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Green Leads Lady Flames Past NJIT in 2nd Half

January 4, 2020  Newark, N.J.  RSS
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Keyen Green scored 17 of her season-high 21 points during the second half of Liberty's 67-53 ASUN-opening victory at NJIT.

Keyen Green scored 17 of her season-high 21 points during the second half of Liberty's 67-53 ASUN-opening victory at NJIT.

With her team trailing NJIT by two points at halftime of Saturday's ASUN Conference opener at the NJIT Wellness and Events Center, Liberty's Keyen Green took over the game. She scored 17 of her season-high 21 points and grabbed six of her nine rebounds during the second half of the Lady Flames' 67-53 win, their sixth consecutive triumph overall.

Liberty, which also got big performances from Bridgette Rettstatt (10 points, season-high 14 rebounds) and Asia Todd (15 points, 3-5 3FG), improves to 8-6 overall and opens ASUN play at 1-0. The Lady Flames are now 5-0 on their current six-game road swing.

NJIT drops to 3-11 overall and 0-1 in the ASUN. The Highlanders lost their fifth consecutive game despite a 19-point, nine-rebound afternoon by Danielle Tunstall. NJIT shot just 26.9 percent (7-of-26) during a 23-point second half.

Box Score Highlights
Other Liberty Individuals: Kennedi Williams – 8 points.

Other NJIT Individuals: Ellyn Stoll – 13 points, 3-7 3FG; Kenna Squier – 4 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists.

Key Team Stats: Liberty held NJIT to 31.1 percent (19-of-61) from the field, including 25 percent (7-of-28) from three-point range. The Lady Flames enjoyed a slim 40-39 rebounding edge and more than doubled up the Highlanders inside the paint (36-16).

Turning Point
NJIT's halftime lead was short-lived, as Green tallied four points within the third quarter's first 80 seconds, kick-starting her 10-point stanza. The Highlanders led for only 16 seconds the rest of the game.

Game Summary
First Quarter
• Bridgette Rettstatt fashioned a huge opening 10 minutes with eight points, five rebounds and two assists for the Lady Flames. However, the host Highlanders kept things close with three triples and Liberty led by only two points (19-17) on the strength of Kennedi Williams' pull-up jumper just before the first-quarter buzzer.

Second Quarter
• Liberty led by as many as six points early in the second quarter before going scoreless for the final 7:04 of the half. NJIT ran off eight unanswered points during that span, taking an 8-0 lead into the intermission.

• Bench players scored all nine of the Lady Flames' points during the second period, including five from Nenna Lindstrom.

Third Quarter
• Keyen Green scored 10 of Liberty's 22 points during the third period as the visiting Lady Flames shot 66.7 percent (8-of-12) from the field. Her efforts helped Liberty take a 50-44 lead into the final stanza.

Fourth Quarter
• NJIT hung around during the fourth quarter and made it a two-possession game at 59-53 on Maddie Martin's pair of free throws with 2:04 remaining.

• Liberty then sealed its victory with back-to-back three-point possessions, including Green's three-point play and Asia Todd's triple from the left wing.

Notes and Nuggets
• Green's 21 points marked the most by any Lady Flame this season. It was her second 20-point game of the year and the ninth of her career, lifting her career total to 959 points. Green made a career-high seven free throws on 10 attempts.

• Todd tallied 10 of her 15 points after halftime, reaching double figures for the fifth time during her freshman season. Her three triples set a new career high.

• Rettstatt posted her second double-double of the season and the sixth of her career. Her 14 rebounds were just one shy of a career high and put her over the 400 mark for her Lady Flames career.

• Freshman Audrey Clark made her first collegiate start, contributing two points.

• Fellow freshman Kennedi Williams scored a career-high eight points.

• Liberty's six-game winning streak is its longest since an eight-game streak spanning Feb. 17-March 11, 2018. All six victories have come by double digits.

• The Lady Flames have won four consecutive true road games, improving to 5-2 in road contests this year.

• Liberty won its ASUN opener for the first time. The Lady Flames began ASUN play at 0-3 last season.

• The Lady Flames were playing their first game since their 68-44 triumph at Kansas City on Dec. 21. The two-week gap between games was the team's longest since a 15-day break during the 2003-04 season.

Up Next
The Lady Flames will wrap up their six-game road swing on Monday with a rematch of the 2019 ASUN Women's Basketball Championship title game. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Alico Arena as Liberty squares off with No. 25 FGCU in its first-ever conference game against an NCAA Division I Top 25 opponent.

Date: Monday, January 6, 2020
Location: Fort Myers, Fla. (Alico Arena)
Radio: LFSN Radio (90.9 FM The Light Lynchburg)
Tipoff: 7 p.m.

A good portion of these photos were courtesy Lamar Carter/NJIT Athletics