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WBB Game Day Central: ETSU

December 2, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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WBB Game Day Central: ETSU

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Game Time:
Tuesday - 7 p.m.

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The Starting 5 - Liberty's Top Storylines
• Liberty (1-6) will play its next five games away from the Vines Center, beginning with Tuesday night's visit to ETSU (1-9).

• Both teams are off to slow starts after recording 20-win seasons and postseason tournament appearances in 2017-18.

• The Lady Flames have lost four straight games overall and have dropped their last five contests away from Lynchburg, dating back to last season. Two of those setbacks have come in the Volunteer State, including a 100-60 loss at Tennessee in the 2018 NCAA Tournament and a 75-60 loss at Chattanooga on Nov. 21.

• Liberty has won each of its last three meetings with ETSU, but the two teams have not squared off since Jan. 13, 2009.

• Two of Liberty's top three scorers have Tennessee ties, including leading scorer and Memphis native Emily Lytle (15.1 ppg) and 2017 Tennessee Miss Basketball Ashtyn Baker (8.1 ppg). Both Lytle and Baker are part of a sophomore class that has scored 61.2 percent of the Lady Flames' points this season.

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. ETSU
• Liberty and ETSU are facing one another for the 13th time overall but for the first time since Jan. 13, 2009. ETSU owns a 7-5 lead in the head-to-head series, but the Lady Flames have won all three matchups under Head Coach Carey Green.

• Both teams are coming off of impressive 2017-18 seasons, as Liberty went 24-10 with an NCAA Tournament appearance and ETSU played in the WNIT at the end of its 20-13 campaign.

• ETSU was selected as the Southern Conference's co-favorite for 2018-19, along with Mercer. Liberty was picked second to FGCU in the ASUN Conference.

• However, both teams have struggled with injuries and challenging schedules to begin the 2018-19 season. Liberty is 1-6, while ETSU is 1-9.

• The Lady Flames (Ashtyn Baker) and Bucs (Erica Haynes-Overton) each feature conference freshmen of the year from last season. Both players helped their teams win high school state titles in Tennessee. Haynes-Overton is averaging a team-high 18.0 ppg and 4.6 spg for ETSU.

• Tuesday's game will take place at Brooks Gym, which is located next door to the Memorial Center ("Mini Dome"), where Liberty faced ETSU during its most recent visit to Johnson City on Jan. 8, 2008.

Liberty in the Volunteer State
• The Lady Flames are scheduled to make three trips to Tennessee in 2018-19, also including their 75-60 loss at Chattanooga on Nov. 21 and a Jan. 29 contest at Lipscomb.

• Liberty is seeking its first win in Tennessee since a 70-27 triumph over Lipscomb on Nov. 26, 2011 in Nashville.

• Head Coach Carey Green hails from Louisville, Tenn.

• Emily Lytle is a Memphis native, while Ashtyn Baker was named Tennessee Division II-A Miss Basketball in 2016-17.

Liberty vs. the SoCon
• Liberty will be facing a Southern Conference (SoCon) opponent for the 39th time in program history. The Lady Flames are 14-24 all-time when facing SoCon opponents, including 5-4 under Carey Green.

• Prior to this season, Liberty had not played against a SoCon opponent in six years.

• Liberty is now in the midst of a stretch of three SoCon matchups in 26 days. The Lady Flames lost 75-60 at Chattanooga on Nov. 21, visit ETSU on Tuesday and head to UNCG on Dec. 16.

• The Lady Flames are 3-7 when facing ETSU as a SoCon member. The teams' last two meetings (2008 & 2009) came when ETSU was a part of the ASUN Conference.