WBB Game Day: High Point
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The Starting 5 – Liberty’s Top Storylines
• Liberty (6-1) opens a three-game homestand with a matchup against former Big South Conference rival High Point (2-4), Saturday at Liberty Arena.
• A victory on Saturday would give Liberty its longest winning streak of the season (4 games) and its best start to a season since the 2007-08 team opened at 7-1. Conversely, the defending Big South champion Panthers are looking to halt a three-game slide.
• High Point is the most commonly faced opponent on Liberty’s 2021-22 schedule. Saturday will mark the 57th meeting between the two teams. Carey Green has recorded 38 of his 501 wins against the Panthers. He will be recognized for his 500th win prior to tipoff.
• Liberty has won its last 12 meetings with Big South Conference foes and is 4-0 against Big South opponents since leaving the conference after the 2017-18 season, including Wednesday’s 68-48 victory at Hampton.
• The Lady Flames’ leading scorer (15.3 ppg) and rebounder (8.9 rpg), Mya Berkman totaled 12 points and eight boards during Liberty’s 76-66 victory at High Point a season ago.
Notes and Anecdotes – Liberty vs. High Point
• Former Big South Conference rival High Point is the most commonly faced opponent on Liberty’s 2021-22 schedule. Saturday will mark the 50th time Carey Green has coached against the Panthers.
• High Point swept the Big South regular-season and tournament titles a year ago. The Panthers were picked to win the Big South again in 2021-22 but are off to a slow start after Preseason Big South Player of the Year Skyler Curran suffered a season-ending injury during the first game of the season.
• Third-year High Point Head Coach Chelsea Banbury was associate head coach at FGCU in 2018-19. Her team beat Liberty three times that season, including a victory in the 2019 ASUN Championship title game.
• Much like FGCU, High Point relies heavily on three-point shooting. The Panthers attempt 46 percent of their shots from behind the arc.
• Both teams feature new arenas. Liberty Arena is open for the second season, while High Point moved into the Qubein Center this season.
• Liberty’s Bridgette Rettstatt is the only player left from High Point’s last visit to Lynchburg, the 2018 Big South Championship semifinal matchup won by the Lady Flames.
Liberty vs. Big South
• Liberty spent 27 seasons (1991-92 through 2017-18) as a Big South Conference member, winning 16 regular-season championships and 17 conference tournament titles.
• Liberty went 328-88 in Big South Conference play and was 56-10 in the Big South Championship. The Lady Flames have won their last 12 meetings with Big South foes, including a 4-0 record since leaving the conference. Three of those four victories have come against Hampton, which never competed in the Big South at the same time as Liberty.
• This week, Liberty will play back-to-back games against Big South foes for the first time since departing the conference.
Home Sweet Home
• The Lady Flames will play 16 games at Liberty Arena this season, marking their most home contests since the 2012-13 team hosted 16 games at the Vines Center.
• Liberty is 15-1 at Liberty Arena and had won 20 consecutive home games overall, prior to its 53-51 loss to Memphis on Nov. 23.
• That marked 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 Liberty men’s and women’s basketball teams combined to win their first 29 games played at Liberty Arena (WBB-15 & MBB-14), beginning with the Lady Flames’ 76-53 triumph over Norfolk State on the facility’s opening night (Dec. 1, 2020).
• Liberty has not lost back-to-back home games since dropping its first three games at the Vines Center in 2019-20 (Nov. 8, 11 & 21, 2019).