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Lady Flames Set for Tuesday Clash at VCU
The Liberty women's basketball team (3-6, 0-0 Big South) will play its final game before Christmas Tuesday at 7 p.m., when the Lady Flames travel across the Commonwealth to face VCU (4-4, 0-0 CAA).
The Lady Flames will attempt to win their first road game of the season and snap a two-game losing streak. Meanwhile, the Rams hope to improve to 3-0 against Big South Conference opponents this season, after picking up wins over High Point and Winthrop.
Liberty has faced VCU more often than any other non-conference opponent in program history. The Rams own a 22-9 lead in the all-time head-to-head series, but Liberty is 4-2 versus VCU under head coach Carey Green.
The last time the two teams squared off, VCU posted a 59-57 victory at the Vines Center, Nov. 14, 2008 in the first round of the Preseason WNIT. Megan Frazee's 28 points and 11 rebounds helped Liberty come back from a 21-4 deficit, but Radoslava Bachvarova hit three free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining to give the Rams a victory.
For Liberty, Avery Warley is coming off of her third double-double of the season Saturday at North Carolina Central. The redshirt junior led the Lady Flames in both points (14) and rebounds (10), becoming just the seventh player in program history with over 700 points and 600 rebounds in her career.
Warley will have her hands full with VCU's 6-1 junior forward, Courtney Hurt. Hurt was tied for the national lead in rebounding and ranked third nationally in scoring at the latest report. She has posted at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in all eight of VCU's games this season and is averaging 25.5 ppg and 13.4 rpg.