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    November 27, 2021 Annapolis, Md. RSS | | Box Score Box Score | Box Score Box Score

    Liberty controlled the game from start to finish, defeating Navy, 63-42, Saturday afternoon at Alumni Hall. The Lady Flames raced out to a 24-5 lead and knocked down 11 three-pointers during the opening game of the Navy Classic.

    Playing its first road game of the season, Liberty improves to 4-1. Eleven different Lady Flames scored points, and Liberty outrebounded the Midshipmen, 52-32.

    Despite a game-high 21 points by reigning Patriot League Player of the Week Jennifer Coleman, Navy drops to 2-4 with its second consecutive defeat. The Midshipmen shot just 26.3 percent (15-of-57) on the afternoon.

    Box Score Highlights
    Liberty Individuals: Bridgette Rettstatt – 11 points, 5 rebounds; Jordan Hodges – 8 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists; Dee Brown – 6 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists; Bella Smuda – 6 points, 7 rebounds, 4 blocks; Emma Hess – 6 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists.

    Navy Individuals: Coleman – 21 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists; Savanna Lewis – 7 points, 6 rebounds 2 blocks.

    Key Team Stats: Liberty shot 39.3 percent (24-of-61) from the field, including 35.5 percent (11-of-31) from beyond the arc. The Lady Flames converted 18 offensive rebounds into 13 second-chance points and blocked a season-high six shots.

    Turning Point
    Liberty set the tone from the get-go, opening the contest with a 12-0 run over the first 4:46 of play. Rettstatt scored six points during the surge, while teammates Brown and Priscilla Smeenge each connected on triples.

    Navy did not get on the board until Coleman converted a three-point play with 4:20 to play in the opening period. Brown answered with her second triple of the early-going, and the Lady Flames’ lead remained in double digits the rest of the way.

    Game Summary
    First Quarter

    • The Lady Flames built a 24-5 lead by the end of the first quarter, aided by scorching 6-of-9 three-point shooting. Brown and Jordan Hodges each hit a pair of triples during the stanza. Meanwhile, Navy hit only 2-of-14 first quarter field goal attempts for 14.3 percent.

    Second Quarter

    • Coleman tallied 11 second-quarter points for the Midshipmen. However, Navy was unable to chip away at Liberty’s lead, and the Lady Flames took a 40-21 advantage into the intermission.

    Third Quarter

    • Both teams struggled at the offensive end during the third quarter, managing nine points apiece. Four of Navy’s nine turnovers came in the third period, leading to five Liberty points.

    Fourth Quarter

    • Darryl Langford opened the fourth-quarter scoring with back-to-back layups for Navy, trimming Liberty’s cushion to 15 points (49-34) with 8:46 remaining.
    • Nenna Lindstrom then scored the game’s next five points, beginning an 8-0 Liberty run which squelched any hope of a Navy comeback.

    Notes and Nuggets

    • With her 11 points and five rebounds on Saturday, Rettstatt moves into 20th place on Liberty’s all-time scoring list (918 points) and 10th place on the Lady Flames’ all-time rebounding chart (675 rebounds).
    • Smuda’s four blocked shots set a new career high and were the most by a Lady Flame since Rettstatt’s four rejections during a Feb. 2, 2019 win over NJIT.
    • Freshman Hodges, who scored eight points for the second time in three collegiate appearances, was the only Lady Flame to play over 20 minutes (22).
    • With Saturday’s victory, Carey Green’s coaching record now stands at 499-204 in his 23 seasons at Liberty.
    • At 4-1, Liberty is off to its best five-game start since the 2009-10 Lady Flames began the year at 5-0.
    • Liberty has outscored opponents in the first quarter this season, 105-39, and three of the Lady Flames’ five opponents have managed five points or fewer during the opening stanza.

    Up Next
    Liberty will wrap up its stay in Annapolis on Sunday, taking on Bowling Green at 1 p.m. inside Alumni Hall. It will mark the first-ever meeting between the Lady Flames and Falcons, who captured the MAC regular-season title a year ago.

    Liberty will be aiming for Carey Green’s 500th career coaching victory and the Lady Flames’ first 2-0 Thanksgiving tournament since the GSU Thanksgiving Tournament, Nov. 28 & 30, 2014 in Atlanta, Ga. The Lady Flames will also be looking to finish 2-0 at the Navy Classic for the second time (also 2009).