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WBB Game Day Central: High Point
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Liberty (12-7, 8-2 Big South) will play host to High Point (12-8, 8-3 Big South) Thursday at 7 p.m. in a battle for first place in the Big South standings.
The "Starting Five" - Today's Top Storylines
1) First place in the Big South standings will be at stake on Thursday at the Vines Center. Liberty is 8-2 in conference play, giving the Lady Flames a one-half game lead over High Point and Winthrop, which are tied for second place at 8-3. Winthrop will be in action at Charleston Southern on Thursday.
2) High Point was victorious in its first meeting with Liberty this season, taking a 75-70 victory at the Millis Center on Dec. 30. The Panthers will try to join 2006-07 High Point and 2009-10 Gardner-Webb as the only Big South teams to sweep the two-game regular-season series from Liberty during Carey Green's 15 seasons as head coach.
3) Liberty will aim for its first home win over High Point since a 58-57 victory on Feb. 5, 2011. The Panthers have triumphed in each of their last two visits to the Vines Center, becoming the first Big South team to do so since UNCG won four straight road games over Liberty between the 1993-94 and 1996-97 seasons.
4) Both teams bring winning streaks into Thursday's game. Liberty has won six straight home games overall and 11 straight home contests against Big South foes. Meanwhile, High Point is riding a season-long four-game winning streak.
5) High Point's Kaylah Keys and Liberty's Mickayla Sanders are two of the Big South's top freshmen this season. During the teams' first meeting this season, Keys led the Panthers with 19 points while Sanders' 16 points topped the Lady Flames.
Liberty vs. High Point At a Glance
Series Record: Liberty leads, 32-12.
Current Streak: High Point won the most recent meeting.
Series Record at Liberty: Liberty leads, 13-6.
Current Streak at Liberty: High Point has won two consecutive meetings.
Last Meeting Overall: High Point 75, Liberty 70 (Dec. 30, 2013 at High Point)
Last Meeting at Liberty: High Point 71, Liberty 63 (Jan. 17, 2013)
Liberty's Last Series Victory: Liberty 67, High Point 59 (Feb. 2, 2013 at High Point)
Liberty's Last Series Victory at Home: Liberty 58, High Point 57 (Feb. 5, 2011)
Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 349-117 (15th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. High Point: 28-9
High Point Head Coach: DeUnna Hendrix
Overall Record (Seasons): 29-21 (Second Season)
Record at High Point (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 2-1
Notes and Anecdotes
• The winner of Thursday's game will emerge with at least a share of the Big South Conference lead. Liberty enters the contest in first place at 8-2, with High Point and Winthrop tied for second place with matching 8-3 conference marks.
• After posting a 75-70 home win over the Lady Flames on Dec. 30, High Point will look to join the 2006-07 Panthers and the 2009-10 Gardner-Webb squad as the only Big South teams to sweep the two-game regular-season series from Liberty in Carey Green's 15 seasons as head coach.
• High Point has been victorious at the Vines Center in each of the last two seasons, becoming the first Big South team to post consecutive road victories over Liberty since UNCG did so four years in a row between 1993-94 and 1996-97.
• DeUnna Hendrix has experienced success against Liberty both as a player at Richmond (2-0 in 2003-04 and 2004-05) and as a head coach at High Point (2-1 during the last two seasons.
• Liberty is 6-1 in its last seven games, while High Point is on a season-high four-game winning streak.
• High Point freshman guard Kaylah Keys is averaging 20.2 ppg in Big South contests, including a game-high 19 points during the Panthers' 75-70 win over Liberty on Dec. 30.
Summarizing the Streaks
Liberty will look to extend a trio of winning streaks on Thursday. The Lady Flames have posted six straight home wins overall and 11 consecutive home victories against Big South opponents. Additionally, Liberty has won nine straight games on Thursday.
• High Point was the last Big South team to win at the Vines Center and the last squad to defeat the Lady Flames on a Thursday, achieving both feats with a 71-63 win on Jan. 17, 2013.
Liberty made 10 three-pointers in its most recent game, a 74-41 home win over Longwood on Jan. 23, matching its season high and falling just two shy of the program single-game record of 12 triples. The Lady Flames have now hit 106 triples this season and are on pace to break the Liberty single-season record of 173 three-pointers, set in 2012-13.
A Look Back at Liberty's 74-41 Victory Over Longwood
• Liberty successfully bounced back from its loss at UNC Asheville, leading from start to finish in a 74-41 home win over Longwood, Jan. 23 at the Vines Center.
• It was Liberty's sixth straight home win and 10th consecutive victory over Longwood.
• The Lady Flames have still not lost back-to-back games against Big South foes since Feb. 20 and 22, 1997.
• The Lady Flames tied a season high with 10 made three-pointers, falling just one shy of the Vines Center record and two short of the program single-game record.
• Liberty held Longwood to a season-low scoring output (41 points), including just 15 points in the second half. The Lancers shot only 24.5 percent (12-of-49) from the field for the game.
• Liberty outrebounded its 17th straight opponent, 51-27, and also owned significant advantages in points in the paint (28-8) and second-chance points (16-0).
• The Lady Flames' 34 bench points were a season high.
• Jaymee Fisher-Davis headlined Liberty's bench bunch, tying for game-high honors with a career-best 16 points. Fisher-Davis made four triples and more than doubled her previous career high of seven points.
• Mickayla Sanders added 16 points of her own, falling just one marker shy of her career high. Sanders hit three triples and has now made at least one three-pointer in each of her last 12 appearances.
• Ashley Rininger finished with nine points and eight rebounds, becoming the 40th Lady Flame ever to grab 400 career boards.
• Katelyn Adams collected a game-high nine rebounds, going over 300 for her career.
• Moriah Begin scored the first four points of her Liberty career.
• Liberty's five sophomores (Katelyn Adams, Sadalia Ellis, Jaymee Fisher-Davis, Catherine Kearney and Ashley Rininger) are playing an important role for the Lady Flames during the 2013-14 season.
• The sophomores are scoring 56.1 percent of Liberty's points thus far, averaging 39.7 points per game.
• Ashley Rininger is leading the way, having improved significantly upon her numbers from 2012-13. She is averaging a team-high 16.3 ppg this season, after scoring 6.9 ppg a year ago. Rininger was named Big South Women's Basketball Player of the Week on Dec. 2 and 23.
Domain of Defense
Liberty has played well at the Vines Center this season, going 6-2 at home. Defense has been a big reason for the Lady Flames' home success. Opponents are shooting just 29.9 percent from the field and 26.7 percent from three-point range while averaging 52.8 ppg.
Among the Nation's Elite
At +16.1, Liberty leads the nation in rebound margin, while ranking No. 24 in field goal percentage (.355) and No. 47 in free throw percentage (.738). Individually, Ashley Rininger is tied for No. 13 nationally with 12 double-doubles, while ranking No. 27 in field goal percentage (.560) and No. 43 in rebounding (9.9 rpg).