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WBB Game Day Central: ETSU

November 6, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Emily Lytle scored a game-high 21 points during Liberty's 89-86 triumph at ETSU last season.

Emily Lytle scored a game-high 21 points during Liberty's 89-86 triumph at ETSU last season.

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Friday - 5 p.m.

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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.