LYNCHBURG, Va. - No. 3 Liberty advanced to the ASUN Championship Semifinals with a 65-53 victory against No. 6 Jacksonville on Friday night from the Vines Center. The Flames utilized a dominant fourth quarter effort to reach the second round and were fueled by four players in double-figure scoring.
The contest sat even at halftime with a score of 28-28 with the largest lead of the opening half sitting at five courtesy of Liberty early in the first quarter. Ashtyn Baker posted eight points on 2-of-3 shooting from deep for Liberty to lead the squad with three others contributing six points; Kierra Johnson-Graham, Emily Lytle & Bridgette Rettstatt. Jacksonville's Jasmyn Brown was one of five Dolphins with at least four points as she tallied six followed by five from Amber Bender.
After the break, Jacksonville won the third quarter by a score of 16-12 as the Dolphins held an eight-point cushion with three minutes left in the quarter. Brown pushed her point total to 11 with five in the quarter to give JU the 44-40 lead. In the fourth quarter, the Flames rebounded to outscore the Dolphins, 25-9, fueled by a 10-0 run in the middle of the final quarter. Liberty ended the contest on a 18-3 run to earn its first-ever ASUN Championship victory.
Rettstatt's 16 points led the way for Liberty followed by 13 from Lytle and Johnson-Graham, while Baker finished with 12 points. As a team, the Flames shot 48.9 percent from the field and made 14-of-17 free throws. Liberty shared the rock in the game with 16 total assists including a game-high five from Ria Gulley.
Brown posted a game-high 17 points as the senior wrapped her collegiate career on 5-of-7 shooting as she played all 40 minutes. She was the only Dolphin in double-figure scoring as JU shot 45.2 percent from the floor. Rolanda Hayes followed Brown with eight points on 3-of-7 shooting.
With results from Friday night, Liberty is set to host North Florida on Mar. 13th at the Vines Center as the Ospreys defeated North Alabama by two points in Florence, Ala. FGCU and Kennesaw State also collected victories on Friday and will square off in Fort Myers.
#3 Liberty vs. #6 Jacksonville ASUN Women's Basketball Quarterfinals Notes
- The Flames advanced to the semifinals in their first-ever ASUN Semifinals.
- Liberty improves its record to 15-15 after posting a 10-6 record in conference play. The Flames got revenge for a regular season home loss to JU.
- Jacksonville's season ends with 14-16 mark after finishing 7-9 against league foes in the regular season.
- Jasmyn Brown ends her career with 1,324 career points, which ranks 45th in league history.