Emily Lytle scored 22 points and put Liberty ahead for good with a three-point play during the Lady Flames' last meeting with North Alabama, a 90-87 overtime win in the 2020 ASUN Championship semifinals.
Game Day Central page Game Day Links: Saturday Live Video (ESPNU) Sunday Live Video (ESPN+) Live Audio (LFSN Radio) Saturday Live Stats Sunday Live Stats Liberty Game Notes Liberty Women's Basketball Instagram Liberty Women's Basketball Twitter Liberty Women's Basketball Facebook North Alabama Women's Basketball Webpage ASUN Women's Basketball Webpage Game Times: Saturday - 2 p.m. Sunday - 2 p.m. Saturday TV Coverage: ESPNU Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Richard Cross Color Analyst: Sophie Cunningham Sunday TV Coverage: ESPN+ Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Rett McGibbon Color Analyst: Heather Stephens 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 (8-3, 4-0 ASUN) will host North Alabama (3-8, 2-0 ASUN) for an early-season battle for first place in the ASUN, Saturday and Sunday at Liberty Arena. • The Lady Flames and Lions will square off for the first time since their memorable meeting in the ASUN Championship semifinals on March 7, 2020. Liberty won 90-87 in OT, advancing to a title game that was later cancelled due to COVID-19. • Liberty has won seven straight contests overall, 10 straight home games, 10 consecutive ASUN Conference tilts and 12 straight meetings with ASUN foes. North Alabama was the last ASUN team to defeat Liberty (86-75 on Feb. 8, 2020). • Liberty's leading scorer Emily Lytle (15.5 ppg)posted 22 points in the last meeting with the Lions, including the go-ahead three-point play with 35.6 seconds left in OT. This will be the sixth straight year a Lytle sister plays against North Alabama. • Redshirt sophomore Makaela Kestner is the reigning ASUN Newcomer of the Week. She scored a career-high 11 points during Sunday's series finale at Kennesaw State, helping Liberty complete a sweep. Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. North Alabama • Liberty and North Alabama are the only two ASUN teams who have won all of their conference games so far this season, making this an early battle for first place. • The Lady Flames and Lions are each in their third season as ASUN Conference members and have quickly formed a competitive rivalry. Liberty has won three of five head-to-head meetings, outscoring North Alabama by a total of four points (358-354) overall. Two of the five previous matchups have gone to overtime. • North Alabama was the last ASUN team to defeat Liberty, posting an 86-75 win on the Lions' home court, Feb. 8, 2020. Liberty was the last ASUN foe to take down the Lions, 90-87 in OT, March 11, 2020 in the ASUN Championship semifinals. • This is the sixth straight season North Alabama has faced a Lytle sister. Emily Lytle's older sisters Bethany and Sara both played for Union. North Alabama has gone 4-6 against Union and Liberty when a Lytle has been in action. • Liberty Head Coach Carey Green is on track to return to the sidelines this weekend after missing the last four games due to injury. • Two of North Alabama's eight all-time head coaches (Jeri Porter - 1998-2002 and Flora Willie - 2003-06) have been Liberty graduates. Home Sweet Home • The Liberty men's and women's basketball teams are 13-0 during Liberty Arena's brief history, including a 5-0 record for the Lady Flames and an 8-0 mark for the Flames. • The Lady Flames have won 10 consecutive home games overall, dating back to the 2019-20 season at the Vines Center. This is the Lady Flames' 12th home win streak of 10+ games in program history. Meanwhile, the Liberty men's basketball team is riding a program-record 31-game overall home win streak which dates to 2018-19. • The Liberty men's and women's basketball teams have won a combined 25 consecutive home games since the Lady Flames' 74-65 loss to No. 24 FGCU, Feb. 1, 2020 at the Vines Center, including 15 victories for the Flames and 10 for the Lady Flames.
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