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Big South-leading Liberty (10-5, 6-0 Big South) returns home on Tuesday to face Route 460 foe Longwood (2-14, 2-5 Big South). Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. at the Vines Center.
The "Starting Five" - Liberty's Top Storylines
1) Liberty enters Tuesday's game looking to extend a number of winning streaks. The Lady Flames have won four straight games overall, five consecutive home games, seven straight contests against in-state opponents and 11 consecutive meetings with Longwood.
2) On the flip side, Longwood has never won at the Vines Center and has dropped 17 straight games away from Farmville, dating back to last season.
3) Defense has keyed Liberty's early success in Big South Conference play. The Lady Flames rank first in the Big South in scoring defense (50.2 ppg), field goal percentage defense (29.8 percent) and three-point field goal percentage defense (26.3 percent) in conference contests this season. They have held three straight opponents below 50 points.
4) Karly Buer, coming off of a 24-point outburst at Coastal Carolina on Thursday, is scoring a team-high 15.3 ppg in league games for the Lady Flames. During conference play, she is shooting 57.4 percent from the field, 53.3 percent from three-point range and 91.7 percent from the foul line. Buer is just 31 points shy of 1,000 for her collegiate career, including her time at Missouri State and Liberty.
5) Jaymee Fisher-Davis has played well against Longwood during her career. She scored a career-high 16 points during Liberty's home win over the Lancers last season (Jan. 23, 2014). Fisher-Davis shoots 57.1 percent (8-of-14) from beyond the three-point arc all-time against Longwood.
Liberty vs. Longwood At a Glance
Series Record: Liberty leads, 18-15.
Current Streak: Liberty has won 11 consecutive meetings.
Series Record at Liberty: Liberty leads, 11-4.
Current Streak at Liberty: Liberty has won six consecutive meetings.
Last Meeting Overall: Liberty 69, Longwood 47 (March 1, 2014 at Longwood)
Last Meeting at Liberty: Liberty 74, Longwood 41 (Jan. 23, 2014)
Longwood's Last Series Victory: Longwood 95, Liberty 88 (Feb. 12, 1988 at Long.)
Longwood's Last Series Victory at Liberty: Longwood 87, Liberty 75 (Jan. 26, 1988)
Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 367-126 (16th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Longwood: 10-0
Longwood Head Coach: Bill Reinson
Overall Record (Seasons): 37-94 (Fifth Season)
Record at Longwood (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 0-6
Notes and Anecdotes
• Longwood is seeking its first win over Liberty since Feb. 12, 1988, as the Lady Flames have won all 11 head-to-head matchups with their Route 460 foe since gaining NCAA Division I status prior to the 1988-89 season.
• Longwood has never won at the Vines Center. The Lancers are 0-5 all-time at the facility, with all five losses coming by 18 or more points.
• Liberty made 10 three-pointers on its way to a 74-41 home win over Longwood last season, on Jan. 23, 2014. Jaymee Fisher-Davis and Mickayla Sanders combined for seven triples and tallied 16 points apiece for the Lady Flames.
• The Lady Flames have outrebounded Longwood by an average of 26.4 boards per game during the teams' five meetings over the last two seasons (2012-13 and 2013-14).
• Despite losing its leading scorer (Daeisha Brown) and leading rebounder (Khalilah Ali) to season-ending injuries, Longwood has won two of its last five games following an 0-11 start to the season. Raven Williams, a 5-8 junior guard, has stepped up in their absence and is averaging 15.6 ppg in conference games.
• Longwood is 0-9 in road games this season and has dropped 17 straight contests away from Farmville. The Lancers' most recent road win was a 78-71 victory at Charleston Southern on Jan. 4, 2014.
Competing Against the Commonwealth
Liberty is 2-0 against in-state opponents in 2014-15, thanks to a 69-53 home victory over VCU on Nov. 18 and a 72-63 triumph at Radford on Dec. 6. The Lady Flames have won seven consecutive games against Commonwealth foes, dating back to last season.
Unbeaten in the Big South
The Lady Flames are off to their first 6-0 conference start since 2008-09, when they started 15-0. Here are a couple keys to Liberty's strong start in Big South play.
• Liberty has played strong defense in its first six Big South games. The Lady Flames rank first in the Big South in scoring defense (50.2 ppg), field goal percentage defense (29.8 percent) and three-point field goal percentage defense (26.3 percent) in conference contests this season.
A Look Back at Liberty's 66-47 Win at Coastal Carolina
• Karly Buer scored 24 points, including Liberty's first 12 tallies of the second half, leading the Lady Flames to a come-from-behind 66-47 victory at Coastal Carolina, Thursday evening at The HTC Center.
• Liberty trailed by a 32-31 count at halftime before controlling the final 20 minutes with defense, rebounding and stellar foul shooting.
• After the intermission, the Lady Flames limited the Chanticleers to 20.8 percent (5-of-24) field goal shooting, won the rebounding battle by a 25-15 count and hit 94.1 percent (16-of-17) of their free throws.
• The Lady Flames improved to 10-5 overall and 6-0 in Big South play with their fourth straight win overall and their 43rd consecutive win in the head-to-head series against Coastal Carolina.
• Liberty has now held three straight opponents below the 50-point mark after limiting the Chanticleers to a season-low 47 points.
• The Lady Flames became the first opposing team to outrebound Coastal Carolina this season, finishing with a 37-33 advantage on the glass. The Chanticleers entered the game ranked No. 5 nationally in rebound margin.
• Buer's 24 points were just two off of her season high, as the redshirt senior also came up with a team-high three steals.
• Mickayla Sanders equaled her season high with 15 points and pulled down six rebounds in 18 minutes, contributing to Liberty's 30-14 edge in bench points.
• Jasmine Gardner scored all seven of her points after halftime and grabbed seven boards.
Feasting at the Foul Line
The Lady Flames lead the Big South and rank No. 11 nationally in free throw percentage at 76.7 percent.
• Liberty's season record for free throw percentage is 72.8 percent, set in 2007-08.
• Liberty shot a season-best 91.7 percent (22-of-24) at Coastal Carolina on Thursday.
Liberty ranks third in the Big South and No. 27 nationally with 5.3 blocked shots per game. The Lady Flames have not topped the conference in blocks since 2004-05.
• Ashley Rininger is leading the way, ranking fourth in the Big South with 1.9 bpg. She is one of only five Lady Flames ever to block 100 career shots.
• Teammate Katelyn Adams is nearing the century mark herself, as the redshirt junior enters Tuesday's contest with 99 career rejections.
• Interestingly, 5-6 Sadalia Ellis is tied for third on the team with seven blocks in 2014-15.