Thanks to a clutch performance during Saturday's overtime win at Jacksonville, Liberty redshirt sophomore Emily Lytle has been named the ASUN Conference Women's Basketball Player and Newcomer of the Week.
Lytle becomes the Lady Flames' first-ever ASUN Player of the Week and picks up her second Newcomer of the Week honor this season (also Nov. 12). The native of Memphis, Tenn., is the second ASUN player to win both honors during the same week this season. FGCU's Keri Jewett-Giles previously did so on Nov. 19 and Nov. 26.
Lytle set career highs for points (26) and three-pointers made (5) during the Lady Flames' 85-75 overtime victory at Jacksonville on Saturday. Both totals are the most by a Liberty player in a single game this season.
Sixteen of Lytle's points came during the fourth quarter and overtime. She nailed three triples during the fourth quarter, including three-pointers on back-to-back possessions midway through the period, as Liberty rallied from a four-point deficit.
Lytle fashioned a key three-point play during overtime which doubled the Lady Flames' lead from three points to six. She then connected on three of four free throws during the game's final minute to wrap up Liberty's third consecutive win.
Lytle has enjoyed a productive first season with the Lady Flames after transferring from Little Rock. The team's leading scorer (12.6 ppg), Lytle has scored in double figures 12 times and posted four 20-point games.
Lytle currently ranks among the ASUN Conference leaders in three-point field goal percentage (sixth, .388), three-pointers made (seventh, 2.0/game) and free throw percentage (ninth, .744).
Liberty (7-12, 3-3 ASUN) will play at Lipscomb Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. The Lady Flames will then tip off a four-game homestand Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Vines Center with a visit from NJIT.
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