ATLANTA, Ga. - With the 2019-20 ASUN Women's Basketball season approaching, we scope out our nine conference squads in preparation of the 35th season. Today, we spotlight the Liberty Flames who are gearing up for their second season competing in the ASUN after reaching the Championship Final last season.
Head Coach Carey Green enters his 21st season at the helm of the Flames, who have added seven new faces to its roster. Two key returners for Liberty from last season are Emily Lytle and Bridgette Rettstatt, both of which were selected to the ASUN Preseason All-Conference Team. Lytle led the Flames in scoring averaging 12.4 points per game a year ago. The junior tied the single-season record making 64 shots from beyond the arch, a record which was set in the Flames 1989-90 campaign. Rettstatt averaged 11 points and 7 boards per game last season and ranked fourth in the ASUN in overall field goal percentage (.502). Liberty will also return Keyen Green who missed last season due to injury. Green was the 2017-18 Big South Player of the Year and finished her last season ranked 11th nationally for field goal percentage (.610).
This season, Liberty will play two-game tournaments at the Miami Thanksgiving Classic (Nov. 29-30; Miami (Ohio) and Oregon State) and the Roo Holiday Classic (Dec. 20-21; Bradley and Kansas City). The matchup against Kansas City will be the end the non-conference portion of the schedule as the Flames will begin ASUN play on Jan. 4 on the road in Newark, N.J. against the Highlanders.
Active Career Leaders
Games Started: Keyen Green (60), Ashtyn Baker (53)
Points: Keyen Green (784), Kierra Johnson-Graham (558)
Rebounds: Keyen Green (442), Kierra Johnson-Graham (404)
Assists: Ashtyn Baker (103)
Steals: Ashtyn Baker (88)
2018-19 Top Returning Statistical Leaders
Games Started: Emily Lytle (32), Bridgette Rettstatt (25)
Points: Emily Lytle (12.4), Bridgette Rettstatt (11.0)
Rebounds: Bridgette Rettstatt (7.0), Kierra Johnson-Graham (5.9)
Assists: Ria Gulley (2.9)
Steals: Ashtyn Baker (1.5)
Liberty's Schedule Breakdown
Home Games: 12
Away Games: 14
Neutral Games: 3
First Home Game: vs. ETSU (Nov. 8)
First Road Game: at Norfolk (Nov. 5)
Opening ASUN Contest: at NJIT (Jan. 4)
Head Coach: Carey Green
Alma Mater: Coastal Carolina, 1979
Record at Liberty: 456-184 (21st Season)
Career Record: 456-184 (21st Season)
ABOUT THE ASUN
The ASUN Conference is an NCAA Division I league with nine member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The ASUN meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement through a true balance between student and athlete. Six ASUN schools reside in Nielsen Top 50 national media markets, and all nine are in top 80 markets. The ASUN includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Liberty University, Lipscomb University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of North Alabama, University of North Florida and Stetson University. Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., joins the ASUN for the 2020-21 academic year.
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