Liberty bounced back from its setback to James Madison in fine style, Saturday afternoon at the Vines Center. Eight Lady Flames scored at least six points in an 86-45 rout of Division II Glenville State.
Liberty, which improves to 6-1 on the season, grabbed a Vines Center-record 67 rebounds and racked up 64 points in the paint.
The visiting Pioneers fall to 3-2, after seeing their three-game winning streak halted. Glenville State shot just 19.2 percent (15-of-78) from the field and was held 54 points below its season scoring average.
The Lady Flames jumped out to a 7-0 lead within the first 1:58 of play, with Devon Brown contributing five of the points.
Liberty’s advantage reached eight points, before blue-clad Glenville State pulled to within 14-11 with a 5-0 burst. Beth Deren’s three-pointer from the left corner at 14:21 capped off the visitors’ surge.
The Lady Flames then limited the high-scoring Pioneers to two points over the next eight minutes, tallying a 12-2 run during the span. Dymond Morgan split a pair of free throws, 7:39 before the break, giving Liberty a 26-13 edge.
Three-pointers by Miranda Reed and Ginny Petties highlighted Glenville State’s ensuing 10-3 surge. Petties’ triple at the 3:35 mark closed the gap to 29-23.
Brown then scored seven points during the Lady Flames’ 10-0, half-ending burst. The surge bolstered Liberty’s halftime lead to 39-23.
The Lady Flames shot a solid 48.3 percent (14-of-29) from the field during the opening 20 minutes and owned a 36-16 rebounding edge. However, Liberty committed 18 turnovers prior to the intermission.
Meanwhile, Glenville State shot just 20 percent (8-of-40) from the floor before the break.
Brown tallied 12 points and six rebounds in the first half, while sophomore Kylee Beecher added eight points. Danika Dale led all players with seven opening-half rebounds, equaling her career high in just 11 minutes of work.
Autumn Davis paced the visitors with six points and a trio of rebounds prior to intermission.
Liberty scored the first six points of the second half, extending its overall run to 16-0. Back-to-back layups by Brown pushed the Lady Flames’ advantage to 22 points, at 45-23.
Four straight Glenville State tallies trimmed the Pioneers’ deficit to 18, 45-27, with 16:51 remaining on the second-half clock.
Layups by Avery Warley bookended a 9-0 Liberty run, which enabled the Lady Flames to double up Glenville State’s score once again, at 54-27.
The Pioneers never got any closer than 24 points down for the remainder of the game. Liberty’s lead reached 42 points, before the Lady Flames closed out their second 40-point home win of the season, 86-45.
Liberty was able to break the game open in the second half by making 75 percent (21-of-28) of its field goals, with all 21 made field goals coming in the paint. The Pioneers, on the other hand, shot only 18.4 percent (7-of-38) after halftime.
For the game, the Lady Flames made 61.4 percent (35-of-57) percent of their field goals and only attempted one three-pointer.
Conversely, 49 of the Pioneers’ 78 shots came from three-point range, which was the most triples ever attempted by a Liberty opponent. Glenville State connected on just seven of its three-point tries, for a 14.3 percent success rate.
Liberty, which ranks No. 10 nationally in rebounding margin, outrebounded the Pioneers by 38 caroms (67-29) on the afternoon.
Glenville State’s swarming defensive pressure translated into 15 steals and 33 Liberty turnovers.
Despite playing only 18 minutes, Brown led all players with 20 points and added nine rebounds. Beecher contributed a season-high 14 points, making seven of her eight field goal tries.
Freshman Jelena Antic crafted the first double-double of her young career, scoring all 12 of her points after halftime and hauling in a game-high 10 rebounds. Meanwhile, Dale finished with a career-best nine boards for the Lady Flames.
Liberty ended with a season-high 25 assists, led by seven helpers apiece from Morgan and Rachel McLeod.
Davis finished as the Glenville State leader in points (12), rebounds (4) and assists (3), while sharing the team lead with Deren in steals (3). Donita Adams, who entered the contest averaging a team-high 22.3 ppg, was limited to five points on Saturday. The Pioneers’ lone senior made only one of her 12 field goals.
Liberty will not play again for 10 days, and the Lady Flames’ next home game is not until Jan. 5. Liberty will return to action Dec. 15, with its first-ever trip to Auburn. Tipoff at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Glenville State will remain on the road for its next contest, Tuesday at District of Columbia. The game will tip off at 6 p.m.