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The Liberty Lady Flames (22-2, 7-0 Big South) will play their next-to-last home game of the 2007-08 season Monday at 7 p.m., when Charleston Southern (7-18, 2-6 Big South) visits the Vines Center. Liberty will attempt to extend several streaks. The Lady Flames have won 11-straight home games, 11-consecutive contests overall and 21-straight meetings against the Lady Buccaneers.
The Last Time Out
Liberty held Coastal Carolina without a field goal for a 14-minute stretch of the second half, Saturday evening at the Vines Center, paving the way for a 33-5, half-opening surge. The Lady Flames went on to claim their seventh-consecutive double-digit victory against a conference foe and their 29th-straight win over the Chanticleers, 76-39. Liberty's Rebecca Lightfoot led all scorers with 13 points, matching a career high. Triplets Megan, Moriah and Molly Frazee added 12, 12 and 11 tallies, respectively.
Lady Flames On The Air
All Lady Flames basketball games can be heard LIVE on WWMC 90.9 FM "The Light." Jamie Hall, who is celebrating his 14th year of broadcasting Lady Flames basketball, will once again be handling the courtside play-by-play duties for most road games. Due to Hall's television responsibilities, Jerod Brooks will serve as the primary commentator for home games.
Lady Flames On TV
For the fifth year in a row, the Flames Television Network (FTN) plans to broadcast all 13 home women's basketball games. FTN's regular announcing team consists of Ray Jones on play-by-play and Jamie Hall on color.
Scouting Charleston Southern
Charleston Southern played the role of spoiler during the early stages of the Big South season, defeating preseason conference favorite Radford and 2006-07 Big South Champion UNC Asheville. The Big South victories were part of a 4-2 stretch for the Lady Buccaneers, following a bus fire on their way home from a Jan. 8 game at Furman.
The Lady Buccaneers have struggled recently, though, and enter the Vines Center on a four-game losing streak. CSU is just 1-12 on the road this season, with its lone triumph coming at College of Charleston on Nov. 29.
Pam Tolbert, a 5-8 junior guard, has continued to score at a consistent pace through it all. The second-leading scorer in the Big South Conference at 16.7 ppg, Tolbert has scored 10 or more points in 12-straight contests.
Six different Lady Buccaneers have led the team in scoring this season. Most recently, Whitney Wiley, a 5-9 freshman guard, paced the squad with a career-best 17 points at Radford on Saturday.
The Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach Carey Green is in his ninth season with the Lady Flames. He owns a 207-66 career record and is the all-time wins leader at Liberty and among Big South women's basketball coaches. His career winning percentage (.758) ranked 12th among active NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches at the beginning of the season. Green is 19-0 against Charleston Southern in his career.
Julie Goodenough is 17-38 in her second season as Charleston Southern's head coach. She is 218-133 during her 14-year head coaching career, which includes three seasons at Oklahoma State. She is 0-3 versus Liberty.
Liberty-Charleston Southern Series Notes
Liberty is 36-5 all-time versus Charleston Southern and has not lost to the Lady Buccaneers since Jan. 18, 1999. The Lady Flames have triumphed in the team's last 21 meetings, including all 19 under Carey Green's direction.
The Lady Flames claimed an 82-53 victory in Charleston on Jan. 19 in both teams' 2007-08 Big South openers. The win was the 200th of Green's head coaching career. Megan Frazee led all players in both points (24) and rebounds (9). Freshman Crystal Robinson came off the CSU bench to lead her squad with 16 points and five boards.
Charleston Southern's most recent victory in the head-to-head series came on Jan. 18, 1999, when the Lady Buccaneers recorded a 66-60 win over Liberty at the CSU Field House. Katie LaRue paced the victors with 14 points, while Sharon Wilkerson's school-record eight three-pointers and 26 points went for naught.
The last time CSU came away from the Vines Center with a victory was Jan. 20, 1996, by a 65-64 count.
Liberty in Big South Home Contests
After winning their first four home games against Big South foes this season, the Lady Flames are now 94-22 (.810) all-time in Big South Conference home games. Since Carey Green took over as head coach in 1999-2000, Liberty is 55-5 (.917) in conference contests at the Vines Center.
Liberty has posted a home conference record of .500 or better 16 times in 17 seasons as a Big South member. The only exception was a 2-5 home ledger in 1995-96.
Fabulous in February
Liberty has won 83 of its last 87 games played during the month of February, dating back to the 1997 Big South Championship. The only teams to defeat the Lady Flames during February since then are High Point (three times) and UNC Asheville (one time).
Liberty owns a 164-120 all-time mark during the year's second month, including a 64-4 record under Carey Green's direction. The Lady Flames, 6-2 in February a year ago, have seven February contests on the schedule in 2007-08. They have opened the month with a 4-0 record.
Nationally Ranked in Rebounding
Liberty has outrebounded 10-consecutive opponents and is now listed No. 7 nationally in rebounding margin (+10.0). The Lady Flames have ranked among the nation's top 10 squads in rebounding margin four-straight years.
Head coach Carey Green's team led the nation in rebounding margin in both 2003-04 and 2004-05 and was listed third in 2005-06. Last season, Liberty ended the year listed fifth in rebounding margin.
Out of the Gate Quickly
Liberty is 7-0 to open conference play for the fifth time in 17 seasons as a Big South member and for the first time since the 2004-05 campaign. The Lady Flames went on to win the Big South title on each of the previous four occasions.
The Lady Flames have been dominant in their first seven conference match-ups, outscoring opponents by an average margin of 73.3-49.9. Liberty is winning the battle of the boards, 44.4 to 29.0. The Lady Flames are additionally tallying 11.3 steals per contest.
A Recent Increase in Thefts
Liberty ranked at the bottom of the Big South Conference in steals for much of the season, tallying 10 or more steals only once in the season's first 17 games.
Recently, the Flames' defense has produced considerably more steals. Liberty has notched 12 or more steals in six of the last seven games, including a season-high 14 thefts against Presbyterian on Jan. 26.
Triple the Trouble
Liberty sports the only set of triplets currently playing for the same NCAA Division I women's basketball team--juniors Megan, Molly and Moriah Frazee. Through 24 games, the Frazees are averaging 38.3 points and 19.4 rebounds per outing, good for 53.2 percent of the Lady Flames' scoring output and 46.1 percent of the team's boards. Collectively, the Frazee triplets have totaled 2,497 career points and 1,329 career rebounds.
Megan, Molly and Moriah Frazee started together against Coastal Carolina on Feb. 9 for the fourth time this season and the 12th time in their career.
One of the Frazees has led Liberty in scoring in 22 of this season's first 24 games.
The Lady Flames are currently on an 11-game winning streak, as they have not dropped a decision since an 88-67 setback at North Carolina on Dec. 30.
Below are the Lady Flames' 10 longest winning skeins.
1) 28 games (Nov. 21, 1997 - Feb. 28, 1998)
2) 22 games (Dec. 21, 2002 - March 9, 2003)
3) 19 games (Jan. 6, 2004 - March 13, 2004)
4) 14 games (Jan. 28, 2006 - March 11, 2006)
5) 13 games (Jan. 24, 2002 - March 2, 2002)
6T) 12 games (Jan. 23,1999 - Feb. 27, 1999)
6T) 12 games (Jan. 15, 2005 - Feb. 21, 2005)
8T) 11 games (Jan. 5, 2008 - Feb. 16, 2008)
8T) 11 games (Feb. 3, 2000 - March 4, 2000)
10) 9 games (Nov. 23, 2007 - Dec. 21, 2007)
Most Wins in Program History
Liberty has recorded 10 20-win seasons, all of which have come in the last 12 years. The 1997-98 Lady Flames set a school record with 28 wins, finishing the campaign at 28-1. This year's team is tied for eighth on the program's single-season wins list.
Below are the winningest seasons in program history.
1) 28-1 (1997-98)
2T) 26-7 (2004-05)
2T) 26-4 (2002-03)
4T) 25-6 (2005-06)
4T) 25-7 (2003-04)
6T) 23-8 (2001-02)
6T) 23-8 (1999-2000)
8T) 22-2 (2007-08)
8T) 22-8 (1996-97)
10) 21-8 (1998-99)