The Lady Flames return home for a Saturday 2 p.m. matchup with NJIT. (Photo by Johnny Brown)
Game Day Central Links: Live Video (ESPN+, subscription required) Live Audio (LFSN Radio) Live Stats Liberty Game Notes Purchase Tickets Liberty Women's Basketball Instagram Liberty Women's Basketball Twitter Liberty Women's Basketball Facebook NJIT Women's Basketball Webpage ASUN Women's Basketball Webpage Game Time: Saturday - 2 p.m. TV Coverage: ESPN+ (Subscription Required) Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Rett McGibbon Color Analyst: Heather Stephens Sidelines: Victoria Wood 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 (13-11, 6-5 ASUN) will tip off its final regular-season homestand in the Vines Center Saturday versus NJIT (4-19, 1-9 ASUN). • Both teams are coming off come-from-behind victories on Monday. Liberty trailed Jacksonville by 11 points before rallying, while NJIT overcame a 14-point deficit against North Florida. • Liberty is looking to complete a season sweep of the Highlanders after opening ASUN play with a 67-53 victory in Newark on Jan. 4. The Lady Flames are 3-0 all-time versus NJIT, which has lost seven straight road contests. • 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 has posted five 20-point outings during conference play, including her 21-point, 9-rebound effort at NJIT. • Freshman Asia Todd has scored in double figures in back-to-back games and hit what turned out to be the game-winning triple Monday at Jacksonville. She tallied 15 points at NJIT on Jan. 4. Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. NJIT • Both Liberty and NJIT are coming off big come-from-behind wins on Monday. The Lady Flames rallied from 11 points down to win at Jacksonville, while the Highlanders erased a 14-point deficit against North Florida to record their first ASUN victory of the season. • The two teams will be facing one another for the first time since opening ASUN Conference play six weeks ago, Jan. 4 in Newark, N.J. • Liberty is 3-0 all-time versus NJIT. The Highlanders are one of three ASUN opponents the Lady Flames have never lost to, along with Kennesaw State and Lipscomb. • The Lady Flames have uncharacteristically struggled at the Vines Center this season, going 4-5. Meanwhile, NJIT is 1-11 on the road and is looking to halt a seven-game road losing streak. The Highlanders' last road win came Dec. 7 at Hartford. • Both teams have relied on youth. Two freshmen (Audrey Clark and Asia Todd) are currently starting for the Lady Flames, while NJIT started a trio of freshmen (Kennedy Cash, Maria Fux and Kenna Squier) during Monday's victory. • NJIT's Wellness and Events Center (opened November 2017) is the newest arena in the ASUN Conference, until Liberty Arena opens in November 2020. What's at Stake? • With a win on Saturday, Liberty can clinch a berth into the 2020 ASUN Women's Basketball Championship, which will tip off March 7. • Liberty is currently one of five ASUN teams with either five or six conference losses. Likely, only two of those teams will emerge with top-four seeds and the opportunity to host a quarterfinal game. • The Lady Flames need to win four of their final five regular-season games to finish with 10+ conference victories for the 21st consecutive season. The streak began during Carey Green's first season as head coach (1999-2000), when Liberty went 12-2 in the Big South.