Lady Flames Run Win Streak to 5 with 79-70 Triumph at Lipscomb
The trio of Emily Lytle, Ashtyn Baker and Keyen Green combined for 49 points, helping Liberty shake off a slow start to post a 79-70 victory at Lipscomb on Saturday. The triumph at Allen Arena was the Lady Flames’ fifth in a row.
Liberty (17-11, 10-5 ASUN) benefitted from inside-outside balance to remain in a tie with Jacksonville and North Alabama for second place in the ASUN standings. The Lady Flames scored 30 points in the paint and grabbed 17 offensive rebounds, while also knocking down eight triples.
Liberty has now won 10+ conference games for 21 consecutive seasons. The streak began during Carey Green’s first season as head coach (1999-2000), when Liberty went 12-2 in the Big South.
Taylor Clark hit five of the Bisons’ 11 triples and racked up 28 points. However, Lipscomb (7-22, 4-12 ASUN) committed 20 turnovers during its regular-season finale. The Bisons fall to 0-5 all-time versus the Lady Flames.
Box Score Highlights
Liberty Individuals: Emily Lytle – 17 points, 8 rebounds; Ashtyn Baker – 16 points, 6 assists, 3 steals; Keyen Green – 16 points, 6 rebounds.
Lipscomb Individuals: Taylor Clark – 28 points, 5 rebounds, 5-8 3FG; Jalyn Holcomb – 14 points.
Key Team Stats: Both teams shot the ball well from the field, with Liberty making 46.8 percent (29-of-62) of its field goals and Lipscomb connecting at a 47.7 percent (21-of-44) clip. The Lady Flames outrebounded their eighth consecutive opponent, 36-21. Liberty scored 18 bench points to Lipscomb’s five.
Clark knocked down a pair of three-pointers and converted a three-point play during the game’s first 8:09, helping Lipscomb jump out to a 19-11 advantage on Senior Day.
Audrey Clark and Lytle responded with triples on Liberty’s next two trips to the offensive end, beginning a prolonged surge for the visitors. The Lady Flames outscored the Bisons, 22-8, over the remainder of the first half to build a 33-27 halftime lead. Lipscomb never regained the advantage.
• Clark scored half (10 of 20) of Lipscomb’s points during a high-scoring first 10 minutes which featured seven triples between the two teams. The Bisons emerged with a one-point edge (20-19) at the conclusion of the stanza.
• Liberty doubled up Lipscomb 14-7 during a pivotal second period. The Bisons had twice as many turnovers (10) as shot attempts (5) for the quarter, and the Lady Flames converted those miscues into 11 points.
• After Liberty forced a shot clock violation, Nenna Lindstrom swished a three-pointer just before the halftime buzzer. Her trifecta lifted the Lady Flames’ lead to 33-27 at the intermission.
• Lipscomb fashioned a 10-1 run during the third period, cutting its deficit to 40-39 on Clark’s three-pointer at the 5:07 mark.
• Emily Lytle answered with a triple of her own 18 seconds later, and Liberty rebuilt a nine-point cushion (55-46) by the end of the quarter.
• The Bisons made one final run during the fourth quarter, as Casey Collier’s layup had her team within four (60-56) with 4:38 to play.
• Ashtyn Baker then scored Liberty’s next six points as part of her 10-point final period, helping to seal the road victory.
Notes and Nuggets
• Lytle’s team-high 17 points wrapped up her successful month of February, when she averaged 15.0 ppg and knocked down 22 triples in eight games.
• Baker continued her recent hot streak, as the junior point guard has averaged 19.8 ppg over the last four outings. She also dished out six assists for the fourth time during the Lady Flames’ current five-game winning streak and has reached the 100-assist mark in a season for the second time in her career.
• Green’s 16 points came in just 13 minutes of playing time. She leapfrogged Sharon Snodgrass and Ginny Holloway on Liberty’s all-time scoring list on Saturday and now ranks No. 9 all-time at Liberty with 1,181 career points.
• After being held without a three-pointer for four straight games, Lindstrom set career highs for points (9) and triples made (3), going 3-of-5 from beyond the arc.
• Playing on Leap Day for the second time in program history (also 1980), Liberty finished up a successful 6-2 month of February. The Lady Flames are now 138-21 in February contests under Carey Green.
• Liberty improved to 10-6 when playing away from the Vines Center this season and 9-3 when playing on Saturday.
The Lady Flames will wrap up the regular season with a Monday evening visit to Kennesaw State (13-14, 6-9 ASUN). Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the KSU Convocation Center as Liberty looks to complete a season sweep of the Owls. The Lady Flames topped Kennesaw State 76-66 at the Vines Center on Feb. 3, improving to 3-0 in the all-time head-to-head series.
Date: Monday, March 2, 2020
Location: Kennesaw, Ga. (KSU Convocation Center)
Radio: LFSN Radio (90.9 FM The Light Lynchburg)
Tipoff: 7 p.m.