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Liberty, Asheville Set for Sunday Matinee
Due to an impending snowstorm in the Asheville area, the Liberty women's basketball team (7-7, 2-0 Big South) will return to the court just 20 hours after its Saturday victory at Presbyterian College wrapped up. The Lady Flames will play at UNC Asheville (7-6, 0-2 Big South) Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Justice Center.
Both teams were in action on Saturday. The Lady Flames extended their season-best winning streak to three with a 51-40 win at Presbyterian College. Meanwhile, UNC Asheville lost its second consecutive home conference tilt, 94-75 to High Point.
Liberty is 40-7 all-time against UNC Asheville, with wins in 30 of the last 31 meetings between the conference foes. The Lady Flames have been victorious the last 13 times they have faced the Bulldogs on their home court at the Justice Center. Today's meeting will mark Liberty's final visit to the Justice Center, with Asheville's brand-new Kimmel Arena slated to open next season.
High-scoring games have been common of late at the Justice Center, as High Point tallied 94 points on Saturday and Radford scored 81 points at Asheville on Monday. Last season, Liberty posted a 94-66 win at the Justice Center on Feb. 27, 2010, marking the most points the Lady Flames have ever scored in a Big South road contest.
Conversely, points were at a premium during Saturday's Liberty at Presbyterian College matchup. However, the Lady Flames did put three players in double figures. Devon Brown led the way with 13 points, reaching double digits for the 28th time in her last 29 games. Avery Warley added 12 points and Jelena Antic chipped in 10 markers, with both Warley and Antic collecting a team-high seven rebounds.
Five UNC Asheville players scored 10 or more points on Saturday versus High Point, led by Breaira Barksdale's 16 points. On the season, Kendall Shepard (15.2 ppg), Lindsey Montgomery (14.9 ppg), Lindsey Thompson (14.1 ppg) and Kelli Riles (13.2 ppg) are all averaging double digits in the scoring column.
Rebounding will be a key to Sunday's matchup. Liberty paces the Big South Conference with a +9.9 rebound margin, led by Warley (8.3 rpg), Antic (6.3 rpg) and Tolu Omotola (6.0 rpg).
Meanwhile, UNC Asheville boasts the Big South's current leading rebounder in Riles (11.2 rpg) and the 2009-10 Big South leader in Montgomery (10.1 rpg).