March 11, 2011
HIGH POINT, N.C. (bigsouthsports.com) - Jelena Antic's short baseline jumper with 2:03 remaining gave Liberty the lead for good and helped the No. 1-seeded Flames pull away from No. 8 seed Coastal Carolina, 51-44, in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Advance Auto Parts Women's Basketball Championship Friday, March 11 at the Millis Center on the campus of High Point University.
Coastal used a quick 5-0 run to open the second half and move ahead 31-26, which included Sydnei Moss' fourth trey of the day. But Liberty again rallied and regained the lead 32-31 when Antic nailed a finger roll from the right block. Antic's spinning layup gave the Flames a three-point lead at 34-31, only to see Coastal counter with a Kira Carter 10-footer and Katie Ahaus' three-pointer that moved the Chanticleers back ahead at 36-34 with 10:50 remaining. Coastal would move ahead by four points at 40-36, but Liberty would again tie the game, this time on Omotola's field goal that made it 40-40 with under five minutes remaining in the game.
The lead changed a sixth time with 3:12 left when Moss hit two free throws to put Coastal ahead 42-40, and Warley tied it at 42-42 with a layup from Antic's feed. Antic gave Liberty the lead for good on the team's next possession with her short jumper from the baseline, and Frazier sealed the win with a three-pointer as the shot clock expired and pushed Liberty ahead 47-42. Free throws down the stretch determined the final margin.
Despite committing 24 turnovers that led to 22 points, Liberty was 19-of-38 from the field (50.0 percent) and was 11-of-13 from the line. Coastal Carolina finished 14-of-49 from the floor (28.6 percent), including 6-of-19 from three-point range.
Coastal Carolina jumped out to an early 12-5 advantage thanks to two treys by Moss and one by Irick with 13:19 to play in the first half. During the run, the Chanticleers forced the Flames into an uncharacteristic seven turnovers that lead to nine points.
With the Chanticleers leading 16-9 with 6:54 left in the opening stanza, Liberty's Devon Brown, the team's leading scorer and first team Big South Conference selection, went down with an injury. Without their leader, the Flames rolled off a 9-2 run over the ensuing three minutes to knot the score at 18.
Moss would put an end to the Liberty scoring streak as she converted a three point play the old fashioned way. Liberty would retake the lead at 21 for the first time since holding a 2-0 advantage to open the game off two Jelena Antic freebies. Moss would once again answer back with the Chanticleers final five point in the half to give Coastal a 26-24 advantage heading in the locker rooms at halftime.
Moss led all scorers with a season-high 25 points in her final collegiate game as she was 7-of-19 from the field and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. She also led the Chants on the boards as she ripped down six.
Tolu Omotola led four Flames in double-figures with 14 points. Avery Warley scored 12 points to go along with her game-high 19 boards. Jelena Antic and Emily Frazier contributed 12 and 10 points, respectively.
The defeat concludes Coastal Carolina's season with a 10-19 (4-12, Big South) record.
Liberty Head Coach Carey Green
"That's why they call it March Madness. In this tournament, seeds are only a starting point. Coastal Carolina is a good team and they battled us hard. Our team played hard as well and we are fortunate to continue on."
Coastal Carolina Head Coach Alan LeForce
"Frazier's three-pointer from the corner really hurt us, that put them up five and kind of put the game out of reach. We played hard and had a chance, but we fell just short."