WBB Game Day: Virginia Tech
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Tuesday – 7 p.m.
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The Starting 5 – Liberty’s Top Storylines
• Riding a season-long four-game winning streak, Liberty (7-1) will play host to an ACC opponent at Liberty Arena for the first time when Virginia Tech (7-2) visits on Tuesday.
• The Lady Flames are 16-1 all-time at Liberty Arena, including 4-1 this season. At 7-1, the team is off to its best start to a season since 2007-08.
• Liberty is just 1-17 all-time versus the Hokies and 4-31 against ACC opponents. The Lady Flames’ 45-43 win in Blacksburg on Dec. 30, 2008 was their last ACC triumph. Liberty has never defeated the Hokies in Lynchburg in eight previous tries.
• Liberty will match up against a familiar face on Tuesday, as former Lady Flames standout Emily Lytle now plays for Virginia Tech. Lytle played three seasons at Liberty (2018-19 through 2020-21), scoring 1,153 points and knocking down 171 triples.
• Mya Berkman is off to an outstanding start to her season, pacing the Lady Flames in points (15.3 ppg) and rebounds (8.3 rpg) while ranking No. 4 nationally in field goal percentage (66.7). She has led Liberty in scoring in six of eight contests so far in 2021-22.
Notes and Anecdotes – Liberty vs. Virginia Tech
• Virginia Tech will become the first ACC team to play at Liberty Arena, but first-year Hokie Emily Lytle is familiar with the facility. She averaged 12.3 ppg for the Lady Flames at Liberty Arena in 12 games (all Liberty wins) last season, hitting 23 triples at a 43.4 percent clip.
• Lytle played three seasons at Liberty (2018-19 through 2020-21), scoring 1,153 points and finishing third in program history with 171 three-pointers.
• Virginia Tech was the last ACC women’s basketball team to visit the Vines Center, defeating the Lady Flames 72-61, Nov. 13, 2018.
• Liberty (2-0) and Virginia Tech (1-0) are both unbeaten against in-state opponents this season.
• The average margin of victory during the last 10 Liberty-Virginia Tech meetings (dating back to the 2002-03 season) is 6.2 points.
• Carey Green is 1-12 coaching against Virginia Tech, beginning with the very first game of his Liberty career. The Lady Flames lost 60-45 at Cassell Coliseum on Nov. 15, 1999.
• Carey Green is 2-10 coaching against Kenny Brooks, including 2-7 during Brooks’ 14 years as James Madison’s head coach and 0-3 during Brooks’ tenure in Blacksburg.
Liberty vs. ACC
• Liberty is 4-31 all-time versus ACC opponents, with two of its victories coming against Virginia and one apiece versus Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
• The Lady Flames have lost 12 straight meetings with ACC foes since Dec. 30, 2008. That day, Liberty edged Virginia Tech 45-43 in the championship game of the Hokie Hard-wood Classic in Blacksburg, Va.
• Liberty will be facing an ACC opponent for the ninth straight season. The Lady Flames are 0-10 vs. the ACC over the span, with five of the losses coming by eight points or fewer.
• Virginia Tech will be the first ACC basketball team (men’s or women’s) to play at Liberty Arena. The Lady Flames own two home wins over ACC foes all-time, with the most recent being a 77-69 (OT) triumph over No. 23 Virginia, Nov. 26, 2002.
Off to a Fast Start
• Liberty has led at the end of the first quarter during all eight of its games this season.
• The Lady Flames are outscoring opponents 167-77 in the first quarter, for an average score of 20.9 to 9.6.
• Four times this season, Liberty has held its opponent to five points or fewer during the opening stanza.