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The Starting 5 – Liberty’s Top Storylines
• Liberty (22-2, 10-1 ASUN) will play back-to-back games in the River City, beginning Saturday afternoon at Jacksonville (13-8, 6-4 ASUN).
• The Lady Flames have won seven straight meetings with the Dolphins and are riding a seven-game overall winning streak. That streak began with a 49-48 nailbiter against Jacksonville, Jan. 19 at Liberty Arena.
• Liberty has recorded 10 or more conference wins for 23 consecutive seasons, dating back to Carey Green’s first year at the helm (1999-2000). A win on Saturday would mark the Lady Flames’ 50th victory over an ASUN opponent since joining the league in 2018-19.
• The Lady Flames’ leading scorer (13.0 ppg) and rebounder (7.3 rpg), Mya Berkman ranks No. 2 nationally for field goal percentage (67.0). She posted a double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds) during the first meeting between the two teams this season.
• Jacksonville native Priscilla Smeenge hit the game-winning layup against the Dolphins with 16.8 seconds to play on Jan. 19. The defensive stopper also posted career highs for steals (3) and blocks (3) that day, figures she matched Wednesday vs. Lipscomb.
Notes and Anecdotes – Liberty vs. Jacksonville
• Liberty and Jacksonville will square off for the second time in 25 days, but it will be the Lady Flames’ first visit to Swisher Gymnasium in two years. Six of the eight previous Liberty-Jacksonville contests have taken place in Lynchburg.
• Both previous Liberty-Jacksonville clashes in the River City have been hard-fought contests. The Lady Flames needed overtime to post an 85-75 win on Jan. 26, 2019. Liberty then recovered from an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to win 65-59 on Feb. 10, 2020.
• Liberty is 4-1 in ASUN road games this season, while Jacksonville is 4-1 in ASUN home contests. FGCU accounted for the only loss in both cases.
• Both teams defeated a Power Five opponent early on this season, including Liberty’s Dec. 7 victory over Virginia Tech and Jacksonville’s Nov. 9 season-opening triumph at Minnesota.
• Liberty ranks No. 2 nationally in field goal percentage defense (32.8), while Jacksonville sits at No. 28 on the same list (36.0). During the teams’ first meeting, they combined to shoot 31.4 percent (32-of-102).
• This is Carey Green’s 23rd season as Liberty’s head coach. His first season in Lynchburg (1999-2000) was Jacksonville’s first year fielding a women’s basketball team.
On the Road in the ASUN
• Liberty is 49-18 against ASUN Conference opponents since joining the league prior to the 2018-19 season, including 19-12 on the road.
• The Lady Flames are 18-11 in ASUN Conference games on the road (including 4-1 this season) and 1-1 in road contests in the ASUN Championship.
• Liberty is 4-11 when facing ASUN Conference opponents in Florida (including 1-1 this season) and 45-7 when matching up with ASUN foes in any other state (including 9-0 this season). Two of the Lady Flames’ four ASUN victories in the Sunshine State have come at Swisher Gymnasium.
10 x 23
• Liberty’s win over Lipscomb on Wednesday was its 10th ASUN triumph this season, giving the Lady Flames 10 or more conference victories for 23 consecutive seasons, including 19 in the Big South (1999-2000 through 2017-18) and four in the ASUN (2018-19 through present).
• Carey Green has been at the helm for all 23 seasons and owns a 307-56 all-time record in conference games.