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WBB Game Day Central: Lipscomb

February 10, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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WBB Game Day Central: Lipscomb

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The Starting 5 - Liberty's Top Storylines
• Liberty (9-14, 5-5 ASUN) will wrap up its four-game homestand on Tuesday with its second matchup with Lipscomb (3-20, 1-9 ASUN) in 15 days.

• Liberty is looking to snap a two-game losing skid, while Lipscomb just ended a 19-game losing streak on Saturday against Jacksonville. The Bisons have lost 11 straight road games.

• Liberty Head Coach Carey Green will be going for his 450th career victory on Tuesday. He and the Lady Flames are hosting an opponent from his home state of Tennessee for the first time in 10 years.

• Emily Lytle is coming off of her fifth 20-point game of the season for the Lady Flames. She is averaging 16.6 ppg over the last seven games, helping Liberty go 5-2 over that span. Lytle finished with 19 points and seven boards at Lipscomb on Jan. 29.

• Kierra Johnson-Graham enjoyed the best game of her career during the first meeting with Lipscomb, scoring a career-high 20 points and tying career highs for rebounds (12) and assists (5). She has scored in double figures in four straight games and has hit 14 consecutive free throws.

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. Lipscomb
• Liberty and Lipscomb will square off for the second time in 15 days, with the Bisons visiting the Vines Center for the first time.

• Liberty is 2-0 all-time versus Lipscomb, including its 77-60 victory in Nashville on Jan. 29.

• Since the teams' first meeting, Liberty has dropped two of three games. Meanwhile, Lipscomb halted a 19-game losing streak with a 61-58 home win over Jacksonville on Saturday despite dressing only seven players.

• 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.

• Rebounding will be a key stat to watch. Liberty ranks No. 1 in the ASUN with a +6.3 rebound margin, while Lipscomb is last in the conference at -8.6. The Lady Flames' sizeable rebounding advantage (46-26) played a key role in their win at Lipscomb on Jan. 29.

• With six conference games remaining, Liberty owns a one-half game lead over Jacksonville for the ASUN's No. 4 seed, which would host a quarterfinal game on March 8. Meanwhile, Lipscomb is currently on the outside looking in at the eight-team tournament field.

Home Sweet Home
• After playing only six of their first 20 games at the Vines Center to start the year, Liberty is now closing out a season-long four-game homestand.

• Liberty, which is 4-5 at home this season, is 295-78 all-time at the Vines Center, which opened in 1990. The Lady Flames have won 84.2 percent (224-42) of their home games under Carey Green.

• Liberty has played strong defense at home this season, holding opponents to 59.8 ppg on 37.9 percent shooting.

Liberty vs. the Volunteer State
• Liberty is 2-1 versus opponents from Tennessee this season, including wins at ETSU (Dec. 4) and Lipscomb (Jan. 29) and a loss at Chattanooga (Nov. 21). A Volunteer State squad has not visited the Vines Center since Jan. 13, 2009, when Liberty topped ETSU 64-54.

Liberty vs. the ASUN
• Liberty is 13-12 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 6-6 record against current ASUN members, including wins over Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb (2x), NJIT and North Florida and losses to FGCU (2x), Jacksonville and Stetson (3x).