Lynchburg - Liberty junior guards Emily Frazier and Reagan Miller combined for 33 points, Tuesday evening at the Vines Center, helping the Lady Flames lead from start to finish in a 76-61 victory over Richmond.
Frazier (career-high 17 points) and Miller (season-best 16 points) combined for seven of Liberty's season-high 10 three-pointers. As a result, the Lady Flames improved to 3-5 with their first home win of the season and just their fourth victory in 24 all-time meetings with the Spiders.
Richmond, which was led by Janelle Hubbard's 14 points, saw its two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 3-5 on the year.
The Lady Flames' lead got as large as 22 before Richmond scored five straight points, trimming its halftime deficit to 44-27.
Liberty shot well from the field (59.3 percent, 16-of-27), three-point range (60 percent, 6-of-10) and the foul line (100 percent, 6-of-6) during the first half, led by its reserves. The Lady Flames' bench players combined for 25 points and 7 rebounds during the first 20 minutes, contributing to the home team's 22-8 rebounding edge.
Liberty also started the second half well, opening up another 22-point advantage (49-27) on Sanders' second triple of the evening at the 17:09 mark.
Richmond fashioned a 9-0 run, punctuated by Janelle Hubbard's hoop in transition, slicing its deficit to 51-38 with 14:18 to play. Frazier helped keep the Liberty lead in double digits the rest of the way, scoring 11 of her points during the second half. The Lady Flames went on to win their second game in a row, 76-61.
The Lady Flames shot over 50 percent from the field for the second straight contest, finishing at 51.9 percent (28-of-54). Liberty is now 95-1 under head coach Carey Green when making at least half of its field goal attempts.
Liberty also finished at 58.8 percent (10-of-17) from beyond the arc and 76.9 percent (10-of-13) from the foul line. The Lady Flames more than doubled up the Spiders in both rebounds (47-23) and points in the paint (34-16), while tallying a season-high 33 bench points.
Liberty will begin defense of its Big South regular-season title Saturday at 2 p.m., when the Lady Flames welcome Radford (2-5, 0-1 Big South) to the Vines Center for their 2013-14 conference opener. It will be the 60th all-time meeting between the Lady Flames and Highlanders, and Liberty will aim for its sixth straight victory in the head-to-head series.