Liberty senior KK Barbour headlined a big day for the Lady Flames' post players, Saturday at the Vines Center. She recorded a double-double (15 points, 11 rebounds) and pulled down her 500th career board during Liberty's 69-53 triumph over North Florida, the Lady Flames' first-ever ASUN Conference home win.
Bridgette Rettstatt (15 points, 9 rebounds) also stepped up for Liberty, which improves to 6-12 overall and 2-3 in ASUN play with its second straight win. The Lady Flames dominated the Ospreys in both rebounds (56-36) and points in the paint (28-10) on the afternoon.
North Florida, which shot just 26.9 percent (18-of-67) from the field, falls to 7-9 overall and 2-3 in ASUN play. Jazz Bond posted a double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds) for the Ospreys, but they dropped to 1-6 away from home this season. Box Score Highlights Other Liberty Individuals: Emily Lytle – 14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3-8 3FG; Ria Gulley – 12 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks.
Other North Florida Individuals: Janesha Green – 10 points; Ty Purifoy – 10 assists.
Key Team Stats: Seventeen of Liberty's rebounds came at the offensive end, leading to 15 second-chance points. The Lady Flames finished with 17 assists and only 13 turnovers. Liberty blocked five shots, with four of the five rejections coming from guards. North Florida's bench scored 22 points to Liberty's 13, becoming the first ASUN team to outscore the Lady Flames in that category. Turning Point After a tightly contested opening half, KK Barbour (9 points) nearly outscored North Florida (11 points) by herself during the third quarter.
Liberty fashioned separate runs of 7-0 and 6-0 during the period, which ended with the home team owning a 10-point (46-36) lead. The advantage remained in double digits for the remainder of the contest. Game Summary First Quarter • After Emily Lytle's three-pointer on the game's first possession, North Florida went on an 11-0 run highlighted by three triples. Janesha Green's trifecta put the Ospreys in front 11-3 at 5:46 of the opening quarter. • The Lady Flames countered with nine straight points, briefly reclaiming the lead (12-11) on Bridgette Rettstatt's putback hoop with 2:07 to play. • But Liberty did not make another field goal during the rest of the quarter and North Florida owned a 16-15 edge despite an 11-point, 5-rebound period by Lytle. Second Quarter • Liberty limited North Florida to nine points on 21.1 percent (4-of-19) shooting during the second quarter. • As a result, the Lady Flames built a five-point lead before taking a 28-25 edge into halftime.
Third Quarter • KK Barbour single-handedly accounted for a 7-0 Liberty run, and her jump shot at the 7:26 mark bolstered the Lady Flames' lead to eight points (35-27). • Barbour finished with nine of Liberty's 18 third-quarter points, and Ria Gulley's buzzer-beating jumper sent the Lady Flames into the final period with a 46-36 advantage.
Fourth Quarter • After being limited to two points during the game's first three quarters, Bridgette Rettstatt exploded for 13 tallies during the Lady Flames' 23-point fourth period. • Liberty's lead reached 18 points on its way to a 16-point victory.
Liberty Head Coach Carey Green Quotes "If we win, it's going to be by unity of the team, playing together. We're missing key pieces of our team but not missing heart at all. These young ladies are playing with heart. If they continue to play hard, good things happen. It's great to have four players in double figures." Notes and Nuggets • KK Barbour's 15 points marked a season high. The double-double was her third of the season and the eighth of her career. • Barbour grabbed her 500th rebound 1:08 into the game, becoming the 28th Lady Flame ever to reach the milestone. The senior also scored her 700th point during the win. • Bridgette Rettstatt has now scored in double figures in all five ASUN games. • Emily Lytle recorded her sixth game of 3+ three-pointers this season. • Ria Gulley set new career highs for rebounds (8) and blocked shots (2). She also posted her fifth game of 5+ assists. • The Lady Flames had four double-digit scorers for the second straight game. • Tatyana Crowder's six rebounds were a season high. • Liberty and North Florida met for the first time on Saturday. • The Lady Flames improved to 1-5 against teams from Florida this season and posted their first win over a Sunshine State opponent since Dec. 8, 2002 (Bethune-Cookman). • Liberty has won eight straight games played on Jan. 19 and is 138-24 in January games under Carey Green's direction. • North Florida's 53 points were just one more than its season low (52 at Indiana, Nov. 18). Up Next Liberty will close out the month of January with a pair of road games, beginning with its second matchup against Jacksonville in 15 days, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. inside Swisher Gymnasium. The Lady Flames will seek a split of the season series with the Dolphins, following Jacksonville's 64-52 win at the Vines Center on Jan. 12. Date: Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 Location: Jacksonville, Fla. (Swisher Gymnasium) Tipoff: 2 p.m. TV: ESPN+ Radio: LFSN Radio (90.9 FM The Light Lynchburg)