WBB Game Day: Belmont Abbey
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The Starting 5 – Liberty’s Top Storylines
• Liberty will tip off its 47th women’s basketball season Tuesday, welcoming Belmont Abbey to Liberty Arena.
• The Lady Flames are 2-0 all-time against the Crusaders, but the two teams have not met for 34 years. Belmont Abbey enters the season with a No. 13 national ranking following a run to the 2021 NCAA Division II Elite Eight.
• Just 3-6 in its last nine season openers, Liberty is tipping off its year at home for the first time since 2016-17 (Duke).
• The Lady Flames are scheduled to play 16 home games during its second season at Liberty Arena, including the first at full capacity. Liberty went 12-0 at home last season and has won 17 consecutive home games dating back to 2019-20.
• Mya Berkman is a preseason All-ASUN team member. The redshirt junior center is the team’s top returning scorer (9.5 ppg) and rebounder (6.1 rpg). She shot 68.9 percent from the field last season, leading the ASUN and breaking assistant coach Katie (Feenstra) Mattera’s Liberty single-season record of 67.1 percent from the 2004-05 campaign.
Notes and Anecdotes – Liberty vs. Belmont Abbey
• Liberty and Belmont Abbey will square off for the third time overall and the first time in 34 years. The two teams were scheduled to meet at Liberty Arena last season (Dec. 19, 2020), before the contest was cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols.
• The Crusaders are coming off a memorable 2020-21 season. Belmont Abbey went 24-3 and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time. The Crusaders are picked to win the Conference Carolinas title and are ranked No. 13 nationally to begin the season.
• Belmont Abbey knocked off a Division I opponent in last year’s season opener, winning 63-60 at UNCG on Dec. 4, 2020.
• Liberty is 7-2 against the current membership of Conference Carolinas, including 2-0 vs. Belmont Abbey, 0-2 vs. Francis Marion and 5-0 vs. Mount Olive. However, all of those games took place in the 1980s.
• Belmont Abbey senior center Kelli Thomas is the sister of former Liberty volleyball player Loren Thomas (2009-12).
• The last time Liberty and the Crusaders met, construction had not begun on the Vines Center, Liberty was a Division II program and Carey Green was a first-year assistant coach at Clemson.
Lady Flames in Season Openers
• Liberty is 22-24 all-time in season openers, including 14-7 at home and 10-12 under Carey Green.
• Liberty is just 3-6 in its last nine lid-lifters, including a 76-72 loss at Ohio to tip off the 2020-21 season.
• The Lady Flames are tipping off their season at home for the first time since the 2016-17 season, when Duke visited the Vines Center.
• Liberty is seeking its first home win to open a season since 2009-10, when the Lady Flames tipped off the year with a victory over Winston-Salem State at the Vines Center.
Home Sweet Home
• Liberty is 12-0 at Liberty Arena and has won 17 consecutive home games overall, beginning with a 76-66 victory over Kennesaw State at the Vines Center, Feb. 3, 2020.
• This is the fourth longest home winning streak in program history. Liberty won a program-record 24 consecutive home games between Dec. 21, 2002 and Nov. 19, 2004.
• The Lady Flames enter the 2021-22 season with the seventh longest active home winning streak in NCAA Division I women’s basketball, trailing only Gonzaga (25), Stephen F. Austin (25), Maryland (23), South Dakota (20), Jackson State (19) and Princeton (19).
• The Flames have not lost a men’s or women’s basketball game at Liberty Arena through 25 contests, as the Liberty men’s basketball squad was 13-0 at home last season.
• Liberty men’s and women’s basketball have combined to win 37 straight home games, dating back to the men’s team’s 61-46 triumph over FGCU, Feb. 1, 2020 at the Vines Center.