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WBB Game Day Central: No. 1 Seed FGCU

March 14, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Bridgette Rettstatt

Bridgette Rettstatt

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The Starting 5 - Liberty's Top Storylines
• No. 3 seed Liberty (16-15) will travel to No. 1 seed FGCU (27-4) for Sunday's ASUN Women's Basketball Championship title game, a battle between 2018 NCAA Tournament qualifiers.

• Winners of five straight games, the Lady Flames will attempt to capture back-to-back conference titles for the first time since 2012 and 2013, thus qualifying for their 18th NCAA Tournament in 23 years.

• Two-time defending ASUN champion FGCU won both regular-season meetings with the conference newcomer Lady Flames. No team has defeated Liberty three times in a season since 1995-96 (UNCG).

• Emily Lytle scored a game-high 20 points during Liberty's 65-64 home setback to FGCU on Feb. 9. She has hit 62 three-pointers during her first season with the Lady Flames and needs two more to break the program record which has stood since 1989-90.

• Kierra Johnson-Graham scored in double figures during both regular-season meetings with FGCU and has posted back-to-back double-digit efforts to begin the ASUN Championship. The Lady Flames are 12-3 since she joined the starting lineup on Jan. 15.

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. FGCU
• Liberty (Big South) and FGCU (ASUN) both won conference tournament title games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament a year ago.

• The Lady Flames are seeking their 18th NCAA Tournament appearance in 23 seasons, while the Eagles are in search of their sixth trip to the "Big Dance" in the last eight years.

• FGCU, which won both regular-season meetings with Liberty, is trying to become the first team to defeat the Lady Flames three times within a single season since UNCG did so in 1995-96.

• Liberty has won five of its last six road games. Meanwhile, FGCU is 16-1 at home this year and 99-2 all-time in ASUN games at Alico Arena.

• 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 wins against Jacksonville (quarterfinals) and North Florida (semifinals). The Lady Flames hope their tournament run ends in the same fashion, with a victory on the home court of the No. 1 seed and defending tournament champion.

• Liberty's Carey Green and FGCU's Karl Smesko each rank among the NCAA's top 25 active coaches for winning percentage and have combined for 979 career victories.

Notable Numbers
• Liberty is 17-2 all-time in conference tournament finals, all coming in the Big South Conference.

• The Lady Flames are 2-0 in conference tournament finals when entering as the underdog by seed. No. 2 Liberty topped No. 1 UNCG in 1997 and No. 2 Liberty defeated No. 1 Gardner-Webb in 2010.

• Liberty is 1-1 in conference tournament finals played on its opponent's home court. The Lady Flames were victorious at High Point in 2012 but lost at UNC Asheville in 2016.

• Carey Green is 49-5 all-time coaching in conference tournament games, including 14-2 in the final.

• No team has won the ASUN title during its first year as a conference member since Lipscomb in 2004.

• The No. 3 seed has never captured the ASUN title, and a team seeded lower than No. 2 has not won since No. 5 seed Stetson in 2005.

• Liberty has matched its longest winning streak of the season (5 games) and has won seven of eight outings since its one-point loss to FGCU on Feb. 9.

• The Lady Flames own a +.500 record for the first time this season. They have gone 12-3 since opening the year at 4-12 overall and 0-3 in ASUN play.

• The Lady Flames are 5-14 all-time when playing in Florida, including a 2-5 record this season.

On This Date
• Liberty is 0-2 all-time when playing on March 17, including a 77-54 loss to LSU in the first round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament and a 67-51 setback at Villanova in the first round of the 2016 WNIT.

• This is the latest in the calendar year Liberty has ever played a conference tournament game.

• Liberty is 79-49 all-time in March, including 71-24 under Carey Green and 4-0 this season.