Liberty Defeats Women’s Basketball 58-45

Tonisha Baker (photo by Will Bratton)
Tonisha Baker (photo by Will Bratton)

BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Liberty ended Campbell's 11 game home winning streak in Gilbert Craig Gore Arena behind Avery Warley's double-double Saturday in Big South women's basketball play.

Campbell's 11 game home winning streak, dating back to Feb. 12, 2011, is the program's longest since taking 12 straight during the 1997-98 season (Nov. 30, 1997-Feb. 12-1998).

The Lady Camels also broke their single-season blocks record in the loss, now with 86 team denials with eight regular season games remaining.

The Flames move to 14-7 overall and 9-1 in conference games, while Campbell dips to 12-9 on the season and 5-5 in Big South action.

Warley paced Liberty with 10 points and 13 rebounds, becoming the Big South's all-time rebounding leader during the win. The redshirt senior also posted a game-high six steals and four blocks. Reagan Miller added 10 points and a pair of assists, while Devon Brown registered nine points and six assists.

Danika Dale tacked on eight points and seven rebounds, while Tolu Omotola collected six points and six rebounds. Liberty shot 54.5 percent in the game, a season-high for a Campbell opponent in Gore Arena.

Campbell's Kate Cloxton led all scorers with 12 points, hitting 4-of-10 from deep, adding four assists. Tonisha Baker, a junior guard, followed with nine points, seven rebounds and five steals, while Roslyn Presley tallied seven points. Junior forward Jazmine Cooper posted a team-best nine boards with three steals.

The Flames held Campbell to just one basket until Ashley James' layup at the 12:09, holding a 12-4 advantage after the bucket. Liberty led by as many as 19 in the half, taking a 31-18 lead into the break. LU shot 60 percent (15-25) in the opening stanza, while Campbell managed an 8-for-32 (25 percent) clip.

After closing the half on a Cloxton three, the Lady Camels continued their run to start the second half, scoring the frame's first seven points, including a Baker layup at the 18:32 mark to cut the Liberty lead down to six at 31-25.

The Flames then answered with a 20-2 run over the next nine minutes, led by Miller, who scored all 10 of her points in the surge, putting LU in front 51-27.

Campbell then rallied with another 9-0 spurt, sparked by a Heather Beadle layup, cutting the Liberty lead to 13 with 3:52 to play.

The teams, however, would trade baskets the rest of the way with Liberty coming away with the 58-45 road win.

The Lady Camels will be back in action on Monday, Feb. 6, hosting Radford at 7 p.m.