Feb. 6, 2014
LYNCHBURG, Va. - Despite double-digit scoring efforts from Angelica Henry and Megan Pittman, Coastal Carolina was unable to muster enough offense as Liberty led wire-to-wire en route to a 64-46 win in women's basketball action on Thursday evening inside the Vines Center.
Henry was the Chants' high scorer on the night with 13 points, while Pittman, who returned to the lineup after missing a game with an injury, notched 10 points. The Chants finished the game shooting 34.0 percent (18-of-53) from the field, including 20.0 percent (4-of-20) from beyond the arc.
Liberty's inside presence of Ashley Rininger and Katelyn Adams led the way for the Flames. Rininger finished with a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double, while Adams scored 12 and corralled seven boards. Guard Emily Frazier joined the post duo in double-figures with 10 points. The Flames shot 46.2 percent (24-of-52) from the floor, including a 52.4 percent clip in the second half. Liberty also owned a 34-20 margin in points in the paint.
Liberty scored first and held the lead throughout the entirety of the first half. Rininger recorded the first two points in the game and Liberty pulled ahead 5-1 before Alexx Puckett made the Chants' first field goal of the contest at the 17:15 mark. The Chants kept the game within two possessions for the next eight minutes before closing the score to three points at 15-12 with a pair of free throws from Pittman with 9:53 showing on the first-half clock.
However, CCU would only get points by way of two Savanah Pippin layups over the ensuing eight minutes as the Flames built a 29-16 advantage with two minutes to play before the half. Pittman scored an and-1 1:35 before the half and LU's Adams added her second layup of the contest, bringing the score to 21-19 at the intermission.
The Flames opened the second half on a 7-0 run, taking a 38-19 advantage. Pittman then scored inside, sparking an 11-4 Chanticleer run which shrunk Liberty's advantage to 12 at 42-30. The Coastal run was fueled by Liberty turnovers that led to fastbreak buckets by AJ Jordan, Henry and Puckett.
Adams broke the visitors' momentum with putback a possession later and Liberty let Coastal get no closer than 13 points the rest of the way as the Flames outscored the Chants 22-16 the rest of the way.
The loss knocks Coastal to 11-12 overall and 7-7 in Big South contests; while the win improves Liberty to 13-9 overall and 9-4 in conference play.
Coastal Carolina continues its road stand at High Point on Saturday. Tipoff from the Panthers' Millis Center is scheduled for 4 p.m. Liberty next hosts Charleston Southern Saturday at 2 p.m.