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Lytle's 20 Lead Liberty Past ECU, 81-66

December 3, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Emily Lytle scored 12 of her game-high and season-high 20 points during the second half, Tuesday evening at the Vines Center, helping Liberty erase a halftime deficit to pick up an 81-66 victory over East Carolina.

Liberty (3-6) shot a season-high 57.1 percent (32-of-56) and scored a season-best 81 points during its first home win of the 2019-20 campaign. The victory also marked the Lady Flames' first-ever triumph over ECU and their inaugural win against an American Athletic Conference foe.

ECU (3-6) dressed only seven players due to injury but put up a scrappy effort. The Pirates forced 31 Liberty turnovers, converting the miscues into 27 points.

Box Score Highlights
Other Liberty Individuals: Bridgette Rettstatt – 16 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists; Keyen Green – 12 points, 6-7 FG; Mya McMillian – 10 points, 8 rebounds; Ashtyn Baker – 7 assists, 3 steals.

East Carolina Individuals: Taniyah Thompson – 13 points, 4 steals; Lashonda Monk – 12 points, 5 steals; Necole Hope – 12 points; Ryann Evans – 11 points, 5 steals.

Key Team Stats: Liberty used its size advantage to post a 35-20 rebounding advantage and score a season-high 44 points in the paint. The Lady Flames' bench outscored ECU's pair of reserves, 38-10, paced by Lytle's 20 markers. The game featured 56 turnovers, as the Pirates committed 25 of their own.

Turning Point
Trailing by three points (40-37) after a back-and-forth opening half, Liberty began the third quarter with a 22-5 run to take the lead for good.

Lytle and Green scored six points apiece during the surge, which saw the Lady Flames make nine consecutive field goal attempts to begin the half.

Game Summary
First Quarter
• ECU made its first six field goal attempts of the evening, opening an early 13-6 advantage.

• Liberty outscored the Pirates 13-2 during the remainder of the period, getting a strong opening 10 minutes from Bridgette Rettstatt (8 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists) on its way to a 19-15 lead.

Second Quarter
• The second quarter featured five ties and three lead changes, with the visiting Pirates emerging with a 40-37 halftime edge.

• The Lady Flames shot 53.6 percent (15-of-28) from the field before halftime but committed 18 turnovers which led to 19 ECU points.

Third Quarter
• The Lady Flames totaled 24 points and connected on 69.2 percent (9-of-13) from the field during the pivotal third stanza, taking a 61-51 cushion into the fourth quarter.

Fourth Quarter
• ECU did not go down quietly and trimmed its deficit to six (72-66) on Ryann Evans' triple from the left wing with 3:47 remaining.

• Nenna Lindstrom answered with a three-pointer at the other end, part of her eight-point quarter, and Liberty regained the momentum to wrap up the victory.

Notes and Nuggets
• Lytle's 20-point game was her first of the season and the seventh of her career. After entering the game with a 20.8 percent three-point clip this season, the redshirt junior made 3-of-3 from beyond the arc on Tuesday.

• Lytle became the first Lady Flame to come off the bench and score 20 points since Jan. 13, 2018, when Ola Makurat tallied 20 points as a reserve at Gardner-Webb.

• Rettstatt's season-high 16 points put her in double figures for the third straight game.

• Green's dozen points came in just 15 minutes of playing time, as she was mired in foul trouble for much of the evening.

• McMillian tied her career high with 10 points. During two meetings with ECU, the sophomore has scored 16 points on 7-of-8 from the field.

• Baker's seven assists matched her career high and her three steals were a new season high.

• Lindstrom had totaled eight points during her first six appearances as a Lady Flame before posting eight points during the fourth quarter on Tuesday.

• Liberty is now 119-2 under Head Coach Carey Green when shooting 50 percent or better from the field. Meanwhile, the Lady Flames held their 36th straight opponent below 50 percent from the floor.

• After being outrebounded during two of their last three games, the Lady Flames enjoyed a season-high +15 rebound margin (35-20) versus ECU.

• The Lady Flames' 24 assists were the team's most since Jan. 29, 2019, when they tallied 25 assists at Lipscomb.

• Liberty won a game when committing 30+ turnovers for the first time since Dec. 31, 2011. That day, the Lady Flames triumphed 76-68 at Radford despite 39 miscues.

• The Lady Flames were 0-3 all-time versus American Athletic Conference opponents prior to Tuesday, including last season's 66-63 buzzer-beating loss at ECU (Dec. 13, 2018).

• Liberty has now defeated ECU in both men's and women's basketball this season, as the Flames posted a 77-57 triumph in Greenville on Nov. 16. This is the first time since the 2006-07 season (Longwood) that the Flames and Lady Flames have defeated the same non-conference opponent in a single season.

• Despite its 1-3 mark at home this season, Liberty closes the decade of the 2010s with a 110-29 home record at the Vines Center.

Up Next
Following a break from competition for final exams, the Lady Flames will tip off a season-long six-game road swing at Hampton (2-2) on Dec. 14. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Hampton Convocation Center. Liberty's first matchup with the Pirates since Feb. 6, 2003 will mark the team's first matchup with a Big South Conference opponent since the Lady Flames departed the conference after the 2017-18 season.

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019
Location: Hampton, Va. (Hampton Convocation Center)
TV: ESPN+
Radio: LFSN Radio (90.9 FM The Light Lynchburg)
Tipoff: 7 p.m.