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The Starting 5 – Liberty’s Top Storylines
• No. 2E seed Liberty (27-3) will travel to No. 1W seed Jacksonville State (23-6) for the first time ever on Wednesday, with a berth in Saturday’s ASUN title game at stake.
• The Lady Flames have reached the title game during each of their three ASUN Women’s Basketball Championship appearances and have made it to 22 conference tournament championship games in the last 25 seasons.
• Liberty is 10-1 on the road this season and 1-1 on the road in ASUN Championship games all-time. Jacksonville State is 14-1 at home in 2021-22.
• Mya Berkman was named ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year and First Team All-Conference. The Lady Flames’ leading scorer and rebounder, she ranks No. 3 nationally in field goal percentage (67.1).
• Bridgette Rettstatt joined Berkman on the First Team All-Conference roster. She is the only player remaining from the Lady Flames’ last team to advance to the NCAA Tournament (2018). Rettstatt totaled 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and three blocks during Liberty’s 62-57 win over JSU on Jan. 29.
Notes and Anecdotes – Liberty vs. Jacksonville State
• Wednesday will mark Liberty’s first visit to Jacksonville State’s Pete Mathews Coliseum, the only current ASUN facility the Lady Flames have never played in.
• A win would enable Liberty to tie its program record of 28 victories, set in 1997-98 and 2007-08. Jacksonville State’s 23 wins have established a JSU Division I single-season record.
• Liberty is 7-0 versus ASUN West Division opponents this season, while Jacksonville State is 4-3 versus the East Division. The Gamecocks’ losses came to the other three teams still alive in the ASUN Championship–Liberty, FGCU and Stetson.
• Liberty has advanced to the title game during each of its first three ASUN Women’s Basketball Championship appearances. JSU is seeking its first conference title game appearance since 1999 (ASUN).
• The Lady Flames are 10-1 on the road this season, while Jacksonville State is 14-1 at home. FGCU accounts for the single loss in both instances.
• Liberty is 1-1 versus Rick Pietri-coached teams. Prior to this season’s matchup, the Lady Flames lost to South Alabama 65-61 on Nov. 29, 2008 in Washington, D.C.
• This is Liberty’s first contest in Alabama since the 2020 ASUN semifinal at North Alabama (March 11, 2020).
• Liberty will look to advance to the championship game of its conference tournament for the fifth straight year and the 23rd time in the last 26 seasons.
• Carey Green is 54-7 all-time coaching in conference tournament games, including 7-2 in the ASUN.
• Liberty is 1-2 in ASUN Championship games when facing a higher-seeded team and 1-1 on the road.
• The Lady Flames will play an ASUN Championship game in Alabama for the second time. No. 3 seed Liberty won 90-87 in overtime at No. 2 seed North Alabama in the semifinals on March 11, 2020 in Florence, Ala.
A Winning Combination
• Liberty ranks No. 2 nationally in rebound margin (+13.5), No. 3 nationally in field goal percentage defense (33.5) and No. 5 nationally in scoring defense (51.8 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 five teams to their lowest scoring output of the 2021-22 season thus far, including Lee (39), Navy (42), North Florida (38), UTRGV (32) and Virginia Tech (40).