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WBB Game Day Central: Norfolk State

November 24, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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WBB Game Day Central: Norfolk State

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Game Time:
Sunday - 2 p.m.

TV Coverage:

Radio Coverage:
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Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Jamie Hall

The Starting 5 - Liberty's Top Storylines
• Liberty (1-4) will square off against Commonwealth foe Norfolk State (2-4) in the Christmas City Classic consolation game.

• The Lady Flames are seeking their first win away from the Vines Center this season and their first win over a MEAC foe in 2018-19 after losing their season opener at Bethune-Cookman.

• Liberty is 7-0 all-time against Norfolk State, but the teams are meeting for the first time in 12 years.

• Emily Lytle has been a key part of the Liberty offense in her first five games as a Lady Flame, posting a team-high 17.4 ppg and shooting 50 percent (16-of-32) from three-point range. She scored 12 of her game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game against Charlotte and has totaled 26 points in her last two fourth quarters.

• Sophomores are Liberty's top four scorers this season, including Lytle (17.4 ppg), Ashtyn Baker (9.0 ppg), Bridgette Rettstatt (8.8 ppg) and Ria Gulley (7.6 ppg). Rettstatt scored a career-high 15 points versus Charlotte on Saturday.

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. Norfolk State
• Liberty and Norfolk State are matching up for the eighth time on Sunday, but for the first time since both teams' 2006-07 season opener. The Lady Flames took that contest by a 91-53 score at the Vines Center on Nov. 11, 2006.

• Liberty is 7-0 all-time against the Spartans. Birmingham-Southern (14-0) is the only opponent the Lady Flames have faced more often without suffering a loss.
• Both Liberty and Norfolk State enter Sunday's matinee on two-game losing streaks. Each squad is 0-3 away from home thus far this season.
• Norfolk State was picked to finish third in the MEAC, one spot behind Bethune-Cookman, which topped Liberty 81-76 in overtime in the Lady Flames' season opener on Nov. 9.
• Liberty (No. 12, 55.0 ppg) and Norfolk State (No. 18, 56.2 ppg) both ranked among the nation's leaders for scoring defense last season. The Lady Flames (68.8 ppg) have struggled at the defensive end in 2018-19, but the Spartans are yielding only 57.7 ppg. Norfolk State has held 24 straight teams to 70 points or fewer, dating back to last year.
• Sunday's matchup will tip off an unofficial Liberty-Norfolk State challenge week. The Spartans' football team will travel to Liberty Saturday at 2 p.m. for both squads' season finales.

Liberty in Pennsylvania
• Liberty is visiting Pennsylvania for the first time since closing out the 2015-16 season with a 67-51 setback at Villanova in the first round of the Postseason WNIT on March 17, 2016.

• The Lady Flames are seeking their first win in the Keystone State since a 72-56 victory at Kutztown on Nov. 25, 2013.
• Including this weekend's pair of contests, seven of Liberty's 10 games in Pennsylvania as a Division I team have been part of tournaments, consisting of two in the 2003 Lafayette Holiday Tournament, one in the 2004 NCAA Tournament (vs. Georgia at Temple), one in the 2012 Preseason WNIT (at Duquesne) and one in the 2016 Postseason WNIT (at Villanova).
• Liberty is playing at Lehigh for the first time this weekend.

Competing Against the Commonwealth
• The Lady Flames are 22-7 in their last 29 games against in-state opponents.

• Liberty is 0-1 versus Commonwealth foes this season, thanks to a 72-61 home-opening loss to Virginia Tech on Nov. 13.
• The Lady Flames will play a pair of in-state opponents this week, as Liberty will return to Lynchburg to host James Madison on Thursday.

Liberty vs. MEAC
• Liberty is 31-12 all-time against MEAC opponents, including 19-3 under Carey Green.

• The Lady Flames have lost three of their last four matchups with MEAC foes, including an 81-76 season-opening setback at Bethune-Cookman on Nov. 9.
• Liberty is meeting multiple MEAC opponents in the same season for the first time since 2003-04. The Lady Flames posted a 75-52 home victory over South Carolina State on Dec. 3, 2003. One week later, they traveled to Norfolk State and claimed a 76-54 triumph.
• Both of Liberty's basketball teams are facing MEAC foes Sunday at 2 p.m. The Liberty men's basketball team is playing host to Savannah State at the Vines Center.