LIBERTY/#23 FGCU PREVIEW

Fort Myers, FL- #23 FGCU (14-1, 3-0 ASUN) faces Liberty University (15-1, 3-0 ASUN) in a rematch of last year’s ASUN Championship game Saturday afternoon at 4 PM from Alico Arena.

Stats (LU):

Liberty averages 67.7 ppg, shoots 44.7% (418/936) from the field, and 31.5% (99/314) from beyond the arc. The Flames average 43.0 team rebounds per game. Liberty dishes out 17.2 assists, 6.8 steals, and 3.9 blocks per game. The Flames average 15.2 team turnovers per game.

Stats (#23 FGCU):

#23 FGCU averages 84.3 ppg, shoots 45.5% (464/1019) from the field, and 33.2% (190/572) from beyond the arc. The Eagles average 35.5 team rebounds per game. FGCU dishes out 19.5 assists, 10.3 steals, and 2.3 blocks per game. The Eagles average 12.2 team turnovers per game.

Players To Watch For (LU):

6’3 R-JR C Mya Berkman 13.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg

6’2 R-SR F Bridgette Rettstatt 11.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg

6’1 R-SO F Jordan Bailey 8.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg

Players To Watch For (#23 FGCU):

6’1 JR G Kierstan Bell 24.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg

5’3 SR G TK Morehouse 13.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg

5’7 GR G Kendall Spray 10.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg

Overview:

It’s a battle of the top 2 teams in the ASUN Conference Saturday afternoon, and you can believe this will be the matchup of the day in conference play. Any time you pit Coach Karl Smesko vs Coach Carey Green, the matchup is a must-watch. The Eagles played Liberty University last year for the ASUN Championship, a game the Eagles won 84-62, and you can believe the Flames would like to get one back on FGCU this wekeend.

The Flames are led by Head Coach Carey Green, who has been with the Liberty program for over 22 years. Mya Berkman leads Liberty averaging 13.1 ppg. Liberty played a strong non-conference schedule with games vs Memphis at home and Ohio on the road. The Flames sole loss came at home vs Memphis (53-51). Liberty presents a tall frontcourt with Mya Berkman (6’3), Bridgette Rettstatt (6’2), and Jordan Bailey (6’1). FGCU ran the table last season, finishing a perfect 16-0 in ASUN Conference play, and this game pits the strongest test they’ll face all season among the conference teams.

Prediction:

#23 FGCU 74 LU 64

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