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WBB Game Day Central: No. 25 FGCU

January 5, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Emily Lytle and the Lady Flames will play at No. 25 FGCU Monday at 7 p.m. in Fort Myers, Fla.

Emily Lytle and the Lady Flames will play at No. 25 FGCU Monday at 7 p.m. in Fort Myers, Fla.

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Game Time:
Monday - 7 p.m.

TV Coverage:
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: John Vittas
Color Analyst: J. Webb Horton

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 (8-6, 1-0 ASUN) will wrap up its six-game road swing with a rematch of the 2019 ASUN Championship title game, Monday at No. 25 FGCU (14-2, 1-0 ASUN).

• The Lady Flames have won a season-best six games in a row. To continue that run, they will need to snap FGCU's 29-game ASUN win streak and become just the third visiting team ever to win an ASUN regular-season game at Alico Arena (in 103 games).

• Facing a Top 25 opponent within its own conference for the first time in program history, Liberty will seek its first Top 25 victory since March 22, 2005.

• 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 paces the Lady Flames in points (12.5 ppg). Coming off a season-high 21-point effort at NJIT on Saturday, she is 41 points shy of 1,000.

• Fellow junior post player Bridgette Rettstatt posted her sixth career double-double (10 points, season-high 14 rebounds) at NJIT on Saturday. She has scored in double figures in 13 of 17 ASUN games during her career.

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. FGCU
• Monday's contest will be a rematch of the 2019 ASUN Women's Basketball Championship title game and a meeting between teams which won their ASUN openers on Saturday.

• Liberty is playing at FGCU during the opening week of ASUN play for the second straight year. The host Eagles welcomed the Lady Flames to the conference with a 68-50 victory on Jan. 5, 2019.

• FGCU went 3-0 against the Lady Flames last season, becoming the first team to defeat Liberty three times in a season since UNCG in 1995-96. FGCU and Stetson are the only two ASUN teams Liberty has never defeated.

• FGCU has won 29 straight ASUN games and is 100-2 all-time in ASUN regular-season games at Alico Arena.

• 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 1,002 career victories.

• The Lady Flames are 6-16 all-time when playing in Florida.

• FGCU's Ashli O'Neal is 22 points away from 1,000 for her career, looking to become the fourth current Eagle with 1,000 points. Liberty's Keyen Green is 41 points shy of becoming the Lady Flames' first 1,000-point scorer since Ashley Rininger reached the milestone on Feb. 21, 2015.

Streaks Aplenty
• Liberty has won a season-best six games in a row, five straight games away from Lynchburg and four consecutive true road contests.

• Saturday's win at NJIT gave the Lady Flames their longest winning streak since a run of eight consecutive victories between Feb. 17-March 11, 2018.

• Liberty also lost five straight games earlier this season, between Nov. 8-24. The Lady Flames are one of three NCAA Division I women's basketball teams which has posted a five-game winning streak and a five-game losing streak this season, joining Cal Baptist and La Salle.

Liberty vs. the Top 25
• Liberty is facing a Top 25 opponent within its own conference for the first time in program history.

• The Lady Flames are 0-1 versus Top 25 foes this season, falling 68-55 to No. 7/5 Oregon State in Coral Gables, Fla., on Nov. 30. That is Liberty's only loss in its last eight outings, dating back to Nov. 29.

• The Lady Flames have lost 29 straight meetings with Top 25 foes since their 88-79 victory over No. 16/16 DePaul on March 22, 2005. The most recent of Liberty's two all-time NCAA Tournament wins, the victory over the Blue Demons was the Lady Flames' fourth Top 25 victory in program history and marked the highest-ranked opponent Liberty has defeated.