Liberty sophomore Bridgette Rettstatt earned her first ASUN Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week award, the conference office announced on Monday.
The native of Galena, Ohio is the second Lady Flame to be named ASUN Player of the Week this season, joining Emily Lytle (Jan. 28). Rettstatt paced Liberty in points (17.5 ppg), rebounds (8.0 rpg), steals (3.5 spg) and blocked shots (1.0 bpg) while ranking second on the team in assists (4.0 apg) during a 2-0 week. Rettstatt shot 65 percent (13-of-20) from the field and made all eight of her free throws as the Lady Flames topped Lipscomb (74-60 on Tuesday) and North Alabama (61-57 on Saturday).
Rettstatt finished with 10 points, six rebounds, a career-high five assists, a career-high five steals and zero turnovers against Lipscomb. She became the first Lady Flame since Feb. 5, 2015 (Sadalia Ellis at Gardner-Webb) to record five assists and five steals during the same game. Rettstatt scored six of her points during the fourth quarter, including a 4-of-4 performance at the foul line in the last 45 seconds, to close out the win over the Bisons.
On Saturday at North Alabama, Rettstatt led all players in points (career-high 25) and rebounds (10) for her fourth double-double of the season. The post player tallied 13 points during the fourth quarter, including the game-winning hoop with 57.1 seconds remaining and two free throws at the 3.8-second mark which clinched the victory. Rettstatt shot 90.9 percent (10-of-11) from the field, tying for the third-highest single-game field goal percentage in program history.
Winners of seven of their last nine games, the Lady Flames (11-14, 7-5 ASUN) will travel to North Florida on Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at UNF Arena as Liberty looks to complete a season sweep of the Ospreys. The Lady Flames topped North Florida 69-53 at the Vines Center on Jan. 19 for their first-ever ASUN home win.
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