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WBB Game Day Central: Stetson

January 6, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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WBB Game Day Central: Stetson

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Tuesday - 7 p.m.

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The Starting 5 - Liberty's Top Storylines
• Liberty (4-10, 0-1 ASUN) will wrap up its first-ever ASUN Conference road swing, Tuesday at Stetson (5-9, 0-0 ASUN).

• Both teams were picked to finish among the ASUN's top three, but each is in search of its first conference win. Tuesday marks Stetson's ASUN opener, while the Lady Flames are looking to avoid their first 0-2 start in conference play since 1995-96 (Big South).

• Stetson is one of only two current ASUN teams (also Lipscomb) Liberty had faced prior to this season. The Hatters defeated the Lady Flames 82-68 at the Vines Center on Dec. 6, 1996 during a season which saw Liberty win its first Big South title.

• Liberty, which has played only four home games this season, will be playing its fifth contest in Florida in 2018-19 on Tuesday.

• Sophomore Bridgette Rettstatt continues to return to form after missing two games (Dec. 13 and 16) due to injury. She paced the Lady Flames in points (12), rebounds (8) and assists (3) during Liberty's inaugural ASUN contest, Saturday at FGCU.

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. Stetson
• Liberty will face Stetson for the second time in program history and for the first time in more than 22 years.

• Liberty (No. 2 in coaches poll, No. 3 in media poll) and Stetson (No. 2 in media poll, No. 3 in coaches poll) are both expected to be among the ASUN's top contenders this season.

• Both teams are seeking their first ASUN win of the year. Stetson is playing its ASUN opener on Tuesday, while Liberty is looking to avoid its first 0-2 start in conference play since 1995-96, when the Lady Flames dropped their first eight Big South games.

• The Lady Flames (2-1 in their last three games) and Hatters (4-1 in their last five games) are both trending in the right direction after struggling early against challenging non-conference schedules.

• Liberty will try to deny Lynn Bria her 200th victory at Stetson. Bria is 199-138 in 11 seasons with the Hatters.

• Liberty will look to control the boards. The Lady Flames have outrebounded eight straight opponents and top the ASUN with a +6.6 rebound margin. Stetson checks in at -8.2.

• Stetson is wrapping up a six-game homestand, while Liberty is playing away from home for the 10th time in its last 12 outings.

Liberty in the Sunshine State
• Liberty is 4-12 all-time when playing in Florida, including 1-3 this season. The Lady Flames lost their season opener at Bethune-Cookman by an 81-76 score in overtime on Nov. 9. They split their two games at the St. Pete Shootout, including a 53-45 loss to UCF (Dec. 21) and a 55-51 victory over Duquesne (Dec. 22). Liberty also tipped off ASUN play with a 68-50 loss at FGCU on Saturday.

• 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 Tuesday, Liberty will return to the state for ASUN Conference games at Jacksonville (Jan. 26) and North Florida (Feb. 23).

• Liberty is 3-8 all-time when facing teams from Florida, including 0-3 this season (Bethune-Cookman, FGCU and UCF). The Lady Flames have lost four straight meetings with Sunshine State foes since a 70-42 victory over Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 8, 2002. All three of Liberty's wins over Florida opponents have come at the Wildcats' expense.

Liberty vs. the ASUN
• Liberty is 8-8 all-time versus ASUN Conference opponents (at the time of the meeting.)

• The Lady Flames' most recent ASUN matchup prior to this season was a 70-27 victory over Lipscomb on Nov. 26, 2011 at the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament in Nashville, Tenn.

• Liberty owns a 1-2 record against current ASUN members, including its previously mentioned win against Lipscomb, an 82-68 home loss to Stetson on Dec. 6, 1996 and Saturday's ASUN-opening 68-50 setback at FGCU.