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    Head Coach Carey Green Press Conference

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    Facing its largest deficit of the season (11 points) after just 3:18 of play, Liberty bounced back to collect its 12th straight win. Dee Brown’s first career double-double (career-high 15 points, career-high 12 rebounds) led the way for the Lady Flames’ 61-50 triumph over North Florida, Wednesday evening at Liberty Arena.

    Liberty improves to 15-1 overall and remains tied with No. 23 FGCU atop the ASUN East Division at 3-0. The Lady Flames are riding their longest winning streak in seven years, thanks in large part to defense (UNF shot just 34 percent from the field) and rebounding (season-high +26 rebound margin). Liberty is now tied for the national lead in victories this season, along with Iowa State (15-1), South Carolina (15-1), Tennessee (15-1) and LSU (15-2).

    North Florida, playing without leading scorer Jazz Bond, falls to 7-8 overall and 0-3 in ASUN play. The road team remains winless in the all-time head-to-head series between the Ospreys and Lady Flames, which Liberty now leads 5-4.

    Box Score Highlights
    Liberty Individuals: Brown – 15 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals; Kennedi Williams – 11 points, 3 assists; Nenna Lindstrom – 11 points, 3-9 3FG; Mya Berkman – 9 rebounds; Bella Smuda – 8 rebounds.

    North Florida Individuals: Rhetta Moore – 13 points, 3-8 3FG; Jaida Bond – 12 points; Summah Evans – 10 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks.

    Key Team Stats: Liberty did not shoot the ball well, finishing at 38.1 percent (24-of-63) from the field, 23.5 percent (4-of-17) from beyond the arc and 47.4 percent (9-of-19) from the foul line. However, the Lady Flames owned significant advantages in rebounds (53-27) and points in the paint (36-20). Liberty converted 21 offensive rebounds into 19 second-chance points. The Ospreys scored 17 points off the Lady Flames’ 18 turnovers.

    Turning Point
    Liberty had only led for nine seconds the entire night before going in front for good with a 15-0 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters. Brown and Williams each scored a pair of hoops for the Lady Flames, and North Florida went 7:11 without a point.

    The lengthy surge converted a 32-29 UNF lead into a 44-32 Liberty advantage, and the home team never trailed again.

    Game Summary
    First Quarter

    • North Florida raced out to a 13-2 lead during the game’s first 3:18, putting Liberty into its first double-digit deficit of the season to date.
    • Liberty outscored the Ospreys, 13-6, over the remainder of the period, aided by two Nenna Lindstrom triples. The Lady Flames trailed 19-15 after 10 minutes of play.

    Second Quarter

    • Liberty tallied the first five points of the second quarter, briefly taking a 20-19 advantage on Jordan Bailey’s putback, 8:33 before halftime.
    • But the Lady Flames managed only two more made field goals during the rest of the half, as North Florida became only the second team this season to own a halftime lead against Liberty, 28-25. The Ospreys tallied 14 points off Liberty’s 12 first-half turnovers.

    Third Quarter

    • The visiting Ospreys shot just 1-of-12 for the third stanza, going the final 6:47 without scoring a single point. Liberty outscored North Florida, 17-4, during the pivotal period.

    Fourth Quarter

    • North Florida made one final try at a comeback, using a 9-2 burst to pull within four (50-46) on Evans’ triple with 4:14 to play.
    • Williams answered with a three-point play on Liberty’s next possession, igniting an 8-0 Liberty run to seal the victory.

    Notes and Nuggets

    • Brown became the first Lady Flame to lead the team in points, rebounds and assists in the same game since Bridgette Rettstatt did so against ETSU on Nov. 8, 2019. Brown paced Liberty with her three steals for good measure.
    • Brown is now averaging 12.3 ppg in four career meetings with North Florida.
    • After failing to score in double figures during her first 64 games at Liberty, Lindstrom has now reached double digits in back-to-back games. She has hit 11 triples during three ASUN contests this year.
    • Williams’ 11 points equaled her season high.
    • During the second quarter, Berkman became the 31st Lady Flame ever to collect 500 career rebounds.
    • Liberty’s last winning streak of 12 games or longer was a 14-game streak spanning Jan. 24-March 8, 2015.
    • The Lady Flames own the nation’s third-longest active winning streak, trailing only Colorado (13) and Louisville (13).
    • Liberty’s last 10 victories have all come by 10 points or more.
    • The Lady Flames have won six straight home games overall and 15 consecutive home matchups with ASUN foes, improving to 21-1 all-time at Liberty Arena.
    • Wednesday marked the first time this season Liberty has won a game it trailed at halftime and the first time North Florida has lost a game it led at the intermission.
    • This was the 10th time in 16 games this season that Liberty’s opponent has scored 50 points or fewer.

    Up Next
    Liberty will head to No. 23 FGCU (14-1, 3-0 ASUN) on Saturday for a rematch of the 2021 ASUN title game. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. inside Alico Arena in Fort Myers, Fla., as the Lady Flames seek their first-ever victory over the Eagles.