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    WBB Game Day: Bluefield State

    Dec 11, 2021 | Lynchburg Va | Women's Basketball

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    Bluefield State Women’s Basketball Webpage
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    Game Time:
    Tuesday – 2 p.m.
    The game was postponed from Monday due to transportation issues.

    TV Coverage:
    ESPN+
    Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Rett McGibbon
    Color Analyst: Kelley Deyo

    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
    • Coming off an impressive 59-40 win over Virginia Tech, Liberty (8-1) closes out its homestand Tuesday afternoon by hosting Bluefield State (0-7).

    • The Lady Flames have won five games in a row and are off to their best start to a season since 2007-08. Bluefield State, which is classifying the contest as an exhibition, is still seeking its first win under first-year head coach Paul Davis.

    • Liberty is 5-2 all-time against the Big Blue. The most recent matchup between the two teams took place nine years ago today at the Vines Center, resulting in an 82-46 Liberty triumph.

    • Bridgette Rettstatt has scored in double figures in five straight games for the Lady Flames. She grabbed her 700th career rebound during the win over Virginia Tech and is now within 35 points of 1,000.

    • Mya Berkman is off to an outstanding start to her season, pacing the Lady Flames in points (14.4 ppg) and rebounds (8.0 rpg) while ranking No. 3 nationally in field goal percentage (65.9). She has led Liberty in scoring in six of nine contests so far in 2021-22.

    Notes and Anecdotes – Liberty vs. Bluefield State
    • Liberty will play host to Bluefield State nine years to the day after the teams’ most recent meeting, an 82-46 Lady Flames victory at the Vines Center on Dec. 13, 2012.

    • Bluefield State was scheduled to be the Lady Flames’ first-ever opponent at Liberty Arena (Nov. 12, 2020), before the start of the 2020-21 season was delayed.

    • Both teams saw promising seasons halted prematurely in 2019-20 due to COVID-19. Liberty had reached the ASUN Championship final, while Bluefield State had advanced to the USCAA National Tournament semifinals.

    • An NCAA Division II independent squad, Bluefield State is counting Monday’s game as an exhibition. Thus, first-year head coach Paul Davis will still be in search of his first career victory, regardless of Monday’s outcome.

    • Bluefield State is playing its second exhibition against a Division I opponent this season. The Big Blue lost 108-45 at Marshall on Nov. 9.

    • This is the first of Liberty’s back-to-back home games against Division II opponents from West Virginia. Shepherd is slated to visit Liberty Arena on Dec. 30.

    • The winning team has scored 75 points or more in all seven previous Liberty-Bluefield State clashes.

    Off to a Fast Start
    • At 8-1, Liberty is off to its best start to a season since 2007-08, when the Lady Flames opened the year at 11-1.

    • This is only the fourth time program history that the Lady Flames have started 8-1 or better through nine games. Liberty opened the 1997-98 campaign at 9-0 and was also 8-1 in 1996-97 and 2007-08.

    • Liberty’s win over James Madison (Nov. 18) was just its third victory over the Dukes (in 16 tries) and its first in nine years.

    • The Lady Flames went 2-0 at the Navy Classic (Nov. 27 & 28) for their first 2-0 Thanksgiving tournament showing since 2014 (GSU Thanksgiving Tournament).

    • Liberty defeated Virginia Tech at home for the first time, recording its first victory over an ACC opponent in 13 years.

    Off to a Fast Start, Part 2
    • Liberty has led at the end of the first quarter during all nine of its games this season.

    • The Lady Flames are outscoring opponents 182-83 in the first quarter, for an average score of 20.2 to 9.2.

    • Five times this season, Liberty has held its opponent to six points or fewer during the opening stanza.