LYNCHBURG, VA. – The Coastal Carolina University women’s basketball team only trailed by seven points at the half, but an 8-2 run to start the second frame enabled Liberty to get past the Chanticleers 65-40 Monday, Jan. 26 at the Vines Center. The Chants fall to 10-9 on the season and 2-4 in the Big South, while Liberty extended its winning streak to nine games and improved to 12-7 overall and remain at the top of league at 6-0. With the win, the Lady Flames also continued its dominance in the overall series between the squads earning their 30th consecutive win over Coastal Carolina.
Redshirt freshman Courtney Grambley (Morrow, Ohio/Little Miami) made her first career start against LU and fired off a team-high 10 points in the first half and was the only Chanticleer in double figures on the night. Liberty’s Moriah Frazee had a game-high 19 points while teammate Megan Frazee added 12 points in the contest.
After trading baskets and the lead for the first eight minutes of play, junior Amanda Stull (Rushville, Ind./Rushville Consolidated) drained a triple to put the Chants up 12-11. The lead would switch hands again quickly as Liberty put together a 15-0 run in the next six minutes building a 26-12 advantage. Coastal Carolina responded with its own 9-2 run behind five points from Grambley to end the half down 28-21.
Liberty showed their strength at the post starting the second frame scoring eight of the first 10 points, getting six points from Moriah in the paint. Sophomore Sydnei Moss (North Augusta, S.C./N. Augusta) earned the Chanticleers first trip to the free throw line of the night at and sank both freebies to put the score at 36-25.
The Lady Flames pushed the lead to 15, but Coastal Carolina held its ground with key defensive stops cutting the deficit to nine at 41-32 on a layup by junior Kendra Reynolds (South Bend, Ind./Riley (Olney Central J.C.)) with 10:20 left in the game. Moriah scored the next five points to stretch the lead back to double digits and the Chanticleers would not come any closer as Liberty outscored Coastal Carolina 22-8 in the final 10 minutes of play.
The Chants shot 32 percent from the floor scoring a season-low 40 points. Liberty shot 54.8 percent from the field, which included a 42-20 point advantage in the paint. The teams combined to go to the charity stripe only 14 times in the contest, with Coastal Carolina going 4-for-8, while Liberty went 4-for-6 at the line. Liberty held a 35-24 advantage on the glass, earning 11 more defensive boards than the Chants.
After playing away from Conway for the past three weeks, the Chanticleers return home to Kimbel Arena Saturday, Jan. 31 where they are 6-2 on the season to host Gardner-Webb at It will be Coastal Carolina’s first ever meeting with the Bulldogs, the newest member of the Big South conference.