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Liberty (7-6, 3-1 Big South) will wrap up its three-game Big South road swing on Saturday, when the Lady Flames travel to conference co-leader Coastal Carolina (8-5, 4-0 Big South). Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. inside The HTC Center.
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1) Saturday's matinee will match up the Big South's defending champion and preseason favorite (Liberty) with one of two remaining unbeaten teams in conference play (Coastal Carolina). The Chanticleers, who are off to a 4-0 start in Big South play for the first time in program history, share the league lead with Winthrop.
2) Liberty will look to continue its 40-game winning streak against Coastal Carolina, since the Chanticleers' most recent victory over the Lady Flames on Feb. 19, 1996. It is the second-longest active winning streak against a single opponent in all of NCAA Division I women's basketball.
3) Liberty will attempt to remain unbeaten inside The HTC Center. The Flames men's and women's basketball teams are a combined 8-0 at the facility and both captured Big South titles there in March.
4) The Lady Flames' redshirt sophomore post trio of Katelyn Adams, Catherine Kearney and Ashley Rininger will look to continue their stellar play. All three notched double-doubles on Thursday at Charleston Southern, and they are averaging a combined 37 points and 30.8 rebounds in conference play.
5) Liberty will shoot to slow down Coastal Carolina junior guard AJ Jordan, who ranks second in the Big South in scoring at 18.2 ppg, up from 9.6 ppg last season.
Liberty vs. Coastal Carolina At a Glance
Series Record: Liberty leads, 50-7.
Current Streak: Liberty has won 40 consecutive meetings.
Series Record at Coastal Carolina: Liberty leads, 22-3.
Current Streak at Coastal Carolina: Liberty has won 17 consecutive meetings.
Last Meeting Overall: Liberty 68, Coastal Carolina 31 (Feb. 28, 2013 at Liberty)
Last Meeting at Coastal Carolina: Liberty 76, Coastal Carolina 48 (Jan. 12, 2013)
Coastal Carolina's Last Series Victory: Coastal 70, Liberty 55 (Feb. 19, 1996 at CCU)
Coastal Carolina's Last Series Victory at Home: Same
Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 344-116 (15th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Coastal Carolina: 32-0
Coastal Carolina Head Coach: Jaida Williams
Overall Record (Seasons): 8-5 (First Season)
Record at Coastal Carolina (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 0-0
Notes and Anecdotes
• After being picked ninth in the Big South preseason poll, Coastal Carolina has been the conference's surprise team so far under first-year head coach Jaida Williams. The Chanticleers are off to a 4-0 start in Big South play for the first time in program history, putting them in a tie with Winthrop for first place in the conference standings.
• AJ Jordan, a 5-8 junior guard, has been Coastal Carolina's best player during a breakout season. She ranks second in the Big South in scoring (18.2 ppg) and tied for 10th in rebounding at 7.1 rpg. Jordan led the Chanticleers in scoring in both matchups with Liberty in 2012-13, averaging 11.5 ppg in the two games.
• Liberty has won 40 straight games in the head-to-head series against Coastal Carolina, marking the second-longest active winning streak against a single opponent in NCAA Division I women's basketball. (See additional details on the next page.)
• The Lady Flames have positive memories of The HTC Center. The last time they visited the facility, they captured the 2013 Big South Women's Basketball Championship title. The conference tournament will return to The HTC Center, March 4-9.
• The Liberty men's and women's basketball teams are a combined 8-0 at The HTC Center all-time, as each squad has gone 4-0 at the facility.
• Liberty head coach Carey Green is a 1979 graduate of Coastal Carolina.
Liberty has won 40 consecutive games against Coastal Carolina, which is the second-longest active winning streak against a single opponent in NCAA Division I women's basketball. Here is a look at the top four.
1) Stanford vs. Washington State - 55
2) Liberty vs. Coastal Carolina - 40
3T) Duke vs. Wake Forest - 39
3T) Tennessee vs. Alabama - 39
Note: Liberty freshman Simone Brown was about four months old the last time Coastal Carolina defeated Liberty, on Feb. 19, 1996.
Home Away From Home
Liberty has found The HTC Center to its liking during the facility's brief existence. The men's and women's basketball teams are a combined 8-0 there and both won titles at the 2013 Big South Basketball Championships in March.
Success in South Carolina
Liberty has played very well in South Carolina during Carey Green's 15 seasons as head coach, going 48-4 in contests played in the Palmetto State, including 1-0 in 2013-14.
Double-Double x 3
Liberty's redshirt sophomore trio of Ashley Rininger (27 points, 11 rebounds), Katelyn Adams (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Catherine Kearney (10 points, 13 rebounds) all recorded double-doubles on Thursday at Charleston Southern. It was the first time three Lady Flames had posted double-doubles in the same game since Feb. 4, 1986, when Harriett Blair, Sharon Freet and Malynda Keck did so against Randolph-Macon.
A Look Back at Liberty's 92-69 Win at Charleston Southern
• Liberty successfully bounced back from its Monday loss at High Point, setting a season high for points in its 92-69 victory at Charleston Southern on Thursday.
• Katelyn Adams, Catherine Kearney and Ashley Rininger all posted double-doubles, combining for 51 points, 34 rebounds and seven blocked shots. It was the first time since Feb. 4, 1986 that three Lady Flames had recorded double-doubles in the same game.
• Liberty finished with a season-high +31 rebound margin (54-23), while tallying 42 points in the paint, a season-best 34 second-chance points and a season-high eight blocked shots.
• The Lady Flames also connected on seven three-pointers, with four different players hitting triples.
• Ashley Rininger scored a game-high 27 points, to go along with 11 rebounds and three blocks. It was her third 20-point game of the season and eighth double-double of the year.
• Katelyn Adams' first double-double of the season and the third of her career consisted of 14 points and 10 rebounds.
• Catherine Kearney recorded her second double-double in a row and the third of her career with 10 points and career high-equaling totals in both rebounds (13) and blocked shots (3).
• Mickayla Sanders scored in double digits for the third straight game, ending up with 12 points and a career high-tying seven rebounds.
• Reagan Miller contributed nine points and a season-high five assists. She hit a pair of triples and is now tied with Elena Kisseleva for eighth place in program history with 103 three-pointers made.
• Liberty has still not lost back-to-back Big South games since Feb. 20 and 22, 1997.
• 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 58.2 percent of Liberty's points thus far, averaging 40.8 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 15.8 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 8.4 ppg, after averaging 3.4 ppg with a season-high of 10 points as a freshman.
Shortage of Losing Streaks
Liberty was able to bounce back from its 75-70 loss at High Point with a 92-69 victory at Charleston Southern. The Lady Flames have been very good at avoiding conference losing streaks in recent years.
• The Lady Flames have still not lost back-to-back Big South games (including regular-season and tournament tilts) since Feb. 20 and 22, 1997 (versus UNCG and Winthrop).
• Since then, Liberty has played 281 games against Big South opponents, capturing 15 conference titles during the span.