Lynchburg - Liberty and Gardner-Webb, two of the four women's teams tied for first in the Big South, squared off Thursday night at LU. And the home team got the better of this meeting, the Flames roll to a 72-40 win.
The Lady Flames held the Runnin' Bulldogs in check, holding one-time Liberty coach Rick Reeves' bunch to a season-low 40 points.
Meantime, LU's Ashley Rininger and Katelyn Adams had big nights inside. Rininger racked up 22 points and added 10 rebounds. Adams also had a double-double, scoring 15 points and pulling down 13 boards.
The Flames led by 13 at the half and broke it wide open in the second, outscoring the Runnin' Bulldogs by 19.
Liberty wins its third straight game and eighth out of the last nine. The Flames are now 9-6 overall and share the Big South lead with Winthrop, both teams sitting at 5-1.
Rininger scored 14 points during the second half as part of her 10th double-double of the season and the 13th of her career. She also matched a season high with three blocked shots and is now the ninth different Lady Flame ever to record 10 or more double-doubles in a season.
Adams' double-double was her second of the season. The Minnesota native led all players with a career-high 13 rebounds.
Not to be completely overshadowed by her fellow post players, Catherine Kearney contributed nine points and six caroms to the Lady Flames' win. Emily Frazier's nine points were her most in a game since Dec. 3, and the redshirt junior also tallied a game-high four assists.
Liberty plays host to Presbyterian Saturday night at 7 in the Vines Center.