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Liberty, High Point to Match Up in Semifinal

March 11, 2011
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The Liberty bench and fans celebrate after Emily Frazier's three-pointer, late in Friday's matchup with Coastal Carolina.

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No. 1 seed Liberty (21-9) will square off with No. 4 seed High Point (16-14) in the first of two semifinals, Saturday at the Advance Auto Parts Big South Women's Basketball Championship. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. inside the Millis Center in High Point, N.C.

The game will be televised live on MASN, Fox College Sports Atlantic and WRTN 13.2 in the Lynchburg area.

At stake in Liberty's 15th consecutive semifinal appearance will be a spot in the 2011 Advance Auto Parts Women's Basketball Championship title game, to be played Sunday at 4 p.m.

Liberty will face High Point in the semifinal round for the second straight season. Last year, the Lady Flames defeated the homestanding Panthers by a 73-55 score, led by Amber Mays' career-high 21 points.

The two teams took very different paths to reach Saturday's semifinal. Liberty trailed for much of the game before coming from behind to edge No. 8 seed Coastal Carolina, 51-44. Tolu Omotola led the way with 14 points, while Avery Warley added 12 points and 19 rebounds.

Meanwhile, High Point jumped out to a 12-1 lead against No. 5 seed Charleston Southern and never looked back. The Panthers cruised to a 77-49 victory, connecting on 11 of their 16 three-point attempts. Mackenzie Maier led High Point with 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three blocks.

Liberty won both regular-season matchups with the Panthers, recording a 68-60 victory at High Point on Jan. 3 and holding on for a 58-57 home triumph on Feb. 5. Warley played a key role in both wins, averaging 15.0 ppg and 14.5 rpg for the Lady Flames.

The Lady Flames are now 28-9 all-time against High Point, including 6-0 in the Big South Women's Basketball Championship. Liberty has also won nine straight games inside the Millis Center during the past three seasons.

Saturday's matchup will present a contrast in styles. High Point boasts an explosive offense. In the last two games, the Panthers are averaging 91.5 ppg and have made 29 three-pointers. Meanwhile, Liberty has held 13 straight opponents to 58 points or fewer.