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North Alabama Tops Liberty with Huge 3rd Quarter

February 8, 2020  Florence, Ala.  RSS
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Emily Lytle scored 14 points during the Lady Flames' 86-75 loss at North Alabama.

Emily Lytle scored 14 points during the Lady Flames' 86-75 loss at North Alabama.

Leading by just three points at halftime, host North Alabama broke open Saturday afternoon's game against Liberty with a 30-point third quarter. Five of the Lions' 13 three-pointers came during that decisive period, propelling them to an 86-75 triumph.

Liberty falls to 12-11 overall and 5-5 in the ASUN with its third loss in the last four games. Keyen Green was big for the Lady Flames with 23 points and nine rebounds, but the Lady Flames allowed their most points ever against an ASUN opponent.

North Alabama (16-6, 7-3 ASUN) completes a season sweep of the Lady Flames after putting four players into double figures. The Lions shot 51.9 percent (27-of-52) from the field and 52 percent (13-of-25) from long distance, becoming the first team in the last 50 games to make more than half of their field goals against Liberty.

Box Score Highlights
Liberty Individuals: Keyen Green – 23 points, 9 rebounds, 8-12 FG, 7-7 FT; Emily Lytle – 14 points; Asia Todd – 11 points.

North Alabama Individuals: Kenysha Coulson – 19 points, 5-7 3FG; Ivy Wallen – 18 points, 9 assists; Ansley Eubank – 13 points, 5 assists; Olivia Noah – 13 points.

Key Team Stats: Liberty shot well from both the field (44.3 percent on 27-of-61) and the foul line (89.5 percent on 17-of-19) but finished just 4-of-23 from beyond the arc for 17.4 percent. The Lady Flames outrebounded the Lions 34-28 and scored 42 points in the paint to the home team's 24. North Alabama dished out 22 assists on 27 made field goals.

Turning Point
Liberty was within four points (42-38) on Lytle's layup three minutes into the second half. North Alabama then fashioned a 14-4 run, bookended by Noah and Emma Wallen three-pointers.

Wallen's trifecta at the 1:56 mark of the third quarter extended North Alabama's lead to a dozen (56-44). Liberty got no closer than eight points down the rest of the way.

Game Summary
First Quarter
• Liberty led by as many as 10 points (17-7) during a first quarter where the Lady Flames scored all 17 of their points either inside the paint or at the foul line. Liberty owned a 17-12 advantage at the end of the period.

Second Quarter
• North Alabama knocked down four triples during a 22-point second quarter, including three by Kenysha Coulson. As a result, the Lions took a 34-31 edge into the locker room at halftime.

Third Quarter
• Olivia Noah tallied 11 of North Alabama's 30 points during the third quarter, including two of her team's five triples. Her old-fashioned three-point play during the stanza's closing seconds bolstered the Lions' advantage to 64-48.

Fourth Quarter
• North Alabama's lead got as large as 20 points during the final period, but Liberty did not give up. A 9-0 run, capped off by Keyen Green's three-point play, pulled the Lady Flames within 79-71 with 1:32 left. However, Ivy Wallen knocked down a pair of free throws on North Alabama's next possession to slow Liberty's momentum.

Notes and Nuggets
• Green went over the 20-point mark for the second game in a row, the sixth time this season and the 13th time in her career.

• Green hit all seven of her free throws and is now 12-of-13 at the line during the last two games.

• Lytle scored in double figures for the third straight game and moved to within two triples of 100 for her Liberty career.

• Playing for the first time in two weeks, Bridgette Rettstatt tallied six points and six rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench.

• The Lady Flames have now outrebounded 19 of 23 opponents this season.

• North Alabama was the first team to shoot 50 percent against the Lady Flames since Charlotte on Nov. 24, 2018.   

• North Alabama evened its all-time series with Liberty at 2-2.  

Up Next
Liberty will remain on the road for a Monday evening visit to Jacksonville (14-9, 6-4 ASUN). Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Swisher Gymnasium as the Lady Flames attempt to complete a season sweep of the Dolphins. Liberty recorded an 85-76 home win over Jacksonville on Jan. 11.

Date: Monday, February 10, 2020
Location: Jacksonville, Fla. (Swisher Gymnasium)
Radio: LFSN Radio (90.9 FM The Light Lynchburg)
Tipoff: 7 p.m.