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WBB Game Day Central: Radford
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Liberty (3-5, 0-0 Big South) will open defense of its Big South regular-season title Saturday at 2 p.m. when longtime rival Radford (2-5, 0-1 Big South) visits the Vines Center. Liberty and Radford have combined to win 24 Big South championships in 27 years.
The "Starting Five" - Today's Top Storylines
1) Liberty is facing Radford in its Big South opener for the third consecutive season. The Lady Flames opened conference play with a win over the Highlanders during each of the last two years and are 12-1 in their last 13 Big South lid-lifters.
2) Liberty has faced Radford more often than any other opponent in program history, as Saturday will be the 60th installment of the head-to-head series. The Lady Flames have won five straight contests with the Highlanders and are 34-4 in the last 38 matchups.
3) The Lady Flames and Highlanders enter Saturday's matinee heading in different directions. Liberty is 3-1 in its last four games after starting the 2013-14 season at 0-4. On the other hand, Radford won its first two games of the year but has now lost five in a row, all on the road. Saturday will conclude the Highlanders' season-long six-game road swing.
4) If recent history is any indication, this could be a close game. All four meetings between Liberty and Radford during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons were decided by single digits, with the Lady Flames coming away victorious each time.
5) Redshirt junior guard Emily Frazier will look to continue her streak of impressive performances for the Lady Flames. During the last five games, the Texas native is averaging 12.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.4 apg and 1.8 spg while making 60 percent (9-of-15) of her three-point attempts. During Tuesday's win over Richmond, Frazier set new career highs for points (17) and three-pointers made (4), while tying her career best with seven boards.
Liberty vs. Radford At a Glance
Series Record: Liberty leads, 35-24.
Current Streak: Liberty has won five consecutive meetings.
Series Record at Liberty: Liberty leads, 19-9.
Current Streak at Liberty: Liberty has won two consecutive meetings.
Last Meeting Overall: Liberty 69, Radford 60 (Feb. 16, 2013 at Liberty)
Last Meeting at Liberty: Same
Radford's Last Series Victory: Radford 62, Liberty 53 (Feb. 17, 2011 at Liberty)
Radford's Last Victory at Liberty: Same
Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 340-115 (15th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Radford: 28-4
Radford Head Coach: Mike McGuire
Overall Record (Seasons): 2-5 (First Season)
Record at Radford (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 0-0
Notes and Anecdotes
• Liberty has faced Radford more often than any other opponent in program history. Saturday will mark the 60th all-time meeting between the Commonwealth rivals.
• Liberty has won five consecutive meetings with the Highlanders and is 34-4 in the teams' last 38 matchups. However, the last four Liberty-Radford games have been decided by single digits.
• The Lady Flames are opening Big South play against Radford for the third straight season. In 2011-12 and 2012-13, Liberty won its conference opener at the Dedmon Center.
• Liberty and Radford have combined to win 24 of the 27 Big South Conference titles all-time, including 15 for the Lady Flames and nine for the Highlanders.
• Mike McGuire is in his first season as Radford's head coach, but he is familiar with Liberty. He was 1-0 against the Lady Flames as an assistant at Richmond from 2008-09 through 2012-13. McGuire also coached Hidden Valley High School to back-to-back Virginia Group AA state titles in 2007 and 2008. One of the top players on those championship teams, Kylee Beecher, went on to play for Liberty.
• Radford is wrapping up a season-long six-game road swing and has not played at home since Nov. 12. The Highlanders are 0-5 on the road trip thus far, but narrowly missed an upset win over Clemson, falling by a 41-39 count on Nov. 27.
Liberty in Big South Openers
All-Time Record in Big South Openers: 16-6
Record Breakdown: 6-2 (Home), 10-4 (Away)
Carey Green's Record in Big South Openers: 12-2
Record Breakdown: 5-1 (Home), 7-1 (Away)
Current Streak: Liberty has won its last three Big South openers and 12 of its last 13 conference openers.
Last Year's Big South Opener: Liberty 67, Radford 65 (Dec. 1, 2012 at Radford)
Liberty's Last Loss in a Big South Opener: Gardner-Webb 70, Liberty 65 (Jan. 2, 2010 at Gardner-Webb)
Note: Liberty is 3-1 against Radford in Big South openers. The Lady Flames lost at Radford, 77-70, on Dec. 10, 1991, posted a 63-45 road win on Jan. 13, 2004, notched a 76-68 victory at the Dedmon Center on Dec. 31, 2011 and recorded a 67-65 come-from-behind victory at Radford on Dec. 1, 2012.
A Look Back at Liberty's 76-61 Win Over Richmond
• Liberty hit a season-high 10 three-pointers and led from start to finish in a 76-61 triumph over Richmond, Tuesday evening at the Vines Center.
• The Lady Flames won for just the fourth time in 24 all-time meetings with the Spiders and picked up their first home win of the season in three tries.
• Liberty has now won back-to-back games for the first time this season and is 3-1 since starting the year 0-4.
• The Lady Flames broke the game open with a 25-7 first-half surge, which featured 10 points by Reagan Miller. That gave Liberty a 36-16 lead 4:43 before halftime, and Richmond never got back within single digits the rest of the way.
• Liberty shot over 50 percent from the field for the second straight game, ending up at 51.9 percent (28-of-54). The Lady Flames are now 95-1 under head coach Carey Green when making at least half of their field goal attempts.
• Liberty also finished at 58.8 percent (10-of-17) from beyond the arc and 76.9 percent (10-of-13) from the foul line. The Lady Flames more than doubled up the Spiders in both rebounds (47-23) and points in the paint (34-16), while tallying a season-high 33 bench points.
• Emily Frazier led the way, tallying career highs in points (game-high 17) and three-pointers (4) while tying her career high with seven boards and passing out six assists. She moved into 20th place on Liberty's all-time list with 52 career triples.
• Miller added a season-high 16 points, highlighted by three triples. She went over the 500-point mark for her career and is now tied with Megan Frazee for ninth place in program history with 98 three-pointers made.
• Freshman Mickayla Sanders scored in double figures for the second time in her young career, totaling 10 points and making two triples of her own.
• One day before her 21st birthday, Catherine Kearney tied a season high with eight points, grabbed eight rebounds and totaled a career-high four assists.
Competing Against the Commonwealth
• Liberty is 1-2 against in-state opponents this season, including a 67-56 home loss to James Madison on Nov. 12, a 61-60 home setback to Virginia on Nov. 19 and a 76-61 home win over Richmond on Tuesday.
• Including Saturday, Liberty's first four home games in 2013-14 pit the Lady Flames against Virginia foes.
Back At It Again
Liberty is again excelling on the glass to start the 2013-14 season. The Lady Flames have outrebounded seven of eight opponents and own a Big South-best +15.3 rebound margin. During the last six games, Liberty owns a +20.5 rebounding edge.
The Container is Half Full
The Lady Flames are 2-0 this season and 95-1 under head coach Carey Green when making at least 50 percent of their field goals.