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WBB Game Day Central: Jacksonville

January 24, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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WBB Game Day Central: Jacksonville

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Game Time:
Saturday - 2 p.m.

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Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Jamie Hall

The Starting 5 - Liberty's Top Storylines
• Liberty (6-12, 2-3 ASUN) will begin a two-game ASUN road swing with its first-ever visit to Jacksonville (11-8, 4-2 ASUN) on Saturday.

• The two teams are meeting for the second time in 15 days. Jacksonville spoiled Liberty's inaugural ASUN home game with a 64-52 decision at the Vines Center on Jan. 12.

• Both teams enter Saturday's matinee coming off of back-to-back victories. The Lady Flames and Dolphins each defeated North Florida in their most recent outing.

• Liberty (+5.8 rebound margin) and Jacksonville (+5.6) are the ASUN's top two rebounding teams. The Dolphins outrebounded the Lady Flames 38-36 at the Vines Center on Jan. 12 on the way to victory.

• Sophomore Bridgette Rettstatt fashioned a double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) during the first meeting with Jacksonville. She has scored in double figures in all five ASUN games and is averaging 13.2 ppg and 7.6 rpg while shooting 56.9 percent from the field during conference play.

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. Jacksonville
• Liberty and Jacksonville will meet for the second time in 15 days, following the Dolphins' 64-52 triumph in Liberty's first-ever ASUN home game, Jan. 12 at the Vines Center.

• Liberty is squaring off with an opponent from Jacksonville for the third consecutive Saturday, also including a 69-53 home win over North Florida on Jan. 19.

• The Lady Flames and Dolphins have each won back-to-back games. Both teams' most recent victory came against North Florida.

• Liberty (NCAA) and Jacksonville (WNIT) each won 24 games and played in postseason tournaments last season.

• Rebounding will be a key statistic on Saturday, as Liberty (+5.8) and Jacksonville (+5.6) rank No. 1 and No. 2 in the ASUN for rebound margin. The Dolphins' Trudy Walker (10.0 rpg) is the conference's leading rebounder. Walker pulled down nine boards during the teams' Jan. 12 matchup, helping Jacksonville finish with a 38-36 edge on the glass.

• Carey Green's first year as Liberty's head coach (1999-2000) was the first season of Jacksonville women's basketball.

• Jacksonville's roster features 11 juniors and seniors. Conversely, Liberty boasts nine freshmen and sophomores.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles
• A move from the Big South Conference to the ASUN Conference combined with an ambitious non-conference schedule has led to a considerable amount of travel this season.

• By the end of their current road trip, the Lady Flames will have taken 21 total flights through 12 different airports (Charlotte, Charlottesville, Chattanooga, Cobb County, Daytona Beach, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Lynchburg, Nashville, Philadelphia, Roanoke and Tampa) in 2018-19.

• When they return home from their current trip, the Lady Flames will have spent 25 nights in hotels so far this season.

• Saturday's game will be Liberty's sixth contest played in Florida this season, equaling the Lady Flames' number of home games thus far in 2018-19.

Liberty in the Sunshine State
• Liberty is 4-13 all-time when playing in Florida, including 1-4 this season. The Lady Flames are seeking their first ASUN victory in Florida, following losses at FGCU (Jan. 5) and Stetson (Jan. 8).

• The Lady Flames are playing more games in the Sunshine State this season (7) than in Carey Green's first 19 seasons combined (4). After Saturday, Liberty will return to the state for a Feb. 23 visit to North Florida.

• Liberty is 4-10 all-time when facing opponents from Florida, including 1-5 this season. The Lady Flames had lost six straight meetings with Sunshine State foes before last Saturday's 69-53 home triumph over North Florida, their first victory over a Florida opponent since Dec. 8, 2002.

Liberty vs. the ASUN
• Liberty is 10-10 all-time versus ASUN Conference opponents (at the time of the meeting).

• The Lady Flames' most recent ASUN matchup prior to this season was a 70-27 victory over Lipscomb on Nov. 26, 2011 at the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament in Nashville, Tenn.

• Liberty owns a 3-4 record against current ASUN members, including wins over Kennesaw State, Lipscomb and North Florida and  losses to FGCU, Jacksonville and Stetson (2x).