Emily Lytle and the Lady Flames fell just short in a 64-57 loss at No. 25 FGCU on Monday.
No. 25 FGCU hosted Liberty for a rematch of the 2019 ASUN Women's Basketball Championship title game, Monday at Alico Arena. In a contest which had a distinct postseason feel, the Eagles withstood the Lady Flames' numerous comeback attempts to pull out a 64-57 victory and snap Liberty's six-game winning streak.
Liberty (8-7, 1-1 ASUN) cut an 11-point fourth quarter deficit to two but could never get over the hump, losing for the first time since Nov. 30. The Lady Flames got strong play from the post duo of Bridgette Rettstatt (14 points, 12 rebounds, five steals) and Keyen Green (13 points, eight rebounds, two blocks) but shot a season-low 40 percent (6-of-15) from the free throw line.
Keri Jewett-Giles scored 16 of her 22 points after halftime for FGCU (15-2, 2-0 ASUN), which won its 30th straight ASUN game and improved to 101-2 all-time in ASUN home contests. The Eagles overcame a cold shooting night from three-point range (15.2 percent, 5-of-33) by making 17 of 18 free throw attempts for 94.4 percent.
Box Score Highlights Other Liberty Individuals: Emily Lytle – 9 points; Ashtyn Baker – 8 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists.
Other FGCU Individuals: Tytionia Adderly – 14 points, 13 rebounds, 4 steals; Davion Wingate – 14 points, 4 assists.
Key Team Stats: Entering the game at 27.9 percent from three-point range, the Lady Flames connected on 7-of-13 triples for 53.8 percent. Despite Liberty's height advantage, FGCU owned the upper hand in rebounds (40-37) and points in the paint (30-18). Liberty committed 20 turnovers but also forced FGCU into 16 miscues, the Eagles' most since Nov. 17.
Turning Point Asia Todd's three-pointer with 39 seconds remaining cut FGCU's lead to 59-56.
Jewett-Giles then hit all four of her free throw attempts during the Eagles' next two possessions, while Liberty managed only a single foul shot from Green and a turnover as its comeback fell just short.
Game Summary First Quarter • Points were hard to come by during the first 10 minutes of play as the two teams missed 22 of their 30 field goal attempts. FGCU was just 2-of-13 from three-point range, but those two triples came courtesy of Tytionia Adderly within the final 2:46, giving the host Eagles a 12-8 edge.
Second Quarter • Emily Lytle bookended an 8-0 Liberty run with two triples, cutting the Lady Flames' 10-point deficit to two (20-18), 3:06 before halftime.
• Adderly then wrapped up her successful first half (11 points, 9 rebounds) by scoring her team's final five points. FGCU owned a 28-22 lead at the break despite shooting only 18.2 percent (4-of-22) from beyond the arc.
Third Quarter • For the second straight game, Keyen Green came out firing during the second half. She scored eight points within the half's first 5:38, pulling Liberty within two (34-32).
• FGCU then reopened a nine-point advantage (46-37) with a 10-3 surge to close the third period, with Davion Wingate tallying the run's final five points.
Fourth Quarter • Trailing by 11 early in the fourth quarter, Liberty went on an 8-0 run. Bridgette Rettstatt's pair of triples had the Lady Flames within three (48-45) at the 6:29 mark.
• That was the first of five times Liberty made it a single-possession game during the final period, aided by four three-pointers in the stanza.
• The closest Liberty got was 52-50 when Lytle split a pair of free throws with 4:24 to play.
• During the final 10 minutes, FGCU shot 12 of 13 from the charity stripe while the Lady Flames were just 6 of 14.
Notes and Nuggets • Rettstatt posted her second straight double-double to open ASUN Conference play. The junior has now recorded three double-doubles this season and seven in her career. She has also scored in double figures during 14 of 18 career ASUN contests.
• Rettstatt's five steals and two three-pointers both tied career highs.
• Nine of Green's 13 points came after halftime. During ASUN play, she has totaled eight points during the first half and 26 during the second half.
• Green is now 28 points away from 1,000 for her career.
• Baker's six assists marked her 10th career game with five or more helpers and put her over the 200-assist mark for her career.
• Liberty held FGCU to its second lowest point total of the season, well below the Eagles' season average of 80.6 ppg. FGCU became the 42nd straight opponent to shoot below 50 percent from the field against Liberty.
• FGCU halted Liberty's six-game streak of outrebounding its opponent.
• The Lady Flames finish their season-long six-game road swing at 5-1.
• Liberty is now 7-2 in its last nine games with both losses coming to Top 25 opponents.
• The Lady Flames have lost 30 straight meetings with Top 25 foes since their 88-79 win over No. 16/16 DePaul on March 22, 2005 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
• Liberty falls to 0-4 all-time against FGCU, including 0-3 at Alico Arena.
Up Next The Lady Flames will play their first home game in more than a month on Saturday, welcoming Jacksonville (8-6, 0-1 ASUN) to the Vines Center for the team's ASUN Conference home opener. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m., and the game will be followed by a Jacksonville at Liberty men's basketball tilt at 5.
Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020 Location: Lynchburg, Va. (Vines Center) TV: ESPN+ Radio: LFSN Radio (90.9 FM The Light Lynchburg) Tipoff: 2 p.m.
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