WBB Game Day: North Florida
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Wednesday – 7 p.m.
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The Starting 5 – Liberty’s Top Storylines
• Liberty (14-1, 2-0 ASUN) will host North Florida (7-7, 0-2 ASUN) Wednesday for a rematch of the 2021 ASUN Championship semifinal, won by the Lady Flames.
• The home team has never lost in the Liberty-North Florida head-to-head series. The Lady Flames, who are riding an 11-game winning streak (third-longest active streak in the nation), are 3-0 versus the Ospreys in Lynchburg.
• The Lady Flames’ keys have been defense and rebounding. The team ranks among the nation’s top six teams for field goal percentage defense (No. 3, 32.3), scoring defense (No. 5, 49.0 ppg) and rebound margin (No. 6, +12.3).
• Mya Berkman ranks No. 2 nationally in field goal percentage (68.0). She is just two rebounds shy of 500 for her career and would become the 31st Lady Flame ever to reach that milestone.
• After averaging 14.0 ppg and 6.0 rpg during her first two career starts last week, Jordan Bailey was named ASUN Newcomer of the Week for the first time on Monday. The transfer from Old Dominion has reached double figures in five of the last six games.
Notes and Anecdotes – Liberty vs. North Florida
• Both Liberty and North Florida were picked among the ASUN preseason favorites. The coaches tabbed UNF for second place and Liberty third. Meanwhile, the media selected Liberty second and the Ospreys third.
• Liberty is 3-0 all-time against North Florida in Lynchburg, although Wednesday will mark the Ospreys’ first contest at Liberty Arena. Conversely, Liberty is 0-4 all-time at UNF Arena.
• These two teams have matched up in the ASUN Championship semifinals twice (2019 and 2021), with Liberty winning both contests.
• Last season, Liberty took an 11-game winning streak to North Florida before losing back-to-back games at UNF Arena (Feb. 6 & 7, 2021).
• Both teams faced Stetson last week. Liberty opened ASUN play with a 65-49 victory at Stetson, three days before the Hatters won 73-62 at North Florida.
• Both universities have been in existence for approximately 50 years. Liberty was founded in 1971, one year before North Florida opened its doors for the first time.
• Third-year Liberty Athletic Trainer Laura Mancuso is a 2013 graduate of North Florida.
Liberty in the ASUN
• Liberty has played 50 ASUN Conference games all-time, going 35-15.
• Since joining the conference, Liberty is 23-5 at home versus ASUN foes. The Lady Flames have won 14 straight home games versus ASUN squads, a streak which began Feb. 3, 2020 versus Kennesaw State at the Vines Center.
11 in a Row
• Liberty has won 11 games in a row since a Nov. 23 loss.
• This is the second straight season the Lady Flames have posted an 11-game win streak. They also won 11 in a row between Dec. 9, 2020 and Jan. 31, 2021.
• Through Jan. 10, Liberty owns the nation’s third-longest active winning streak, trailing only Colorado (13) and Louisville (13).
• Liberty’s last winning streak longer than 11 games was a 14-game streak spanning Jan. 24-March 8, 2015.