Tatyana Crowder tallied six of her season-high 11 points during overtime on Saturday.
Just two weeks after Jacksonville spoiled Liberty's inaugural ASUN Conference home game at the Vines Center, the Lady Flames flipped the script on Saturday at Swisher Gymnasium. Career-high scoring efforts by Emily Lytle (26 points) and Bridgette Rettstatt (18 points, 10 rebounds) propelled Liberty to an 85-75 overtime triumph over the Dolphins.
Liberty trailed by four points during the fourth quarter before responding and sending the game to overtime on Ria Gulley's reverse layup with 15 seconds remaining. The Lady Flames then dominated the extra session, holding the Dolphins without a field goal and outscoring them by a 16-6 count.
Following an 0-3 start to ASUN play, the Lady Flames have now won three games in a row to improve to 7-12 overall and 3-3 in conference action. Liberty shot 51.7 percent (31-of-60) for the game, aided by 40 points in the paint and a season-high nine triples.
Jacksonville falls to 11-9 overall and 4-3 in the ASUN after seeing its two-game winning streak snapped. The Dolphins got strong performances from Jasmyn Brown (23 points) and Trudy Walker (14 points, 12 rebounds) but committed 20 turnovers, six of which came during the fourth quarter and overtime.
Box Score Highlights Liberty Individuals: Emily Lytle – 26 points, 5-12 3FG, 7-9 FT; Bridgette Rettstatt – 18 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks; KK Barbour – 11 points, 7 rebounds; Tatyana Crowder – 11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists; Ria Gulley – 9 points, 6 assists.
Other Jacksonville Individuals: Rolanda Hayes – 15 points, 3-6 3FG, 5 rebounds; Kiara Meeks – 12 points, 8-8 FT, 5 rebounds, 5 assists.
Key Team Stats: Jacksonville outrebounded Liberty for the second time this season (41-32), including 16 offensive boards. However, the Dolphins managed only eight second-chance points. The Lady Flames came up with 11 steals and dished out a season-high 20 assists.
Turning Point After Jacksonville tied the score at 71-71 with 4:08 to play in overtime, Bridgette Rettstatt and Emily Lytle took over for the Lady Flames.
Rettstatt tallied three points, two rebounds and a steal within a 40-second span, followed by Lytle's old-fashioned three-point play off her own offensive rebound.
The home team got no closer than five points down for the remainder of the contest.
Game Summary First Quarter • Liberty came out blazing at the offensive end, shooting 60 percent (9-of-15) from the field with four triples during a 23-point opening quarter.
• Bridgette Rettsatt scored nine points during the period, and the Lady Flames led by as many as nine before taking a 23-17 advantage after 10 minutes of play.
Second Quarter • Jacksonville sliced into its deficit with an 8-0 run, pulling to within 28-27 on Alexis Burns' three-pointer, 4:43 before halftime.
• However, Liberty maintained its edge and owned a 38-31 lead at halftime despite a Jekyll and Hyde second quarter which saw the Lady Flames shoot 70 percent from the field while committing nine turnovers.
Third Quarter • During Jacksonville's 64-52 victory at the Vines Center on Jan. 12, the Dolphins broke the game open by outscoring Liberty 23-13 during the third quarter.
• On Saturday, Jacksonville posted a 22-13 third-quarter advantage to take a 53-51 edge into the final period. Rolanda Hayes and Trudy Walker tallied seven points apiece for the Dolphins during the stanza.
Fourth Quarter • A back-and-forth quarter saw three ties and four lead changes. Emily Lytle scored 10 points in the quarter, including three-pointers on back-to-back possessions at one point.
• Jasmyn Brown's baseline jumper with 25 seconds to play briefly put Jacksonville on top 69-67 before Ria Gulley sliced through the Dolphins' defense for a game-tying reverse layup 10 seconds later.
• A Brown turnover and a missed three-point try by Gulley sent Liberty to its second overtime game of the season.
Overtime • Tatyana Crowder scored the first two of her six overtime points on a shot clock buzzer-beating layup on Liberty's opening possession, setting the tone for the five-minute period.
• Liberty made 4-of-6 field goals and 8-of-11 free throws during overtime, after getting to the foul line only nine times during regulation. Conversely, Jacksonville misfired on all five of its field goal attempts in overtime.
Liberty Head Coach Carey Green Quotes "I'm very proud of the Lady Flames. We had some good experience out there on the court. We shared the ball very well. Emily Lytle knocked down some big shots, but none were bigger than the reverse layup by Ria Gulley at the end of regulation. The execution in critical times was as good as it's been all year long. This was a big win on the road. It was a bit of redemption today."
Notes and Nuggets • Emily Lytle scored 16 of her 26 points during the fourth quarter and overtime to eclipse her previous career high of 24 points from the season opener at Bethune-Cookman. It marked the redshirt sophomore's fourth 20-point game of the season but her first since Dec. 4 at ETSU.
• Lytle scored the most points by a Lady Flame since Keyen Green's 30-point outburst against Campbell on Jan. 20, 2018. Additionally, her five three-pointers were the most by a Lady Flame since Jan. 2, 2018, when Lela Sellers canned five triples at Presbyterian.
• Bridgette Rettstatt has scored in double digits in all six of Liberty's ASUN games and Saturday's double-double was her third of the season, all of which have come during conference play.
• Tatyana Crowder's 11 points marked a season high for the senior team captain.
• KK Barbour scored in double figures for the third straight outing.
• Ria Gulley's six assists marked her third game in the last four contests with 5+ helpers.
• Only eight Lady Flames appeared in the matinee, with KK Barbour and Emily Lytle each playing 40 minutes. They became the first Lady Flames to play 40+ minutes since Candice Leatherwood went 49 minutes during the 2016 Big South Championship title game against UNC Asheville.
• Saturday marked Liberty's first overtime win since a 76-75 home victory over Saint Joseph's on Nov. 22, 2014, snapping a three-game losing streak in extra time.
• Liberty is now 118-2 under Carey Green when shooting 50 percent from the field, including 3-0 this season.
• The Lady Flames have now played as many games in Florida this season (6) as they have at the Vines Center (6).
Up Next Liberty will remain on the road for a Tuesday night visit to Lipscomb (2-17, 0-6 ASUN). Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Eastern at Allen Arena for the first meeting between the Lady Flames and Bisons since Nov. 26, 2011.
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 Location: Nashville, Tenn. (Allen Arena) Tipoff: 7:30 p.m. Eastern TV: ESPN+ Radio: LFSN Radio (90.9 FM The Light Lynchburg)