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Liberty (5-5, 1-0 Big South) will host Campbell (7-3, 2-0 Big South) in a battle between two of the four remaining unbeaten teams in Big South play, Saturday afternoon. Tipoff for the contest between the Lady Flames and Lady Camels is slated for 2 p.m. at the Vines Center.
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1) The winner of Saturday's game will own at least a share of the Big South lead. Campbell is the early conference leader at 2-0. Liberty is currently tied for second place with Coastal Carolina and Winthrop at 1-0.
2) Liberty will look to continue its string of recent success against Campbell. The Lady Flames are 5-0 versus the Lady Camels since Campbell rejoined the Big South prior to the 2011-12 season. Liberty has won those games by an average of 17 points each. Campbell has not defeated the Lady Flames since Nov. 29, 1999, which was Carey Green's third game as Liberty's head coach.
3) Campbell is just 1-3 away from home this year and will be playing only its second game outside of North Carolina in 2013-14. Meanwhile, Liberty is only 2-2 at home but has won back-to-back contests inside the Vines Center.
4) Saturday's matinee will be Liberty's 300th game inside the Vines Center. The Lady Flames have played very well at the facilty, going 237-62 (.793) there since playing their first Vines Center contest on Dec. 7, 1990.
5) Ashley Rininger will look to continue her stellar play for the Lady Flames. She was named Big South Player of the Week on Monday, earning the award for the second time this season. Rininger has posted seven double-doubles in 10 games this season.
Liberty vs. Campbell At a Glance
Series Record: Series tied, 12-12.
Current Streak: Liberty has won five consecutive meetings.
Series Record at Liberty: Liberty leads, 7-4.
Current Streak at Liberty: Liberty has won two consecutive meetings.
Last Meeting Overall: Liberty 70, Campbell 56 (March 9, 2013 at Coastal Carolina)
Last Meeting at Liberty: Liberty 65, Campbell 58 (Jan. 19, 2013)
Campbell's Last Series Victory: Campbell 64, Liberty 59 (Nov. 29, 1999 at Liberty)
Campbell's Last Series Victory at Liberty: Same
Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 342-115 (15th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Campbell: 5-1
Campbell Head Coach: Wanda Watkins
Overall Record (Seasons): 505-404 (33rd Season)
Record at Campbell (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 12-12
Notes and Anecdotes
• Liberty and Campbell are two of four remaining unbeaten teams in Big South Conference play. The Lady Camels own home victories over Radford and UNC Asheville, while the Lady Flames posted a home win over Radford in their conference opener.
• Campbell is 6-0 at home this season but only 1-3 away from Buies Creek.
• Saturday's game will be only the second time that the Lady Camels have played outside North Carolina in 2013-14. Campbell has had six home games thus far, along with road tilts at North Carolina Central and Wake Forest.
• Liberty is 5-0 against Campbell since the Lady Camels rejoined the Big South Conference prior to the 2011-12 season, winning the five contests by an average of 17.0 points per game.
• Campbell is seeking its first win over Liberty since Nov. 29, 1999, which was Carey Green's third game as the Lady Flames' head coach.
• Campbell's strong start has been fueled by defense and three-point shooting. The Lady Camels lead the conference in field goal percentage defense (.350), three-point field goal percentage (.363) and three-pointers made per game (6.2).
• Campbell junior Kiera Gaines made the preseason all-conference team.
No. 300 at the Vines Center
Saturday's game will be the Lady Flames' 300th contest at the Vines Center. Liberty played its first game at the facility on Dec. 7, 1990 and has enjoyed considerable success there. The Lady Flames are 237-62 overall, 166-26 under head coach Carey Green, 147-26 against Big South opponents and 122-19 since the start of the 2003-04 season.
• Liberty has proven to be a resilient team during the early stages of the 2013-14 season, winning two games with impressive comebacks.
• On Nov. 30, the Lady Flames trailed Savannah State by as many as 21 points in the first half before rallying for an 89-79 win.
• Most recently, Liberty fell behind UNCW by nine points in the second half on Dec. 19. The Lady Flames then came back to record a 64-55 victory.
A Look Back at Liberty's 64-55 Win at UNCW
• Liberty won its fourth straight game on Dec. 19, recovering from a nine-point second-half deficit to defeat host UNCW, 64-55.
• The score was deadlocked at 52-52 with 3:44 remaining before Liberty went on a game-deciding 12-1 run. Ashley Rininger's layup at 3:23 gave the Lady Flames the lead for good.
• The game, designated as UNCW's "Seahawk Tomorrow" contest, drew a Trask Coliseum-record 5,421 fans.
• It was Liberty's final non-conference game of the 2013-14 regular season, and the Lady Flames moved to 4-5 in non-conference tilts.
• Liberty utilized its size advantage during the second-half comeback. After halftime, post players Rininger, Katelyn Adams and Catherine Kearney combined for 24 points and 15 rebounds. Liberty shot 53.6 percent (15-of-28) from the field in the second half, while enjoying sizeable advantages in rebounds (24-11) and points in the paint (28-10).
• The Lady Flames outrebounded their eighth straight opponent, 45-27, moving Liberty into first place in the nation for rebound margin (+16.9).
• Liberty equaled a season low with 15 turnovers.
• Rininger led all players in points (19) and rebounds (13), scoring 12 of her points after halftime. It was her seventh double-double of the season and the 10th of her career. She also moved into 47th place in program history with 321 career rebounds.
• Sadalia Ellis added 11 points, a game-high six assists and four rebounds for the Lady Flames.
• Simone Brown scored a career-high eight points, four of which came during the late 12-1 run.
• Freshman Emily Stotmeister made her collegiate debut during the matinee.
• Liberty's five sophomores (Katelyn Adams, Sadalia Ellis, Jaymee Fisher-Davis, Catherine Kearney and Ashley Rininger) are playing a key role for the Lady Flames during the early stages of the 2013-14 season.
• The sophomores are scoring 59.3 percent of Liberty's points thus far, averaging 40 points per game.
• The duo of Ashley Rininger and Sadalia Ellis is leading the way, as both players have improved significantly upon their numbers from 2012-13. Rininger is averaging a team-high 16.0 ppg this season, after scoring 6.9 ppg a year ago. She was named Big South Women's Basketball Player of the Week on Dec. 2 and 23. Meanwhile, Ellis is posting 9.0 ppg, after averaging 3.4 ppg with a season-high of 10 points as a freshman.
Liberty has won a season-best four games in a row. The following are a couple keys to the Lady Flames' recent success.
• Liberty is outrebounding opponents by 22.3 boards per game.
• The Lady Flames are averaging 17.0 turnovers per game, down from 24.8 per contest for the season's first six contests.
Back At It Again
Liberty is again excelling on the glass to start the 2013-14 season. The Lady Flames have outrebounded nine of 10 opponents and own a +16.9 rebound margin, which ranks No. 1 in the nation. During the last five games, Liberty owns a +22.3 rebounding edge.