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WBB Game Day Central: Jacksonville

January 10, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Game Time:
Saturday - 4:30 p.m.

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Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Rett McGibbon
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Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Jamie Hall

The Starting 5 - Liberty's Top Storylines
• Liberty (4-11, 0-2 ASUN) will welcome Jacksonville (8-7, 1-1 ASUN) to the Vines Center on Saturday for the Lady Flames' first-ever ASUN Conference home game.

• Both teams were picked to finish among the ASUN's top four, but each is looking for a bounce-back victory. Liberty is off to its first 0-2 conference start since 1995-96 (Big South), while Jacksonville is coming off of its first loss to Kennesaw State in six years.

• Liberty has lost each of its four games against opponents from Florida this season, including both of its ASUN setbacks. The Lady Flames are seeking their first win over a Sunshine State opponent since Dec. 8, 2002 (Bethune-Cookman).

• Liberty tops the ASUN in rebound margin (+6.5), while Jacksonville boasts the conference's top rebounder (Trudy Walker, 10.4 rpg).

• Sophomore Bridgette Rettstatt posted her first career double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) at Stetson on Tuesday. She paces the Lady Flames in points (12.0) and rebounds (9.0) during ASUN play.

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. Jacksonville
• Liberty will play host to Jacksonville for the Lady Flames' first-ever ASUN Conference home game.

• Liberty (No. 2 in coaches poll, No. 3 in media poll) and Jacksonville (No. 4 in both polls) were both picked to be among the ASUN Conference's top contenders this season.

• Both teams are looking to bounce back on Saturday. Liberty has started 0-2 in conference play for the first time since 1995-96, when the Lady Flames lost their first eight Big South games. Meanwhile, Jacksonville lost 75-55 at Kennesaw State on Tuesday, snapping the Dolphins' three-game winning sreak and marking their first loss to the Owls since Feb. 9, 2013.

• Liberty (NCAA) and Jacksonville (WNIT) each won 24 games and played in postseason tournaments last season.

• Jacksonville will be the first women's basketball team from Florida to visit the Vines Center since Dec. 10, 1998 (Bethune-Cookman).

• Liberty ranks No. 1 in the ASUN in rebound margin (+6.5), while Jacksonville's Trudy Walker (10.4 rpg) is the conference's top individual rebounder.

• Liberty (81-76 in OT) and Jacksonville (58-56) both suffered narrow defeats to Bethune-Cookman this season.

Home Sweet Home
• Liberty is playing only its fifth home game of the season on Saturday. By way of comparison, the Lady Flames have played five games in Florida this season. Ten of Liberty's last 12 games have taken place away from the Vines Center.

• The Lady Flames are only 2-2 at home this season, but they have won 80 percent of their games at the Vines Center all-time, including 85 percent in Carey Green's 20 years as head coach. Last year, Liberty was 15-0 at the Vines Center, including 12-0 versus conference foes.

Liberty vs. the Sunshine State
• Liberty is 3-9 all-time when facing teams from Florida, including 0-4 this season (Bethune-Cookman, FGCU, Stetson and UCF). The Lady Flames have lost five 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 8-9 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 1-3 record against current ASUN members, including its previously mentioned win against Lipscomb, an 82-68 home loss to Stetson on Dec. 6, 1996 and its losses at FGCU and Stetson this season.