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WBB Game Day Central: Lipscomb

January 27, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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After scoring a career-high 26 points on Saturday, Emily Lytle will play in her home state of Tennessee on Tuesday.

After scoring a career-high 26 points on Saturday, Emily Lytle will play in her home state of Tennessee on Tuesday.

Game Day Central Links:
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Game Time:
Tuesday - 7:30 p.m. Eastern

TV Coverage:
ESPN+ (Subscription Required)

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 (7-12, 3-3 ASUN) will wrap up a two-game road swing Tuesday evening, visiting Lipscomb (2-17, 0-6 ASUN) for the first time in program history.

• Liberty enters the game on a season-best three-game winning streak. Conversely, Lipscomb has lost 16 games in a row, matching Iona for the nation's longest active losing streak.

• The teams' only previous meeting happened just down the road from Lipscomb's campus. Liberty posted a 70-27 win over the Bisons on Nov. 26, 2011 in the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament's consolation game.

• Emily Lytle is averaging a team-high 18.0 ppg during the Lady Flames' current winning streak. She set career highs for points (26) and three-pointers (5) Saturday at Jacksonville, with 16 of her points coming during the fourth quarter and OT.

• Bridgette Rettstatt went for a career-high 18 points at Jacksonville and has scored in double figures in all six ASUN games. She also pulled down 10 rebounds against the Dolphins for her third double-double of the year, all of which have come in conference play.

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. Lipscomb
• Liberty and Lipscomb will square off on Tuesday for the second time ever and for the first time in more than seven years.

• The two teams are heading in different directions, with Liberty riding a season-best three-game winning streak and Lipscomb having lost 16 in a row since its win at Alabama A&M on Nov. 15. The Bisons are tied with Iona for the nation's longest active losing streak.

• Liberty's Ashtyn Baker helped Northpoint Christian School win back-to-back Tennessee II-A state titles at Allen Arena in 2016 and 2017.

• The Lady Flames will look to control the boards on Tuesday. Liberty ranks No. 2 in the ASUN in rebound margin (+5.1), while Lipscomb is last at -8.8 and is led in rebounding by 5-9 freshman guard Jane Deason (4.5 rpg).

• Both teams feature youthful rosters. Lipscomb has zero seniors, and four of its top five scorers are freshmen and sophomores. Meanwhile, four of Liberty's top six scorers are sophomores.

• Despite all of Liberty's travels this season, Tuesday's game will be the Lady Flames' first visit outside the Eastern Time Zone since Dec. 20, 2017, when Liberty faced Northern Colorado in Kansas City, Mo. (Central Time Zone).

Planes, Trains and Automobiles
• A move from the Big South Conference to the ASUN Conference combined with an ambitious non-conference schedule has led to a considerable amount of travel this season.

• By the end of their current road trip, the Lady Flames will have taken 21 total flights through 12 different airports (Charlotte, Charlottesville, Chattanooga, Cobb County, Daytona Beach, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Lynchburg, Nashville, Philadelphia, Roanoke and Tampa) in 2018-19.

• When they return home from their current trip, the Lady Flames will have spent 25 nights in hotels so far this season.

• Saturday's game at Jacksonville was Liberty's sixth contest played in Florida this season, equaling the Lady Flames' number of home games thus far in 2018-19.

Liberty in the Volunteer State
• Liberty is playing its third and final regular-season game in Tennessee on Tuesday. The Lady Flames are 1-1 in the Volunteer State this season, including an 89-86 win at ETSU on Dec. 4 and a 75-60 setback at Chattanooga on Nov. 21.

• Head Coach Carey Green hails from Louisville, Tenn., Emily Lytle is a Memphis native and Ashtyn Baker was named Tennessee Division II-A Miss Basketball in 2016-17.

Keys to the Streak
• During its current three-game winning streak, Liberty is scoring 73.7 ppg on 48.3 percent field goal shooting while dishing out 18.7 apg. Individually, Emily Lytle (18.0 ppg) and Bridgette Rettstatt (15.3 ppg, 66.7 FG%) are leading the way.

Liberty vs. the ASUN
• Liberty is 11-10 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 4-4 record against current ASUN members, including wins over Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb and North Florida and losses to FGCU, Jacksonville and Stetson (2x).