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WBB Game Day Central: Kutztown
7 p.m. at Kutztown
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Liberty (0-4) will continue its season-long four-game road swing Monday at 7 p.m. with the Lady Flames' first-ever meeting with Kutztown (3-2) of NCAA Division II's PSAC East Division. The contest inside Keystone Arena will be classified as a regular-season game for the Lady Flames but an exhibition contest for the Golden Bears.
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1) Liberty, off to its first 0-4 start since the 1993-94 Lady Flames began the year 0-7, will play on the road against a non-Division I opponent for the first time since that season. The 1993-94 squad notched its first win on Jan. 6, 1994 with a 90-61 decision at Cedarville of the NAIA.
2) Liberty will be aiming to snap its five-game losing streak, which dates back to last season. Meanwhile, Kutztown enters the contest having won three consecutive games.
3) Liberty will be playing its fourth straight opponent with a winning record, as Kutztown has improved to 3-2 on the year with three consecutive close victories. The Lady Flames previously lost to 1-0 James Madison, 2-1 Virginia and 3-1 Saint Joseph's during this current run.
4) The Lady Flames are playing their second first-time opponent in a row, following their 77-65 setback at Saint Joseph's on Saturday. All of Liberty's foes on this four-game road trip will be teams the Lady Flames have never faced before.
5) Kutztown will be challenged to deal with the Lady Flames' size. Nicole Donahue is the Golden Bears' tallest starter at 6-0. Meanwhile, Liberty counters with 6-4 Ashley Rininger and 6-6 Catherine Kearney, with 6-5 Katelyn Adams coming in off of the bench.
Liberty vs. Kutztown At a Glance
Series Record: First meeting
Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 337-114 (15th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Kutztown: 0-0
Kutztown Head Coach: Janet Malouf
Overall Record (Seasons): 293-233 (20th Season)
Record at Kutztown (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 0-0
Notes and Anecdotes
• For the fourth straight game, Liberty will be facing an opponent with a winning record. Kutztown has won three consecutive contests, pushing the Golden Bears' mark to 3-2. Kutztown, which has won the trio of games by a combined seven points, will leave Monday's game with its winning record intact, as the Golden Bears are classifying the matchup as an exhibition.
• Kutztown will be Liberty's second straight first-time opponent, following the Lady Flames' inaugural matchup with Saint Joseph's on Saturday. All four of Liberty's foes on this extended road swing are first-time opponents, as the Lady Flames have never faced Fresno State, Seton Hall or Savannah State on the hardwood either.
• This marks Liberty's first road game against a non-Division I opponent since Jan. 6, 1994, when the Lady Flames recorded a 90-61 win at NAIA Cedarville. That marked Liberty's first win of the season after an 0-7 start. This year's 0-4 beginning marks the Lady Flames' worst start to a season since then.
• Liberty has faced two current PSAC members in program history, as the Lady Flames are 1-8 all-time against Pitt-Johnstown and 2-0 versus West Chester. However, Liberty has not played either of those two teams since Feb. 15, 1988.
• Liberty assistant coach Andrea "Andy" Bloodworth is familiar with Gannon of the PSAC, spending three seasons (2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05) as an assistant coach there. However, the Golden Knights were members of the GLIAC at that time, before moving to the PSAC in time for the 2008-09 season.
• Liberty played Kutztown in football for four consecutive seasons (1988 through 1991), going 3-1 against the Golden Bears on the gridiron. The Flames men's basketball team was victorious against Kutztown during their only meeting, on Nov. 22, 1986. In baseball, Liberty is 3-1 versus the Golden Bears, including a doubleheader sweep in 2003.
This marks Liberty's longest road trip of the 2013-14 season, as the Lady Flames will leave campus on Nov. 22 and not return until Dec. 1. During that time, Liberty will play four first-time opponents in eight days, including Saint Joseph's (Nov. 23), Kutztown (Nov. 25), Fresno State (Nov. 29) and either Savannah State or Seton Hall (Nov. 30). The Lady Flames will also do some sightseeing in Philadelphia and New York City and visit Catherine Kearney's hometown of Monroeville, N.J.
At Home on the Road
Liberty's season-opening loss at Charlotte on Nov. 8 snapped an 11-game road winning streak for the Lady Flames. Liberty has been successful away from the Vines Center in recent years, posting double-digit road victories during each of the last four seasons, including an 11-3 road mark in 2012-13.
Back in Time
Monday's game is Liberty's first road contest against a non-Division I foe since Jan. 6, 1994, when the Lady Flames recorded a 90-61 triumph at Cedarville of the NAIA. Just like this season, the 1993-94 Liberty squad was off to a slow start, going 0-7 before the win over Cedarville. Liberty then played well at the end of the year, going 11-4 in its last 15 regular-season tilts.
• The Lady Flames have started out 0-4 for the first time under head coach Carey Green and the first time since beginning the 1993-94 campaign at 0-7.
• Liberty has lost five consecutive games dating back to last season, marking the Lady Flames' longest losing streak since a five-game losing skein spanning Nov. 22 and Dec. 7, 2008.
• Liberty has dropped back-to-back home games (James Madison on Nov. 12 and Virginia on Nov. 19) for the first time since falling to VCU and No. 13/14 Auburn on Nov. 14 and Dec. 7, 2008.
• Liberty was outrebounded by a 42-37 count during its 67-56 loss against James Madison on Nov. 12. It was just the 10th time that the Lady Flames have lost the rebounding battle since the start of the 2009-10 season. Liberty is 2-8 in those games.
A Look Back at Liberty's 77-65 Loss at Saint Joseph's
• Saint Joseph's held Liberty without a field goal for an 8:34 stretch of the second half, Saturday at Hagan Arena. The Hawks outcored the Lady Flames by a 25-7 count during that span, turning a close game into a 77-65 win.
• Saint Joseph's converted 24 Liberty turnovers into 24 points while improving to 4-1 on the season.
• The Hawks also shot well from the field (45.5 percent), three-point range (37.5 percent) and the foul line (80.8 percent) during their first-ever meeting with the Lady Flames.
• Liberty fell to 0-4 for the first time since 1993-94 despite a 52-24 rebounding advantage, 28 offensive rebounds which led to 26 second-chance points, an 82.1 percent mark from the free throw line and a number of impressive individual efforts.
• Katelyn Adams established career highs for points (16), free throws made (12), free throws attempted (16) and minutes played (27), while setting a season high with nine rebounds. She was just two shy from the program record for most free throws attempted in a single game.
• Fellow redshirt sophomore post player Ashley Rininger recorded a double-double in the first half alone, with 11 points and 12 rebounds. She finished with 15 points and a career-high 14 rebounds for her third straight double-double and the sixth of her career.
• Emily Frazier scored in double digits for the first time this season with 10 points and added a team-high three steals.
• Tesh Hanson contributed eight points, after tallying just two total points during the first three games of her college career.
• Playing against her parents' alma mater, Catherine Kearney hit all six of her free throws as part of her eight-point showing.
• Mickayla Sanders made a three-pointer for the fourth consecutive game to start her career, finishing with five points.