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Liberty (0-1) will continue its 2014-15 season-opening homestand Tuesday at noon, when the Lady Flames welcome VCU (2-0) to the Vines Center for the third annual "Best Field Trip Ever Day." It will mark the 35th meeting between the Commonwealth foes in a series which dates back to the 1976-77 campaign, Liberty's second season in existence.
The "Starting Five" - Liberty's Top Storylines
1) Liberty will look to reverse a recent trend in its head-to-head series with VCU which has seen the visiting team win four straight games. The last time the home team won was Nov. 25, 2003, when Liberty notched a 62-43 victory over the Rams at the Vines Center.
2) The Lady Flames have won five straight games against in-state opponents. VCU is the only Commonwealth foe which appears on Liberty's 2014-15 non-conference schedule.
3) Three of the last four Liberty-VCU matchups have been decided by five points or fewer, including each of the last two meetings at the Vines Center. The Lady Flames have lost nine consecutive games decided by five points or fewer, dating back to 2012-13.
4) Redshirt junior post player Ashley Rininger has picked up right where she left off last season. After tallying 16 double-doubles in 2013-14, she recorded one against Charlotte on Friday with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Rininger also became the 24th Lady Flame ever to grab 500 career rebounds.
5) Redshirt senior Emily Frazier has experienced success versus VCU during her career. The Lady Flames are 2-0 when Frazier has faced the Rams, with both victories coming at VCU. Frazier is averaging 9.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 7.5 apg in those two contests, while committing just two turnovers per game.
Liberty vs. VCU At a Glance
Series Record: VCU leads, 23-11.
Current Streak: Liberty won the most recent meeting.
Series Record at Liberty: VCU leads, 8-6.
Current Streak at Liberty: VCU has won the last two meetings.
Last Meeting Overall: Liberty 76, VCU 63 (Dec. 20, 2012 at VCU)
Last Meeting at Liberty: VCU 52, Liberty 47 (Nov. 15, 2011)
VCU's Last Series Victory: VCU 52, Liberty 47 (Nov. 15, 2011 at Liberty)
Liberty's Last Series Victory at Home: Liberty 62, VCU 43 (Nov. 25, 2003)
Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 357-122 (16th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. VCU: 6-3
VCU Head Coach: Beth O'Boyle
Overall Record (Seasons): 95-83 (Seventh Season)
Record at VCU (Seasons): 2-0 (First Season)
Record vs. Liberty: 0-0
Notes and Anecdotes
• First-year VCU head coach Beth O'Boyle has guided the Rams to a 2-0 start, with home wins over Wagner (84-75) and Big South foe Presbyterian (55-36). She came to VCU after spending the previous three seasons as Stony Brook's head coach.
• VCU was picked to finish 10th of 14 teams in the Atlantic 10 this season after going 22-10 and playing in the Postseason WNIT in 2013-14.
• The road team has won four straight matchups in the Liberty-VCU head-to-head series, including two Lady Flames victories at the Verizon Wireless Arena and two Rams triumphs at the Vines Center. The last time the home team came away with a victory was Nov. 25, 2003, when Liberty defeated VCU, 62-43, at the Vines Center.
• Tuesday's game will be the 35th all-time meeting between Liberty and VCU, making the Rams the most frequently played non-conference opponent in program history for the Lady Flames. VCU is 23-11 against Liberty, but the Lady Flames are 5-2 in the last seven matchups.
• Liberty will play host to two Atlantic 10 opponents in five days, including VCU on Tuesday and Saint Joseph's on Saturday. Meanwhile, VCU is facing its second Big South foe in three days, following a 55-36 home victory over Presbyterian on Sunday.
• VCU is the only in-state opponent on Liberty's non-conference schedule this season.
Competing Against the Commonwealth
Tuesday's matchup with VCU is the first of five games against in-state opponents on Liberty's 2014-15 schedule. The Lady Flames will also face Big South foes Longwood (Jan. 13 & Feb. 17) and Radford (Dec. 6 & Feb. 2) twice apiece.
Liberty went 5-2 against Commonwealth foes in 2013-14 and has won five straight games against in-state foes.
Close, But Not Quite
Liberty lost its season opener against Charlotte by two points (79-77) on Friday, continuing an unfortunate trend. The Lady Flames have lost nine consecutive games decided by five points or fewer. Their last narrow victory was a 67-65 triumph at Radford on Dec. 1, 2012.
A Look Back at Liberty's 79-77 Loss to Charlotte
• Charlotte made eight of its last 10 three-point attempts to erase an 11-point second-half deficit and come away with a 79-77 victory over Liberty in both teams' season opener, Friday at the Vines Center.
• The Lady Flames fall to 0-3 all-time against Charlotte after losing their second straight season opener to the 49ers. It also marked Liberty's third straight year losing its opening game of the season.
• It was the first time that Liberty lost a game which it led by 10 points or more since Jan. 7, 2012, when High Point came back from 10 points down to record a 73-69 overtime win at the Vines Center.
• Charlotte finished the game shooting 65 percent (13-of-20) from three-point range, falling just one made triple shy of the Vines Center single-game record.
• Liberty utilized its height advantage, defeating Charlotte in rebounds (41-31), points in the paint (36-26) and second-chance points (21-17).
• Sadalia Ellis scored 13 points against the 49ers for the second straight season, leading a quartet of Lady Flames in double digits.
• Ashley Rininger finished with 12 points and paced all players in both rebounds (11) and blocked shots (3). It marked the 20th double-double of the redshirt junior's career. She also became the 24th Lady Flame to grab 500 career rebounds.
• The lone senior in Liberty's starting lineup, Emily Frazier contributed 11 points, five assists and four rebounds.
• Karly Buer, making her Lady Flames debut after transferring from Missouri State during the offseason, scored 10 points in 20 minutes off the bench.