Virginia Tech hit 10 three-pointers and put four players into double figures, sparking the Hokies to a 72-61 win over Liberty in the Lady Flames' home opener, Tuesday evening at the Vines Center.
The Hokies, making their first visit to Lynchburg in 10 years, improve to 3-0. Liberty falls to 0-2 after seeing its 15-game home winning streak halted.
Box Score Highlights Liberty Individuals: Emily Lytle – 13 points, 3-7 3FG; Ashtyn Baker – 8 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals; Kierra Johnson-Graham – 8 points; Bridgette Rettstatt – 7 points, 7 rebounds
Virginia Tech Individuals: Taylor Emery – 13 points; Dara Mabrey – 13 points; Trinity Baptiste – 12 points, 6 rebounds; Rachel Camp – 10 points, 6 assists; Regan Magarity – 9 points, 15 rebounds
Key Team Stats: Virginia Tech shot 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from three-point range, including 72.7 percent (8-of-11) after halftime. Liberty won the rebounding battle (38-34), aided by 13 offensive boards. After committing 28 turnovers during Friday's season opener at Bethune-Cookman, the Lady Flames had only 12 miscues on Tuesday.
Turning Point Liberty was on top 16-11 early in the second quarter before misfiring on its next 11 field goals during a 5:15 scoreless drought. Virginia Tech went on a 14-0 run during that time, taking a lead it would never relinquish.
Game Summary First Quarter • Reigning ASUN Newcomer of the Week Emily Lytle hit a three-pointer on the game's first possession, and the Lady Flames led for all but 56 seconds of the opening quarter.
• Liberty starting point guard Ashtyn Baker grabbed four first-quarter rebounds, helping the Lady Flames take a 13-11 advantage after 10 minutes.
Second Quarter • Following the Hokies' 14-0 run, Liberty held the visitors without a field goal for the remainder of the half, trimming its deficit to five (26-21) at the intermission.
• The Lady Flames shot just 18.8 percent (3-of-16) from the field during the second period and finished the half at 26.7 percent (8-of-30).
Third Quarter • Virginia Tech hit seven straight field goals during the third quarter, pushing out to a 16-point (49-33) lead after back-to-back triples by Rachel Camp and Dara Mabrey. Those were two of the Hokies' five three-pointers during a 28-point third period.
• Lytle scored eight points during the stanza for the Lady Flames, but they trailed 54-39 heading to the final 10 minutes.
Fourth Quarter • Liberty shot 55.6 percent (10-of-18) during the final period but could get no closer than nine points down
• Virginia Tech kept the Lady Flames at arm's length by hitting three more triples in the fourth quarter.
Liberty Head Coach Carey Green Quotes "There are several aspects of the game that we were really pleased with. One that we didn't like was the final score. We took care of the ball and had the opportunity to score. We rebounded sufficiently enough to be successful. Yet, we felt like the third quarter was a big quarter for them. It was just a bad quarter and a lack of defense in that quarter. You just cannot be successful when it comes down to that."
Notes and Nuggets • Lytle has now scored 37 points in her first two games at Liberty after tallying 46 total points during her freshman season at Little Rock.
• Tatyana Crowder's team-high four assists equaled the senior's career high.
• Mya McMillian grabbed a season-high seven rebounds in her second career game.
• Tuesday's game marked the 16th all-time meeting between the Lady Flames and Hokies but the first since Dec. 30, 2008. That day, Liberty posted a 45-43 victory at Virginia Tech for its first-ever victory over the Hokies.
• Liberty lost at home for the first time since March 10, 2017 against Charleston Southern. Their 15-game losing streak was the fourth longest in program history and the eighth longest active streak in NCAA Division I women's basketball.
• Tuesday's game marked the 16th all-time meeting between the Lady Flames and Hokies but the first since Dec. 30, 2008. That day, Liberty posted a 45-43 victory at Virginia Tech for its first-ever victory over the Hokies and its most recent win over an ACC opponent.
• Virginia Tech improved to 15-1 all-time against Liberty, including 8-0 in Lynchburg.
Up Next Liberty will remain at home for a Saturday matinee with Saint Francis (Pa.) (0-2). Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. at the Vines Center for the Lady Flames' first-ever meeting with the defending NEC champion Red Flash.
Date: Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 Location: Lynchburg, Va. (Vines Center) TV: ESPN+ Radio: LFSN Radio (90.9 FM The Light Lynchburg) Tipoff: 2 p.m.