Asheville (7-19, 3-12 BSC) played hard Saturday at Radford before falling, 79-67. The Bulldogs were within three at halftime, 38-35 before the Highlanders went on a 20-6 run midway through the second half. Asheville made a couple of runs at Radford but just couldn't come all the way back.
Freshman guard Shonese Jones enjoyed a sensational game for the Bulldogs with 26 points. She was 10-of-13 from the field. Kelli Riles added a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Bulldogs out-rebounded Radford, 39-34.
Betsy Blose's club hopes to put 40 solid minutes of basketball together against Liberty. Asheville led the Flames, 30-27 at halftime at Kimmel Arena on Jan. 28 before the Flames outscored the Bulldogs, 51-26 in the second half. Jones had 19 points in the game, 17 in the second half.
"We did some really nice things against Liberty the first time we played them in the first before they took off in the second half," commented Blose. "We're going to need 40 minutes of playing great basketball to have a chance to beating them on their home-court."
The Bulldogs continue to be led by Jones in scoring this season with a 15.3 average. Senior guard Lindsey Thompson has a 10.8 scoring average, followed by another freshman Leah Wormack with a 10.6 mark.
The game with Liberty will be the final regular-season road game of the season for Asheville. The Bulldogs return home for their final two games. Asheville hosts Campbell at Justice Center on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Friday's game will have free admission with a Return to the 80's theme night. All fans attending will receive a free soft drink and bag of popcorn. The last home game is next Monday night when the Bulldogs host High Point back at Kimmel Arena starting at 7 p.m.
Shonese Jones is leading the Bulldogs in scoring. If she finishes the season leading Asheville in scoring, Jones will be the first freshman to lead the Bulldogs in scoring since Kristal Hood in the 2002-03 season.
Asheville is 0-13 on the road this season.
Shonese Jones leads the Big South Conference in three-point shooting at .436 (44-of-101). Her 15.3 scoring average has her fifth in the league in scoring.
Kelli Riles is third in the Big South in rebounding (11.0) and second in free throw percentage (.793). She has eight double-doubles on the year. Riles is ninth nationally in rebounding.
The Bulldogs are second in the Big South in free throw shooting at .713 and second in three-point percentage at .327.
Asheville assistant coach Tiffany Gwynn is a graduate of Liberty and played for the Lady Flames on their first two BSC championship teams in 1997 and 1998. She was an assistant coach on the 1999 team.