WBB Game Day: Lee
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The Starting 5 – Liberty’s Top Storylines
• Liberty (11-1) will close out non-conference play Thursday at Liberty Arena, playing host to Lee (10-2) for the first time in a battle between the Lady Flames.
• The Lady Flames are off to their best 12-game start since the 2007-08 squad also opened at 11-1. If Liberty wins on Thursday, it will have its best 13-game record (12-1) since 1997-98 (13-0).
• Liberty, which has won eight games in a row overall, is 6-1 at home in 2021-22 and 18-1 in its second season of competition at Liberty Arena.
• “Super senior” Bridgette Rettstatt became the 19th 1,000-point scorer in program history during the second quarter of Liberty’s most recent game, a 54-32 win at UTRGV on Dec. 18. She has scored in double figures in eight straight games and is averaging a career-high 11.2 ppg for the year.
• Mya Berkman paces the Lady Flames in points (13.3 ppg) and rebounds (7.2 rpg) while ranking No. 5 nationally in field goal percentage (63.7). She is just 16 rebounds shy of 500 for her career and would become the 31st Lady Flame ever to reach that milestone.
Notes and Anecdotes – Liberty vs. Lee
• The Liberty Lady Flames and Lee Lady Flames will square off for the first time on Thursday.
• Liberty will look to record its first-ever victory over a fifth opponent this season. The Lady Flames previously picked up their first win over Bowling Green, Grand Canyon, Ohio and UTRGV.
• Lee enters the game with a No. 25 national ranking in NCAA Division II. The Lady Flames will be the second ranked Division II squad to visit Liberty Arena this season. Belmont Abbey was listed No. 13 at the time of the Nov. 9 season opener.
• The two head coaches have combined for over 1,000 career victories, including 506 for Liberty’s Carey Green and 579 for Lee’s Marty Rowe.
• Both teams play strong defense, as Liberty ranks No. 5 in Division I with 49.1 ppg allowed and Lee ranks No. 15 in Division II with 53.2 ppg allowed.
• Former Lady Flame Ashtyn Baker (15 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists) helped her new team (Union) hand Lee its first loss of the season, 79-69 on Dec. 2.
• Liberty has faced Lee twice in men’s basketball. Most recently, Liberty topped Lee 99-90 on March 14, 1980 in the NCCAA national semifinals on the way to the national title.
Liberty vs. GSC
• Liberty has never faced a team from the Gulf South Conference (GSC).
• Current ASUN teams Central Arkansas, Jacksonville State and North Alabama were former GSC members.
• Two GSC teams have lost exhibitions to ASUN opponents this season. Auburn Montgomery lost at Jacksonville State (89-39 on Nov. 9), while Shorter lost at Lipscomb (73-50 on Nov. 16).
Off to a Fast Start
• Liberty has led at the end of the first quarter during 11 of its 12 games this season.
• The Lady Flames are outscoring opponents 230-116 in the first quarter, for an average score of 19.2 to 9.7.
• Five times this season, Liberty has held its opponent to six points or fewer during the opening stanza.