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WBB Game Day Central: NJIT

February 28, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Kierra Johnson-Graham recorded 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists vs. NJIT on Feb. 2.

Kierra Johnson-Graham recorded 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists vs. NJIT on Feb. 2.

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Game Time:
Saturday - 1 p.m.

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Radio Coverage:
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Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Jamie Hall

The Starting 5 - Liberty's Top Storylines
• Liberty (12-15, 8-6 ASUN) will play its final road game of the regular season on Saturday, visiting NJIT (6-21, 3-11 ASUN) for the first time.

• Liberty is currently in position for the ASUN's No. 4 seed and a home game in the quarterfinal round. However, the Lady Flames need a win to remain ahead of No. 5 seed North Florida, currently one-half game behind Liberty in the conference standings.

• The Lady Flames are seeking their fifth win in their last six road games and their second victory over NJIT this season.

• Bridgette Rettstatt has posted two 25-point games in her last three outings. She led all players with 15 points during Liberty's first meeting with NJIT and blocked a career-high four shots.

• Fellow sophomore Ashtyn Baker, who missed the Feb. 2 meeting with NJIT due to injury, is coming off her best game since returning to action on Feb. 9. She tallied 11 points for her first double-digit performance since Dec. 13 and added a team-high four assists versus Kennesaw State.

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. NJIT
• Liberty will play at NJIT for the first time in program history. The Highlanders are in their second season playing at the NJIT Wellness and Events Center (WEC).

• The Lady Flames have won four of their last five road games. Meanwhile, NJIT is looking to snap a five-game home losing streak. The Highlanders had lost 10 straight contests overall before their 69-53 win at Lipscomb on Wednesday.

• Liberty has won its final road game of the regular season for seven consecutive years. The last time the Lady Flames lost their road finale was Feb. 28, 2011 at Charleston Southern.

• If Liberty wins its last two games, it will record its 20th consecutive season with 10+ conference victories. NJIT's three ASUN wins have eclipsed its 2017-18 season total of two conference triumphs.

• Saturday's game will match up two of the ASUN's top three-point shooters, Liberty's Emily Lytle and NJIT's Kelly Guarino. Lytle has hit 55 triples and needs 10 more to break the Lady Flames' single-season record. Guarino ranks No. 2 in the ASUN with 68 three-pointers this season, the most by a Highlander since the 2011-12 campaign.

• Liberty Associate Head Coach Alexis Sherard grew up in Lakewood, N.J., about 60 miles south of NJIT's campus in Newark.

Liberty in the Garden State
• The Lady Flames are 1-4 all-time when playing in New Jersey. Liberty's last visit to the state came on Nov. 29-30, 2013 for the Seton Hall Thanksgiving Classic in South Orange.

• Liberty won its most recent game in New Jersey in improbable fashion on Nov. 30, 2013. After trailing by 21 points, the Lady Flames rallied for an 89-79 victory over Savannah State.

Seeding at Stake
• With just two regular-season games remaining, Liberty currently sits in fourth place in the ASUN standings. The top four seeds will host ASUN quarterfinals on March 8.

• The Lady Flames trail No. 3 seed North Alabama by one game and lead No. 5 seed North Florida by one-half game.

Liberty vs. the ASUN
• Liberty is 16-13 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 9-7 record against current ASUN members, including wins over Jacksonville, Kennesaw State (2x), Lipscomb (3x), NJIT, North Alabama and North Florida and losses to FGCU (2x), Jacksonville, North Florida and Stetson (3x).

On this Date
• Liberty is 6-6 all-time when playing on March 2, having won six games in a row on this date.

• Liberty defeated Coastal Carolina 57-33 in the 2002 Big South Championship title game on March 2, 2002 in Roanoke, Va., for its sixth consecutive conference title.

• Liberty is 75-49 all-time in March, including 67-24 under Carey Green and 4-1 last season.