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Lady Flames Aim for First-Ever Win Over Virginia Tech
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The Liberty Lady Flames (2-0, 0-0 Big South) and Virginia Tech Hokies (2-0, 0-0 ACC) will meet Monday evening at Cassell Coliseum, in a matchup of unbeaten in-state rivals. The Lady Flames are seeking their first-ever win over the Hokies, who have been victorious in all 13 previous head-to-head contests.
The Last Time Out
Liberty used a late 10-0 run to pull out a narrow, 68-64 win at North Carolina, Friday evening at the Corbett Sports Center. Megan Frazee notched her first double-double of the season, leading all players in both points (16) and rebounds (10). Courtney Watkins chipped in with a career-best 15 points, five boards and five assists, helping to spoil the Aggies' home opener.
Scouting Virginia Tech
Two starters are back from Virginia Tech's 2006-07 squad, which won 19 games and reached the "Sweet 16" of the Women's NIT Tournament. The Hokies were picked to finish ninth in the ACC prior to the 2007-08 season.
Virginia Tech has opened the year with a pair of home wins, and the Hokies have defeated their two opponents by an average of 31.5 ppg. Virginia Tech routed Big South foe High Point, 103-64, in its first game on Nov. 11. The Hokies have received stellar guard play thus far, headed by 6-0 junior Brittany Cook, averaging 20.5 ppg and 6.0 rpg. Andrea Barbour, a 5-10 freshman, is next with 17.5 ppg, while 5-10 junior point guard Laura Haskins is contributing 7.0 apg and 4.0 spg.
The Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach Carey Green is in his ninth season with the Lady Flames. He owns a 187-64 career record and is the all-time wins leader at Liberty and among Big South women's basketball coaches. His career winning percentage (.745) ranked 12th among active NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches at the beginning of the season.
Beth Dunkenberger is 59-37 in her fourth year at Virginia Tech. She is 124-87 overall, in eight seasons as a collegiate head coach. Dunkenberger coached Western Carolina for four years, before taking over at Virginia Tech.
All-Time Series Record
Virginia Tech leads, 13-0
2/16/82 A L 44-77
2/28/83 H L 74-78
1/8/90 A L 54-80
2/4/90 H L 56-77
11/13/98 H L 55-69
11/15/99 A L 45-60
11/17/00 A L 51-72
12/8/01 H L 40-56
12/14/02 H L 50-53
1/2/04 A L 45-52
12/7/04 H L 55-66
12/10/05 A L 60-70
12/5/06 H L 52-55
Most Recent Matchup with Virginia Tech
Liberty nearly claimed its first win over Virginia Tech last season, before dropping a 55-52 decision to the Hokies on Dec. 5, 2006 at the Vines Center. The Lady Flames led by 10 points during the opening half and owned a 29-23 halftime edge. Virginia Tech sank six free throws during the final 2:13 of play and successfully staved off Liberty's comeback attempt.
Megan Frazee led the Lady Flames with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Molly Frazee chipped in with 11 points and a career-best nine boards. Britney Anderson set a new career high with 19 markers for the visiting Hokies. The attendance of 3,412 marked the eighth-largest single-game women's basketball attendance figure of all-time at the Vines Center.
Liberty Versus the ACC
The Lady Flames are 3-28 all-time against the current membership of the ACC, with two wins against Virginia and one victory over Wake Forest to their credit. Last season, Liberty was 1-1 against ACC foes, as the Lady Flames claimed a 75-71 win at Virginia on Nov. 20, 2006 and lost by a 55-52 count to Virginia Tech on Dec. 5, 2006. The victory over Virginia marked the first win by and opposing team at the Cavaliers' new home court, John Paul Jones Arena.
Liberty is scheduled to play a pair of ACC teams during the 2007-08 season. In addition to tonight's tilt at Virginia Tech, the Lady Flames will meet 2007 Final Four participant North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Dec. 30.
Starting Fast on the Road
The Lady Flames have won their first two road games of the season for only the fifth time in program history. Previous Liberty squads to accomplish the feat include the 1983-84, 1984-85, 1997-98 and 2006-07 units. Last season, the Lady Flames won their first three games away from the Vines Center, defeating George Mason, Virginia and Binghamton.
Liberty's Moriah Frazee and Allyson Fasnacht could both reach the 500-point plateau this evening. Frazee, tied for 45th on Liberty's all-time scoring list, needs three points, while Fasnacht, 47th on the career scoring list, is only six points away.
Contests Versus the Commonwealth
Tonight's contest will be the first of seven games Liberty is scheduled to play against Virginia universities this season. In addition to Virginia Tech, the Lady Flames will face George Mason, James Madison, Radford (twice) Richmond and Virginia Union.
Last season, the Lady Flames went 6-4 in matchups with in-state competition, after going 6-1 in such contests in 2005-06.