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WBB Game Day Central: UCF

December 19, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Game Time:
Friday - 5 p.m.

TV Coverage:
None

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

The Starting 5 - Liberty's Top Storylines
• Liberty (2-8) will tip off the women's portion of the St. Pete Shootout on Friday, squaring off against UCF (9-1).

• Liberty will be seeking its first-ever victory over the Knights and its first win over an American Athletic Conference foe. The Lady Flames are 0-1 against the Knights and 0-2 versus American opponents, including their last-second 66-63 setback at East Carolina on Dec. 13.

• The Lady Flames, who are playing all five of their December games away from home, will look to snap UCF's six-game winning streak.

• Rebounding will be a key statistic to watch, as UCF (+7.9) and Liberty (+6.4) both own impressive rebound margins. The Lady Flames will also attempt to slow down the nation's No. 5 three-point shooting team (42.6 percent).

• Emily Lytle paces Liberty with 14.6 ppg during her first season as a Lady Flame. Her last visit to Florida (Nov. 9 at Bethune-Cookman) resulted in a career-high 24-point outburst.

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. UCF
• Liberty and UCF are meeting for the second time ever but for the first time in nearly 28 years.

• The Lady Flames will attempt to snap the Knights' six-game winning streak and deal UCF its first loss in Florida since a Feb. 18, 2018 setback at USF.

• Liberty and UCF have played one common opponent this season. The Lady Flames lost 75-60 at Chattanooga on Nov. 21. Nine days later, UCF posted a 75-37 home victory over the Mocs.

• UCF is 1-0 against ASUN opponents in 2018-19, thanks to a 78-55 victory at Stetson on Nov. 14.

• Both teams are strong rebounding squads, with UCF owning a +7.9 rebounding margin and Liberty checking in at +6.4.

• UCF ranks No. 5 nationally in three-point field goal percentage (42.6), while Liberty ranks No. 341 of 349 in three-point field goal percentage defense (38.7).

• UCF is receiving votes in the USA Today/WBCA Top 25, along with another of Liberty's 2018-19 opponents, Virginia Tech.

• Liberty's Keyen Green (Phil-Mont Christian Academy) and UCF's Sianni Martin (Neumann Goretti H.S.) both played high school basketball in Philadelphia and were each multiple-time all-state honorees in Pennsylvania.

Tournament Time
• Liberty is aiming to win both of its games at a regular-season tournament for the first time since Nov. 28 and 30, 2014. The Lady Flames topped Penn State and host Georgia State to claim the GSU Thanksgiving Tournament crown.

• The Lady Flames are 0-2 in tournaments this season, falling to Charlotte and Norfolk State at Lehigh's Christmas City Classic, Nov. 24 & 25 in Bethlehem, Pa.

Liberty in the Sunshine State
• Liberty is 3-10 all-time when playing in Florida, including 0-1 this season. The Lady Flames lost their season opener at Bethune-Cookman by an 81-76 score in overtime on Nov. 9.

• The Lady Flames are playing more games in the Sunshine State this season (7) than in Carey Green's first 19 seasons combined (4). After this weekend, Liberty will return to the state for ASUN Conference games at FGCU (Jan. 5), Stetson (Jan. 8), Jacksonville (Jan. 26) and North Florida (Feb. 23).

Liberty vs. American Athletic Conference
• Liberty is seeking its first win against an American Athletic Conference opponent since the league was formed in 2013-14.

• The Lady Flames are 0-2 all-time against American opponents. Most recently, they lost 66-63 at East Carolina on Dec. 13 on a last-second three-pointer.

• Liberty also lost 75-68 to Houston at the UMass Thanksgiving Classic in Amherst, Mass., Nov. 24, 2017.

Cardiac Kids
• Five of the Lady Flames' first 10 games have been decided by five or fewer points. Liberty is 1-4 in those games, including one overtime loss and back-to-back setbacks on last-second three-pointers (Dec. 13 & 16).