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Liberty (14-9, 10-4 Big South) will begin its next-to-last road trip of the regular season Thursday at 7 p.m. with a contest at Presbyterian College (7-17, 5-10 Big South). The Lady Flames will attempt to complete a regular-season sweep of the Blue Hose.
The "Starting Five" - Today's Top Storylines
1) Liberty posted a 59-51 victory over Presbyterian College at the Vines Center on Jan. 11, improving to 10-1 all-time against the Blue Hose. The Lady Flames have won all four of their contests at the Templeton Center but have not played at the facility since Feb. 20, 2012.
2) Presbyterian College is playing its best basketball of the season, having won three of its last four games. The Blue Hose won back-to-back road games over Radford and Longwood last week, halting a 12-game road losing streak.
3) PC is ranked No. 4 nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 54.0 ppg this season. Meanwhile, Liberty has gotten back on track after a two-game losing skid with a staunch defensive effort. The Lady Flames held Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern to an average of 45.5 ppg last week.
4) Liberty has played well in South Carolina during Carey Green's 15 seasons as head coach, going 50-4 in the Palmetto State, including 3-0 this season. Thursday's game will be the Lady Flames' final South Carolina tilt before the Big South Championship.
5) Emily Frazier has scored in double digits in each of her last two games and is aiming for her first-ever streak of three straight contests in double figures. Frazier has tallied 16 points in each of her last two meetings with the Blue Hose.
Liberty vs. Presbyterian College At a Glance
Series Record: Liberty leads, 10-1.
Current Streak: Liberty won the most recent meeting.
Series Record at PC: Liberty leads, 4-0.
Current Streak at PC: Liberty has won all four meetings.
Last Meeting Overall: Liberty 59, PC 51 (Jan. 11, 2014 at Liberty)
Last Meeting at PC: Liberty 69, PC 64 (Feb. 20, 2012)
PC's Last Series Victory: PC 51, Liberty 49 (Jan. 3, 2013 at Liberty)
PC's Last Series Victory at Home: None
Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 351-119 (15th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Presbyterian College: 10-1
Presbyterian College Head Coach: Ronny Fisher
Overall Record (Seasons): 58-114 (Sixth Season)
Record at Presbyterian College (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 1-9
Notes and Anecdotes
• Liberty will attempt to complete a regular-season sweep of Presbyterian College after notching a 59-51 home victory over the Blue Hose on Jan. 11. Ashley Rininger (18 points) and Emily Frazier (16 points) helped the Lady Flames offset a career-high 24-point outburst by PC's Karlee Taylor.
• Thursday's game will be Liberty's first contest at Presbyterian College since Feb. 20, 2012. The Lady Flames are 4-0 all-time at the Templeton Center.
• Presbyterian College has won three of its last four games, including back-to-back road wins over Radford and Longwood last week.
• PC is just 7-17, but 10 of its 17 setbacks have come by single digits. Additionally, four of the last five meetings between the Lady Flames and Blue Hose have been decided by fewer than 10 points.
• Presbyterian College ranks No. 4 nationally for scoring defense at latest report, allowing just 54.0 ppg. The Blue Hose have held nine straight opponents below the 70-point mark this season, and Liberty has not tallied 70 points in any of its last seven contests against PC.
• Senior guard Karlee Taylor is the second-leading scorer in PC's NCAA Division I history, with 1,074 career points.
Success in South Carolina
Liberty has played very well in South Carolina during Carey Green's 15 seasons as head coach, going 50-4 in contests played in the Palmetto State, including 3-0 in 2013-14.
• Thursday's game will be the Lady Flames' last contest in South Carolina before the 2014 Big South Women's Basketball Championship, set for March 4-9 at The HTC Center in Conway, S.C.
After a two-game losing skid, Liberty has gotten back on track by tightening up its defense. During its victories over Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern, the Lady Flames limited their opponents to 45.5 ppg, 29.2 percent field goal shooting and 21.4 percent from three-point range.
• Liberty has now held five opponents to fewer than 50 points this season. Thursday's opponent, Presbyterian College, has done so 10 times in 2013-14.
Continuing the Tradition
Saturday's victory over Charleston Southern was Liberty's 10th Big South win of the season. The Lady Flames have now recorded 10 or more Big South triumphs in all 15 of head coach Carey Green's seasons at Liberty, going 197-25 in conference play during that time.
• With two more victories, Liberty will clinch its 18th straight season with a winning record. The Lady Flames' last losing season was a 5-22 campaign in 1995-96.
Outlook for Overtime?
Liberty's last three road games (Winthrop-Jan. 16, UNC Asheville-Jan. 18 and Campbell-Feb. 1) have all gone to overtime.
A Look Back at Liberty's 66-45 Win Over Charleston Southern
• Liberty recorded its 20th straight home win in its head-to-head series with Charleston Southern, notching a 66-45 victory on "Play 4Kay" day, Saturday afternoon at the Vines Center.
• The Lady Flames held CSU to 24.5 percent (13-of-53) field goal shooting and limited the Big South leader in three-pointers to five triples.
• It was Liberty's 10th Big South win this season, making it 15 years in a row that the Lady Flames have recorded double-digit conference victories.
• Liberty outrebounded its 21st straight opponent, 51-28. The Lady Flames also outscored the Buccaneers in the paint (30-10) and on second-chance points (14-6).
• For the seventh game in a row, Liberty outscored its opponent in bench points, finishing with a 27-22 advantage.
• The Lady Flames got to the free throw line 31 times, making 24 of the attempts for 77.4 percent.
• Katelyn Adams recorded her fourth double-double of the season and the sixth of her career, including 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds (8 offensive). She has now scored in double figures in consecutive games for the first time in her career.
• Emily Frazier also scored in double digits for the second game in a row, finishing with 10 points and seven rebounds. She set career highs for free throws made (8) and attempted (9).
• Simone Brown matched her career high with 10 points and collected seven rebounds.
• Liberty's top two scorers on the season (Ashley Rininger and Mickayla Sanders) were held scoreless in the first half but combined for 15 second-half points.