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Liberty to Play at Coastal Carolina on Monday
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The Liberty Lady Flames (15-2, 1-0 Big South) will attempt to complete a 2-0 "Beach Trip" Monday at 7 p.m., when they visit Coastal Carolina (11-4, 0-1 Big South). Liberty, which is on a four-game winning streak, has recorded 27-consecutive triumphs against head coach Carey Green's alma mater. The Lady Flames are also 6-2 in road games this season.
The Last Time Out
Liberty scored 30 of the second half's first 39 points during Saturday evening's Big South opener at Charleston Southern, enabling the Lady Flames to cruise to an 82-53 victory. The win, Carey Green's 200th as a collegiate head coach, featured a quartet of Lady Flames who reached double digits in scoring. Megan Frazee led all players in both points (24) and rebounds (9), and the Lady Flames shot 53.4 percent from the floor.
Scouting Coastal Carolina
Monday's contest will match the two Big South teams with the highest overall winning percentages, as the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers have excelled despite losing 2006-07 Big South Player of the Year Alisha Dill to graduation. Coastal Carolina has played well at home (7-2 record at Kimbel Arena), utilized the three-point shot (ranking 37th nationally with 6.5 made triples per game) and played stifling defense (ranking fourth in the nation, allowing just 51.5 points per game).
Lacey Lyons, a 5-11 sophomore forward who made the 2006-07 Big South All-Freshman team, has stepped up as the team's leading scorer this season. She is averaging 13.8 ppg, many of which have come via three-pointers. Lyons ranks fifth in the nation with her 44 triples. Vicky Blanchard, a 5-9 senior guard, is second on the team in points (8.8 ppg) and leads the Chanticleers with 7.4 rpg.
Coastal Carolina will be in search of its first Big South win after dropping a 71-54 home decision to Radford, Saturday afternoon. The Highlanders forced 29 Chanticleer turnovers and limited Lyons to four points, which equaled a season-low. Sydnei Moss, a 5-10 freshman guard/forward, led Coastal Carolina with 13 points in just 14 minutes.
The Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach Carey Green is in his ninth season with the Lady Flames. He owns a 200-66 career record and is the all-time wins leader at Liberty and among Big South women's basketball coaches. His career winning percentage (.752) ranked 12th among active NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches at the beginning of the season. He is 19-0 against the Chanticleers in his coaching career.
Alan LeForce is 154-142 at Coastal Carolina, where he is in his 11th year as head coach. The 1998-99 Big South Coach of the Year is 394-322 in 26 seasons of collegiate head coaching.
Liberty-Coastal Carolina Series Notes
Liberty is 37-7 all-time versus Coastal Carolina and has won 27-straight meetings with the Chanticleers. Coastal Carolina's most recent victory in the teams' head-to-head series came on Feb. 19, 1996. The Chanticleers are one of three Big South teams (also Charleston Southern and Winthrop) Carey Green has never lost to.
The Lady Flames won a pair of contests against Coastal Carolina last season, by a combined six points (58-54 and 59-57). Megan Frazee averaged 22 points per game against the Chanticleers, while Alisha Dill tossed in 21.5 points per contest for Coastal Carolina. Frazee scored the final three points of Liberty's game-ending 8-0 run on Feb. 17, 2007 at the Vines Center, helping the Lady Flames claim a 59-57 squeaker.
Coastal Carolina's last triumph over Liberty was a 70-55 decision on Feb. 19, 1996 in Conway. Tina Boester led the way with 20 points, seven boards and three assists.
Liberty in Big South Openers
Liberty is now 12-5 all-time in Big South openers and has started off its conference schedule with a win eight-consecutive times, after Saturday's 82-53 victory at Charleston Southern. Carey Green is 8-1 in Big South lid-lifters, with the only loss coming in his very first Big South tilt, Jan. 13, 2000 against Elon. The Phoenix handed Liberty a 77-72 defeat at the Vines Center in the contest.
Liberty has started its conference slate on the road on 10 occasions. The Lady Flames are 7-3 in such contests, a record which includes six-straight victories.
Green's Milestone Win
Liberty Head Coach Carey Green reached a coaching milestone on Saturday, as the Lady Flames' 82-53 triumph at Charleston Southern was No. 200 of his nine-year career. He became the first Big South women's basketball coach to reach 200 wins and fittingly, his milestone came against a Big South foe. Green has posted 124 of his victories (over 60 percent) against conference opposition.
Green's 100th win also came during the "Beach Trip," on Jan. 17, 2004 at Coastal Carolina. Liberty's head coach notched a 69-58 win over his alma mater, aided by 25 points and 11 rebounds from Katie Feenstra.
Liberty and Winning Seasons
The Lady Flames have posted 11-consecutive winning seasons and 15 total winning seasons in their 32 years of competition. Liberty has posted 12 records of above .500 in its 19 seasons as a NCAA Division I program. Liberty needs one more victory to clinch its 12th-straight winning season, as the Lady Flames are currently 15-2.
At Home on the Road
Liberty has only played six home games out of its first 17 contests of the season. However, the Lady Flames have not minded life on the road, as evidenced by their 6-2 road ledger. Liberty opened the year with consecutive road triumphs and later claimed tournament championships with victories at Xavier (Nov. 25) and UNLV (Dec. 21).
Liberty is 75-35 in road games under Green's guidance, winning at a .682 rate. The Lady Flames have posted six-straight winning seasons on the road.