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WBB Game Day Central: Presbyterian College
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Broadcast - Tip-Off:
7:05 p.m. vs. Presbyterian College
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Liberty (10-4, 2-0 Big South) will host Presbyterian College (7-6, 2-0 Big South) Thursday at 7 p.m. in a battle between two of the four remaining unbeaten teams in Big South play. The Lady Flames' Big South home opener will be the only 2012-13 regular-season matchup between Liberty and the Blue Hose.
The "Starting Five" - Today's Top Storylines
1) A lot will be at stake in Thursday's game, as the winner will become the first Big South team to reach 3-0 in conference play in 2012-13. PC will be aiming for its first-ever 3-0 start in Big South action.
2) Presbyterian College will shoot for its first-ever victory over Liberty. The Lady Flames are 9-0 all-time against the Blue Hose, including 5-0 at the Vines Center.
3) Liberty will try to win its Big South home opener for the first time since the 2009-10 season. The Lady Flames have dropped back-to-back Big South home lid-lifters, falling to Radford in 2010-11 and dropping an overtime contest to High Point a year ago.
4) The game will pit Liberty's high-powered offense against Presbyterian College's stingy defense. The Lady Flames are averaging 87.0 ppg during their current three-game winning streak. Meanwhile, the Blue Hose have held their opponents (UCF and Coastal Carolina) to a total of 79 points in the last two outings.
5) Liberty's Devon Brown is averaging 30.0 ppg through two Big South games this season, including a career-high 32-point outburst at Winthrop on Saturday. She played well the last time she faced Presbyterian College, on Feb. 20, 2012 in Clinton, S.C. Brown scored 20 of her 27 points after halftime, helping Liberty rally from a six-point second-half deficit to win, 69-64. Brown also collected a game-high 11 rebounds.
Liberty vs. Presbyterian College At a Glance
Series Record: Liberty leads, 9-0.
Current Streak: Liberty has won nine consecutive meetings.
Series Record at Liberty: Liberty leads, 5-0.
Current Streak at Liberty: Liberty has won five consecutive meetings.
Last Meeting Overall: Liberty 69, Presbyterian College 64 (Feb. 20, 2012 at PC)
Last Meeting at Liberty: Liberty 59, Presbyerian College 39 (Jan. 21, 2012)
PC's Last Series Victory: None
PC's Last Series Victory at Liberty: None
Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 320-107 (14th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Presbyterian College: 9-0
Presbyterian College Head Coach: Ronny Fisher
Overall Record (Seasons): 39-91 (Fifth Season)
Record at Presbyterian College (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 0-8
Notes and Anecdotes
• The Blue Hose are 2-0 to start Big South Conference play for the first time in their five years as a conference member.
• Presbyterian College recorded road wins over Clemson and UCF and has also faced Duke, Georgia and N.C. State this season.
• Liberty is one of three current Big South teams that Presbyterian College has never defeated. The Blue Hose are also 0-10 against High Point and 0-4 against Longwood.
• The Lady Flames are 5-0 against PC at the Vines Center, with the victories coming by an average score of 68-36.
• Presbyterian College is one of the Big South's top defensive teams, ranking third in scoring defense (55.5 ppg) and fourth in field goal percentage defense (.366). The Blue Hose have held six opponents to 50 points or fewer and limited Coastal Carolina to 30 points on Saturday.
• 5-6 junior guard Karlee Taylor is a player to watch for the Blue Hose. The team's leading scorer at 11.1 ppg, she has hit 9-of-13 three-point attempts in the last two games and ranks second in the Big South with a .451 three-point field goal percentage on the year.
• Thursday's game is the only 2012-13 regular-season matchup between Liberty and PC.
Liberty vs. the Big South
Record vs. Current Conference Members: 286-92
Carey Green's Record vs. Current Conference Members: 196-19
Current Streak: Liberty has won its last nine meetings.
Liberty's Last Loss: Winthrop 71, Liberty 69 (Feb. 18, 2012 at Winthrop)
Liberty in Big South Home Openers
All-Time Record in Big South Home Openers: 15-6
Carey Green's Record in Big South Home Openers: 10-3
Current Streak: Liberty has lost its last two Big South home openers.
Last Year's Big South Home Opener: High Point 73, Liberty 69 (OT) (Jan. 7, 2012)
Liberty's Last Win in a Big South Home Opener: Liberty 67, Winthrop 38 (Jan. 9, 2010)
Liberty in January
All-Time Record in January: 178-108
Carey Green's Record in January: 94-11
Record This January (Games Remaining): 0-0 (8 games remaining)
Last Five January Records:
2007-08 - 7-0
2008-09 - 8-0
2009-10 - 8-1
2010-11 - 8-1
2011-12 - 7-1
• Brown (career-high 32 points) and Omotola (career-high 24 points) totaled 56 points, the most by a Liberty duo in one game since Nov. 25, 1997. That day, Elena Kisseleva (35 points) and Sharon Wilkerson (33 points) teamed up for 68 points against Campbell.
A Look Back at Liberty's 90-57 Win at Winthrop
• Liberty made a successful return to Big South Conference play Saturday at Winthrop, defeating the Eagles, 90-57.
• The Lady Flames jumped out to an 18-3 lead and never trailed, avenging their only Big South road loss of the 2011-12 season.
• Liberty won its fourth straight road game and third straight contest overall, while snapping Winthrop's home winning streak at seven.
• Seniors Devon Brown (career-high 32 points), Tolu Omotola (career-high 24 points) and Brittany Campbell (career high-tying 11 points) all set or equaled their career scoring highs for the Lady Flames.
• Brown became the first Lady Flame to record a 30-point game since March 6, 2009, when Megan Frazee scored 30 points at Radford.
• Omotola also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds for her third double-double in a row.
• Campbell's previous 11-point effort dated all the way back to Nov. 28, 2008 against Hartford.
• Liberty shot over 50 percent from the field for the third consecutive contest, finishing at 51.5 percent (34-of-66). The Lady Flames are 3-0 this season and 89-1 under head coach Carey Green when making more than half of their field goal attempts.
• The Lady Flames held Winthrop to a season-low 30 percent (18-of-60) from the field and outrebounded the Eagles, 51-31. It was the ninth straight game that Liberty has kept its opponent below 50 percent field goal shooting and won the rebounding battle.
• Emily Frazier dished out a team-high five of Liberty's 22 assists and now has 31 assists in her last four games.
On a Roll
Liberty has won three games in a row, by an average score of 87-53. The following are a few keys to the Lady Flames' recent success.
• Liberty is shooting the ball well, hitting 52.2 percent of its field goals and 48.9 percent of its three-pointers.
• Devon Brown (23.0 ppg), Tolu Omotola (17.3 ppg) and Emily Frazier (7.3 apg) have sparked the offense.
• Omotola has recorded three straight double-doubles and is averaging 11.7 rpg. She is helping Liberty outrebound its foes by an average of 20.7 boards per game during the span.
Free Throw Fun Facts
• Devon Brown is a perfect 22-of-22 within the last five minutes of games in 2012-13.
• For the year, the Lady Flames' free throw percentage stands at 71.9 percent, which is just shy of the team single-season record of 72.8 percent, set in 2007-08.
• A number of Liberty players are currently riding streaks of consecutive made free throws, led by Emily Frazier, with nine in a row. Other active streaks include those of LaKendra Washington (6), Katelyn Adams (4) and Terika Lunsford (4).
Rulers of the Rebounds
Liberty topped the nation in rebound margin in 2011-12, outrebounding opponents by a school-record margin of 15.6 boards per game. Liberty has ranked among the nation's top five teams for rebound margin in each of the last 10 seasons, leading the country on four occasions.
• Maryland has the nation's next-longest active streak of ranking among the top five teams in rebound margin, at two seasons. Meanwhile, Connecticut (six seasons) is second to Liberty for longest active streak of ranking among the top 10 teams in rebound margin.
• The Lady Flames are off to a strong start on the glass again in 2012-13, ranking No. 2 nationally for rebound margin in the most recent NCAA national statistical report.