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WBB Game Day Central: Charlotte

November 23, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Photo by Frank Mattia

Photo by Frank Mattia

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Charlotte Women's Basketball Webpage
Tournament Host Lehigh Women's Basketball Webpage

Game Time:
Saturday - 4:30 p.m.

TV Coverage:

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 (1-3) will begin its Christmas City Classic appearance Saturday at 4:30 p.m., squaring off against Charlotte (2-1) at Lehigh's Stabler Arena.

• The Lady Flames are seeking their first win away from the Vines Center this season and their first-ever triumph over Charlotte.

• The Christmas City Classic will begin Saturday at 2 p.m. with a matchup between host Lehigh (4-1) and Norfolk State (2-3). Saturday's two winning teams will match up for the title Sunday at 4:30 p.m., with the two losing teams facing off in the consolation game Sunday at 2 p.m.

• Emily Lytle has been a key part of the Liberty offense in her first four games as a Lady Flame, averaging a team-high 17.0 ppg and shooting 48 percent (12-of-25) from three-point range. She is coming off a 21-point outing at Chattanooga which featured a program-record 14 points in the fourth quarter.

• Kierra Johnson-Graham has provided a spark off the bench in recent games. The junior is averaging 13.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 3.0 spg during her last two outings.

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. Charlotte
• Liberty and Charlotte are meeting for the fourth time on Saturday but for the first time on a neutral floor.

• The 49ers are 3-0 all-time against the Lady Flames, most recently spoiling Liberty's 2014-15 home opener with a 79-77 victory at the Vines Center on Nov. 14, 2014.
• All three previous Liberty-Charlotte clashes have been decided by 10 points or fewer, beginning with a 62-56 49ers triumph in the opening round of the 2011 Postseason WNIT at Halton Arena.
• Both teams are seeking their first win away from home this season. The Lady Flames are 0-2 away from Lynchburg, while Charlotte dropped a 71-64 contest at Fordham on Nov. 18 in its lone venture away from Halton Arena.
• Like Liberty, Charlotte has been aided by newcomers. The 49ers' top two scorers (both averaging 16.3 ppg) are a freshman (Jazmin Harris) and a transfer (Jade Phillips).
• Charlotte was picked to finish fifth in Conference USA this season, while senior Laia Raventos was one of 20 players named to the preseason watch list for the Nancy Lieberman Award, given to the nation's top point guard.
• Conversely to Liberty, which plays only three total home games during November and December, Charlotte is playing seven of its first 11 contests on its home court.

Liberty in Pennsylvania
• Liberty is visiting Pennsylvania for the first time since closing out the 2015-16 season with a 67-51 setback at Villanova in the first round of the Postseason WNIT on March 17, 2016.

• The Lady Flames are seeking their first win(s) in the Keystone State since a 72-56 victory at Kutztown on Nov. 25, 2013.
• Five of Liberty's eight games in Pennsylvania as a Division I team have been part of tournaments, including two in the 2003 Lafayette Holiday Tournament, one in the 2004 NCAA Tournament (vs. Georgia at Temple), one in the 2012 Preseason WNIT (at Duquesne) and one in the 2016 Postseason WNIT (at Villanova).
• Liberty is playing at Lehigh for the first time.

Tournament Time
• Liberty is aiming for its first regular-season tournament title since Nov. 28 and 30, 2014. The Lady Flames topped Penn State and host Georgia State to claim the GSU Thanksgiving Tournament crown.

• The Lady Flames have won one regular-season tournament in Pennsylvania, defeating Loyola (Md.) 70-62 and Cornell 65-63 to take the Lafayette Holiday Tournament, Dec. 29-30, 2003. Katie Feenstra scored the game-winning hoop with 1.2 seconds remaining in the title game.

Liberty vs. Conference USA
• Liberty owns a 6-5 all-time record versus Conference USA foes.

• The Lady Flames are meeting a Conference USA opponent for the third consecutive season. Liberty lost 80-64 at UTSA on Dec. 20, 2016 in the Rae & Criag Blair Memorial Tournament. The Lady Flames then tipped off the 2017-18 season with a 63-55 triumph at Old Dominion in the Preseason WNIT's opening round (Nov. 10, 2017).
• Five of Liberty's six all-time victories over Conference USA squads have come in tournaments, headlined by its first-ever Conference USA triumph. The Lady Flames topped then conference member DePaul 88-79 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in College Park, Md., March 22, 2005, advancing to their first Sweet 16.

Fast Start
• Emily Lytle has made an immediate impact during the first four games of her Liberty career. The ASUN Newcomer of the Week on Nov. 12, Lytle has scored 68 points thus far, marking the most scored by a Lady Flame in her first four games since Devon Brown in 2009-10.