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WBB Game Day Central: Duquesne

December 21, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Tatyana Crowder

Tatyana Crowder

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Game Time:
Saturday - 5 p.m.

TV Coverage:

Radio Coverage:
Liberty Flames Sports Network - Radio
WQLU 90.9 FM The Light
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Jamie Hall

The Starting 5 - Liberty's Top Storylines
• Liberty (2-9) will face Duquesne (5-5) on Saturday, with both teams seeking a 1-1 split of their St. Pete Shootout contests.

• Liberty is looking to halt a three-game losing streak, with its trio of losses coming by a total of 14 points. Meanwhile, Duquesne has lost two of its last three outings.

• Liberty is aiming for its first-ever victory over Atlantic 10 Conference preseason favorite Duquesne and its first win over an A-10 foe since a Nov. 22, 2014 triumph over Saint Joseph's.

• Liberty and Duquesne have faced three common opponents during the early portion of the season. Both teams own victories over ETSU and Saint Francis (Pa.), while each squad has suffered a loss to UCF.

• The Lady Flames' bench scored more than half (23 of 45) of the team's points on Friday against UCF, paced by Kierra Johnson-Graham (9 points) and Melis Ucar (career-high 9 points).

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. Duquesne
• Liberty and Duquesne are squaring off for the second time in program history. The Lady Flames will be the first ASUN team ever to play against Duquesne.

• For the first time ever, Duquesne was voted the preseason favorite to win the Atlantic 10 Conference title.

• Liberty and Duquesne have faced three common opponents this season. Both teams defeated ETSU and Saint Francis (Pa.) and both squads lost to UCF.

• Saturday's game will feature nine international players. Liberty's roster features Melat Sissay (Sweden) and Amy West (New Zealand). Duquesne boasts seven players who hail from outside the U.S., including Nina Aho (Hungary), Halle Bovell (Canada), Eniko Kuttor (Hungary), Kadri-Ann Lass (Estonia), Anie-Pier Samson (Canada), Laia Sole (Spain), and Julijana Vojinovic (Serbia).

• Turnovers will be a key stat to watch. Duquesne ranks among the nation's top 50 teams with only 15.0 turnovers per contest, while Liberty ranks among the bottom 50 with 20.5 miscues per game. The Lady Flames committed 35 turnovers in their only previous matchup with the Dukes.

• Both teams have been regular postseason qualifiers. Liberty has made 19 postseason appearances (17 NCAA, 2 WNIT) in the last 22 years. Duquesne has reached the postseason for 10 straight seasons (1 NCAA, 9 WNIT).

Tournament Time
• Liberty has not won both of its games at a regular-season tournament 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 0-3 in tournaments this season, falling to Charlotte and Norfolk State at Lehigh's Christmas City Classic, Nov. 24 & 25 in Bethlehem, Pa., prior to Friday's setback to UCF.

Liberty in the Sunshine State
• Liberty is 3-11 all-time when playing in Florida, including 0-2 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. Atlantic 10 Conference
• Liberty is 8-16 all-time versus Atlantic 10 Conference opponents, having lost its last three matchups with conference foes.

• Liberty's last victory over an A-10 foe was a 76-75 home triumph over Saint Joseph's in overtime, Nov. 22, 2014.

• Liberty is seeking its first won over an A-10 opponent away from the Vines Center since Dec. 20, 2012. That day, the Lady Flames notched a 76-63 victory at VCU.