WBB Game Day: James Madison
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Thursday – 7 p.m.
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The Starting 5 – Liberty’s Top Storylines
• In search of its 20th consecutive home win, Liberty (2-0) will welcome Commonwealth foe James Madison (1-1) to Liberty Arena on Thursday.
• Liberty and JMU are squaring off for the 14th time in the last 16 seasons. The Dukes have had the upper hand in the series in recent years, winning six straight meetings overall and five consecutive visits to Lynchburg.
• The Lady Flames are aiming for their first 3-0 start since 2009-10. In order to do so, Liberty will need to beat JMU for the first time since Dec. 4, 2012 and post its first win over a CAA opponent since Nov. 16, 2015 (Elon).
• Mya Berkman enjoyed a career game during Saturday’s win over Ohio, posting a career-best 24 points and matching her career high of 11 rebounds. She leads Liberty in points (17.0 ppg), rebounds (9.0 rpg) and field goal percentage (78.9).
• Bridgette Rettstatt has done a little bit of everything for the Lady Flames during her fifth and final season, posting 9.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 4.5 apg. She hit two clutch free throws with 8.1 seconds left against Ohio.
Notes and Anecdotes – Liberty vs. James Madison
• Both Liberty and James Madison are expected to be among the top teams in their respective conferences. Liberty was picked second in the ASUN by the media and third by the coaches. Meanwhile, JMU is tabbed for a third-place finish in the CAA.
• Both teams opened new arenas during the 2020-21 season, including Liberty Arena and JMU’s Atlantic Union Bank Center.
• Both schools recently announced upcoming moves to new conferences. Liberty is headed to Conference USA while James Madison will join the Sun Belt Conference, with both transitions taking place no later than July 1, 2023.
• Saturday will mark the 14th Liberty-JMU clash in the last 16 seasons. The Lady Flames are seeking their first win over the Dukes since Dec. 4, 2012 and their first home victory over JMU since Dec. 4, 2007.
• Liberty is in search of its first 3-0 start to a season since 2009-10. That season, the Lady Flames opened 5-0 before losing at home to James Madison.
• Liberty freshman Jordan Hodges and JMU junior Abby Oguich each graduated from Monacan High School. Both players led the Chiefs to state titles, but they were not in high school at the same time.
Liberty vs. CAA
• Liberty is 19-40 all-time versus Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opponents, including 15-18 under Carey Green.
• The Lady Flames have lost five consecutive matchups with CAA foes, all coming at the hands of James Madison.
• Liberty’s last win over a CAA opponent was a 72-63 home victory over Elon on Nov. 16, 2015 at the Vines Center.
• The Lady Flames’ history against the CAA dates back to a 65-51 win over William & Mary on Feb. 17, 1984, during the first season of conference play. Last season was the first year since 1997-98 that Liberty did not face a CAA opponent.
Home Sweet Home
• Liberty is 14-0 at Liberty Arena and has won 19 consecutive home games overall, beginning with a 76-66 victory over Kennesaw State at the Vines Center, Feb. 3, 2020.
• This is 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.
• Through Monday, Liberty is tied with Jackson State for the fifth-longest active home winning streak in NCAA Division I women’s basketball, trailing only Stephen F. Austin (27), Gonzaga (26), Maryland (25) and Princeton (20).
• The Flames have not lost a men’s or women’s basketball game at Liberty Arena through 28 contests, as the Liberty men’s basketball squad is also 14-0 at the facility.
• Liberty men’s and women’s basketball have combined to win 40 straight home games, dating back to the men’s team’s 61-46 triumph over FGCU, Feb. 1, 2020 at the Vines Center.