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WBB Game Day Central: Virginia Tech

November 11, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Ria Gulley scored 11 points in her Lady Flames debut, Friday at Bethune-Cookman.

Ria Gulley scored 11 points in her Lady Flames debut, Friday at Bethune-Cookman.

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Game Time:
Tuesday - 6 p.m.

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Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Rett McGibbon
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Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Jamie Hall

The Starting 5 - Liberty's Top Storylines
• Liberty (0-1) will tip off its 2018-19 home schedule on Tuesday with its first matchup against in-state foe Virginia Tech (2-0) in 10 years.

• The Lady Flames are in search of their first win of the season and their first ACC victory since their 45-43 triumph at Virginia Tech on Dec. 30, 2008 in the teams' most recent head-to-head meeting.

• Liberty will look to extend its 15-game home winning streak, which is the eighth-longest active streak among NCAA Division I women's basketball teams.

• Redshirt sophomore forward Emily Lytle made an impressive Liberty debut during Friday's overtime loss at Bethune-Cookman. She scored a game-high 24 points, including three free throws with 0.3 showing on the clock to force the extra session.

• Senior forward KK Barbour, a preseason ASUN All-Conference selection, came off the bench for the first time since her sophomore season on Friday but flourished in her new role. She posted her sixth career double-double (12 points, 13 rebounds) and has now scored in double figures in nine straight outings.

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. Virginia Tech
• Liberty is just 1-14 all-time against the Hokies, including 0-7 in Lynchburg.

• The two teams have not played one another since Dec. 30, 2008, when Liberty recorded its first-ever win over Virginia Tech by a score of 45-43. Aided by future WNBA players Megan Frazee (20 points, 7 rebounds) and Avery Warley (11 points, 18 rebounds), Liberty captured the Hokie Hardwood Classic title in Blacksburg with that victory.

• Both Liberty and Virginia Tech made postseason appearances in 2017-18, with the Lady Flames playing in the NCAA Tournament and the Hokies finishing as the WNIT national runners-up.

• Liberty is facing Kenny Brooks for the first time as Virginia Tech's head coach, but the Lady Flames were 2-7 against James Madison during Brooks' 14 seasons with the Dukes.

• Rebounding will be a key stat to watch on Tuesday. Liberty was +27 on the boards during its season opener at Bethune-Cookman, while Virginia Tech boasts a +19.0 rebound margin during its two victories this year.

• Sweden natives Melat Sissay (Liberty) and Regan Magarity (Virginia Tech) will sqaure off on Tuesday.

Home Sweet Home
• Liberty enters Tuesday's game riding a 15-game home winning streak, after going 15-0 at the Vines Center in 2017-18.

• The Lady Flames, whose last home loss came at the hands of Charleston Southern on March 10, 2017, are on the fourth-longest home winning streak in program history and the eighth-longest active streak in NCAA Division I women's basketball.

Competing Against the Commonwealth
• The Lady Flames are 22-6 in their last 28 games against in-state opponents, including a 4-2 mark last season.

• Liberty is only scheduled to face two Commonwealth opponents this season, including Virginia Tech (Tuesday) and James Madison (Nov. 29). The Lady Flames could also meet Norfolk State on Nov. 25, depending on the previous day's results at Lehigh's Christmas City Classic.

Lady Flames in Home Openers
• Liberty is 26-17 all-time in home openers, including 17-11 at the Vines Center and 13-6 under Carey Green.

• Liberty has lost three of its last five home openers, but the Lady Flames did open the 2017-18 home slate with a 68-38 triumph over Limestone on Nov. 28, 2017.

• The Lady Flames have won 80 percent of home games at the Vines Center all-time, including 86 percent under Carey Green.

Liberty vs. the ACC
• Liberty is 4-28 all-time versus ACC opponents, with two of its victories coming against Virginia and one apiece versus Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

• The Lady Flames have lost nine straight meetings with ACC foes since Dec. 30, 2008. That day, Liberty edged Virginia Tech 45-43 in the championship game of the Hokie Hardwood Classic in Blacksburg, Va.

• Liberty will be facing an ACC opponent for the sixth straight season. The Lady Flames are 0-7 vs. the ACC over the span, with four of the losses coming by eight points or fewer.

• Virginia Tech is the fourth different ACC team to play at the Vines Center in the last six seasons, following Virginia (2013-14), NC State (2015-16) and Duke (2016-17). The Lady Flames are seeking their first home win over an ACC foe since a 77-69 OT victory over Virginia on Nov. 26, 2002.