Lytle reaches 1,000 as Lady Flames return to winning ways at Bellarmine

Liberty women defeat Bellarmine
Liberty women defeat Bellarmine (WSLS)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After losing a pair of ASUN matchups at North Florida last weekend, Liberty got back on track Saturday, posting a 76-62 victory in its first-ever meeting with conference newcomer Bellarmine. Emily Lytle became the 18th member of Liberty’s 1,000-point club and was one of the Lady Flames’ five double-digit scorers during the matinee at Freedom Hall.

Liberty (13-5, 9-2 ASUN) displayed its inside-outside attack on Saturday, shooting a season-best 52.9 percent (9-of-17) from three-point range and more than doubling up the Knights in points in the paint (34-16).

Bellarmine (4-12, 4-7 ASUN), in its first year of transition from NCAA Division II to Division I, lost for just the second time in its last six outings. The Knights’ Tasia Jeffries shot 7-of-8 from deep during a 21-point contest, but her team could not recover from being outscored 24-13 during the second quarter.

Box Score Highlights

Liberty Individuals: Bella Smuda – 15 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocked shots; Priscilla Smeenge – 12 points, 3-3 3FG, 4 rebounds; Mya Berkman – 12 points, 6-7 FG, 5 rebounds, 2 blocked shots; Emily Lytle – 11 points; Ashtyn Baker – 11 points, 3 steals.

Other Bellarmine Individuals: Claire Knies – 9 points, 6 rebounds; Hannah Farrell – 8 points.

Key Team Stats: Liberty shot 46 percent (29-of-63) from the field, as compared with 32.2 percent (19-of-59) for the host Knights. Like the Lady Flames, Bellarmine also shot well from beyond the arc (50 percent, 10-of-20). Liberty outrebounded its seventh straight opponent (43-35), grabbing 16 offensive boards. The Lady Flames totaled 34 bench points.

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