WBB Game Day: Jacksonville State
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Saturday – 2 p.m.
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The Starting 5 – Liberty’s Top Storylines
• Liberty (18-2, 6-1 ASUN) will host ASUN West Division-leading Jacksonville State (15-4, 6-1 ASUN) for a Saturday afternoon showdown at Liberty Arena.
• The first-ever meeting between the Lady Flames and Gamecocks sees the two teams entering the matchup with 33 combined wins this season. That is the most of any NCAA Division I women’s basketball game scheduled for Saturday, just ahead of Texas-Oklahoma (32).
• Liberty has won eight straight home games, improving to 23-1 all-time at Liberty Arena. The Lady Flames have won 17 consecutive home meetings with ASUN opponents.
• Mya Berkman, who ranks No. 2 nationally for field goal percentage (67.3), has been especially efficient lately. She has scored 38 points in 42 minutes during the last two games, shooting 77.3 percent (17-of-22) from the floor.
• Bridgette Rettstatt will be honored prior to tipoff for joining the 1,000-point club last month. She scored all 14 of her points during the second half of Thursday’s win over North Alabama, reaching double figures for the 12th time in her last 14 outings.
Notes and Anecdotes – Liberty vs. Jacksonville State
• The first-ever meeting between Liberty and Jacksonville State will feature the most combined wins (33) of any NCAA Division I matchup on Saturday. The Oklahoma at Texas game is second at a combined 32 victories.
• Liberty will attempt to record its first-ever victory over a seventh opponent this season. The Lady Flames previously picked up their inaugural triumphs over Bowling Green, Central Arkansas, Grand Canyon, Lee, Ohio and UTRGV.
• Liberty is 4-0 at home in ASUN play this season, while Jacksonville State has won all four of its ASUN road contests.
• The Lady Flames are 15-1 in their last 16 games, while JSU is 9-1 in its last 10 outings. FGCU accounted for both teams’ losses during that span.
• Liberty has faced a Rick Pietri-coached team once previously. South Alabama topped the Lady Flames 65-61 on Nov. 29, 2008 in the consolation game of the GW Thanksgiving Classic in Washington, D.C.
• The ASUN East Division is 9-3 against the West Division so far this season. Liberty is 2-0 versus West Division opponents, while Jacksonville State is 1-1 against the East.
• JSU has matched its win total from last season. Liberty could equal last season’s 19 wins with a victory on Saturday.
At Home Against the ASUN
• Liberty has won its first four ASUN home games of the season, improving to 12-0 all-time in conference matchups at Liberty Arena.
• The Lady Flames have won 16 straight ASUN Conference home games overall and have been victorious in their last 17 meetings with ASUN opponents in Lynchburg (including one in the 2020 ASUN Championship).
• Since joining the conference prior to the 2018-19 season, Liberty is 26-5 at home against ASUN Conference foes. The Lady Flames are 45-18 overall when facing ASUN opponents during that time.
A Winning Combination
• Liberty ranks No. 3 nationally in field goal percentage defense (32.7), No. 4 nationally in rebound margin (+12.9) and No. 6 nationally in scoring defense (51.0 ppg).
• The Lady Flames and No. 1 South Carolina are the only teams who currently rank among the top 10 nationally for field goal percentage defense, scoring defense and rebound margin.
• Liberty has held four teams to their lowest scoring output of the season thus far, including Lee (39), Navy (42), UTRGV (32) and Virginia Tech (40). The Hokies’ 40 points at Liberty on Dec. 7 were their fewest in a game since Jan. 26, 2017.