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The Liberty Lady Flames (11-7, 5-0 Big South) continue their four-game homestand with a Monday evening contest against the only other Big South team with a winning overall record, Coastal Carolina (10-8, 2-3 Big South). Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Vines Center.
What to Watch
Liberty will attempt to extend a number of streaks Monday. The Lady Flames have won eight games in a row overall, 15 straight January contests, 29 straight matchups with Coastal Carolina and 35 consecutive January home games.
Liberty Head Coach Carey Green will be coaching his 300th career game, versus his alma mater. A victory would improve Green's career winning percentage to exactly 75 percent.
The game will pair two of the Big South's best defensive squads against one another. Liberty yields only 55.7 ppg, while Coastal Carolina allows just 56.2 ppg.
Lady Flames On The Air
All Lady Flames basketball games may be heard LIVE on WWMC 90.9 FM "The Light." Jamie Hall, celebrating his 15th year of broadcasting Lady Flames basketball, will once again be handling the courtside play-by-play duties for most road games. Josh Wood will serve as the commentator for home contests and will provide color analysis on the road.
Lady Flames On TV
For the sixth season in a row, the Flames Television Network (FTN) plans to broadcast all 12 home women's basketball games. FTN's regular announcing team will consist of Ray Jones on play-by-play and Jamie Hall on color.
Scouting Coastal Carolina
The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers got off to a strong start this season, winning six of their first seven games and earning Top 25 votes for several weeks. However, they have now gone just 1-3 in their last four outings and need a win Monday to even their Big South ledger at 3-3.
Coastal Carolina features three players who each average more than 10 points and six rebounds per contest, led by 6-0 junior forward Kendra Reynolds, a junior college transfer. She paces the team with 10.8 ppg and hauls in 6.7 rpg.
Sydnei Moss, a 5-10 sophomore guard/forward, chips in with 10.3 ppg and a team-high 6.8 rpg. Meanwhile, Amanda Stull, a 5-9 junior guard, is the only Chanticleer who has started every game this season. She is posting 10.1 ppg and 6.6 rpg.
The Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach Carey Green is in his 10th season with the Lady Flames, and has led his team to eight Big South titles. A four-time Big South Coach of the Year, Green owns a 224-75 career record and is the all-time wins leader at Liberty and among Big South women's basketball coaches. His career winning percentage (.749) ranked 10th among active NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches at the season's outset. Green, who will be coaching his 300th game Monday, is 21-0 all-time against his alma mater, Coastal Carolina.
Alan LeForce, in his 12th season at Coastal Carolina, owns a 169-158 career record with the Chanticleers. Coastal Carolina's season-opening win over Erskine on Nov. 14 was the 400th of LeForce's 26 seasons as a collegiate head coach. His overall record is 409-338. LeForce also coached the East Tennessee State men's basketball team for six seasons, prior to taking the reins at Coastal Carolina. He is 0-26 against Liberty.
Liberty-Coastal Carolina Series Notes
Liberty has won 29 consecutive games against Coastal Carolina, which is the eighth-longest active winning streak against a single opponent in NCAA Division I women's basketball. The run has increased the Lady Flames' lead in the teams' head-to-head series to 39-7.
Coastal Carolina's last victory over Liberty came on Feb. 19, 1996, at Kimbel Arena. Tina Boester totaled 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists, leading the Chanticleers to a 70-55 conference victory, which completed a season sweep of the Lady Flames. Angie McDaniel was the only Lady Flame to score in double figures, contributing 11 points and nine rebounds off the bench.
The Lady Flames won both games against Coastal Carolina convincingly a season ago. Liberty claimed a 71-44 decision at Coastal Carolina on Jan. 21, 2008, after holding the Chanticleers to 14 first-half points. Megan Frazee led the way for the Lady Flames, tallying 17 points and 13 rebounds.
A 33-5 run to start the second half highlighted Liberty's 76-39 home victory over Coastal Carolina, on Feb. 16, 2008. Rebecca Lightfoot led four Lady Flames in double figures, equaling her career high with 13 points. Amanda Stull's 10 markers made her the only Chanticleer to reach double digits.
New Year's Resolution
Liberty owns a 153-105 all-time record in January contests, after winning its first six contests of 2009. Head coach Carey Green has gone 69-8 with the Lady Flames during the year's opening month, including a 7-0 January last season.
The Lady Flames have won 35 straight home games during the month of January. Liberty has not lost a January contest at the Vines Center since Jan. 13, 2000, when Elon dealt the Lady Flames a 77-72 setback.
Liberty has won 15 consecutive January contests overall, since a 64-62 overtime loss at High Point on Jan. 20, 2007.
Welcome to the Club
Senior Moriah Frazee drained a pair of free throws with 14:56 remaining in the second half of Saturday's game against Charleston Southern. The foul shots gave Frazee 1,000 career points, making her the 12th player in program history to reach the milestone.
Frazee's sister Megan is also a member of the 1,000-point club, as are twin sisters Sarah and Sharon Wilkerson, who graduated in 2000. Liberty is the only NCAA Division I women's basketball program featuring multiple sets of sisters in the 1,000-point club.
Green's Perfect 300
Monday's game will be the 300th contest of Carey Green's coaching career at Liberty, and it will come against his alma mater, Coastal Carolina. A victory would boost Green's career winning percentage to exactly 75 percent.
Green has enjoyed coaching against the Chanticleers, going 21-0 all-time against them. Green's 100th career victory came at Coastal Carolina's expense, in a 69-58 decision at Kimbel Arena on Jan. 17, 2004.
Recipe For Success
Liberty has won eight consecutive games, and the following are a few keys the Lady Flames' success.
-- All eight opponents have been held below 60 points.
-- All eight opponents have shot below 40 percent from the field.
-- Liberty has outrebounded seven of eight opponents by 14 boards or more.
-- Megan Frazee has averaged 19.3 ppg and 9.5 rpg, since returning from an ankle injury which sidelined her for eight games.
-- Avery Warley has boosted her production to 8.9 ppg, 9.6 rpg and 1.8 bpg.
-- The Lady Flames' starting backcourt of Amber Mays and Rachel Hammond has posted 55 assists, 33 steals and only 31 turnovers.
Liberty has begun to find its outside shooting touch recently, sinking 22 triples and shooting 43.1 percent from beyond the three-point arc in the last three games.
Leading the way are two of the most prolific three-point shooters in program history. Megan Frazee, ranked ninth on Liberty's career list with 86 triples, has hit 11 of her last 20 from downtown.
Rachel Hammond, whose 60 career three-pointers put her 15th on the list, has connected on eight of her last 14 three-point attempts. Hammond tied a career high with four triples in Saturday's win over Charleston Southern. It was the first time a Lady Flame has hit a quartet of three-pointers this season.
Frazee Leading the Way
Megan Frazee paced the Lady Flames with 20 points during Saturday's victory against Charleston Southern. The senior guard/forward has now paced the team in scoring during all 10 games she has played during the 2008-09 campaign.
Dating back to last season, Frazee has led Liberty's scoring attack 18 consecutive times. The last time a different player paced the Lady Flames in points came during the team's home win over Coastal Carolina on Feb. 16, 2008. Rebecca Lightfoot's 13 points led the way versus the Chanticleers.
Turning Up the Heat in the Furnace
The 2008-09 campaign is the 17th season the Liberty University women's basketball team has called the Vines Center its full-time home. Liberty's first-ever contest at the Vines Center was an 86-74 loss to East Tennessee State, on Dec. 7, 1990, but the "Furnace" has served as a favorable venue for the Lady Flames over the years. Liberty is 182-51 (.781) all-time at the Vines Center, including 13-0 last season. The Lady Flames, 4-2 at the Vines Center in 2008-09, have 12 home games scheduled this season.
Nation's Longest Winning Streaks
Liberty has won eight games in a row, which is tied for the 12th-longest active winning streak among NCAA Division I women's basketball games, entering Monday's action.
The nation's longest current winning streak belongs to Auburn, which visited the Vines Center on Dec. 7. The unbeaten Tigers have won 20 consecutive games.
Reaching the Century Mark
Moriah Frazee made the 100th start of her career Saturday, making her the first Lady Flame with 100 starts since 2000 graduates Elena Kisseleva and Sharon Wilkerson.
The Container is Half Full
Liberty connected on 55.2 percent (32-of-58) of its field goal attempts versus Charleston Southern Saturday, shooting over 50 percent for the second time this season. The Lady Flames are 2-0 this year, when making more than half of their field goals.
The Lady Flames went 9-0 last season when shooting 50 percent or higher, and Liberty is now 51-0 in such contests under head coach Carey Green.
A Boost from the Bench
Liberty's bench was a short one for a good portion of the year, as the Lady Flames battled the injury bug. Since Rebecca Lightfoot returned from injury, though, the bench has played a key role in the Lady Flames' success.
Liberty's bench has outscored its opponent's bench in four of the five games since Lightfoot's return, helping the Lady Flames win each of those contests. This season, Liberty is 7-2 when its reserves score more points than the opponents' bench performers.
Clamping Down on Defense
The Lady Flames have held 69 consecutive opponents under 50 percent field goal shooting. The last Liberty foe to sink more than half of its field goal attempts was Marist, at the Maryland Terrapin Classic on Dec. 29, 2006.
Liberty is off to a good start defensively in 2008-09. Thirteen of the Lady Flames' first 18 opponents, including the last eight in a row, have shot below 40 percent from the floor. Liberty leads the Big South with a .355 opponents field goal percentage.
The Lady Flames are 11-2 this season when their opponents shoot under 40 percent from the field, but 0-5 when their foes make at least 40 percent of their field goal tries.
Climbing the Big South Rebounding Ladder
Megan Frazee's game-high nine rebounds versus Charleston Southern made her the 10th player in Big South Conference history to pull down 800 career boards.
Frazee will pass Tammy Brown of Campbell, a 1991 graduate, for ninth place on the Big South career rebounding list with nine more rebounds.