Sunday, March 10, 2013

Liberty claims yet another Big South title

For the 15th time in the last 17 seasons, Liberty is your Big South tournament champion.

The Lady Flames ended the magical run of Longwood on Sunday by carving out a 54-46 victory in the title game at the HTC Center in Conway, S.C. Senior Devon Brown earned tournament MVP honors for the second time in her career (2010), and Tolu Omotola and Brittany Campbell joined her on the all-tournament team.

Making the Lady Flames' victory even sweeter was the fact that Liberty's men's basketball team also captured a Big South crown, marking only the second time in league history one school has swept both title in the same year.

Next up for the Lady Flames is the NCAA Tournament. The bracket will be unveiled at 7 p.m. on March 18 on ESPN.

Longwood, which as a No. 7 seed won three games in four days - including a stunning upset of No. 2 Winthrop - to reach the championship round, fell despite a 14-point, 7-rebound performance by all-tournament selection Chelsea Coward.

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