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Liberty Comes Back for 57-47 Senior Day Win

March 4, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty trailed Campbell by as many as 12 points during Saturday's regular-season finale at the Vines Center and never led until 3:26 remained in the fourth quarter. Appropriately on Senior Day, senior Audrey Rettstatt hit the go-ahead hoop during a decisive 10-0 fourth-quarter run which lifted the Lady Flames to a 57-47 victory.

Campbell (21-8, 13-5 Big South) owned a 45-42 edge when Summer Price hit a layup with 6:58 remaining in the fourth quarter. But the Camels did not score again for 5:46 as Liberty (13-16, 12-6 Big South) took over the game with 10 consecutive points.

Iva Ilic tied the game at 45-all with a corner three-pointer at the 4:30 mark. Rettstatt, Liberty's lone senior, then beat the shot clock buzzer with a running bank shot at 3:26, giving the home team a lead (47-45) it would not relinquish.

Ola Makurat's step-back jumper and Lela Sellers' three-pointer from the right wing closed out the pivotal run, giving Liberty a 52-45 advantage with just 1:49 remaining. Campbell could not mount a comeback, as the Lady Flames held the Camels to 25 percent (4-of-16) from the field and 0-of-5 from three-point range during the final quarter.

Conversely, Liberty shot 66.7 percent (8-of-12) from the field and 75 percent (3-of-4) from long range in the fourth quarter after hitting only 18.2 percent (2-of-11) of its triples prior during the first three periods. Nene Johnson scored seven of her team-high 13 points during the fourth quarter, while Keyen Green finished with 11 points and eight boards after playing only three minutes prior to halftime.

The Lady Flames, who clinched the Big South Women's Basketball Championship's No. 4 seed, completed a regular-season sweep of the Camels and have now won seven consecutive matchups with Campbell overall. Liberty overcame a halftime deficit to win for the first time this season. The Lady Flames were 0-11 when trailing at the intermission prior to Saturday.

Campbell got 13 points off the bench from Hayley Barber, but leading scorer Summer Price shot just 4-of-20 for 11 points. The Camels managed only 17 second-half points as a team, as Liberty outscored the visitors by a 36-17 count during the final 20 minutes. Campbell will be the No. 2 seed when it returns to the Vines Center next week for the Big South Women's Basketball Championship.

Liberty shot 50 percent (4-of-8) from the field during the first quarter. However, the Lady Flames also committed eight turnovers which led to 11 Campbell points. As a result, the Camels led throughout the opening 10 minutes, taking a 15-11 lead after the first quarter.

Hannah Long, who missed the Camels' first meeting with Liberty due to injury, made two layups during an 8-0 Campbell run to begin the second quarter. Her hoop with 6:42 remaining in the half gave the Camels a 23-11 advantage, their largest of the afternoon.

The Lady Flames countered with a 7-0 run, pulling to within 23-18 on Jordan Woods' layup at 4:25. But that was as close as the home team got, as Campbell pushed its lead back to nine points (30-21) by halftime.

Liberty shot just 34.8 percent (8-of-23) during the first half and committed 11 turnovers. Campbell made 42.3 percent (11-of-26) of its first-half field goal attempts and owned a slight 16-15 rebounding edge.

The Lady Flames made only one of their eight field goal attempts during the third quarter but got to the foul line 18 times. Liberty connected on 12 of its free throws in the stanza, including five by Green, trimming its deficit to 39-35 through three quarters.

Liberty then outscored Campbell by a 22-8 count during the final period, including 15-2 over the final 4:30. The Lady Flames improved to 3-10 this season when scoring fewer than 60 points, with two of those victories coming at the Camels' expense.

Liberty finished the game at 39.5 percent (17-of-43) from the field, 33.3 percent (5-of-15) from three-point range and 64.3 percent (18-of-28) from the foul line.

Campbell was 36 percent (18-of-50) from the floor, 18.8 percent (3-of-16) from long distance and 61.5 percent (8-of-13) from the charity stripe.

The Camels finished with a slim 33-32 rebounding edge and scored 24 points in the paint to Liberty's 16.

Johnson's 13 points included an 8-of-10 performance from the free throw line.

Green's eight rebounds move her into fifth place on Liberty's single-season freshman rebounding chart with 232 boards.

Ilic chipped in eight points, highlighted by two triples.

Rettstatt's Senior Day stat line included five points, four rebounds and a team-high three assists.

Up Next
Liberty will prepare to host the Big South Women's Basketball Championship for the first time since 1998. The four-day, 10-team event will run from Thursday through Sunday at the Vines Center.

The Lady Flames will enter the tournament as the No. 4 seed for the first time in program history. Liberty's tournament opener will be a Friday 2 p.m. quarterfinal matchup with No. 5 seed Charleston Southern (17-12, 11-7 Big South).