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The Starting 5 – Liberty’s Top Storylines
• Liberty (12-1) will tip off its fourth season of ASUN Conference play on Wednesday, visiting Stetson (7-6) for a matchup of two of the nation’s top 20 defensive teams.
• Riding a nine-game winning streak, the Lady Flames are off to their best start to a season since the 1997-98 squad opened the year with 28 consecutive victories.
• Liberty has won back-to-back ASUN Conference openers and has prevailed in four straight matchups with the Hatters, taking a 4-3 lead in the all-time head-to-head series.
• “Super senior” Bridgette Rettstatt has scored in double figures in nine straight games and is averaging a career-high 11.6 ppg for the year. Most recently, she shot 8-of-8 during a 17-point outing against Lee on Thursday.
• Mya Berkman ranks No. 3 nationally in field goal percentage (66.1), aided by a 7-of-7 shooting effort versus Lee on Thursday. She is just 12 rebounds shy of 500 for her career and would become the 31st Lady Flame ever to reach that milestone.
Notes and Anecdotes – Liberty vs. Stetson
• Liberty will travel to Stetson for its ASUN opener in a battle between two stout defensive squads.
• Liberty ranks No. 3 nationally for scoring defense (48.3 ppg allowed), while Stetson sits at No. 19 in the same category, yielding just 53.5 ppg.
• Only one team has reached the 70-point mark during Liberty and Stetson’s first six meetings as ASUN Conference foes. The Lady Flames posted a 73-53 home victory on Feb. 22, 2020.
• Liberty has won four straight meetings with Stetson after the Hatters swept the season series during the Lady Flames’ first season in the ASUN Conference (2018-19).
• Liberty is 3-10 when facing ASUN opponents in Florida since joining the conference and 36-7 when matching up with ASUN foes anywhere else.
• The Lady Flames are 33-15 in ASUN Conference games during their first three seasons as conference members. Meanwhile, Stetson has posted nine winning ASUN records in the last 11 seasons.
• Stetson’s Tatiana Streun scored her 1,000th career point on Dec. 16, two days before Liberty’s Bridgette Rettstatt joined the 1,000-point club.
Liberty in ASUN Openers
• Liberty is 2-1 in its opening game of ASUN Conference play, including 1-0 at home and 1-1 on the road.
• The Lady Flames have won back-to-back ASUN openers since losing their inaugural ASUN tilt at FGCU, 68-50 on Jan. 5, 2019.
• This is the third time in four seasons that Liberty will visit Florida during the opening week of conference play. The Lady Flames are 0-3 in those Sunshine State contests.
A Winning Combination
• Defense and rebounding have been Liberty’s calling cards during Carey Green’s 23 seasons as head coach, and that is certainly the case this season.
• Liberty ranks No. 2 nationally in field goal percentage defense (31.4), No. 3 nationally in scoring defense (48.3 ppg) and No. 5 nationally in rebound margin (+13.6).
• The Lady Flames are the only team who is currently ranked 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 season thus far, including Lee (39), Navy (42), Ohio (63), UTRGV (32) and Virginia Tech (40). The Hokies’ 40 points at Liberty on Dec. 7 were their fewest in a game since Jan. 26, 2017.