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Big South co-leader Liberty (9-6, 5-1 Big South) will aim for its fourth straight win Saturday at 7 p.m. when Presbyterian College (3-12, 1-5 Big South) visits the Vines Center.
The "Starting Five" - Today's Top Storylines
1) Liberty will look to avenge one of its two Big South losses from the 2012-13 season. Presbyterian College notched a 51-49 victory at the Vines Center on Jan. 3, 2013 in the teams' only meeting of the season. It was PC's first-ever win over the Lady Flames in 10 tries.
2) Liberty has won three straight games and eight of its last nine contests, moving into a share of the Big South lead with Winthrop. The Lady Flames have also been victorious in four consecutive home games.
3) Conversely, Presbyterian College has lost nine straight road games dating back to last season. The Blue Hose have defeated just one NCAA Division I opponent (Radford on Jan. 4) this season.
4) The Lady Flames have played well offensively in Big South games this season, averaging 75.0 ppg and tallying 70 or more points in all six contests. Presbyterian College will try to clamp down Liberty's attack. The Blue Hose rank No. 4 nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 53.1 ppg in 2013-14.
5) Liberty's trio of redshirt sophomore post players (Katelyn Adams, Catherine Kearney and Ashley Rininger) will look to continue their stellar play in Big South contests. They are combining for 36.5 ppg and 28.5 rpg in conference play, and the three of them have totaled nine double-doubles in six Big South games.
Liberty vs. Presbyterian College At a Glance
Series Record: Liberty leads, 9-1.
Current Streak: Presbyterian College won the most recent meeting.
Series Record at Liberty: Liberty leads, 5-1.
Current Streak at Liberty: Presbyterian College won the most recent meeting.
Last Meeting Overall: PC 51, Liberty 49 (Jan. 3, 2013 at Liberty)
Last Meeting at Liberty: Same
Liberty's Last Series Victory: Liberty 69, PC 64 (Feb. 20, 2012 at PC)
Liberty's Last Series Victory at Home: Liberty 59, PC 39 (Jan. 21, 2012)
Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 346-116 (15th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Presbyterian College: 9-1
Presbyterian College Head Coach: Ronny Fisher
Overall Record (Seasons): 54-109 (Sixth Season)
Record at Presbyterian College (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 1-8
Notes and Anecdotes
• Presbyterian College was victorious in its only meeting with Liberty last season, recording a 51-49 win at the Vines Center on Jan. 3, 2013. The Lady Flames ended the game with an 11-0 run, but Devon Brown missed a layup at the buzzer and the Blue Hose claimed their first-ever victory over the Lady Flames. Emily Frazier led Liberty with a then career-high 16 points.
• PC's win over Liberty was part of the team's most successful season at the Division I level. The Blue Hose went 19-12 overall and tied for second in the Big South standings at 14-4. They wrapped up their season by playing in the WBI.
• Presbyterian College is known for its stout defense, as the Blue Hose currently rank No. 4 nationally for scoring defense. The Blue Hose are yielding just 53.1 ppg, and High Point's 75 points on Thursday made the Panthers just the third team to reach the 60-point mark against PC all season.
• Liberty has been held below 70 points in each of its last six meetings with PC. The Lady Flames' last 70-point output against the Blue Hose came in a 73-27 home win on Jan. 16, 2010.
• Despite Presbyterian College's strong defense, the Blue Hose are off to a slow start in 2013-14. They own just one win over a Division I opponent (Jan. 4 vs. Radford) and have lost nine straight road games dating back to last season.
The Big South's Big 3
The three tallest players on Liberty's roster--redshirt sophomores Catherine Kearney (6-6), Katelyn Adams (6-5) and Ashley Rininger (6-4)--have played a key role in the Lady Flames' 5-1 Big South record.
• The trio is combining for 36.5 ppg, 28.5 rpg and 4.3 bpg in conference play. Rininger is posting 16.5 ppg and 10.3 rpg, Adams is averaging 10.2 ppg and 9.7 rpg and Kearney is going for 9.8 ppg and 8.5 rpg.
• In Big South games, Rininger is second in the conference in rebounding, with Adams third and Kearney sixth.
• In six conference games, Rininger has notched four double-doubles, Kearney has three double-doubles and Adams has a pair of double-doubles.
A Look Back at Liberty's 72-40 Win Over Gardner-Webb
• In a battle between Big South co-leaders, Thursday evening at the Vines Center, Liberty held Gardner-Webb to a season-low scoring output in a 72-40 victory.
• The Lady Flames took control of the game during a 14:36 stretch of the first half when Gardner-Webb went without a made field goal.
• For the contest, the Runnin' Bulldogs shot just 21.2 percent from the field, 7.1 percent from three-point range and 50 percent from the foul line.
• Liberty recorded its third straight win and its eighth victory in its last nine games. The Lady Flames share the Big South lead with Winthrop at 5-1.
• In a battle between the Big South's two best rebounding teams, Liberty edged Gardner-Webb on the boards, 45-44. It was the 13th straight time that the Lady Flames outrebounded their opponent.
• Liberty also scored more points in the paint than its opponent for the 12th game in a row, finishing with a 36-16 advantage.
• Ashley Rininger recorded her third double-double in a row, her 10th of the season and the 13th of her career. She scored 14 of her game-high 22 points during the second half, grabbed 10 rebounds and tied a season high with three blocked shots. Rininger is the ninth different Lady Flame to post 10 or more double-doubles in a season.
• Katelyn Adams' second double-double of the season and the fourth of her career consisted of 15 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. She also tied her career high with three assists.
• Fellow post player Catherine Kearney chipped in nine points and six rebounds.
• Emily Frazier's nine points were her most in a game since Dec. 3. She also dished out a game-high four of Liberty's 17 assists.