Liberty was named co-champions of the 2020 ASUN Women's Basketball Championship.
The ASUN Conference has named Liberty and FGCU co-champions for the 2020 ASUN Women's Basketball Championship after the title game was unable to be played due to the circumstances involving the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the Lady Flames' duo of Emily Lytle and Asia Todd has been named to the ASUN Championship All-Tournament Team.
No. 3 seed Liberty (20-11) qualified for the ASUN Women's Basketball Championship title game for the second straight season by virtue of a 91-86 quarterfinal victory over No. 6 seed Kennesaw State on March 7 and a 90-87 (OT) semifinal triumph at No. 2 seed North Alabama on March 11. Head Coach Carey Green's Lady Flames were set to travel to No. 1 seed FGCU on March 15 for a rematch of the 2019 ASUN title game, but the contest was cancelled.
Liberty's ASUN Championship crown is its first in two seasons as a conference member. The Lady Flames have now captured 18 conference tournament titles overall, with the first 17 coming as members of the Big South Conference. Most recently, Liberty cut down the nets as Big South champions in 2018.
Lytle made the ASUN Championship All-Tournament Team for the second straight season, becoming the first Lady Flame to earn conference all-tournament honors in back-to-back years since Devon Brown was a Big South All-Tournament Team member in 2012 and 2013.
A redshirt junior from Memphis, Tenn., Lytle paced all players in this year's ASUN Women's Basketball Championship with 51 total points. She averaged 25.5 ppg and 6.5 rpg while shooting 65 percent (13-of-20) from the field, 60 percent (6-of-10) from three-point range and 82.6 percent (19-of-23) from the foul line.
Lytle tallied a career-high 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds during the Lady Flames' 91-86 quarterfinal victory over Kennesaw State. Thirteen of her points came in the fourth quarter, helping Liberty hold off the Owls.
Four days later, Lytle played a key role in Liberty's 90-87 overtime victory at North Alabama in the semifinal round. She scored a game-high 22 points, headlined by a three-point play with 35.6 seconds remaining that gave Liberty the lead for good. Lytle then helped seal the triumph with two free throws at the 13.6-second mark of overtime.
Todd was Liberty's second-leading scorer for the tournament, averaging 18.0 ppg. The freshman guard from Clayton, N.C., shot 66.7 percent (14-of-21) from the field, 75 percent (6-of-8) from beyond the arc and 100 percent (2-of-2) from the free throw stripe.
Todd scored 20 points and knocked down a career-high four triples during the quarterfinal win over Kennesaw State. Eleven of her points came during the first quarter, helping Liberty race out to a lead it never relinquished.
The freshman added 16 more points against North Alabama during the semifinals. Her driving layup at the 1:22 mark of overtime kick-started a 9-2 game-ending run for the Lady Flames.
2020 ASUN Women's Basketball Championship All-Tournament Team Emily Lytle, Liberty Asia Todd, Liberty Davion Wingate, FGCU Ashli O'Neal, FGCU Ivy Wallen, North Alabama Jazz Bond, North Florida
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