Liberty used a strong fourth quarter to pull away just enough from the Presbyterian College women’s basketball team and take the 63-55 win in Big South action Saturday afternoon in Lynchburg, Va. Janie Miles led a quartet of players in double-figures with 13 on the afternoon.
Stat of the Game
Both teams attempted 51 shots, but it was Liberty coming out on top with 54.9% shooting from the field, compared to 37.4% for PC. The Blue Hose hit four more three-pointers, 8-4, but were outrebounded, 36-23, with the Flames capitalizing with an 11-2 advantage in second-chance points. Presbyterian controlled the turnover margin, 12-16, holding a 14-6 advantage in points off turnovers. PC was nine-of-11 from the charity stripe, to Liberty’s three-of-six.
Blue Hose Player of the Game
Janie Miles led the offense for PC with 13 points, followed by Cortney Storey and Tess Santos with 11 apiece. Salina Virola recorded 10 as well. Santos paced the team on the boards with six rebounds, with Storey finishing with seven assists. KK Barbour led Liberty with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
How It Happened
A close first quarter, neither team was able to get a foothold. After a back and forth opening seven minutes, the Blue Hose and Flames were knotted at 9-9 with 2:44 on the clock. Liberty used a 5-1 run over the next minute and half to make it a four-point game, 14-10. PC and Liberty traded a basket at th end to give the home team the 16-12 lead at the break.
Trailing by seven early in the second quarter, 14-21, PC outscored the Flames 13-6 the next five minutes to tie it up at 27-27. Liberty hit four unanswered to build a four-point lead, but Janie Miles’ three-pointer with seven ticks on the clock cut the deficit to one at 30-31 at the half.
The Flames outscored PC 12-7 to open the third quarter, extending their lead back to six, 43-37, 5:24 left. PC responded with an 8-2 run to tie the game at 45-45, 2:21 on the clock. Liberty would score at 1:54 to give the home team the two-point lead, 46-45, at the end of the fourth.
Liberty scored six straight in the opening two minutes of the fourth quarter. PC was able to cut it to five off a Salina Virola three-pointers but the Flames came back with a 10-4 run to extend the lead to 11, 63-52, 2:46 to go. A defensive game at the end, just one basket was scored the remainder of the quarter, a Riley Hemm three-pointer with seven seconds left to give Liberty the final, eight-point win, 63-55.
For the Record
PC drops to 7-14 overall and 4-6 in the league, while Liberty improves to 14-8, 9-1.
PC is on the road Tuesday, Feb. 6, as the Blue Hose take on Winthrop in a 7 p.m., game.
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