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Lady Flames to Tip Off Homestand Saturday
Liberty (13-8, 7-1 Big South) will tip off the second half of Big South play and a three-game homestand Saturday at 7 p.m., when the Lady Flames play host to High Point (10-11, 4-4 Big South). Liberty will be aiming for a season sweep of the Panthers, after claiming a 68-60 win at the Millis Center in both teams' Big South opener on Jan. 3.
The Lady Flames will enter the contest winners of four straight games and nine of their last 10 outings. Liberty's recent hot streak has pulled the Lady Flames into a first-place tie with Radford in the Big South Conference standings, with matching 7-1 records.
Meanwhile, High Point has won three of its last four outings, boosting its Big South mark to 4-4. However, the Panthers did fall in their last game, dropping an 80-72 decision at Charleston Southern on Monday.
Liberty is 27-9 all-time against High Point, including four straight victories and eight wins in its last nine matchups versus the Panthers. The Lady Flames have won three straight meetings with High Point at the Vines Center.
The Lady Flames were aided by strong performances by each member of the starting five during this year's first matchup against High Point. Devon Brown led all players with 17 points, while Avery Warley posted a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds. Jelena Antic (12 points, 9 rebounds) and Tolu Omotola (9 points, 12 rebounds) narrowly missed double-doubles of their own, while Emily Frazier distributed a career-high eight assists.
Jurica Hargraves paced High Point with 13 points that evening, including three triples. One of five seniors on the Panthers' roster, Hargraves has now tallied 25 career three-pointers against the Lady Flames.
Liberty sophomore Antic played arguably the best game of her career Monday at Gardner-Webb, helping the Lady Flames record a 68-56 victory over the defending Big South regular-season champion. She scored 16 of her career-high 22 points during the second half and ended the game shooting 6-of-8 from the field and 8-of-9 from the foul line.
Meanwhile, Cheyenne Parker is a player to watch for High Point. The 6-4 forward/center claimed the Big South Freshman of the Week award after posting 15 points and 14 rebounds at Charleston Southern. She is averaging nearly a double-double in conference play, with 9.5 ppg and 9.6 rpg.