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Game No. 31 – Big South Women's Basketball Championship Semifinal
No. 2 seed Liberty (20-10) vs. No. 3 seed Winthrop (22-8)
March 8, 2014 – 8 p.m. – The HTC Center (Conway, S.C.)
• Liberty Head Coach Carey Green is 357-120 in his 15th season at Liberty, including 32-2 against Winthrop. His teams are 39-2 all-time in the Big South Championship.
• Winthrop Head Coach Kevin Cook is 43-20 in his second season at Winthrop and 90-76 overall in his collegiate coaching career. He is 0-4 against the Lady Flames.
• Liberty is 46-8 all-time against Winthrop and has won four straight matchups with the Eagles, including both contests this season.
• Liberty was the only Big South team to sweep the regular-season series from the Eagles and one of only two visiting teams to win at the Winthrop Coliseum in 2013-14.
• Liberty is 5-0 against Winthrop in the Big South Championship, including 3-0 in the semifinal round (1997, 2006 & 2009).
• The last Big South Championship meeting between the Lady Flames and Eagles came in the 2009 semifinals, March 14, 2009 at High Point's Millis Center. Megan Frazee (28 points, 13 rebounds) helped No. 1 seed Liberty post a 61-42 win over No. 4 seed Winthrop and advance to the title game.
• Each of the five times Liberty has defeated Winthrop in the Big South Championship (1997, 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2009), it has gone on to win the tournament title.
2013-14 Matchup #1
Jan. 16, 2014 – Liberty 77, Winthrop 70 (OT) – Winthrop Coliseum (Rock Hill, S.C.)
• Liberty and Winthrop entered the contest tied for the Big South lead at 6-1.
• Winthrop raced out to a 23-8 lead in the first 6:35 of the game.
• Liberty opened the second half with a 13-2 run and led most of the way until Schaquilla Nunn scored from close range off of a lob from a sideline out-of-bounds play as the buzzer sounded, forcing overtime.
• The Lady Flames scored the first six points of overtime and never looked back.
• It would be Liberty's first of four overtime contests in a five-game stretch and the only one that the Lady Flames won.
• Ashley Rininger notched her fifth straight double-double (20 points, 14 rebounds), Reagan Miller scored all 17 of her points after halftime, Mickayla Sanders finished with a then career-high 17 points and Emily Frazier pulled down a career-high nine rebounds for the Lady Flames.
• For Winthrop, Nunn (20 points, 13 rebounds, 5 blocks) led the way while Dequesha McClanahan added 20 points and seven assists.
• Liberty grabbed 23 offensive rebounds as part of a 57-42 advantage on the glass.
• The Lady Flames had 17 bench points to the Eagles' three.
2013-14 Matchup #2
Feb. 22, 2014 – Liberty 80, Winthrop 69 – Vines Center (Lynchburg, Va.)
• Winthrop entered the contest as the Big South leader at 14-3 and riding a season-long seven-game winning streak.
• The Eagles jumped out to a 12-1 lead just 3:21 into the contest.
• Liberty then made eight straight three-point field goal attempts to close the opening half, featuring three apiece by Jaymee Fisher-Davis and Emily Frazier, building a 38-28 halftime lead.
• Winthrop got no closer than seven points during the second half, and Liberty was able to win its home finale.
• Liberty shot extremely well from the field (51 percent on 26-of-51), three-point range (56.3 percent on 9-of-16) and the foul line (82.6 percent on 19-of-23).
• The Lady Flames ended up with a 31-2 advantage in bench points.
• Liberty outrebounded Winthrop, 40-27.
• Katelyn Adams paced the Lady Flames with a career-high 17 points, while fellow post player Ashley Rininger scored all 13 of her points after halftime and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
• Fisher-Davis finished with 13 points and four triples, highlighted by a four-point play. Mickayla Sanders added 10 points and a pair of three-pointers.
• Dequesha McClanahan topped the Eagles with 16 points but shot just 7-of-23 from the field.
Big South Championship Notes
• Liberty has reached the Big South Championship semifinal round for the 18th straight year.
• The Lady Flames are 16-3 all-time in the Big South semifinals and have won six consecutive semifinal contests.
• Liberty is 45-1 in the Big South Championship when favored according to seed.
• The Lady Flames will look to continue a streak which has seen either Liberty or Radford play in the Big South Championship title game every time it has been contested.
• Liberty has reached the Big South Championship title game in 13 of Carey Green's first 14 seasons as head coach, winning 12 titles.
• The Lady Flames are 6-0 all-time at The HTC Center and have won 22 straight games in Conway overall.
• Liberty is 51-5 in games played in South Carolina under head coach Carey Green.
A Look Back at Thursday's 67-42 Win Over Presbyterian College
• For the 18th straight season, No. 2 seed Liberty advanced to the Big South Championship semifinals with a 67-42 victory over No. 7 seed Presbyterian College, Thursday evening at The HTC Center.
• Liberty never trailed in the contest, jumping out to an 11-0 advantage while holding the Blue Hose scoreless for the first 7:40 of the game.
• Liberty has not trailed since the 6:32 mark of the first half against Winthrop on Feb. 22. The Lady Flames have led or been tied for the last 146:31 of game action since then.
• The Lady Flames built a 35-14 advantage by halftime and put the game away with a 20-0 second-half run, avenging a 46-43 setback at PC three weeks prior.
• It was Liberty's season-best sixth straight victory and gives the Lady Flames 20 wins for the seventh consecutive season.
• The Lady Flames held PC to 29.8 percent (14-of-47) field goal shooting on the night. No opposing team has shot 50 percent or better against Liberty all season.
• It was the third straight game and the seventh time in their last nine outings that Liberty has held its opponent below 50 points.
• Liberty grabbed 42 rebounds to PC's 30 on Thursday, after the Blue Hose were one of only two teams (also James Madison) to outrebound the Lady Flames during the regular season.
• After shooting 1-of-17 from three-point range in the loss at PC, Liberty went 5-of-19 on Thursday. The Lady Flames have now hit 168 triples this season and need six more to break the program single-season record of 173 set in 2012-13.
• Liberty owned significant advantages in points in the paint (30-6) and bench points (31-12). It was the 14th straight game that the Lady Flames have tallied more bench points than their opponent.
• Nine different players scored points for the Lady Flames, and all 13 players in uniform saw action.
• After being held to a season-low four points and three rebounds at PC three weeks earlier, Ashley Rininger tied for the team lead with 12 points and grabbed eight boards.
• Mickayla Sanders (12 points) and Jaymee Fisher-Davis (10 points) both scored in double figures off of the bench, while combining for three of the Lady Flames' five made triples.
• Katelyn Adams collected a team-high nine rebounds.
Updated Player Notes
#1 Mickayla Sanders
• Made a successful Big South Championship debut on Thursday against PC, tying for the team lead with 12 points and sinking two triples.
• Shooting 47.1 percent (8-of-17) from beyond the arc during the last four games
• Averaged 13.5 ppg and shot 50 percent (5-of-10) from three-point range in two regular-season meetings with Winthrop
• Her then career-high 17 points at Winthrop on Jan. 16 included a three-pointer with 4:40 left in overtime which gave the Lady Flames the lead for good.
#3 Sadalia Ellis
• Dished out a team-high four assists against Presbyterian College on Thursday
• In her last four games, Ellis has recorded 24 assists to 10 turnovers.
• Averaged 5.0 apg in two matchups against Winthrop this season, including a team-high seven helpers in the home victory on her 20th birthday (Feb. 22)
#5 Reagan Miller
• Scored eight points on Thursday against PC, including a 2-of-4 effort from three-point range
• Now averaging 9.7 ppg in seven career Big South Championship tilts
• Shooting 54.2 percent (13-of-24) from beyond the arc in six career contests at The HTC Center
• Ranks 34th on Liberty's all-time scoring list with 670 career points. Allyson Fasnacht is 33rd with 672 and teammate Ashley Rininger is 32nd with 673.
• Averaged 11.5 ppg against Winthrop this season, including the Jan. 16 overtime victory at the Winthrop Coliseum which saw her score all 17 of her points after halftime.
#10 Jaymee Fisher-Davis
• Contributed 10 points to the Lady Flames' quarterfinal win over PC despite making only one of her career-high seven three-point field goal attempts
• Hit all three of her free throw tries on Thursday, improving to 13-13 on the season. Fisher-Davis has made 14 straight foul shots dating back to 2012-13. The program record for consecutive free throws made is 22, by Jennifer Fairfax in 1990-91.
• Averaging 9.5 ppg and shooting 60 percent (6-of-10) from three-point range versus Winthrop this season. She had 13 points, four triples and a four-point play during the Lady Flames' home victory over the Eagles on Feb. 22.
#15 Simone Brown
• Fell just one point shy of her career high with nine points against PC on Thursday, while setting career highs for free throws made (5) and attempted (6) in her Big South Championship debut
• Liberty improved to 6-0 since she joined the starting lineup on Feb. 15.
• Pulled down 7.5 rpg during two meetings with Winthrop this season
#21 Emily Frazier
• Finished with four points, three rebounds, three assists and a season-high four steals on Thursday, which marked her first Big South Championship appearance since March 13, 2011
• Her career high for rebounds (9) came at Winthrop on Jan. 16.
• Shot 3-of-3 from three-point range during the first half of Liberty's home triumph over the Eagles on Feb. 22
#22 Tesh Hanson
• Tallied five points, five rebounds and got to the foul line a career-high six times during Thursday's triumph over PC, which marked her first appearance in the Big South Championship
• The five points were her most in a game since a five-point effort at Charleston Southern on Jan. 2.
• Her five rebounds fell one short of her career high of six, which was achieved during her last visit to The HTC Center, on Jan. 4 against Coastal Carolina
#34 Katelyn Adams
• Pulled down a team-high nine rebounds against PC on Thursday, marking the 27th time in 30 games this season that she has grabbed seven or more boards
• Became the 41st player in program history to reach the 400-rebound mark for her career and is currently tied with Jayne Mottershead for 40th place on Liberty's all-time list with 401 boards
• Just ahead of Adams on the list are former teammate Danika Dale (37th, 410 rebounds), current teammate Jasmine Gardner (38th, 406 rebounds) and Dawn Coleman (39th, 405 rebounds).
• During her last meeting with Winthrop, Adams scored a career-high 17 points, came up with a career-high four steals and equaled her career high with three assists.
#55 Ashley Rininger
• Tied for the team lead with 12 points while grabbing eight boards on Thursday versus PC
• Now ranks 32nd on Liberty's career scoring list with 673 points. She needs 27 points to become the 31st Lady Flame ever to score 700 career points.
• Moved up to 25th place on the Lady Flames' career rebounding list with 486 career boards. She needs 14 rebounds to become the 24th member of Liberty's 500-rebound club.
• Posted double-doubles in both meetings with Winthrop this season, averaging 16.5 ppg and 12.5 rpg against the Eagles
• Liberty's leader in minutes played this season (27.5 mpg), Rininger would rank sixth on Winthrop's team for minutes played.