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WBB Game Day Central: UNC Asheville
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Broadcast - Tip-Off:
3:06 p.m. vs. UNC Asheville
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Liberty (10-5, 2-1 Big South) and UNC Asheville (2-12, 0-3 Big South) will both be attempting to bounce back from conference losses when they square off inside the Vines Center Saturday at 3 p.m.
The "Starting Five" - Today's Top Storylines
1) Liberty has now lost three consecutive Big South home openers, after its 51-49 loss to Presbyterian College on Thursday. However, the Lady Flames have gone on to win all of their remaining Big South home games each of the last two years. Additionally, Liberty has not lost back-to-back Big South home contests since the 1995-96 season.
2) UNC Asheville will attempt to snap a couple lengthy streaks on Saturday. The Bulldogs have lost 15 straight contests against Big South Conference opponents and 21 consecutive road games.
3) Asheville first-year head coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick will be visiting the Vines Center for the first time since Dec. 30, 1999. That day, she played for a Wake Forest team which lost to Liberty and then first-year head coach Carey Green by a 64-40 count. It was the Lady Flames' first win over an ACC opponent.
4) Liberty ranks No. 2 nationally with a +16.0 rebound margin. However, the Lady Flames will have to battle for boards with Asheville 6-1 redshirt senior forward Kelli Riles on Saturday. After a 20-point, 10-rebound effort at Radford on Thursday, Riles ranks No. 2 in Bulldog program history and No. 7 in Big South annals with 899 career boards.
5) As she nears her 23rd birthday on Tuesday, Liberty's Brittany Campbell has been playing well. She tied her career high with 11 points at Winthrop on Dec. 29 and then grabbed a career-best eight rebounds during Thursday's game against Presbyterian College.
Liberty vs. UNC Asheville At a Glance
Series Record: Liberty leads, 45-7.
Current Streak: Liberty has won 11 consecutive meetings.
Series Record at Liberty: Liberty leads, 23-2.
Current Streak at Liberty: Liberty has won five consecutive meetings.
Last Meeting Overall: Liberty 71, UNC Asheville 50 (March 9, 2012 at High Point)
Last Meeting at Liberty: Liberty 84, UNC Asheville 53 (Feb. 27, 2012)
Asheville's Last Series Victory: UNC Asheville 54, Liberty 51 (Feb. 24, 2007 at LU)
Asheville's Last Series Victory at Liberty: Same
Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 320-108 (14th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. UNC Asheville: 30-1
UNC Asheville Head Coach: Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick
Overall Record (Seasons): 2-12 (First Season)
Record at UNC Asheville (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 0-0
Notes and Anecdotes
• UNC Asheville will be aiming for its first Big South win, its first road victory and its first triumph over an NCAA Division I opponent this season.
• The Bulldogs have lost 21 straight road games since posting a 66-61 win at Winthrop on Feb. 28, 2011.
• Asheville has dropped 15 consecutive contests to Big South foes since a 74-62 home triumph over Gardner-Webb on Jan. 21, 2012.
• 6-1 redshirt senior forward Kelli Riles played well at Radford on Thursday, finishing with 20 points and 10 rebounds in her team's 66-54 setback. In the process, she became the leading rebounder in Asheville's NCAA Division I history with 899 career boards. Riles ranks second overall on the Bulldogs' career rebounding chart and seventh in Big South history. She is averaging just 5.2 rpg in six career matchups with the Lady Flames.
• Asheville first-year head coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick, who was previously an assistant coach at Florida, went 1-1 against Liberty during her playing career at Wake Forest (1997-2001). She averaged 12.5 ppg and 6.0 rpg in her two meetings with the Lady Flames. During Mock Kirkpatrick's only previous visit to the Vines Center (Dec. 30, 1999), Liberty posted its first-ever victory over an ACC opponent with a 64-40 triumph over the Demon Deacons. That came during Carey Green's first season as Liberty's head coach.
Opening Night Jitters?
Liberty's 51-49 loss to Presbyterian College on Thursday marked the Lady Flames' third consecutive defeat in a Big South home opener. Liberty previously lost to Radford (62-53 on Jan. 17, 2011) and High Point (73-69 in OT on Jan. 7, 2012) the past two seasons.
• During each of the last two campaigns, Liberty has gone on to win the rest of its Big South home games after the home-opening setbacks, posting a 15-0 total record during the remainder of its conference home tilts.
Speed Limit 65
Liberty has scored 65 or more points in nine of its 10 victories this season, continuing a recent trend.
• The Lady Flames have won 16 straight games when reaching the 65-point mark, dating back to last season. Liberty is also 25-1 the last 26 times it has tallied 65 or more points.
A Look Back at Liberty's 51-49 Loss to Presbyterian College
• For the third consecutive season, Liberty lost its Big South home opener with a 51-49 setback at the hands of Presbyterian College on Thursday at the Vines Center.
• It marked PC's first-ever victory over the Lady Flames in 10 tries and gave the Blue Hose sole possession of first place in the Big South at 3-0.
• Liberty trimmed a 13-point deficit to two with an 11-0 run during the final five minutes of the game. However, Devon Brown's potential game-tying layup rolled off the back of the rim and out as the final buzzer sounded.
• After averaging 87.0 ppg during its three-game winning streak, the Lady Flames were held to their fewest points since tallying 46 points in a season-opening loss at Duquesne (Nov. 9).
• Liberty's field goal mark of 28.1 percent (16-of-57) and its free throw percentage of 57.1 percent (12-of-21) both established season lows for the Lady Flames.
• For the 10th straight game, Liberty outrebounded its opponent (44-32) and held its foe below 50 percent field goal shooting (44.7 percent).
• Emily Frazier led the Lady Flames with a career-high 16 points. She also made all four of her free throw attempts, increasing her streak to 13 consecutive made foul shots.
• Devon Brown was the only other Liberty player to score in double figures, totaling 12 points. She became the fifth Lady Flame and the 13th player in Big South history to reach the 1,700-career point barrier, finishing the game with 1,710 points.
• Brittany Campbell and Tolu Omotola tied for game-high rebounding honors with eight boards apiece. For Campbell, it was a new career high for boards and six of her caroms came at the offensive end.
• Liberty's bench players managed a season-low six points, as the Lady Flames' reserves were outscored for just the second time in the last eight games. Both times, Liberty has lost the game.
Shortage of Streaks
Liberty has typically been able to bounce back from home losses and Big South setbacks.
• The Lady Flames have not lost back-to-back home games since Nov. 14 and Dec. 7, 2008 (VCU and Auburn).
• Liberty has not dropped consecutive Big South contests (including regular-season and tournament games) since Feb. 20 and 22, 1997 (UNCG and Winthrop).
• Liberty has not lost two Big South home games in a row since dropping five conference home games in succession, spanning two seasons (Feb. 20, 1995 - Feb. 3, 1996).
Liberty has reached the halfway mark of its 30-game regular-season schedule with a 10-5 record.
• The Lady Flames are on pace to record their sixth straight 20-win season and 15th 20-win season in the last 17 years.
• Liberty is shooting 76-of-240 from three-point range, putting the Lady Flames on pace to break the program single-season records for triples made (147 in 2001-02) and attempted (453 in 1998-99).
The Container is Half Empty
• Liberty has played strong defense this season, limiting opponents to 34.8 percent field goal shooting. The Lady Flames have held 10 consecutive foes below 50 percent from the field, with four of them shooting below 30 percent.
• Since the start of the 2007-08 season, only six teams have shot 50 percent against Liberty in 179 games. By way of comparison, the Lady Flames have shot 50 percent 50 times during that span.