On Jan. 28, the prospects of Winthrop and Liberty taking 3-0 Big South Conference records into tonight's matchup in Lynchburg, Va., looked pretty good.
Liberty, the perennial women's basketball powerhouse, had a game with High Point on Jan. 29. The Lady Flames were riding a six-game winning streak and were at home, where they were 7-0 this season. Like Liberty, Winthrop took a six-game winning streak and home-court advantage -- the Eagles were 8-1 at the Winthrop Coliseum -- into a Jan. 30 meeting with Coastal Carolina, 0-3 in the BSC.
The Lady Flames took care of business. The Eagles didn't, losing to Coastal Carolina 52-47.
Winthrop will try to rebound at 7 p.m. today, but coach Bud Childers' Eagles face a monumental task against the 18-2 Lady Flames, who have won their first three BSC games by an average of 24.7 points. One of those wins was a 71-44 thrashing at Coastal Carolina. Throw in that Liberty leads the series with the Eagles 33-6, and it's easy to see why Winthrop will be a big underdog.
Three of the biggest weapons coach Carey Green looks to are the 6-foot-3 Frazee triplets -- Megan, Moriah and Molly. Megan, the BSC preseason player of the year, leads the team in scoring with a 17.7 average. Moriah also starts and averages 13.0 points while Molly is a reserve who is scoring at a 7.7 clip.
One of the sisters has been the team's leading scorer in 19 of 20 games.
To have a chance, the Eagles (14-7, 2-1) will have to put memories of the Coastal game, especially the second half, behind them and return to the team play that produced that six-game winning streak.
The Eagles led 23-15 at intermission after holding the Lady Chants to 22 percent shooting from the field and controlling the boards.