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WBB Game Day Central: Hampton

December 11, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Bridgette Rettstatt and the Lady Flames will tip off a six-game road swing Saturday at Hampton.

Bridgette Rettstatt and the Lady Flames will tip off a six-game road swing Saturday at Hampton.

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Game Time:
Saturday - 7 p.m.

TV Coverage:
ESPN+

Radio Coverage:
Liberty Flames Sports Network - Radio
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Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Jamie Hall

The Starting 5 - Liberty's Top Storylines
• Liberty (3-6) tips off a six-game road swing with its first visit to Hampton (2-3) in 18 years. Saturday's game will mark the Lady Flames' first matchup with a Big South member since leaving the conference after the 2017-18 season.

• Both teams are picked to finish second in their respective conferences this season and both have played sparingly in recent weeks. Liberty's last game was on Dec. 3, while the Lady Pirates will be playing for only the second time in 26 days.

• Liberty is seeking its first back-to-back wins this season, while Hampton tries for its first home victory of 2019-20.

• Keyen Green, the 2018 Big South Player of the Year, is making a successful return from an ankle injury which sidelined her for the entire 2018-19 season. The redshirt junior center is leading the Lady Flames in both scoring (11.2 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg).

• Emily Lytle has flourished in her new role coming off the bench. Her last two outings have included the redshirt junior's first career double-double and a 20-point game.

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. Hampton
• Liberty and Hampton are squaring off for the 17th time overall but for the first time in nearly 17 years. The teams' last meeting came on Feb. 6, 2003 in Lynchburg.

• Hampton has played the fewest games (5) of any NCAA Division I women's basketball team at this point in the season. Saturday's contest will mark just the second time the Lady Pirates have played in the last 26 days. Hampton is seeking its first home win of the year and its first victory overall since Nov. 9.

• Liberty and Hampton have faced two common opponents this season, with very different results. The Lady Flames opened their season with a 67-48 victory at Norfolk State on Nov. 5. That same Norfolk State team defeated Hampton 77-56 on Saturday in Hampton. The Lady Pirates recorded an 84-55 victory at Chattanooga on Nov. 9, two days before the Mocs won 71-54 at Liberty.

• Hampton is picked to finish second in the Big South this year, led by Preseason Player of the Year Ashley Bates. During their first season of Big South play (2018-19), the Lady Pirates finished third and Bates was named Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.

• Two of Hampton's starters have faced Liberty previously in their careers, including Charlisa Jenkins (Gardner-Webb) and MaKayla Timmons (Old Dominion).

Liberty vs. Big South
• Liberty spent 27 seasons (1991-92 through 2017-18) as a Big South Conference member, winning 16 regular-season championships and 17 conference tournament titles.

• Liberty went 328-88 in Big South Conference play and was 56-10 in the Big South Championship. The Lady Flames have won their last eight meetings with Big South members, culminating with a 60-42 triumph over UNC Asheville in the title game of the 2018 Big South Championship.

• Saturday's game will mark Liberty's first matchup with a Big South member since leaving the conference on July 1, 2018. However, Hampton joined the conference after the Lady Flames' departure, playing in the Big South for the first time during the 2018-19 campaign.