HIGH POINT, N.C. – Devon Brown poured in 23 points and the No. 2 seeded Liberty Lady Flames led from start to finish in defeating No. 7 seed Radford, 70-52 in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Advance Auto Parts Women's Basketball Championship March 12.
Liberty advances to the Semifinals for the 14th consecutive year and will play the winner of No. 3 High Point/No. 6 Winthrop Saturday afternoon at 3:00pm live on SportSouth/MASN.
Brown went 7-of-11 from the floor and 7-of-7 from the line in surpassing 500 career points, becoming just the second freshman in Liberty history to eclipse the milestone. Denay Wood was Radford's top scorer with 12 points, while Victoria Hamilton added 11. Liberty finished the night 24-of-50 from the field (48.0 percent), and held the Highlanders to 36.0 percent shooting (18-of-50). The Lady Flames finished with 42 points in the paint and 25 points off turnovers en route to the win.
Liberty jumped out to a 13-4 lead through the opening 9:15, as the Lady Flames converted 5-of-10 field goals and held Radford to just 1-of-10 shooting in the same span. Brown (5) and Avery Warley (4) combined for nine of Liberty's first 13 points. LU's lead reached 15-4 before the Highlanders went on a 7-0 run to make it a four-point game at 15-11 when Wood hit a three-pointer with 8:01 remaining in the first half.
The Lady Flames countered with a 5-0 run of their own to move ahead 20-11, capped by Danika Dale's free throw. Liberty would go up by as many as 15 points in the first half and entered halftime with a 33-21 lead. Turnovers plagued the Highlanders, as 10 miscues resulted in 15 Liberty points. Liberty was 11-of-21 shooting in the first half (52.4 percent) and held Radford to 33.3 percent from the floor (8-of-24). Brown led the Lady Flames with nine points and five rebounds in the first half, while Wood was Radford's top scorer at the break with eight markers. Liberty out-rebounded Radford in the first 20 minutes by a 20-11 margin.
Liberty maintained its double-digit lead throughout the second half and went up by as much as 25 points with 1:55 remaining. Radford got within 10 points when Hamilton made a jumper at 15:35 that cut the deficit to 41-31. The Highlanders improved their shooting in the second half, but could not overcome the Lady Flames' defensive pressure.
Liberty will make its 14th consecutive Semifinal appearance, including the last 11 under head coach Carey Green. Green improves to 28-1 in the Big South Tournament.