ASUN Women’s Basketball Semifinals Preview: UNF vs Liberty

Drew McDonald, Sports Editor

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Coming off a hard fought victory on the road against UNA in the Quarterfinals, the Ospreys find themselves in Lynchburg, Virginia to take on the Liberty Flames in the ASUN Semifinals.

Senior Arianna Emanuel-Wright dribbles up the court Khorri Newton

In their first round 55-53 win against North Alabama, the Ospreys displayed their toughness with three key blocks from Redshirt-Sophomore Jazz Bond. Junior Janesha Green added 11 points for UNF and grabbed six boards off the glass. Even though the Ospreys have not made a three-pointer since their game against Stetson in late February, the focus has been on shooting well from the field and using the team’s depth to their advantage. Senior Ty Purifoy and Junior Adrienne Jackson will be notable players to watch in the Semifinals game. Last time Liberty and UNF played each other, Purifoy recorded a career-high 12 assists and Jackson recorded 19 points, including five treys.

The Flames won their first round match up against JU, 65-53. In that game, four Flames scored double-digits. Although they only made 26 percent of their three-pointers, they made up for it by shooting 48.9 percent from the field and made 82.4 percent of their free throws.

Both teams are level on the stats sheet. Bond could be the difference maker for the Ospreys as her 50 blocks on the season outweigh Sophomore Bridgette Rettstatt’s 19. If the Ospreys continue to have a stingy defense and start making shots from long-range, this game could be UNF’s for the taking.

Tip-off is at 7 p.m. at the Vines Center on Wednesday, March 13.

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