LYNCHBURG, VA – The Winthrop women’s basketball team dropped a Big South battle on the road Tuesday evening 63-37 to the Liberty Flames at the Vines Center.
With the loss Winthrop falls to 1-13 on the season and 0-3 in the conference while Liberty improves to 8-7 overall and 3-0 in the Big South.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The first quarter saw both teams record big runs. Liberty scored the first 14 points of the contest and 19 of the first 20, leading 19-1 with 2:22 left in the quarter. Winthrop was able to close the half on a 7-0 run, to trail 19-8 after the opening 10 minutes.
Winthrop extended its run to 9-0 at the start of the second quarter to cut the deficit to nine. The Flames then went on another big run, this time 10-0 to extend its lead to 29-10 with 6:36 left in the half. Liberty went into the break with a 36-16 advantage.
The Eagles scored a quick four points coming out of the break before Liberty knocked down nine straight points to increase their lead to 45-20. Winthrop had a strong end of the third quarter, closing the period on an 11-3 run, to trail 48-31. Liberty limited the Eagles to only two made field goals in the fourth quarter as they went on for the 63-37 victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Courtney Hagaman led the Eagles in scoring for the third straight game, finishing with 14 points and also pulled down seven rebounds. Ronata Rogers tallied nine points and grabbed eight boards to lead the team as Anika Riley also recorded eight rebounds.
WHAT’S UP NEXT
Winthrop will return head back to Rock Hill for its next conference contest as the Eagles host High Point on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Winthrop Coliseum.