7 (3-1, Big South).

Liberty took charge of the game in the first eight minutes as the Lady Flames jumped out to 20-6 lead thanks to three Coastal turnovers and a 7-of-8 shooting performance from the field. During the stretch, Liberty held Coastal to 1-of-10 from the floor as preseason All-Big South selection Devon Brown scored eight of her game-high 21 points.

The Lady Flames continued their hot shooting throughout the remainder of the half, including 10 in a row at one point, as they built a 46-22 lead heading into the intermission on a season-high first half 78.3 (18-of-23) shooting percentage. In addition to Liberty's shooting, the Chants were hindered by 15 turnovers that led to 16 Lady Flame points.

After Liberty's Danika Dale converted a layup to start the second half, Shatia Cole put together a 5-0 run of her own with a triple and two at the free throw line to cut the Liberty lead to 21 at 48-27. Liberty immediately responded with an 18-1 run over the ensuing 6:34 to extinguish any hopes of Coastal's fourth come-from-behind win of the season.

The Chanticleers continued to battle throughout the remainder of the game and outscored the Lady Flames 15-9 over the final four minutes of play. During the run, Kayla Cook scored eight of her team-high 10 points as she connected on two triples and a mid-range jumper. The run also saw Katelyn Connor sink a pair of free throws and freshman Jena Hamrick knock down her first collegiate 3-pointer.

Coastal finished the game shooting a season-high 90.5 percent from the charity stripe as the Chants made 19 of 21 attempts.

Coastal closes out its current two-game homestand on Monday as it welcomes the Radford Highlanders to Kimbel Arena. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Up Next
Coastal Carolina (9-5, 2-3 Big South) vs. Radford (7-8, 1-3 Big South)
Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 | 7 p.m. | Conway, S.C. | Kimbel Arena (1,039)

TV: None
Radio: The Coastal Carolina - Radford game will be broadcast live online at GoCCUSports.com with Ryan Borawski on the call.
Live Stats: Available via GoCCUSports.com
Video Stream: Available via BigSouthSports.com

Series Breakdown
Series: Coastal Trails 16-37
Streak: Win 1
Last 10: 5-5
Last Meeting: Coastal Carolina and Radford last met on Feb. 14, 2011, in Conway with the Chanticleers prevailing with a thrilling 55-54 victory. Coastal scored 37 second-half points to erase a nine-point halftime deficit to complete its first come-from-behind win of the season. Sydnei Moss and Olivia Irick led the Chants with 19 and 16 points, respectively.



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