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Defense Leads Liberty to 1st-Ever Victory Over Stetson, 57-48

January 25, 2020  DeLand, Fla.  RSS
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Emily Lytle scored nine points during a 57-48 triumph at Stetson, Saturday.

Emily Lytle scored nine points during a 57-48 triumph at Stetson, Saturday.

Liberty limited to Stetson to 31 points during Saturday's final three quarters and 34 percent (16-of-47) shooting for the afternoon. As a result, the Lady Flames pulled out their first-ever victory over the Hatters, 57-48, inside the Edmunds Center.

For the second straight game, the junior duo of Ashtyn Baker (16 points) and Keyen Green (14 points, 12 rebounds) carried the offensive load for the Lady Flames (11-8, 4-2 ASUN).

Stetson (7-12, 1-5 ASUN), which had won its three previous meetings with Liberty, lost its fifth straight contest. In a battle between the ASUN's top two rebounding teams, the Hatters were outrebounded the by Lady Flames, 39-29.

Box Score Highlights
Other Liberty Individuals: Emily Lytle – 9 points.

Stetson Individuals: Kimia Carter – 15 points, 3-3 3FG; Megan Vincent – 12 points, 5 rebounds; Day'Neshia Banks – 10 points, 3-9 3FG.

Key Team Stats: In addition to its rebounding edge, Liberty controlled the points in the paint (30-18) and second-chance points (18-6) categories. The game featured six ties and seven lead changes, and neither team led by more than 10 points.

Turning Point
Liberty scored six straight points during the third quarter, thanks to an Emily Lytle three-point play and a Nenna Lindstrom triple. Lindstrom's trifecta at the 3:39 gave the Lady Flames their largest lead of the game to that point (37-30), and Liberty never relinquished the advantage.

Game Summary
First Quarter
• Both teams' starting centers played well during a back-and-forth first quarter. Megan Vincent scored eight of the Hatters' first 12 points, while Keyen Green answered with a six-point, five-rebound quarter for the Lady Flames. Liberty emerged from the period with an 18-17 edge.

Second Quarter
• Points were more difficult to come by during the second quarter, as both teams shot 33.3 percent from the field. Day'Neshia Banks hit two triples early in the stanza and the Hatters led most of the way, retaining a one-point (28-27) halftime lead.

Third Quarter
• Liberty held Stetson to 10 points during the third period, forcing four Hatters turnovers. The Lady Flames owned a 42-38 lead heading to the final 10 minutes of play.

Fourth Quarter
• After Banks' third triple of the contest made it a one-possession game (44-41) with 8:16 to play, Liberty answered with a 9-2 run. Ashtyn Baker made a pair of hoops during the surge, including a pull-up jumper midway through the quarter which extended the lead to 53-43. Stetson got no closer than five during the remainder of the contest.

Notes and Nuggets
• Baker scored in double figures for the third time in the last four games. However, her missed free throw during the fourth quarter was her first miss since Dec. 3, snapping a streak of 21 made foul shots in a row. That is tied for the fifth longest streak in program history.

• Green has now reached double digits in all six ASUN contests and seven straight games overall. The double-double, aided by nine offensive boards, was her third of the season and the 17th of her career.

• After being held to 12 total points during the last three games, Lytle finished with nine on Saturday.

• Bridgette Rettstatt suffered an injury during the game's second minute and did not return. In her absence, Lindstrom played a career-high 30 minutes, knocking down two triples.

• Liberty has now defeated every ASUN Conference opponent during the past two seasons except FGCU.

• The Lady Flames are 6-3 in true road games this season, having won five of their last six road outings.

• Liberty is now 4-5 this season when trailing at halftime, including victories in each of its last two games.

• The Lady Flames won for the first time this season when being held below the 60-point mark. Liberty was 0-5 in such contests entering Saturday's matinee.

Up Next
Liberty will remain in the Sunshine State for a Monday visit to North Florida (11-8, 4-2), which currently shares third place in the ASUN standings with the Lady Flames. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at UNF Arena as the Lady Flames attempt to become the first road team to win a game in the head-to-head series between Liberty and UNF.

Date: Monday, January 27, 2020
Location: Jacksonville, Fla. (UNF Arena)
TV: ESPN+
Radio: LFSN Radio (90.9 FM The Light Lynchburg)
Tipoff: 7 p.m.