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The Starting 5 – Liberty’s Top Storylines
• Liberty (20-2, 8-1 ASUN) will wrap up its two-game road swing Saturday with the Lady Flames’ first-ever visit to Eastern Kentucky (11-11, 4-5 ASUN).
• The inaugural meeting between the Lady Flames and Colonels will match up the current second-place squads in the ASUN East and West Divisions.
• Liberty has won five games in a row and 17 of its last 18 contests, reaching the 20-win mark for the 21st time in the last 26 seasons. The Lady Flames are one of five teams nationally with 20 or more victories this season.
• “Super senior” Bridgette Rettstatt will break Liberty’s career games played record with her 133rd appearance on Saturday. She has scored in double digits in 13 of her last 16 outings and is averaging a career-high 11.4 ppg this season.
• The Lady Flames’ leading scorer (13.4 ppg) and rebounder (7.1 rpg), Mya Berkman ranks No. 2 nationally for field goal percentage (67.0). She led all players with 18 points during Liberty’s 77-52 victory at Bellarmine on Thursday.
Notes and Anecdotes – Liberty vs. Eastern Kentucky
• Liberty and Eastern Kentucky will meet for the first time on Saturday. The Colonels are the final first-time opponent on the Lady Flames’ regular-season schedule.
• Liberty will attempt to record its first-ever victory over an eighth opponent this season. The Lady Flames previously picked up their inaugural triumphs over Bowling Green, Central Arkansas, Grand Canyon, Jacksonville State, Lee, Ohio and UTRGV.
• Saturday’s game is a matchup between the current No. 2 team in the ASUN East Division (Liberty) and the No. 2 team in the West Division (EKU).
• The ASUN East Division is 18-6 against the West Division so far this season. Liberty is 4-0 versus West Division opponents, while EKU is 1-3 versus the East, picking up a 68-58 home victory over Kennesaw State on Thursday.
• The Lady Flames are 6-3 all-time when playing in Kentucky, including Thursday’s win at Bellarmine.
• Liberty has notched its 21st 20-win season in the last 26 years. Meanwhile, EKU is seeking its first winning season since the 2015-16 Colonels went 18-12.
• Prior to joining the ASUN this year, EKU had been a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) for the last 73 years.
• Thanks to Thursday’s win at Bellarmine, Liberty has recorded its 21st 20-win season in the last 26 years, including its 18th in 23 seasons under Carey Green.
• At the time of the Lady Flames’ victory in Louisville, they became the second NCAA Division I women’s basketball team to reach 20 wins this season. No. 1 South Carolina notched its 20th win on Sunday.
• Liberty equaled the second-fewest games (22) to reach 20 wins in program history, matching the 2007-08 Lady Flames. The 1997-98 Liberty squad owns the program record for the category, winning its first 20 games of the season.
Playing From in Front
• Liberty has not trailed for its last 101:10 of basketball, dating back to the second period against North Alabama (Jan. 27).
• The Lady Flames have only faced a double-digit deficit once this season (11 points vs. North Florida on Jan. 12).