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Lady Flames Ranked No. 20 in Mid-Major Top 25
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For the second consecutive season, Liberty appears in the CollegeInsider.com Women's Mid-Major Top 25 preseason poll, as announced this afternoon. The Lady Flames start the 2011-12 season ranked No. 20.
Green Bay opens the year as the poll's top-ranked team, after winning 34 games and advancing to the Sweet 16 of the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship. The women's Mid-Major Top 25, now in its second year of existence, is comprised of teams from the America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Great West, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt and West Coast Conference.
Liberty is the lone Big South Conference team listed in the Top 25. Meanwhile, fellow Big South squads High Point, Gardner-Webb and Winthrop all received votes in the poll.
The Lady Flames are also slated to meet two other Top 25 squads during the 2011-12 campaign, with both matchups taking place at the Vines Center. Liberty will play No. 19 VCU in its home opener, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. No. 12 James Madison will then visit Lynchburg Dec. 1, with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m.
Liberty, which is an almost unanimous favorite to win the 2012 Big South Conference title, returns four starters from last year's 22-11 squad, which made the program's first-ever postseason WNIT appearance. The Lady Flames claimed their 12th Big South regular-season championship, after going 14-2 in conference play.
Redshirt senior center Avery Warley is the Preseason Big South Player of the Year, while redshirt junior guard/forward Devon Brown joined Warley on the preseason all-conference team.
The Lady Flames will tip off the 2011-12 campaign on Nov. 11, when Liberty travels to UNC Greensboro for a 7 p.m. contest. Head coach Carey Green's squad will then return to Lynchburg for its first of 14 home games this season, the previously-mentioned Nov. 15 clash against VCU.