Saturday, January 14, 2012

Frazer's 3-pointer lifts Longwood, Liberty rolls, Radford falls

Saturday's games

Longwood 72, NJIT 71: Bet it was fun to be a Longwood fan at Willett Hall today. Maybe not for the first nine or so minutes of the second half, when NJIT roared out to an 18-point lead. But the place had to be rocking as the Lancers steadily cut into that lead, and the fans surely went nuts when freshman Rianna Frazer buried the decisive 3-pointer as time expired. Crystal Smith led Longwood with 22 points, Erin Neal added 20 and Chelsea Coward chipped in 17. Meanwhile, Frazer, who started and played 26 minutes, was 0-for-2 from the field before she launched her game-winner. But hey, if you're only going to make one, make sure it's one that really counts, right? The Lancers (4-16) have now won 2 of their last 3 games and are 3-2 at Willett Hall this season. And for the second straight Saturday, the Lancers won despite the absence of leading scorer and rebounder Brittanni Billups. The Lancers starters were Smith, Neal, Coward, Frazer and walk-on Megan Baltzell. Two other walk-ons, Kacie Oliver and LeeAnn Sullivan, were the only other Longwood players to see action. Remarkable stuff.

Liberty 82, Coastal Carolina 45: And we thought this one might be close. Who knew the Lady Flames would shoot 78 percent in the first half, while holding the Chanticleers to 19 percent? Devon Brown scored 21 points in 21 minutes, Danika Dale added 12, Jasmine Gardner had 11 and Avery Warley had 10 points and 8 rebounds in just 13 minutes as Liberty (8-7, 3-1 Big South) handed the Chanticleers their first loss in 9 home games this season. The Lady Flames have now won 37 straight games against Coastal dating back to 1996.

Charleston Southern 79, Radford 69: Another tough one for the Highlanders, who did a decent job of quieting CSU's potent 3-point shooting attack but were powerless to stop the Buccaneers connect on 21 second-half free throws. Da'Naria Erwin Spencer had 17 points and freshman Ayana Avery scored 15 for Radford (7-8, 1-3 Big South), which fell for the fifth time in six games.

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