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December 19, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Mya McMillian and the Lady Flames will face Bradley for the first time, Friday at the Roo Holiday Classic in Kansas City.

Mya McMillian and the Lady Flames will face Bradley for the first time, Friday at the Roo Holiday Classic in Kansas City.

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Game Time:
Friday - 2 p.m. Eastern

TV Coverage:
None available

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 (5-6) will match up with Bradley (8-1) for the first time in program history, tipping off the Roo Holiday Classic in Kansas City, Friday afternoon.

• Liberty enters the tournament with a season-best three-game winning streak. The Lady Flames will face a Bradley team which has won seven in a row.

• Junior point guard Ashtyn Baker recorded a strong all-around effort at Saint Francis (Pa.) on Wednesday with 11 points, a career-high six steals, four rebounds and four assists. She scored a career-high 20 points at the Swinney Center as a freshman, Dec. 19, 2017 versus Denver.

• Keyen Green, the 2018 Big South Player of the Year, is making a successful return from an ankle injury which sidelined her for the entire 2018-19 season. The redshirt junior center is averaging 14.7 ppg and shooting 75 percent over the last three games.

• Fellow junior post player Bridgette Rettstatt has stepped up her play in recent weeks, scoring in double figures in five straight games. Liberty has won four of those five contests, with Rettstatt averaging 13.6 ppg and shooting 62 percent from the field.

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. Bradley
• Liberty and Bradley head into their first-ever matchup both playing good basketball. The Lady Flames have won a season-high three straight games and four of five (lone loss to No. 7/5 Oregon State). Meanwhile, the Braves are riding a seven-game winning streak and their lone loss this season was to No. 24/25 Michigan.

• Bradley posted a 79-68 home win over Miami (Ohio) on Nov. 23, six days before the Lady Flames defeated Miami 65-53.

• Bradley is 2-0 versus teams from Virginia this season, recording victories over George Mason and Richmond. Meanwhile, Liberty is facing its first opponent from Illinois since falling 68-43 to DePaul in the first round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament (March 18, 2006).

• Bradley will be playing for the first time in 10 days on Friday. Conversely, the Lady Flames will be playing away from home for the third time in the last seven days.

• Rebounding will be an important stat to watch. Liberty has outrebounded nine of 11 opponents this season, while Bradley ranks No. 26 nationally with a +10.3 rebound margin.

• Bradley's Lasha and Mahri Petree (22.3 ppg combined) are the nation's No. 2 scoring sister duo. Liberty is quite familiar with the No. 1 pair from playing in the ASUN Conference, North Alabama's Emma and Ivy Wallen.

Liberty vs. MVC
• Liberty is facing a Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) opponent for just the fourth time in program history. The Lady Flames are 1-2 all-time against the MVC.

• Two of Liberty's MVC matchups came in 2017-18, as the Lady Flames lost 96-68 at Drake (Nov. 17, 2017) and recorded a 61-40 home win over Valparaiso (Dec. 2, 2017).

• Liberty also fell 40-35 to Creighton on Nov. 12, 2010 in its first game of the 2010-11 season, in Raleigh, N.C.

• Karly Buer, a transfer from MVC member Missouri State, helped Liberty reach the 2015 NCAA Tournament. She scored 11.6 ppg and was a second team All-Big South pick.