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Liberty (11-5, 3-1 Big South) will begin a two-game Big South swing through South Carolina Thursday at 7 p.m., when the Lady Flames visit Charleston Southern (5-7, 0-3 Big South).
The "Starting Five" - Today's Top Storylines
1) Liberty is in search of its fifth consecutive road victory. The Lady Flames are 86-11 in Big South road games under head coach Carey Green, including a 41-3 mark in the state of South Carolina.
2) Meanwhile, Charleston Southern will try for its first Big South win of the year and will attempt to snap a three-game losing skid. The Buccaneers have been playing without leading scorer Rachelle Coward due to injury. Coward averaged 21.3 ppg against Liberty last season.
3) Liberty has found the Buc Dome a difficult venue in recent years. The Lady Flames dropped a 54-51 decision at Charleston Southern on Feb. 28, 2011. Liberty then had to rally from a nine-point deficit to post a 79-64 victory at CSU last season (Jan. 16, 2012).
4) Tolu Omotola played well against the Buccaneers last season, posting 12.3 ppg and 9.3 rpg during three meetings. She notched her first career double-double (11 points, 11 rebounds) during a 72-52 win over CSU in the Big South Championship semifinals on March 10, 2012.
5) Liberty will face a Fred Applin-coached team for the first time since Nov. 25, 1996. That day, the Lady Flames recorded an 85-52 win over Hampton at the Vines Center, which was Liberty's first-ever triumph against the Pirates.
Liberty vs. Charleston Southern At a Glance
Series Record: Liberty leads, 46-6.
Current Streak: Liberty has won three consecutive meetings.
Series Record at CSU: Liberty leads, 19-4.
Current Streak at CSU: Liberty won the most recent meeting.
Last Meeting Overall: Liberty 72, Charleston So. 52 (March 10, 2012 at High Point)
Last Meeting at CSU: Liberty 79, Charleston So. 64 (Jan. 16, 2012)
CSU's Last Series Victory: Charleston So. 54, Liberty 51 (Feb. 28, 2011 at CSU)
CSU's Last Series Victory at Home: Same
Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 321-108 (14th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Charleston Southern: 29-1
Charleston Southern Head Coach: Fred Applin
Overall Record (Seasons): 21-34 (Third Season)
Record at Charleston Southern (Seasons): 5-7 (First Season)
Record vs. Liberty: 1-1 (at Hampton)
Notes and Anecdotes
• First-year Charleston Southern head coach Fred Applin has known Liberty head coach Carey Green for many years. Applin got his start in collegiate coaching by spending five seasons (1988-93) as an assistant at North Carolina. During that same time, Green was an assistant coach at ACC rival Clemson.
• Charleston Southern 6-6 redshirt junior forward Carra Coy played for Liberty during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, appearing in a total of 25 games.
• CSU senior Rachelle Coward was the Big South Player of the Week during the opening week of the season before suffering an injury. Coward, who averaged 21.3 ppg and 4.7 three-pointers/game against Liberty last year, has not played since Nov. 14.
• Charleston Southern is happy that Avery Warley graduated after the 2011-12 season. Warley averaged 15.0 ppg and 14.0 rpg during 10 career matchups with the Buccaneers, including three games of 20 rebounds or more. In her place, CSU will have to deal with Tolu Omotola, who averaged 12.3 ppg and 9.3 rpg versus the Buccaneers in 2011-12.
• Liberty lost at Charleston Southern by a 54-51 score during the 2010-11 season and then had to rally from a nine-point deficit to win 79-64 in last year's visit to the Buc Dome.
• Charleston Southern is looking for its first Big South win of the season and seeking to halt a three-game losing streak.
Since losing at No. 3/3 Baylor on Nov. 23, Liberty has won four consecutive road games, improving to 4-3 on the road this season.
• The Lady Flames are 2-0 in Big South away games this year (vs. Radford and Winthrop), after going 9-1 on the road against conference foes in 2011-12. Under head coach Carey Green, Liberty is 86-11 in Big South Conference away contests.
• Liberty is aiming to record double-digit road victories for the fourth consecutive season.
• Devon Brown has been at her best on the road this year, averaging 22.7 ppg. In her last road game (Dec. 29 at Winthrop), Brown scored a career-high 32 points.
Party in the Palmetto State
Liberty has fared well in Big South games played in South Carolina under head coach Carey Green, going 41-3 on the road against Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, Presbyterian College and Winthrop.
• The Lady Flames already own a victory at Winthrop this season and will play at Charleston Southern and Coastal Carolina this week. Liberty is not scheduled to play at Presbyterian College this season.
A Look Back at Liberty's 75-49 Win Over UNC Asheville
• Liberty bounced back from a loss to Presbyterian College in impressive fashion, never trailing during Saturday's 75-49 win over UNC Asheville at the Vines Center.
• It was the Lady Flames' 12th consecutive victory in their head-to-head series with the Bulldogs. Meanwhile, Asheville has now lost 16 straight games against Big South opponents and 22 consecutive road games.
• Liberty has still not lost back-to-back Big South games since Feb. 20 and 22, 1997.
• The Lady Flames finished with significant advantages in rebounds (42-23) and points in the paint (40-14).
• Liberty has now outrebounded 11 consecutive opponents and kept 11 straight foes below 50 percent field goal shooting, with Asheville closing the contest at 39.1 percent.
• The Lady Flames equaled a season low with 12 turnovers and tallied 23 points off of the Bulldogs' 17 miscues.
• Ashley Rininger's career-high 17 points (which came in just 18 minutes) keyed Liberty's 32-11 advantage in bench points.
• After shooting 2-of-12 against Presbyterian, Tolu Omotola led all players in both points (19) and rebounds (8) on Saturday. She also moved into 20th place on Liberty's career rebounding chart with 530 boards.
• Devon Brown chipped in 15 points in only 18 minutes, climbing to No. 11 on the Big South all-time scoring list with 1,725 career markers.
• Despite playing just 13 minutes, Emily Frazier topped the Lady Flames with three assists. In her last four games, Liberty's starting point guard has totaled 23 assists and only four turnovers.
• No Lady Flame played more than Tolu Omotola's 25 minutes, as 11 different players saw at least 11 minutes of playing time.
Shortage of Streaks
Liberty successfully bounced back from its 51-49 home loss to Presbyterian College on Jan. 3 with a 75-49 victory over UNC Asheville two days later, keeping the following trends alive.
• 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).
Spreading the Wealth
Eleven different Lady Flames have scored in double figures during at least one game this season, including Katelyn Adams, Devon Brown, Brittany Campbell, Sadalia Ellis, Emily Frazier, Jasmine Gardner, Reagan Miller, Tolu Omotola, Ashley Rininger, Ellee Rollins and LaKendra Washington.
• This is the first time 11 different Liberty players have reached double figures in a season since 2008-09, when 11 players also accomplished the feat. Brittany Campbell scored in double digits twice that year as a freshman.
The Container is Half Empty
• Liberty has played strong defense this season, limiting opponents to 35.0 percent field goal shooting. The Lady Flames have held 11 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 180 games. By way of comparison, the Lady Flames have shot 50 percent 50 times during that span.