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WBB Game Day Central: High Point
Liberty Channel - Local Coverage
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Game Will be Carried Live
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Broadcast - Tip-Off:
7:06 p.m. vs. High Point
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Liberty (13-5, 5-1 Big South) will tip off a three-game homestand with a rematch of the 2012 Big South Championship title contest against High Point (10-7, 4-2 Big South). Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. on Thursday.
The "Starting Five" - Today's Top Storylines
1) Thursday's contest will be the first matchup between Liberty and High Point since the two teams squared off in the 2012 Big South Women's Basketball Championship title game. The Lady Flames prevailed by an 81-73 count in that contest, winning their 14th Big South title in the last 16 years. Liberty and High Point have gotten familiar with one another in recent years, facing off nine times since the start of the 2009-10 season. The Lady Flames have won eight of those nine contests.
2) The last two Liberty-High Point matchups at the Vines Center have been decided by a total of five points. Last season, the Panthers were the only visiting Big South team to win in Lynchburg, coming away with a 73-69 overtime victory on Jan. 7, 2012.
3) Liberty leads the nation in rebound margin at +17.3. On Thursday, the Lady Flames will face High Point's Cheyenne Parker, who sits No. 2 in the nation with 13.6 rpg.
4) Thursday's game will feature three of the five preseason All-Big South players, in Liberty's Devon Brown and High Point's Cheyenne Parker and Erin Reynolds. However, Reynolds has been out of the Panthers' lineup for 13 straight games.
5) Liberty is tied with Presbyterian College for the Big South Conference lead at 5-1. There are five teams within a game of one another atop the conference standings, and High Point is one of those squads at 4-2 in conference play.
Liberty vs. High Point At a Glance
Series Record: Liberty leads, 31-10.
Current Streak: Liberty has won two consecutive meetings.
Series Record at Liberty: Liberty leads, 13-5.
Current Streak at Liberty: High Point won the most recent meeting.
Last Meeting Overall: Liberty 81, High Point 73 (March 11, 2012 at High Point)
Last Meeting at Liberty: High Point 73, Liberty 69 (OT) (Jan. 7, 2012)
High Point's Last Series Victory: High Point 73, Liberty 69 (OT) (Jan. 7, 2012 at LU)
Liberty's Last Series Victory at Home: Liberty 58, High Point 57 (Feb. 5, 2011)
Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 323-108 (14th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. High Point: 27-7
High Point Head Coach: DeUnna Hendrix
Overall Record (Seasons): 10-7 (First Season)
Record at High Point (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 0-0
Notes and Anecdotes
• Thursday's game will be a rematch of the 2012 Big South Championship title game, which Liberty won by an 81-73 count at High Point. The Lady Flames have eliminated the Panthers from the Big South Championship in each of the last three seasons.
• Liberty, which ranks No. 1 in the nation for rebound margin at +17.3, will face the nation's second-ranked rebounder in High Point junior Cheyenne Parker (13.6 rpg). Last year, Parker averaged 13.7 rpg against the Lady Flames, but Liberty won the team rebounding battle versus High Point by an average of 10.0 rpg.
• High Point has played its last 13 games without preseason All-Big South guard Erin Reynolds, due to injury. She averaged 19.3 ppg in three meetings with Liberty a season ago.
• High Point was the only visiting Big South team to win at Liberty in 2011-12, posting a 73-69 overtime victory on Jan. 7, 2012. Erin Reynolds scored 13 of her 21 points during the final three minutes of regulation and overtime, including a three-pointer which forced the extra session.
• This will be the first time DeUnna Hendrix has faced Liberty as a head coach. However, she went 2-0 against the Lady Flames as a player at Richmond, including victories in 2003-04 and 2004-05.
Winning in Style
Since losing to Presbyterian College on Jan. 3, Liberty has won three consecutive games in impressive fashion.
• Liberty has outscored opponents by an average of 37.7 ppg (81.0-43.3) and outrebounded foes by 24.0 rpg (48.7-24.7) during the span.
• The Lady Flames have never trailed during the three-game winning streak.
• Liberty is averaging 32.3 bench points per game, paced by Ashley Rininger's 13.7 ppg. Rininger, also posting 7.3 rpg and 2.3 bpg during the streak, was named Big South Freshman of the Week on Monday.
• The Lady Flames are blocking an average of 7.3 shots per game and limiting opponents to 30 percent field goal shooting over the last three contests.
A Look Back at Liberty's 76-48 Win at Coastal Carolina
• Liberty never trailed during Saturday's 76-48 victory at Coastal Carolina, after holding the Chanticleers scoreless for the first 6:57 of the game and jumping out to a 21-2 lead.
• The Lady Flames have now won three straight games overall, six consecutive road games and 39 straight matchups against Coastal Carolina. The streak of 39 consecutive wins over the Chanticleers is tied for the second-longest active string of victories against a single opponent in NCAA Division I women's basketball.
• Combined with Presbyterian College's loss to Radford, Liberty's victory moved the Lady Flames into a tie for first place in the Big South standings with the Blue Hose.
• Liberty was victorious in its first visit to The HTC Center, which will host the 2013 Big South Men's and Women's Basketball Championships in March. It was only the third game the Chanticleers have lost in their new home facility.
• The 28-point loss was the largest margin of defeat for Coastal Carolina this season, eclipsing a 26-point setback to North Carolina on Dec. 16.
• For the 13th straight game, Liberty outrebounded its opponent (46-28) and kept its foe below 50 percent field goal shooting (33.9 percent).
• Devon Brown led all players in both points (15) and rebounds (8), moving into ninth place on the Big South all-time scoring list with 1,752 career points.
• Tolu Omotola finished with 12 points, six rebounds, a career-high four blocked shots and a team-high three steals.
• Brittany Campbell scored in double figures for the second straight game, ending the game with 10 points. She made all six of her free throw attempts.
• Ashley Rininger reached double digits in the scoring column for the third game in a row, tallying all 10 of her points during the first half as Liberty raced out to a 48-19 lead.
• Eleven different players scored points for the Lady Flames, who tallied 28 bench points.
Liberty held opponents scoreless for a period of 18:02 in its last two games, including the last 11:09 of the game at Charleston Southern (Jan. 10) and the first 6:53 of the contest at Coastal Carolina (Jan. 12). The Lady Flames outscored their opponents, 42-0, during the span.
Heart Pounders Against High Point
High Point's last two visits to the Vines Center have both gone down to the wire, with the pair of games being decided by a total of five points.
• Last season (Jan. 7, 2012), Erin Reynolds sent the game to overtime with a three-pointer with 16.5 seconds left. High Point then prevailed by a 73-69 score.
• On Feb. 5, 2011, Devon Brown blocked Reynolds' layup attempt in the closing seconds to preserve a 58-57 Liberty victory.
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. 1 nationally for rebound margin in the most recent NCAA national statistical report.