UNC Asheville women beat Liberty in Big South championship

UNC Asheville's head coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick yells out a play during the first half of the championship game of the NCAA women's Big South college basketball tournament in Asheville, N.C., Sunday, March 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Earp)
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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) Chatori Major had 21 points and assisted Bronaza Fitzgerald on the winning basket in UNC Asheville's 64-62 double-overtime victory over Liberty in the Big South Conference Tournament championship on Sunday.

Major stopped her drive under the basket and was trapped by three Liberty defenders. But she managed to find the open Fitzgerald, whose lay-in capped the scoring with 8.6 seconds left.

As tournament host, top-seeded UNC Asheville (26-6) celebrated its second NCAA Tournament berth with its home crowd. The Bulldogs' first tourney appearance was in 2007.

Ashley Rininger had 22 points and Catherine Kearney added 10 for No. 2 seed Liberty (20-12). The Flames scored 16 straight to lead 23-12 and stayed ahead until the Bulldogs pulled back in front at 40-39, the first of seven fourth-quarter lead changes.

Jessica Wall helped UNC Asheville close the gap in the third quarter with a couple of 3-pointers late in the shot clock.