WBB Game Day: No. 23 FGCU
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The Starting 5 – Liberty’s Top Storylines
• ASUN East Division co-leaders Liberty (25-2, 13-1 ASUN) and No. 23 FGCU (24-2, 13-1 ASUN) will square off in a Thursday showdown at Liberty Arena.
• If the Lady Flames win, they would claim a share of their first ASUN regular-season title. It would be Liberty’s first-ever win over FGCU and first victory over a Top 25 opponent since March 22, 2005.
• The Lady Flames have won 10 straight games overall, 11 consecutive home contests and 20 straight home matchups with ASUN foes. They will attempt to snap FGCU’s nation-leading 29-game road winning streak.
• After going for 24 points, nine rebounds and three steals on Saturday against Stetson, Bridgette Rettstatt claimed her second ASUN Player of the Week award this season. She has posted two career double-doubles against FGCU, including 11 points and 11 boards in Fort Myers on Jan. 15.
• Liberty’s leading scorer and rebounder, Mya Berkman ranks No. 2 nationally in field goal percentage (67.3). Coming off her fifth double-double of the season (10 points, 13 rebounds) against Stetson, Berkman will celebrate her 22nd birthday on Friday (Feb. 25).
Notes and Anecdotes – Liberty vs. FGCU
• Thursday’s winner will claim at least a share of the ASUN regular-season title. It would be the first for Liberty. Meanwhile, FGCU has captured four straight ASUN regular-season crowns and 10 of the last 11.
• These two teams have reached the ASUN Championship title game all three seasons since Liberty joined the conference in 2018-19.
• Liberty is tied for the national lead with 25 victories while FGCU ranks No. 4 with 24 wins this season.
• Liberty is 0-9 all-time against FGCU and 52-9 against all other ASUN opponents since joining the league. The only opponent the Lady Flames have faced more often but never defeated is Mount St. Mary’s (0-11).
• FGCU ranks No. 8 nationally for scoring offense (79.2 ppg). Meanwhile, Liberty sits No. 4 nationally for scoring defense (50.8 ppg). The 73 points FGCU scored on Jan. 15 were the most the Lady Flames have allowed all season.
• FGCU will be playing its first game at Liberty Arena and only its third contest in Lynchburg overall. The Eagles have not played at Liberty in 754 days, since Feb. 1, 2020.
• No. 23 FGCU will be the first Top 25 team to play at Liberty Arena in women’s basketball, men’s basketball or volleyball.
At Home Against the ASUN
• Liberty has won its first seven ASUN home games of the season, improving to 15-0 all-time in conference matchups at Liberty Arena.
• The Lady Flames have won 19 straight ASUN Conference home games overall and have been victorious in their last 20 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 29-5 at home against ASUN Conference foes. The Lady Flames are 52-18 overall when facing ASUN opponents during that time.
Liberty vs. the Top 25
• The Lady Flames have never defeated a conference opponent ranked inside the Top 25 and have only won one home game over a Top 25 foe (Nov. 26, 2002 vs. No. 23 Virginia).
• The Lady Flames have lost 35 straight meetings with Top 25 opponents since their 88-79 victory over No. 16/16 DePaul on March 22, 2005. That win, which sent the Lady Flames into the Sweet 16, was their fourth all-time Top 25 triumph.