WBB Game Day: North Alabama
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Thursday – 3:30 p.m.
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Rett McGibbon
Color Analyst: Kelley Deyo
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Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Jamie Hall
The Starting 5 – Liberty’s Top Storylines
• Liberty (17-2, 5-1 ASUN) will tip off a two-game homestand with a Thursday afternoon clash against North Alabama (7-10, 2-3 ASUN).
• The Lady Flames have won three straight meetings with the Lions, seven consecutive home games and 16 straight home matchups with ASUN Conference opponents.
• Mya Berkman ranks No. 2 nationally for field goal percentage (66.7). Last season, she tallied 33 points and 18 rebounds in 33 minutes during Liberty’s two victories over UNA, shooting 81.3 percent from the field.
• Bridgette Rettstatt will be honored prior to tipoff for joining the 1,000-point club last month. One of her two career 25-point games came at North Alabama (Feb. 16, 2019). Rettstatt has scored in double figures in 11 of her last 13 outings.
• After missing the first three ASUN contests, Priscilla Smeenge has returned to post 12.3 ppg over the last three outings. During Liberty’s last home game (Jan. 19 vs. Jacksonville), Smeenge hit the game-winning layup with 16.8 seconds remaining.
Notes and Anecdotes – Liberty vs. North Alabama
• Liberty and North Alabama, who both joined the ASUN in time for the 2018-19 season, have seen three of their seven meetings decided by single digits including a pair of overtime contests.
• Both teams played their most recent game at Central Arkansas. Liberty won 79-51 on Saturday, while North Alabama lost 61-53 on Monday.
• Thursday will mark North Alabama’s third visit to Liberty Arena in the last two seasons. The Lady Flames have not played at Flowers Hall since their 90-87 overtime victory in the ASUN Championship semifinals, March 11, 2020.
• 6-0 Macey Lee is the only Lion who stands 6-0 or taller. Liberty features six active players 6-0 or taller, including three in the starting lineup. Liberty ranks No. 1 in the ASUN for rebound margin (+13.2), while UNA is No. 11 at -4.4.
• Allowing an ASUN-low 50.4 ppg in 2021-22, Liberty has held 10 opponents to 50 points or fewer this season. North Alabama, the ASUN’s second-leading scoring team (71.0 ppg), has been held below 50 only once.
• Both teams’ head coaches (Liberty’s Carey Green and North Alabama’s Missy Tiber) were absent for the two-game series at Liberty Arena last season. Green is 3-2 coaching against Tiber when both are present.
At Home Against the ASUN
• Liberty has won its first three ASUN home games of the season, improving to 11-0 all-time in conference matchups at Liberty Arena.
• The Lady Flames have won 15 straight ASUN Conference home games overall and have been victorious in their last 16 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 25-5 at home against ASUN Conference foes. The Lady Flames are 44-18 overall when facing ASUN opponents during that time.
• Liberty’s 79-51 victory at Central Arkansas on Saturday marked the fourth time the Lady Flames have ever won an ASUN Conference game by 25 points or more.
32 points – 78-46 home win over Jacksonville (1/30/21)
29 points – 88-59 home win over Lipscomb (1/2/21)
28 points – 79-51 win at Central Arkansas (1/22/22)
26 points – 78-52 home win ove Jacksonville (1/31/21)