Lynchburg - The Virginia women visited the Vines Center for the first time in 11 years Tuesday night and narrowly escaped with a 61-60 win.
Ataira Franklin hit a free throw with 11 seconds left. Liberty had the ball with a chance to win, but the Flames failed to get a shot off before the horn sounded and Virginia wins by a single point.
The Lady Flames had fought back from a nine-point deficit during the final five minutes to knot the game at 60-60 on a Catherine Kearney foul shot with 38 seconds left. The Flames drop to 0-and-3 to start the season for the first time in 20 years.
Franklin, a preseason All-ACC selection, scored all 12 of her points during the second half to help Virginia win its third straight contest and improve to 3-1.
Liberty hurt itself with 30 turnovers for the game. Liberty had six 3's for the game, but shot under 38 percent overall for the night.
Sanders led three Lady Flames in double figures with a career-high 16 points, highlighted by four triples. Ashley Rininger finished with her second double-double in a row, consisting of 10 points and 12 rebounds. Fellow sophomore Sadalia Ellis made it three straight games in double digits, tallying 11 points.
For Virginia, Franklin was joined in double figures by post players Sydney Umeri (career-high 12 points) and Sarah Imovbioh (10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds).
Liberty will now take to the road for a four-game, eight-day road trip, beginning at Saint Joseph's, Saturday afternoon.