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Baker Goes Off During 3rd Quarter of 66-48 Win Over NJIT

February 15, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Ashtyn Baker scored a Liberty single quarter record 17 of her 21 points during the third quarter of the Lady Flames' Saturday matinee versus NJIT at the Vines Center. The junior point guard's offensive barrage broke open a tight game, sending Liberty on its way to a 66-48 triumph.

Liberty (14-11, 7-5 ASUN) completed a season sweep of the Highlanders and clinched a berth in the 2020 ASUN Women's Basketball Championship. The Lady Flames never trailed during their third victory in the last four outings.

NJIT (4-20, 1-10 ASUN) got a double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds) from Danielle Tunstall. However, they shot just 35.4 percent (17-of-48) from the field and committed 20 turnovers during their eighth consecutive road loss.

Box Score Highlights
Liberty Individuals: Ashtyn Baker – 21 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals; Mya McMillian – 11 points, 5 rebounds; Keyen Green – 9 points, 10 rebounds.

Other NJIT Individuals: Kenna Squier – 12 points, 4 assists; Ellyn Stoll – 8 points, 5 rebounds.

Key Team Stats: Liberty won the rebounding battle (39-33) for the 21st time in 25 games this season and scored 34 points in the paint to the Highlanders' 20. The Lady Flames blocked a season-high six shots and shot 81 percent (17-of-21) from the foul line after halftime.

Turning Point
Leading by only two points (32-30) midway through the third quarter, Liberty closed the period with a 20-5 burst over the final 4:52. Baker scored 10 of her 17 third-quarter points during that decisive span, breaking the previous program record of 16 points, set by Emily Lytle during the first quarter against Lipscomb on Feb. 12, 2019.

Game Summary
First Quarter
• Liberty led by as many as 10 points during a first quarter where NJIT shot just 15.4 percent (2-of-13) from the field. The Lady Flames blocked four shots and Ashtyn Baker assisted on four of Liberty's made field goals.

Second Quarter
• NJIT trimmed its deficit to 19-16 when Tracey Brereton's layup punctuated the visitors' 7-0 run 3:26 before halftime. Keyen Green responded with back-to-back hoops, helping Liberty rebuild a seven-point cushion (25-18) at the intermission. The Lady Flames scored 22 points in the paint to NJIT's eight during the first 20 minutes, with posts Green and Mya McMillian tallying six apiece.

Third Quarter
• NJIT made five of its first seven field goal attempts to begin the second half, pulling to within two points on three different occasions.  

• Liberty kept the Highlanders at bay with a 27-point quarter, scoring 11 points off NJIT's seven turnovers.

Fourth Quarter
• The Lady Flames extended their lead to as much as 25 during the final period. Liberty shot only 15.4 percent (2-of-13) from the floor but closed out the win with a 9-of-12 effort from the charity stripe.  

Notes and Nuggets
• Baker matched her career high of 21 points, set Jan. 11 versus Jacksonville. Seventeen of her points came after halftime, matching Keyen Green's scoring distribution (17 of 21 points during the second half) from Liberty's first meeting with NJIT on Jan. 4.  

• McMillian has now scored in double figures in back-to-back games for the first time in her career. Three of the sophomore's six career double-digit scoring efforts have come during her last four outings.

• Green paced the Lady Flames with 10 rebounds and just missed recording her 18th career double-double by a single point.

• During her third game back from injury, Bridgette Rettstatt scored all four of her points from the free throw line. She has now hit 10 straight foul shots after beginning the season 8-of-26 from the line.

• Playing its third-to-last regular-season home game at the Vines Center, the Lady Flames evened their home record at 5-5 for this season.

• Liberty is now 4-0 all-time versus NJIT, with all four victories coming by 11 or more points.

• Half of the Lady Flames' victories this season have come on Saturday, as they are now 7-3 in Saturday contests.

Up Next
Liberty will continue its homestand next Saturday (Feb. 22), playing host to Stetson (10-14, 4-7 ASUN) for the Lady Flames' annual Play4Kay game and a celebration of Liberty's 30 years of basketball in the Vines Center. The Lady Flames posted a 57-48 victory at Stetson during the teams' first meeting this season, Jan. 25 in DeLand, Fla.

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Location: Lynchburg, Va. (Vines Center)
TV: ESPN+
Radio: LFSN Radio (90.9 FM The Light Lynchburg)
Tipoff: 2 p.m.