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March 9, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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No. 3 seed Liberty will travel to No. 2 seed North Alabama on Wednesday for the ASUN Women's Basketball Championship semifinals.

No. 3 seed Liberty will travel to No. 2 seed North Alabama on Wednesday for the ASUN Women's Basketball Championship semifinals.

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Game Time:
Wednesday - 7 p.m. Eastern

TV Coverage:
ESPN+

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

The Starting 5 - Liberty's Top Storylines
• No. 3 seed Liberty (19-11, 11-5 ASUN) will play at No. 2 seed North Alabama (21-8, 11-5 ASUN) on Wednesday with a berth in the ASUN Women's Basketball Championship title game on the line.

• In order to reach its 21st conference tournament title game in the last 24 years, Liberty will need to defeat a UNA team it lost to twice during the regular season.

• The Lady Flames have won seven straight games since their 86-75 loss at North Alabama on Feb. 8, including three consecutive road contests. They are looking to win their first true road game in a conference tournament since 2012 and become the ASUN's first No. 3 seed to win on the No. 2 seed's home court since 2015.

• First team All-ASUN post player Keyen Green played well against North Alabama this season, averaging 19.5 ppg and 8.5 rpg against the Lions.

• Redshirt junior Emily Lytle is coming off a career-high 29-point outing during Saturday's ASUN quarterfinal win over Kennesaw State. A 2019 ASUN All-Tournament Team selection, Lytle is averaging 18.5 ppg and 3.0 three-pointers/game during four career ASUN Championship contests.

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. North Alabama
• The two newest members of the ASUN Conference, Liberty and North Alabama will square off in the ASUN Championship for the first time on Wednesday. After winning both regular-season matchups, North Alabama will try to defeat an ASUN opponent three times in the same season for the first time.

• If North Florida upsets FGCU on Wednesday, the Liberty-North Alabama winner will host Sunday's championship game. Otherwise, FGCU will host the ASUN title game for the third straight year.

• Liberty has won a season-high seven straight games since its 86-75 loss at North Alabama on Feb. 8.

• Liberty will try to become the first No. 3 seed to win a semifinal on the No. 2 seed's home court since 2015, when Northern Kentucky won at Stetson. All-time, the No. 3 seed is 10-11 when facing the No. 2 seed in the ASUN semifinals.

• This is the fifth straight season North Alabama has faced a Lytle sister. Emily Lytle's older sisters Bethany and Sara both played for Union. North Alabama has gone 4-5 against Union and Liberty when a Lytle has been in action.

• Two of North Alabama's eight all-time head coaches (Jeri Porter - 1998-2002 and Flora Willie - 2003-06) have been Liberty graduates.

Road Warriors
• Liberty has won three straight road games, improving to 9-5 in true road games this year, including a 5-3 mark in ASUN road tilts. Liberty is 10-7 in road games against ASUN opponents since joining the conference in 2018-19 but 0-1 in ASUN Championship road contests.

• Liberty is 3-3 all-time when playing true road games in NCAA Division I conference tournaments. The Lady Flames have lost their last two such contests. Their most recent road victory in a conference tournament came eight years ago to the day (March 11, 2012), when Liberty won 81-73 at High Point in the Big South Championship title game.

Tournament Tidbits
• Liberty's 91 points during Saturday's ASUN quarterfinal victory over Kennesaw State marked the most points the Lady Flames have ever scored in a conference tournament game.

• Liberty is currently riding a seven-game winning streak, the longest active streak of any ASUN team. This is the Lady Flames' longest winning streak since an eight-game streak which culminated with the 2018 Big South Championship title game victory.

• This is the 11th time Liberty has entered a conference tournament with a winning streak of six games or longer. The previous 10 times it happened, the Lady Flames went on to cut down the nets as conference champions.

• Liberty has advanced to the semifinal round of its conference tournament for the third straight year and the 23rd time in the last 24 seasons. The Lady Flames are attempting to reach the championship game for the third consecutive season and the 21st time in the last 24 seasons.

• Carey Green is 50-6 all-time coaching in conference tournament games, including 3-1 in the ASUN Championship.

• Liberty will try to become the first No. 3 seed ever to win the ASUN Championship title. The Lady Flames, who are seeded third for the second straight season, have never won a conference tournament title when seeded lower than No. 2.

• The following current Lady Flames have earned all-tournament team honors during their careers: Kierra Johnson-Graham (2019 ASUN), Emily Lytle (2019 ASUN) and Ashtyn Baker (2018 Big South).