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WBB Game Day Central: James Madison
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Broadcast - Tip-Off:
7:06 p.m. vs. James Madison
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Liberty (0-1) will welcome James Madison (1-0) to the Vines Center for its 2013-14 home opener, Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Lady Flames will look to bounce back from a 66-56 season-opening defeat at Charlotte, while JMU is coming off of a 63-46 home victory over Virginia.
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1) Hopes are high for both Liberty and James Madison this season. The Lady Flames were picked to win the Big South Conference title for the 16th time in 17 years, while the Dukes were the preseason pick to claim the CAA championship. Additionally, James Madison was listed No. 14 and Liberty No. 19 in the preseason CollegeInsider.com Women's Mid-Major Top 25 poll.
2) Tuesday's contest will mark the eighth straight season Liberty and James Madison have faced one another. JMU is 5-2 in the last seven matchups, four of which have been decided by 10 points or fewer.
3) Liberty enters Tuesday's tilt with a 10-game winning streak against in-state opponents and a six-game home winning streak. In order to extend the two streaks, the Lady Flames will need to record back-to-back wins over James Madison for the first time in program history.
4) The Lady Flames are 11-3 in home openers under head coach Carey Green, and all three setbacks have come at the hands of in-state opponents (VCU twice and Richmond).
5) Rebound margin will be an important statistic to watch on Tuesday. Liberty has led the nation in the category in back-to-back seasons. Meanwhile, a +23 rebound margin played a key role in James Madison's 63-46 win over Virginia on Friday.
Liberty vs. James Madison At a Glance
Series Record: James Madison leads, 7-2.
Current Streak: Liberty won the most recent meeting.
Series Record at Liberty: James Madison leads, 2-1.
Current Streak at Liberty: James Madison has won the last two meetings.
Last Meeting Overall: Liberty 60, James Madison 48 (Dec. 4, 2012 at JMU)
Last Meeting at Liberty: James Madison 62, Liberty 58 (Dec. 1, 2011)
JMU's Last Series Victory: James Madison 62, Liberty 58 (Dec. 1, 2011 at Liberty)
Liberty's Last Victory at Home: Liberty 79, James Madison 66 (Dec. 4, 2007)
Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 337-111 (15th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. James Madison: 2-5
James Madison Head Coach: Kenny Brooks
Overall Record (Seasons): 253-106 (12th Season)
Record at James Madison (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 5-2
Notes and Anecdotes
• James Madison was tabbed as the preseason favorite in the CAA, while senior guard Kirby Burkholder was voted CAA Preseason Player of the Year. The Dukes made both of those projections look good on Friday, notching a 63-46 home win over Virginia, led by Burkholder's 24 points and career-high 16 rebounds.
• Both James Madison (No. 14) and Liberty (No. 19) appeared in the preseason CollegeInsider.com Women's Mid-Major Top 25 rankings.
• Tuesday's game will mark the eighth straight season James Madison and Liberty have squared off on the hardwood. Four of the last seven meetings have been decided by 10 points or fewer.
• Last season, Liberty posted a 60-48 victory at James Madison on Dec. 4, 2012 for the Lady Flames' first-ever road win over the Dukes. Devon Brown's 22 points led the way, while Emily Frazier added 10 markers. Liberty will now attempt to win back-to-back games against JMU for the first time.
• James Madison has advanced to postseason play in eight straight seasons (5 WNIT, 3 NCAA), while Liberty has been there six consecutive times (5 NCAA, 1 WNIT).
• Rebounding will be a key on Tuesday, as Liberty ranked No. 1 in the nation in rebound margin in 2012-13 (+16.9) while JMU outrebounded Virginia by a 49-26 count on Friday.
Competing Against the Commonwealth
Tuesday's contest will be the first of Liberty's seven matchups against in-state opponents this season. All three of the Lady Flames' non-conference home games pit Liberty versus Commonwealth foes, including Tuesday's game, a Nov. 19 matchup with Virginia and a Dec. 3 tilt against Richmond.
Liberty went 8-0 against Virginia squads last season and has won 10 consecutive games versus in-state opponents. Liberty's last loss to a Commonwealth foe was a 66-54 setback at Richmond on Dec. 20, 2011.
Liberty will look to avoid starting a season 0-2 for just the third time under head coach Carey Green. The 2000-01 and 2010-11 Lady Flames each dropped two straight games to open the year.
Trying On New Threads
Liberty will debut its new set of white uniforms on Tuesday, but the Lady Flames may be reluctant to change after going 72-13 in their previous set of white jerseys.
Sorting Out the Streaks
The Lady Flames will attempt to extend their six-game home winning streak on Tuesday, four days after their lengthy road winning streak was halted. Liberty had won 11 straight road contests in a row prior to its 66-56 setback at Charlotte, marking the second-longest road winning streak in program history.
A Look Back at Liberty's 66-56 Loss at Charlotte
• Liberty dropped its season opener on the road for the second straight year, falling by a 66-56 score at Charlotte on Friday.
• The game snapped Liberty's 11-game road winning streak. The Lady Flames had not lost a road game since Nov. 23, 2012 at No. 3/3 Baylor.
• The Lady Flames trimmed a 14-point second-half deficit to six on three occasions, but could get no closer.
• Charlotte won by converting 30 Liberty turnovers into 28 points, getting to the free throw line more often than the Lady Flames (27 attempts to 12) and featuring a balanced scoring attack with six players tallying seven or more points each.
• Liberty used its size advantage to win the battles of rebounding (31-27), points in the paint (30-25) and second-chance points (19-4).
• After making a program-record 173 three-pointers in 2012-13 (average of 5.1 per game), Liberty hit five triples at Charlotte, all of which came during the second half.
• Despite being limited to 20 minutes by foul trouble, Ashley Rininger tied for the team lead in points (13) and rebounds (7). Prior to Friday, Liberty was 10-0 when Rininger scores in double figures.
• Catherine Kearney (6 points in a career-high 31 minutes played) and Emily Frazier (3 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 29 minutes played) both made successful returns from knee injuries which halted their respective 2012-13 seasons prematurely.
• Freshmen Simone Brown, Tesh Hanson and Mickayla Sanders all made their collegiate debuts on Friday, scoring all 11 of their points (7 by Brown and 4 by Sanders) after halftime. Brown and Sanders combined to make all three of their three-point attempts.