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    Liberty redshirt senior forward Emily Lytle was honored as one of Virginia’s best women’s basketball players on Thursday. She has been voted to the 2020-21 Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) University Division All-State second team.

    Lytle was previously named to the ASUN All-Conference first team and was tabbed ASUN Player of the Week on Dec. 21. She earned her third consecutive berth on the ASUN All-Tournament Team after averaging 21.0 ppg during the Lady Flames’ third straight run to the ASUN Championship title game.

    For the season, Lytle averaged a career-high 14.7 ppg, the most by a Lady Flame since Ashley Rininger also averaged 14.7 ppg in 2013-14. She scored in double digits in 20 of Liberty’s 27 games. Lytle posted seven 20-point games, including a career-high 30 points in a return to her hometown against Memphis on Dec. 6.

    Lytle scored her 1,000th career point during a Feb. 13 victory at Bellarmine, becoming the 18th member of Liberty’s 1,000-point club. Her team-high 54 three-pointers moved her into third place all-time for the Lady Flames with 171 career triples.

    Lytle made her first 22 free throws to start the season, finishing with a program-record 34 consecutive made free throws spanning March 7-Dec. 16, 2020. She shot 86.5 percent from the foul line for the season, ranking No. 2 in program history. Lytle also set a program single-season record with her 39.1 percent mark from beyond the three-point arc.

    2020-21 VaSID University Division All-State Women’s Basketball Team
    VaSID Player of the Year – Elizabeth Kitley, Virginia Tech
    VaSID Defensive Player of the Year – Akila Smith, Longwood
    VaSID Rookie of the Year – Addie Budnik, Richmond
    VaSID Coach of the Year – Kenny Brooks, Virginia Tech

    First Team
    Kiki Jefferson, James Madison
    Elizabeth Kitley, Virginia Tech
    Kyla McMakin, Longwood
    Aisha Sheppard, Virginia Tech
    Akila Smith, Longwood

    Second Team
    Kate Klimkiewicz, Richmond
    Emily Lytle, Liberty
    Taya Robinson, VCU
    Ajah Wayne, Old Dominion
    Amari Young, Old Dominion

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