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Liberty to Host Winthrop in Pink Zone Game

February 13, 2011
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Dymond Morgan scored 11 points the last time Winthrop visited the Vines Center, on Jan. 9, 2010.

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The Liberty (15-8, 9-1 Big South) women's basketball team will wrap up its three-game homestand Monday at 7 p.m., when it hosts Winthrop (11-11, 4-5 Big South). The contest at the Vines Center will be the Lady Flames' annual WBCA Pink Zone game, in support of breast cancer awareness.

The Big South-leading Lady Flames are currently riding a season-best six-game winning streak. Most recently, Liberty defeated Gardner-Webb by a 56-51 margin on Saturday, thanks in large part to a 65-34 rebounding advantage. Avery Warley (career-high 20 rebounds) and Jelena Antic (career-high 17 rebounds) spearheaded the Lady Flames' dominant effort on the glass.

Meanwhile, Winthrop won its second straight contest on Saturday, recording a 64-48 triumph at Coastal Carolina. Ashley Cox led the way with a career-high 16 points for the Lady Eagles.

Liberty and Winthrop have a couple of things in common. First, they have both played better on the road than at home for much of the season. Liberty's scoring margin in Big South road games is +17.0, as compared with +3.6 at home. Meanwhile, Winthrop is 5-3 away from home, but just 6-8 inside the Winthrop Coliseum.

Additionally, both squads are staunch defensive outfits. The Lady Flames rank second in the Big South for both scoring defense (55.0 ppg) and field goal percentage defense (.357). The Lady Eagles top the Big South in field goal percentage defense (.348) and sit third in scoring defense (55.6 ppg).

Liberty is 40-7 all-time versus Winthrop, including six straight victories over the Lady Eagles. Liberty has won 31 of its last 32 meetings with the Eagles and 18 straight contests against Winthrop at the Vines Center.

Liberty has held Winthrop to 59 or fewer points in the teams' last 22 meetings. The last time the Lady Eagles scored 60 points against Liberty was Jan. 19, 2002, when the Lady Flames notched a 74-64 victory at Winthrop. The Lady Eagles are averaging only 35.8 ppg the last five times they have faced Liberty.

A stifling defensive effort highlighted Liberty's 70-33 win at Winthrop on Jan. 29. The Lady Flames held their hosts to 27.5 percent field goal shooting and held the Lady Eagles' top three scorers (Dequesha McClanahan, Kaitlyn Rubino and Lacey Lyons) scoreless. Devon Brown tallied a team-high 15 points for Liberty.

Individually, Warley continues to rack up double-doubles for the Lady Flames. Her effort against Gardner-Webb on Saturday (10 points, 20 rebounds) accounted for her third straight double-double, her 10th in the last 12 games and her 13th of the season. Also, the redshirt junior's 20 rebounds were the most by a Lady Flame since Dec. 4, 1992, when Theresa Bream had 23 boards against St. Peter's.

Meanwhile, McClanahan, a 5-8 freshman guard, has led the way for the Lady Eagles most of the season. The five-time Big South Freshman of the Week ranks sixth in the Big South in scoring (12.6 ppg), fourth in assists (3.6 apg) and fourth in steals (2.3 spg).