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WBB Game Day Central: Longwood
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Broadcast - Tip-Off:
5:06 p.m. vs. Longwood
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Liberty (14-6, 6-2 Big South) will wrap up the first half of Big South Conference play and a three-game homestand Saturday at 5 p.m., when Longwood (9-10, 6-2 Big South) visits the Vines Center. The first-ever Big South matchup between the Lady Flames and Lancers will tip off a basketball doubleheader at the Vines Center. The Liberty men's squad hosts Charleston Southern at 8 p.m.
The "Starting Five" - Today's Top Storylines
1) Liberty and Longwood are both part of a four-way tie for second place in the Big South Conference standings at 6-2. The first-ever conference meeting between the Commonwealth foes will leave the winner in a share of first place in the conference.
2) Longwood has been a strong second-half team this season, with seven of its nine victories coming after the Lancers trailed at halftime. Meanwhile, Liberty has been good at holding leads. The Lady Flames are 12-1 this year when leading at intermission.
3) The Lancers top the Big South and rank No. 44 nationally with 6.6 three-pointers made per game. Liberty has been good at defending the three-point shot this season, currently ranking No. 32 in the nation for three-point field goal percentage defense (.261).
4) Saturday's game will feature three players who have won multiple Big South Player of the Week awards this season, including Liberty's Devon Brown (3) and Tolu Omotola (2) and Longwood's Crystal Smith (2). Meanwhile, the Lady Flames' Ashley Rininger and the Lancers' Daeisha Brown have each won two Big South Freshman of the Week honors.
5) Longwood is 15-13 all-time against Liberty, but the Lady Flames have won six straight games versus the Lancers since Longwood's last head-to-head win on Feb. 12, 1988.
Liberty vs. Longwood At a Glance
Series Record: Longwood leads, 15-13.
Current Streak: Liberty has won six consecutive meetings.
Series Record at Liberty: Liberty leads, 9-4.
Current Streak at Liberty: Liberty has won four consecutive meetings.
Last Meeting Overall: Liberty 75, Longwood 71 (Jan. 14, 2011 at Longwood)
Last Meeting at Liberty: Liberty 78, Longwood 55 (Jan. 12, 2010)
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): 324-109 (14th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Longwood: 5-0
Longwood Head Coach: Bill Reinson
Overall Record (Seasons): 22-49 (Third Season)
Record at Longwood (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 0-1
Notes and Anecdotes
• After being picked to finish 11th in its first season in the Big South Conference, Longwood is off to a great start in conference play. The Lancers are currently tied for second at 6-2.
• Liberty has faced Longwood 28 times in women's basketball, dating back to the teams' inaugural meeting on Jan. 25, 1979. However, Saturday's game will mark their first matchup as conference foes.
• The most recent Liberty-Longwood game, played Jan. 14, 2011 in Farmville, Va., was a competitive one. The Lancers hit 12 three-pointers in the contest and led by as many as nine points in the first half. Liberty came back to win, 75-71, thanks in large part to Devon Brown. She scored 21 of her 27 points after halftime, including a three-pointer with 11.3 seconds left which sealed the victory.
• Longwood has been a strong second half team this season. Seven of the Lancers' nine victories have come after the team trailed at halftime. Longwood has overcome four double-digit deficits to win this season.
• The Lancers lead the Big South and rank No. 44 nationally with 6.6 three-pointers per game.
• Longwood senior guard Crystal Smith is the reigning Big South Player of the Week. Backcourt mate Daeisha Brown has won a pair of Big South Freshman of the Week nods.
Liberty is 4-0 versus in-state opponents this season, with wins over James Madison, Radford, VCU and Virginia Union.
• The Lady Flames have won six straight games against Virginia squads, dating back to last season. Liberty's last loss to a Commonwealth foe was a 66-54 setback at Richmond on Dec. 20, 2011.
The Lady Flames have gotten solid production out of their non-starters this season, averaging 24.6 bench points per game.
• Liberty has tallied more bench points than its opponent in five straight games and eight of the last nine contests. The Lady Flames are 12-2 this season when outscoring their opponent in bench points.
A Look Back at Liberty's 65-58 Home Win Over Campbell
• Liberty bounced back from a loss to High Point with a 65-58 victory over Campbell, Jan. 19 at the Vines Center.
• The Lady Flames' win was keyed by rebounding and defense. Liberty outrebounded the Lady Camels by 27 boards (59-32), while holding Campbell to season lows in field goal percentage (.290) and three-point field goal percentage (.118). Campbell entered the game ranked No. 4 nationally for three-point field goal percentage.
• It was the 15th straight game that Liberty won the rebounding battle and held its opponent below 50 percent field goal shooting.
• The Lady Flames struggled shooting the ball from the field (.345) but fared well at the free throw line, making 25 of 34 attempts for 73.5 percent.
• Led by Ashley Rininger's 11 points, Liberty's non-starters scored 31 points, compared to 14 for Campbell's reserves. The Lady Flames have tallied more bench points than their opponents in five straight games.
• Tolu Omotola led the Lady Flames in scoring (15) and tied for team-high rebounding honors with 11 boards, recording her fifth double-double of the season and the sixth of her career. Liberty is now 32-4 all-time when she scores in double digits.
• Devon Brown was held to single digits in the scoring column for just the second time this season, finishing with seven points. However, she tied Omotola for the game lead with 11 boards.
• Rininger's 11 points marked the redshirt freshman's fourth time scoring in double figures in the last five games.
• Carey Green returned to the sideline as Liberty's head coach, after missing the High Point contest due to illness.
Fabulous at the Free Throw Line
Liberty is shooting well at the free throw line during the first two games of its current homestand, hitting 78.7 percent (48-of-61) of its attempts against High Point and Campbell.
• For the season, Liberty is making 71.6 percent of its free throws, which is not far off of the Lady Flames' single-season record of 72.8 percent, set in 2007-08.
• Devon Brown is shooting a Big South-best 83.2 percent from the foul line this season. That would rank her third in program history if the season ended today. Teammates Brittany Campbell (92.9 percent) and Emily Frazier (90 percent) are also shooting well from the foul line this season but don't have enough attempts to qualify for records.
• Emily Frazier has made 13 consecutive free throws, Katelyn Adams has connected on eight straight free throws and Brittany Campbell has hit seven straight foul shots.
At Home on the Road?
Liberty has fared better in road games than at the Vines Center in recent weeks. The Lady Flames have won six consecutive road contests by an average of 24.5 ppg. Meanwhile, Liberty has dropped three of its last six home games.
The Container is Half Empty
• Liberty has played strong defense this season, limiting opponents to 34.2 percent field goal shooting. The Lady Flames have held 15 consecutive foes below 50 percent from the field, with six of them shooting below 30 percent.
• Since the start of the 2007-08 season, only six teams have shot 50 percent against Liberty in 184 games. By way of comparison, the Lady Flames have shot 50 percent 51 times during that span.