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December 14, 2010
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Danika Dale scored a career-high 15 points during Liberty's last meeting with North Carolina Central, Feb. 4, 2010 at the Vines Center.

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The Game

Liberty (3-5, 0-0 Big South) will attempt to claim its first road victory of the season Saturday at 2 p.m., when the Lady Flames make their first-ever trip to North Carolina Central (1-8). Liberty's first game in 13 days will mark just the second meeting between the Lady Flames and the Lady Eagles. Liberty defeated North Carolina Central by a 64-44 count Feb. 4, 2010 at the Vines Center. The Lady Flames have won 29 straight games against current members of the MEAC.

Last Time Out
Liberty trimmed an 11-point deficit to two within the last four minutes of its game at James Madison on Dec. 5. However, the Dukes hung on for a 54-51 victory in the Commonwealth clash, despite playing without leading scorer Dawn Evans. Devon Brown made a successful 2010-11 season debut for the Lady Flames, tallying 14 points in just 17 minutes of action.

A Look Ahead
Liberty will play its final game before Christmas Tuesday at VCU. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Verizon Wireless Arena. It will be the 32nd all-time meeting between the Lady Flames and the Rams, but this is Liberty's first contest at VCU since Nov. 24, 2002. VCU owns a 22-9 lead in the head-to-head series. However, the Lady Flames have been victorious in four of the last six matchups.

Lady Flames On The Air
All Lady Flames basketball games may be heard LIVE on WWMC 90.9 FM "The Light." Jamie Hall, in his 17th year of broadcasting Lady Flames basketball, will handle the courtside play-by-play duties for all games.

Basketball Blog Debuts
For the first time, LibertyFlames.com will provide live blog coverage of a women's basketball game, this Saturday at North Carolina Central. Utilizing the interactive CoverItLive interface previously used during LibertyFlames.com's track & field meet coverage, the blog will provide updates throughout Saturday's game and promote audience interaction. The blog will be activated at approximately 1:30 p.m. Saturday on LibertyFlames.com.

Scouting North Carolina Central
North Carolina Central, in its fourth year transition to the NCAA Division I level like Big South Conference member Presbyterian College, is 1-8 to start the 2010-11 season. The Lady Eagles have already played three Big South opponents this year, defeating Presbyterian College by a 43-38 score and dropping decisions to both Gardner-Webb (62-54) and Winthrop (62-60). Their most recent contest was a 67-61 Tuesday loss at Campbell, who will join the Big South Conference in 2011-12.

Jori Nwachukwu, a 6-0 redshirt senior forward/center, has made a successful return to the court after redshirting the 2009-10 campaign. She paces the Lady Eagles in both points (14.8 ppg) and rebounds (8.8 rpg).

Chasidy Williams, a 6-0 redshirt sophomore guard/forward, chips in 11.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg and a team-high 2.3 spg for North Carolina Central. Like Nwachukwu, she was redshirted last season.

The Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach Carey Green is in his 12th season with the Lady Flames, and has led his team to 10 Big South titles. A five-time Big South Coach of the Year, Green owns a 267-88 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 10th all-time among NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches at the season's outset. Green is 1-0 all-time versus North Carolina Central.

Joli D. Robinson owns a 209-198 record in her 15th season as North Carolina Central's head coach. Robinson was a three-time CIAA Coach of the Year and led the Lady Eagles to four NCAA Tournament appearances when her team played at the NCAA Division II level. The winningest coach in program history, Robinson is 0-1 against Liberty.

Liberty-North Carolina Central Series Notes
Liberty is 1-0 all-time against North Carolina Central. Saturday's contest will mark the first time the two teams have squared off in Durham.

Last season, the Lady Flames defeated the Lady Eagles, 64-44. The first-ever matchup between the two programs was played on Feb. 4, 2010 at the Vines Center. Avery Warley led all players in both points (16) and rebounds (11), while Danika Dale chipped in a career-high 15 points for Liberty. Joanna Miller was North Carolina Central's top scorer, finishing with 14 points.

Liberty Versus the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)
Liberty is 31-19 all-time versus the current MEAC membership, and the Lady Flames have won 29 consecutive games against the teams currently comprising the conference. North Carolina A&T was the last MEAC squad to beat the Lady Flames, edging Liberty, 44-43, on Feb. 15, 1996.

Liberty is 3-1 all-time against Bethune-Cookman, 5-11 against Hampton, 3-3 against Maryland-Eastern Shore, 1-0 against Morgan State, 7-0 against Norfolk State, 7-3 against North Carolina A&T, 1-0 against North Carolina Central and 4-1 against South Carolina State.

All-Time Record in December
The Lady Flames are 80-105 all-time in December contests, including 36-36 under head coach Carey Green. Last season, Liberty went 2-3 during the calendar year's final month.

This will be the second straight season that the Lady Flames will play only five December contests, and all five games will take place away from Lynchburg. Liberty is 0-1 to start out the month.

Taking on the Tar Heel State
Saturday's game will be Liberty's first of seven scheduled contests against North Carolina-based opponents this season. The Lady Flames will also meet Big South foes Gardner-Webb (Jan. 31 and Feb. 12), High Point (Jan. 3 and Feb. 5) and UNC Asheville (Jan. 10 and March 4) twice each.

After Saturday, Liberty will have played just as many games (three) within the Raleigh/Durham metropolitan area as the Lady Flames have played at the Vines Center thus far in 2010-11. Liberty opened the season with a pair of contests at the Sheraton Raleigh Wolfpack Invitational in Raleigh, N.C.

Pack Your Bags
Liberty's next home game is not until Jan. 17, when the Lady Flames return to the Vines Center for a Big South Conference matchup against Radford. Before then, the Lady Flames will play nine consecutive games away from home, marking the squad's longest road swing since a 10-game trip during the 1991-92 season.

The lengthy road trip will include games in four different states (Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia). During the string of road contests, the Lady Flames will travel over 2,000 miles by bus.

Additionally, the Liberty men's basketball team is playing nearly half of its home schedule during the Lady Flames' time away from the Vines Center. The Flames have seven home games between Dec. 2 and Jan. 8.

Seeking to Recapture Road Success
Liberty is in search of its first win away from the Vines Center this season, as the Lady Flames are 0-3 in road games and 0-2 in neutral-site contests.

The Lady Flames have been a strong road team in recent years. In the last three seasons, Liberty went 43-15 in games played away from the Vines Center.

Home Sweet Home
Perhaps no current Liberty player enjoys home games at the Vines Center more than sophomore guard/forward Jelena Antic. She is averaging 11.1 ppg during 14 career home games, as opposed to 7.0 ppg in 17 contests away from Lynchburg.

Slow Starts, Fast Finishes
This is the third time in Carey Green's 12 seasons as head coach that the Lady Flames have started 3-5 or worse in their first eight games of the season. The first two times it happened, Liberty went on to win the Big South Conference title.

In 2000-01, the Lady Flames were 2-6 at this juncture, part of a 2-9 start to the season. Liberty finished the year 18-12.

The 2008-09 campaign also saw Liberty start 2-6 through eight games. The Lady Flames were 3-7, before winning 21 of their next 22 games and wrapping up the year at 24-9.

Tough Time in Tight Contests
Three of the Lady Flames' five defeats this season have come by a combined 11 points, and Liberty is 0-3 in games decided by five points or fewer. Last season, Liberty was 2-2 in such games, with one of those wins coming against Gardner-Webb in the Big South Championship title contest, 68-66.

Speed Limit 55
Liberty is 3-0 this season when scoring 55 points or more in a game.

Bouncing Back from the Break
Saturday's game will be the Lady Flames' first contest in 13 days. Liberty also had a 13-day gap between its games against Auburn and Cornell last season. The Lady Flames came back from the extended break to post a 70-40 win over the Big Red.

Warley Wins Her Third
Avery Warley was honored as Big South Player of the Week on Dec. 7. It was her first award this season and the third of her career. The redshirt junior center captured a pair of Big South Player of the Week distinctions last season.

Welcome Back
Redshirt sophomore guard/forward Devon Brown, the Big South Preseason Player of the Year, returned from a knee injury to make her 2010-11 season debut Dec. 5 at James Madison. She had missed the year's first seven games, but made an immediate impact versus the Dukes. Brown scored 14 points in just 17 minutes of action, tying her career highs for both free throws made (8) and attempted (9).

Lack of Overtime
Since a 64-62 overtime setback at High Point on Jan. 20, 2007, the Lady Flames have played 119 consecutive games without needing extra time. No current Lady Flame has played an overtime contest in college. By way of comparison, the Liberty men's basketball team has played seven overtime games since the Lady Flames' last overtime action.

The Lady Flames' most recent overtime victory came on Jan. 6, 2004, when Liberty defeated American, 76-72, on the road in double overtime.

Liberty's most recent overtime contest at the Vines Center was a memorable one. The Lady Flames defeated Virginia, 77-69, in overtime on Nov. 26, 2002, to claim their first-ever win over the Cavaliers. It also marked Liberty's first win over a ranked opponent, as Virginia entered the game with a No. 23 national ranking.

Nearing a Milestone
With four more rebounds, redshirt junior center Avery Warley will become only the seventh Lady Flame ever to post more than 700 points and 600 rebounds in her career.

The exclusive club includes Katie Feenstra, Megan Frazee, Moriah Frazee, Elena Kisseleva, Sharon Snodgrass and Sharon Wilkerson.

Finding Her Free Throw Touch
Avery Warley has displayed marked improvement at the free throw line during her career. After shooting just 51.9 percent as a freshman, she boosted her percentage to 56.4 last season. So far in 2010-11, Warley is connecting on 73.9 percent of her tries from the charity stripe.

Clutch Shooters
During the last five minutes of Liberty's four closest games this season, Emily Frazier is 5-of-6 from the foul line, while Avery Warley is 4-of-4 and Devon Brown is 2-of-2.

Benefitting Both Players
After the season's first three games, Emily Frazier replaced Dymond Morgan as the Lady Flames' starting point guard. The move has paid off statistically for both players.

Frazier is scoring 7.0 ppg as a starter, as compared with 2.6 ppg as a reserve. She is shooting 50.0 percent from the floor and 62.5 percent from three-pointe range as a starter.

Meanwhile, Morgan is averaging 7.6 ppg coming off the bench, after posting 2.7 ppg in a starting role. Her steals have also gone up in her new role, from 1.0 spg to 1.8 spg.