WBB Game Day: Navy
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Saturday – 1 p.m.
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The Starting 5 – Liberty’s Top Storylines
• Liberty (3-1) will hit the road for the first time this season, beginning its third Navy Classic appearance with a Saturday matinee against host Navy (2-3).
• Liberty’s last three games have been decided by a total of 10 points, with the most recent being a 53-51 home loss to Memphis on Tuesday. Five of seven all-time Liberty-Navy clashes have been decided by single digits, including a pair of overtime games.
• The Lady Flames are playing their first regular-season tournament since Dec. 20-21, 2019. They went 2-0 at the Roo Holiday Classic in Kansas City, Mo., with current player Mya Berkman making the all-tournament team.
• Berkman, who ranks No. 6 nationally for field goal percentage (71.1), leads the Lady Flames in scoring (16.5 ppg) and rebounding (9.0 rpg). She has been Liberty’s top scorer in each of the last three games.
• Carey Green, beginning his 23rd season as Liberty’s head coach, could reach a milestone this weekend. He enters the Navy Classic with a career record of 498-204, leaving him two wins shy of 500. Green has coached Liberty to 14 NCAA Tournaments.
Notes and Anecdotes – Liberty vs. Navy
• Liberty and Navy both enter the Navy Classic looking to bounce back from home losses on Tuesday. The Lady Flames suffered their first defeat of 2021-22 at the hands of Memphis (53-51), while Navy fell to Fairfield, 76-52.
• Both teams have played extensively at home to tip off the season. Liberty is taking to the road for the first time after four straight contests at Liberty Arena. Meanwhile, Navy has played only one road game and is in the midst of a six-game homestand.
• Second-year Navy head coach Tim Taylor previously served on Virginia’s staff for three different stints. The Cavaliers went 4-1 against Liberty while Taylor was on staff. During Taylor’s first stop in Charlottesville (2000-05), Liberty associate head coach Alexis Sherard was part of Virginia’s men’s basketball coaching staff.
• Liberty will try to slow down senior guard Jennifer Coleman, who leads Navy in points (21.2 ppg), rebounds (10.6 rpg), assists (5.2 apg) and steals (3.0 spg).
• Liberty will be facing two different service academies simultaneously on Saturday afternoon. While the Lady Flames are battling Navy on the hardwood, the Liberty football team will be playing host to Army on the gridiron. Kickoff is scheduled for noon at Williams Stadium for the Black Knights’ first game in Virginia in 51 years.
Liberty vs. Patriot League
• Liberty is 7-4 all-time against Patriot League opponents.
• Saturday’s game will be the Lady Flames’ first matchup with a Patriot League foe since their 67-66 loss at Navy on Dec. 4, 2016. Prior to that setback, Liberty had won seven consecutive meetings with Patriot League foes.
• Liberty is 4-0 against American, 2-0 versus Lafayette and 1-4 against Navy during those teams’ tenure as Patriot League members.
Navy Classic Notes
• This will mark Liberty’s third appearance in the Navy Classic. The Lady Flames are 2-2 all-time in the event.
• Liberty was the champion of the 2009 Navy Classic (Nov. 20-21, 2009), thanks to victories over Tulane (63-52) and the host Midshipmen (55-43).
• The Lady Flames went 0-2 at the 2016 Navy Classic (Dec. 3-4, 2016), falling to Richmond (63-54) and Navy (67-66).
• On both occasions, Liberty was paced by a freshman. Devon Brown averaged 18.5 ppg and 11.5 rpg at the 2009 Navy Classic. In 2016, Keyen Green averaged 11.0 ppg and 13.0 rpg at the event.