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WBB Game Day Central: Saint Francis (Pa.)

November 15, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Game Time:
Saturday - 2 p.m.

TV Coverage:
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Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Rett McGibbon
Color Analyst: Kelley Deyo
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Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Jamie Hall

The Starting 5 - Liberty's Top Storylines
• Liberty (0-2) will welcome Saint Francis (Pa.) (0-2) to the Vines Center Saturday for the first-ever meeting between the Lady Flames and Red Flash.

• Both teams won 24 games a year ago and appeared in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, but each squad is still in search of its first victory of the 2018-19 season.

• Liberty will look to get back on track after seeing its 15-game home winning streak halted during Tuesday's home opener against Virginia Tech.

• The Lady Flames will be facing an opponent from the Northeast Conference (NEC) for just the third time in program history and for the first time in exactly six years. Liberty is 2-0 versus NEC opponents.

• Reigning ASUN Newcomer of the Week Emily Lytle has made an immediate impact during her first two games with the Lady Flames. The redshirt sophomore forward has topped the team in scoring in both contests and is averaging 18.5 ppg for the season. Lytle has already scored 37 points with the Lady Flames after totaling 46 points during her freshman season at Little Rock in 2016-17.

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. Saint Francis
• Liberty and Saint Francis have a number of things in common. Both teams went 24-10 last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, where they were eliminated by traditional powerhouses - Liberty by Tennessee and Saint Francis by UConn.

• Both the Lady Flames and the Red Flash were picked second in their respective conferences (Liberty in the ASUN, Saint Francis in the NEC) this season, but each squad is off to an 0-2 start.

• Liberty and Saint Francis are squaring off on the hardwood for the first time.

• The two teams play different styles of basketball. Liberty's greatest strength is its rebounding ability, as the Lady Flames enter Saturday's game with a +15.5 rebound margin this season. Meanwhile, Saint Francis plays an up-tempo offense which relies heavily upon three-point shooting. The Red Flash are averaging 13.0 triples per game this year.

• Liberty will look to slow down Saint Francis senior guard Jess Kovatch. She is the active leader among all collegiate women's basketball players in points (2,185), career scoring average (22.1 ppg) and three-pointers made (356).

• By way of comparison, the entire Liberty roster has totaled 2,340 career points and 103 career three-pointers made for the Lady Flames. The Lady Flames' active scoring leader is Keyen Green (784 points) and their active leader for triples made is KK Barbour (50 three-pointers).

Home Sweet Home
• During Tuesday's home opener against Virginia Tech, the Lady Flames saw their 15-game home winning streak halted with their first loss at the Vines Center since March 10, 2017 (Charleston Southern). It was the fourth-longest home winning streak in program history and the eighth-longest active streak in NCAA Division I women's basketball at the time.

• The Lady Flames have won 80 percent of home games at the Vines Center all-time, including 85 percent under Carey Green.

Liberty vs. the NEC
• Liberty has only faced two Northeast Conference (NEC) opponents in program history, and none in the last six years.

• The Lady Flames' most recent NEC matchup happened exactly six years ago. Liberty topped Sacred Heart 68-63 in a Preseason WNIT consolation contest at the Vines Center on Nov. 17, 2012.

• Liberty's first NEC contest took place on Dec. 28, 1991 in Hanover, N.H. The Lady Flames came back from a five-point halftime deficit to record a 56-49 triumph over LIU Brooklyn on the opening day of the Dartmouth Invitational. Liberty was led by the duo of Wendy Johnson (14 points, 13 rebounds) and Jeri Wiley (12 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals).

• The NEC's current membership includes Bryant, Central Connecticut, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Brooklyn, Mount St. Mary's, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, Saint Francis (Pa.), St. Francis Brooklyn and Wagner. Robert Morris is the conference's preseason favorite in 2018-19.