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WBB Game Day Central: Chattanooga

November 20, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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WBB Game Day Central: Chattanooga

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Game Time:
Wednesday - 7 p.m.

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Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Jamie Hall

The Starting 5 - Liberty's Top Storylines
• Liberty (1-2) will seek its first road win of the season on Wednesday, when the Lady Flames travel to Chattanoooga (2-2) for their first head-to-head meeting with the Mocs in program history.

• Liberty's only previous visit to McKenzie Arena was a memorable one, as the Lady Flames faced LSU in the Sweet 16 of the 2005 NCAA Tournament.

• The Lady Flames have not faced a SoCon opponent in six years, but Chattanooga will be the first of Liberty's three SoCon foes within the next month.

• Tennessee native Emily Lytle (Memphis) will get to play in her home state on Wednesday. The Lady Flames' leading scorer (15.7 ppg), Lytle has reached double figures in each of her first three games at Liberty and was tabbed ASUN Newcomer of the Week on Nov. 12.

• Liberty has gotten strong production from its reserves thus far in 2018-19, averaging 26.7 bench points per game. Kierra Johnson-Graham and Ria Gulley scored 12 points apiece off the bench versus Saint Francis (Pa.), with Johnson-Graham adding six steals, the most by a Lady Flame since Feb. 2, 2015. Gulley has hit 10 straight free throw attempts.

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. Chattanooga
• Liberty and Chattanooga are squaring off for the first time on Wednesday. The Mocs are one of 10 first-time opponents on the Lady Flames' 2018-19 schedule.

• The Lady Flames and Mocs have been two of the most successful mid-major teams in the Southeast in recent years. Liberty has made 17 NCAA Tournament appearances in the last 22 years, while Chattanooga has qualified for 15 NCAA Tournaments in the last 30 seasons. The Lady Flames and Mocs have been a part of the same NCAA Tournament field nine times (most recently 2015) but have never been placed in the same region.
• Liberty has played one previous game at McKenzie Arena, falling 90-48 to LSU in the Sweet 16 round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament.
• The Mocs are scheduled to play more games (4) in the Commonwealth of Virginia during November and December than the Lady Flames. Liberty only has three home games scheduled during the season's first two months.
• Liberty and Chattanooga have both faced Virginia Tech during the early stages of the 2018-19 season. The Hokies topped the Lady Flames 72-61 in Liberty's home opener on Nov. 13. Meanwhile, Chattanooga fell 74-59 at Virginia Tech on Monday in its most recent outing.
• UTC redshirt junior Arianne Whitaker faced Liberty as a freshman at Winthrop on March 1, 2016, tallying 9 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks in a 59-42 Lady Flames victory.

Liberty in the Volunteer State
• Liberty is playing in the Volunteer State for the second time in its last three road games, after wrapping up the 2017-18 season with a 100-60 NCAA Tournament loss at Tennessee in Knoxville.

• The Lady Flames are scheduled to make three trips to Tennessee in 2018-19, including Wednesday's visit to Chattanooga, a Dec. 4 game at ETSU and a Jan. 29 contest at Lipscomb.
• Head Coach Carey Green hails from Louisville, Tenn., just outside of Knoxville.
• Emily Lytle is a Memphis native, while Ashtyn Baker was named Tennessee Division II-A Miss Basketball in 2016-17.

Wanted for Theft
• Liberty came up with 21 steals during Saturday's 82-53 victory over Saint Francis (Pa.).

• The Lady Flames had not tallied that many steals in a single game since Feb. 26, 2000, when they also had 21 steals against Radford.

Liberty vs. the SoCon
• Liberty will be facing a Southern Conference (SoCon) opponent for the 38th time in program history. The Lady Flames are 14-23 all-time when facing SoCon opponents, including 5-3 under Carey Green.

• The Lady Flames have not faced a SoCon foe since Nov. 27, 2012, when they notched a 76-56 home victory over UNCG.
• Liberty will now face a trio of SoCon opponents within a 26-day span, including visits to Chattanooga (Wednesday), ETSU (Dec. 4) and UNCG (Dec. 16).
• Liberty has won back-to-back matchups with SoCon opponents and three of its last four SoCon outings. The Lady Flames' four most recent SoCon triumphs have all come at the expense of UNCG.
• Chattanooga is the only current SoCon women's basketball team that Liberty has never faced on the hardwood.