Emily Lytle scored a game-high 21 points during Liberty's 89-86 triumph at ETSU last season.
Game Day Central Links: Live Video (ESPN+, subscription required) Live Audio (LFSN Radio) Live Stats Liberty Game Notes Purchase Tickets Liberty Women's Basketball Instagram Liberty Women's Basketball Twitter Liberty Women's Basketball Facebook ETSU Women's Basketball Webpage ASUN Women's Basketball Webpage Game Time: Friday - 5 p.m. TV Coverage: ESPN+ (Subscription Required) Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Rett McGibbon Color Analyst: Kelley Deyo Sidelines: Emily Austen 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 (1-0) will play host to ETSU (0-1) for its home opener on Friday, tipping off the Lady Flames' 30th and final season at the Vines Center. • ETSU was the first women's basketball team ever to visit the Vines Center. The Buccaneers spoiled the Lady Flames' debut at the facility with an 86-74 decision on Dec. 7, 1990. • Liberty will attempt to defeat the Buccaneers for the second straight year and the fifth consecutive time overall. The Lady Flames hung on for an 89-86 triumph at ETSU on Dec. 4, 2018. • Junior G Ashtyn Baker was the star of the Lady Flames' 67-48 season-opening win at Norfolk State on Tuesday. She nailed a career-high five triples and paced all players with 19 points. Last year, Baker contributed 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists at ETSU. • Keyen Green, the 2017 Big South Freshman of the Year and 2018 Big South Player of the Year, made a successful return from an ankle injury on Tuesday. Playing for the first time in 599 days, Green finished with nine points and 11 boards in 14 minutes. Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. ETSU • Appropriately, Liberty will host ETSU to tip off its 30th and final season of playing its home games at the Vines Center. • ETSU visited Liberty for the Lady Flames' first-ever game at the Vines Center on Dec. 7, 1990, topping the Lady Flames, 86-74. Nicole Hopson scored 38 points for the Buccaneers, which is still tied for the most points ever scored by an opposing player at the facility. • Liberty will look to even the all-time series against ETSU at 7-7 and improve to 5-0 versus the Buccaneers under Carey Green. • Liberty G Asia Todd and ETSU G Taisha Murphy both graduated from Clayton High School in Clayton, N.C. Todd was in eighth grade when Murphy was a senior. • Liberty will try to slow down junior guard Erica Haynes-Overton, who scored a career-high 41 points during ETSU's 72-68 loss to Tennessee on Tuesday. Haynes-Overton, who is four points shy of 1,000 for her career, scored 12 points on 4-of-16 shooting versus Liberty last year and missed a potential game-tying three-pointer at the final buzzer. • As usual in Carey Green-coached games, rebounding will be a key stat to watch. Liberty posted a +14 rebound margin during its season opener while ETSU was -21 on the boards. Last year, Liberty outrebounded ETSU by a 47-27 count. Liberty in Home Openers • Liberty is 26-18 all-time in home openers, including 17-12 at the Vines Center and 13-7 under Carey Green. • Liberty is just 3-3 in its last six home openers, including a 72-61 setback to Virginia Tech last season (Nov. 13, 2018). • The Lady Flames have won 79 percent of home games at the Vines Center all-time, including 85 percent under Carey Green. • The Lady Flames enter the 2019-20 season with a five game home winning streak that began after a 65-64 loss to FGCU on Feb. 9, 2019. Liberty vs. SoCon • The Lady Flames are 15-24 all-time when facing Southern Conference (SoCon) opponents, including 6-5 under Carey Green and 1-2 last season. • Prior to last season, Liberty had not played against a SoCon opponent in six years. During the 2018-19 campaign, the Lady Flames won 89-86 at ETSU (Dec. 4, 2018) while losing contests at Chattanooga (75-60 on Nov. 21, 2018) and UNCG (48-45 on Dec. 16, 2018.) • Liberty will play host to the same three SoCon teams within a 14-day span this month, including Friday's matchup with ETSU and visits by Chattanooga (Monday) and UNCG (Nov. 21). • Liberty has not welcomed a SoCon opponent to the Vines Center since Nov. 27, 2012, when the Lady Flames topped UNCG, 76-56.