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WBB Game Day Central: No. 5 Seed North Florida

March 12, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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WBB Game Day Central: No. 5 Seed North Florida

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The Starting 5 - Liberty's Top Storylines
• No. 3 seed Liberty (15-15) will take on No. 5 seed North Florida (15-13) in the ASUN Championship semifinal round, Wednesday at the Vines Center. The Lady Flames and Ospreys both enter the contest on four-game winning streaks.

• Wednesday's victor will advance to Sunday's ASUN title game to face the winner of Wednesday's Kennesaw State at FGCU matchup. If FGCU wins, the Eagles will host the title game. If Kennesaw State wins, the Liberty-UNF victor will host on Sunday.

• Liberty and North Florida split two regular season matchups, with the home team winning both games.

• Liberty will try to become the first ASUN newcomer to reach the title game since Lipscomb in 2004. North Florida is trying to advance to its second ASUN title game in program history (also 2010).

• Including its 65-53 quarterfinal win over Jacksonville on Friday, Liberty is 21-1 all-time in conference tournament games at the Vines Center. The Lady Flames' next home win will be their 300th triumph in Vines Center history since the facility opened in 1990.

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. North Florida
• Liberty and North Florida will be meeting for the third time this season. The two teams split the regular season series, with each team winning on its home floor.  

• If Kennesaw State upsets FGCU on Wednesday, the Liberty-UNF winner would hosts Sunday's ASUN title game. Otherwise, FGCU will play host to the title game.

• Liberty is attempting to become the first ASUN newcomer to reach the title game in its inaugural season since Lipscomb in 2004. The Lady Flames reached the Big South title game 19 times in their last 22 seasons as conference members.

• North Florida is trying to reach the ASUN title game for the second time. The Ospreys previously made it in 2010.

• The Liberty women's basketball team is following the same path as the Flames men's basketball team thus far, opening the ASUN tournament with home games against Jacksonville (quarterfinals) and North Florida (semifinals). The Lady Flames hope their tournament run ends in the same fashion, after Liberty won the ASUN Men's Basketball Championship title on Sunday.

• Liberty's Ashtyn Baker and North Florida's Lauren Gross were teammates at Northpoint Christian School, where they won back-to-back Tennessee II-A state titles in 2016 and 2017.

Notable Numbers
• Liberty is 21-1 all-time at the Vines Center in conference tournament games, including 1-0 in the ASUN and 20-1 in the Big South.

• The Lady Flames' next home victory will be No. 300 at the Vines Center since the facility opened in 1990. Liberty is 299-78 all-time at the Vines Center, including 8-5 this year.

• Liberty will try to become the first No. 3 seed to reach the ASUN women's basketball title game since Northern Kentucky in 2015.

• The Lady Flames have won four straight games since their Feb. 23 loss at North Florida and are looking to match their season-long streak of five straight wins (Jan. 15-Feb. 2).

• Liberty is 6-13 all-time when facing opponents from Florida, including 3-8 this season.

Liberty vs. the ASUN
• Liberty is 19-13 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 an 12-7 record against current ASUN members, including wins over Jacksonville (2x), Kennesaw State (2x), Lipscomb (3x), NJIT (2x), North Alabama (2x) and North Florida and losses to FGCU (2x), Jacksonville, North Florida and Stetson (3x).

On This Date
• Liberty is 3-4 all-time when playing on March 13, including 1-1 in conference tournament semifinals.

• The Lady Flames topped host High Point 73-55 in the Big South semifinals on March 13, 2010. Liberty also dropped a 73-68 overtime decision to Campbell in the Big South semifinals on March 13, 1992 at Radford.

• Liberty is 78-49 all-time in March, including 70-24 under Carey Green and 3-0 this season.