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WBB Game Day Central: Radford
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Big South-leading Liberty (19-6, 11-2 Big South) will attempt to extend its six-game winning streak Saturday at 3 p.m. when Radford (13-10, 8-6 Big South) visits the Vines Center. The game will be the Lady Flames' Play 4Kay contest, in support of breast cancer awareness. It will also tip off a doubleheader at the Vines Center, with the Liberty men's basketball team playing host to High Point at 6 p.m.
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1) Liberty has faced Radford more often than any opponent in program history, as Saturday's matinee will be the 59th all-time meeting between the Commonwealth foes. The Lady Flames are 33-4 in their last 37 contests against the Highlanders.
2) With a victory, Liberty would secure its sixth consecutive 20-win season and wrap up a bye into the quarterfinal round of the Big South Championship. Meanwhile, Radford is battling for a bye of its own, currently sitting one game behind Campbell for the coveted fifth position. The top five teams in the Big South standings at season's end will all receive byes into the quarterfinal round of the Big South Championship.
3) Four of the last five meetings between Liberty and Radford have been decided by single digits. Most recently, the Lady Flames erased a nine-point deficit to pull out a 67-65 victory at Radford on Dec. 1.
4) Radford has played well on the road in Big South games this season. The Highlanders are 5-2 in road conference tilts, featuring victories at High Point and Presbyterian College.
5) Liberty's Devon Brown, averaging 23.0 ppg during her last three meetings with Radford, needs 11 points to become the sixth-leading scorer in Big South Conference history.
Liberty vs. Radford At a Glance
Series Record: Liberty leads, 34-24.
Current Streak: Liberty has won four consecutive meetings.
Series Record at Liberty: Liberty leads, 18-9.
Current Streak at Liberty: Liberty won the most recent meeting.
Last Meeting Overall: Liberty 67, Radford 65 (Dec. 1, 2012 at Radford)
Last Meeting at Liberty: Liberty 72, Radford 66 (March 2, 2012)
Radford's Last Series Victory: Radford 62, Liberty 53 (Jan. 17, 2011 at Liberty)
Radford's Last Series Victory at Liberty: Same
Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 329-109 (14th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Radford: 27-4
Radford Head Coach: Tajama Abraham Ngongba
Overall Record (Seasons): 59-81 (Fifth Season)
Record at Radford (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 1-9
Notes and Anecdotes
• Saturday's game will mark the 59th all-time matchup between Liberty and Radford. The Highlanders are the most frequently played opponent in program history for the Lady Flames.
• Liberty is 33-4 in its last 37 meetings with the Highlanders, building a 34-24 lead in the all-time head-to-head series.
• Four of the last five encouters between the Lady Flames and Highlanders have been decided by single digits, including Liberty's 67-65 win at Radford on Dec. 1. Liberty trailed by nine points before rallying and took the lead for good on Tolu Omotola's hoop with 43.1 seconds left. That contest started the Lady Flames' current nine-game road winning streak.
• Like Liberty, Radford has played well in Big South road contests this season. The Highlanders are 5-2 in conference games played away from the Dedmon Center, highlighted by victories at High Point and Presbyterian College.
• Liberty (14 titles) and Radford (9 titles) have combined to win 23 of 26 Big South Championship titles in conference history.
• The Lady Flames and Highlanders are two of the most experienced teams in the Big South, as Liberty has five seniors and Radford's roster features six seniors.
Liberty is 6-0 versus in-state opponents this season, with wins over Longwood (twice), James Madison, Radford, VCU and Virginia Union.
• The Lady Flames have won eight 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 25.3 bench points per game.
• Liberty has tallied more bench points than its opponent in 10 straight games and 13 of the last 14 contests. The Lady Flames are 17-2 this season when outscoring their opponent in bench points.
A Look Back at Liberty's 69-54 Victory Over Winthrop
• Liberty posted a 69-54 victory over Winthrop, Thursday evening at the Vines Center, in a battle between the top two teams in the Big South standings. The triumph gave the Lady Flames a two-game lead in the conference at 11-2.
• The Lady Flames trailed 44-42 midway through the second half before taking the lead for good with a 16-2 run.
• Liberty sealed the win by shooting 11-of-14 from the foul line during the final 2:08 of play.
• The victory was Liberty's season-high sixth straight win in a row overall and the Lady Flames' 21st consecutive home triumph over Winthrop.
• Meanwhile, Winthrop's six-game road winning streak was snapped.
• For the 20th straight game, Liberty won rebounding battle (40-39) and held its opponent below 50 percent field goal shooting (30.5 percent).
• The Lady Flames committed a season-low 11 turnovers, including only three in the second half.
• Tolu Omotola extended her streak of scoring in double figures to a career-long eight games with a team-high 18 points to go along with eight rebounds and three blocks.
• Devon Brown scored 14 of her 15 points after halftime, moving into third place in program history and seventh place in Big South annals with 1,856 career points.
• Brittany Campbell scored in double digits for the third time in five games, finishing with 10 points and a career high-equaling five assists.
• Ashley Rininger scored six of her eight points after halftime and pulled down six boards.
• Emily Frazier finished with eight points and four assists.
Six in a Row
Liberty is in the midst of its longest winning streak of the 2012-13 season, at six games. The following are some keys to the streak.
• Tolu Omotola is averaging just under a double-double (16.5 ppg, 9.7 rpg).
• At the offensive end, Liberty is shooting 40 percent (38-of-95) from three-point range and dishing out 18.2 assists per game.
• All six opponents have scored between 54-59 points.
Racking Up the Rebounds
Liberty has outrebounded all 13 Big South opponents this season, by an average of 18.8 boards per game.
• The Lady Flames have outrebounded 23 straight Big South foes, dating back to 2011-12.
There's Something About Saturday
Liberty's 97-56 win at Longwood on Feb. 9 was the Lady Flames' seventh straight Saturday victory and improved the Lady Flames' Saturday record to 10-1 this season.
• Liberty is 8-0 in Big South games played on Saturday in 2012-13, including its 67-65 triumph at Radford on Dec. 1.
• Liberty's average score on Saturday this season is 76.0 to 55.2.
The Container is Half Empty
• Liberty has played strong defense this season, limiting opponents to 33.7 percent field goal shooting. The Lady Flames have held 20 consecutive foes below 50 percent from the field, with seven of them shooting below 30 percent.
• Since the start of the 2007-08 season, only six teams have shot 50 percent against Liberty in 189 games. By way of comparison, the Lady Flames have shot 50 percent 53 times during that span.
A Winning Tradition
At 19-6, Liberty has clinched its 17th consecutive winning season. The streak started in 1996-97, the first year that the Lady Flames won the Big South Conference title.
• With its 11-2 conference record, Liberty has posted its 14th consecutive season with double-digit Big South wins.
• With one more victory, Liberty would post its sixth straight 20-win season and 15th 20-win campaign in the last 17 years.
• With one more road win, Liberty would record double-digit road victories for the fourth season in a row.