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March 7, 2011
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Seniors Dymond Morgan (left) and Rachel McLeod will begin their final Big South Women's Basketball Championship Friday at noon against Coastal Carolina.

2011 Big South Women's Basketball Championship Bracket

Liberty, which finished with a 14-2 Big South record and won the regular-season conference title, has earned the No. 1 seed for this weekend's Advance Auto Parts Big South Women's Basketball Championship. The Lady Flames will meet No. 8 seed Coastal Carolina in the tournament's opening game, Friday at noon inside the Millis Center in High Point, N.C.

The 20-9 Lady Flames are seeded No. 1 for the 12th time in the last 14 seasons. Liberty has won the tournament title all 11 previous times it has entered as the top seed. In total, the Lady Flames have captured 13 of the last 14 Big South Championship titles, including the last three in a row.

If Liberty defeats Coastal Carolina (10-18, 4-12 Big South), it will face the winner of Friday's quarterfinal between the host team, No. 4 seed High Point, and No. 5 seed Charleston Southern. The Lady Flames' semifinal contest would be played Saturday at 4 p.m., while the championship game is set for Sunday at 4 p.m. All seven tournament contests will be played at the Millis Center, for the third consecutive season.

This will be the seventh Big South Championship meeting between the Lady Flames and Chanticleers, but the first since March 8, 2003. That day, Liberty dealt Coastal Carolina a 78-68 semifinal loss inside the Vines Center. The Lady Flames are 6-0 all-time against the Chanticleers in the Big South Championship, including a trio of championship game victories.

Liberty won both of its meetings with the Chanticleers this season, including a 58-54 nail-biter Jan. 24 at the Vines Center and a 64-44 decision at Coastal Carolina on Feb. 26. The Lady Flames have now won 35 straight matchups against Coastal Carolina, improving to 45-7 all-time versus the Chanticleers. Coastal Carolina's last victory over Liberty came on Feb. 19, 1996.

Radford and Gardner-Webb posted identical 11-5 conference records to share second place in the final standings. However, the Highlanders earned the No. 2 seed by virtue of a tiebreaker, while the Runnin' Bulldogs enter the tournament at No. 3.

Host High Point finished with a 9-7 Big South ledger for the No. 4 seed, while Charleston Southern's 8-8 mark claimed the No. 5 seed. UNC Asheville and Winthrop both posted 5-11 conference marks, with Asheville owning the tiebreaker for the No. 6 seed. Coastal Carolina rounded out the seeding with its 4-12 Big South record.

Liberty fans will have several ways to follow all of the tournament action, if they are unable to make it to the Millis Center. All seven games will be video streamed via the Big South Network. Meanwhile, the semifinals and finals will be aired on the Big South Television Network, by the announcing team of Matt Hogue and Debbie Leonard. Finally, Jamie Hall and Kenny Anderson will broadcast each of Liberty's contests on 90.9 FM "The Light." Their radio call will also be streamed on both LibertyFlames.com and www.thelightonline.com.

The complete Advance Auto Parts Big South Women's Basketball Championship schedule is as follows:

Quarterfinals – Friday, March 11 (at Millis Center, High Point, N.C.)
Game 1: No. 1 Liberty vs. No. 8 Coastal Carolina, Noon
Game 2: No. 4 High Point vs. No. 5 Charleston Southern, 2 p.m.
Game 3: No. 2 Radford vs. No. 7 Winthrop, 5:30 p.m.
Game 4: No. 3 Gardner-Webb vs. No. 6 UNC Asheville, 7:30 p.m.

Semifinals – Saturday, March 12 (at Millis Center, High Point, N.C.)
Game 5: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 4 p.m.
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 6 p.m.

Championship Game – Sunday, March 13 (at Millis Center, High Point, N.C.)
Game 7: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 4 p.m.