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WBB Game Day Central: UNC Greensboro
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Liberty will tip off its 37th season of women's basketball Friday, when the Lady Flames travel to Greensboro, N.C. to face UNC Greensboro. Tipoff is slated at 7 p.m. inside Fleming Gymnasium. Preseason Big South Conference favorite Liberty will attempt to start its 2011-12 campaign off on the right foot, while the Spartans will be aiming for a win in the collegiate head coaching debut of Wendy Palmer.
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1) Liberty will attempt to improve to 6-2 in its last eight season openers. They will also seek their first season-opening victory away from home since a 62-44 triumph at UNC Greensboro on Nov. 13, 2007.
2) The Lady Flames will aim to spoil the collegiate head coaching debut of UNC Greensboro's Wendy Palmer.
3) Reagan Miller could become the first Liberty freshman to start at point guard in her first collegiate game since Sarah Wilkerson did so on Nov. 23, 1996 against Bluefield.
4) Big South Preseason Player of the Year Avery Warley will make her first appearance in a Liberty uniform after playing four contests for Team USA at the Pan American Games in October. It will be Warley's 100th career game as a Lady Flame.
5) Liberty will play its fifth straight game in North Carolina, dating back to the end of the 2010-11 season. It will also be the first leg of back-to-back Friday trips to Greensboro, with the Lady Flames scheduled to play at North Carolina A&T on Nov. 18.
Series Record: UNC Greensboro leads, 14-6.
Current Streak: Liberty has won two in a row and three of the last four meetings.
Series Record at UNC Greensboro: UNC Greensboro leads, 6-2.
Current Streak: Liberty won the most recent meeting.
Last Meeting: Liberty 60, UNC Greensboro 42 (Nov. 17, 2009 at Liberty)
Last Meeting at UNC Greensboro: Liberty 62, UNC Greensboro 44 (Nov. 13, 2007)
UNC Greensboro's Last Victory: UNC Greensboro 67, Liberty 59 (Dec. 30, 2006)
Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 286-94 (13th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. UNC Greensboro: 2-1
UNC Greensboro Head Coach: Wendy Palmer
Overall Record (Seasons): 0-0 (First Season)
Record at UNC Greensboro (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 0-0
Notes and Anecdotes
-- Liberty and UNC Greensboro were Big South Conference rivals for four seasons (1993-94 through 1996-97). The Spartans won eight of 10 matchups against the Lady Flames during that time.
-- Liberty won its first of 13 Big South championships against UNC Greensboro, with an 89-82 victory in the 1997 title contest at the Vines Center on March 1, 1997.
-- This is the second time in the last five seasons that Liberty has opened its season at UNC Greensboro. The Lady Flames posted a 62-44 victory at Fleming Gymnasium on Nov. 13, 2007, tipping off a 28-4 season.
-- Devon Brown excelled in her only previous meeting against UNC Greensboro, a 60-42 Liberty triumph, Nov. 17, 2009 at the Vines Center. In just the second game of her collegiate career, Brown led all players in points (26) and rebounds (9).
-- Friday's game will be Wendy Palmer's first as a collegiate head coach, after she replaced Lynne Agee during the offseason. Agee had served as UNC Greensboro's head coach for the last 30 seasons.
-- Palmer was an assistant coach at Virginia when the Cavaliers defeated the Lady Flames 63-54 in the championship game of the Marriott Cavalier Classic on Dec. 29, 2009. She was also a teammate of Liberty alum Katie (Feenstra) Mattera with the WNBA's San Antonio Silver Stars during Mattera's rookie season in 2005.
Liberty vs. the Southern Conference
Record vs. Current Conference Members: 28-32
Carey Green's Record vs. Current Conference Members: 9-6
Current Streak: Liberty lost the most recent meeting.
Last Meeting: College of Charleston 49, Liberty 46 (Nov. 13, 2010)
Liberty's Last Victory: Liberty 60, UNC Greensboro 42 (Nov. 17, 2009)
Liberty in Season Openers
All-Time Record in Season Openers: 18-18
Record Breakdown: 14-5 (Home), 4-8 (Road), 0-5 (Neutral)
Carey Green's Record in Season Openers: 6-6
Record Breakdown: 5-1 (Home), 1-3 (Road), 0-2 (Neutral)
Current Streak: Liberty lost its season opener in 2010-11.
Last Year's Season Opener: Creighton 40, Liberty 35 (Nov. 12, 2010)
Liberty's Last Victory in a Season Opener: Liberty 71, WSSU 26 (Nov. 13, 2009)
Note: During Carey Green's first 12 seasons as Liberty's head coach, the Lady Flames' only season-opening win away from the Vines Center was a 62-44 decision at UNC Greensboro on Nov. 13, 2007.
Trekking to the Tar Heel State
-- Liberty will play two of its first three games in North Carolina this season, making back-to-back Friday trips to Greensboro for matchups against UNC Greensboro (Nov. 11) and North Carolina A&T (Nov. 18).
-- Liberty played 10 games in North Carolina last season, including the first two games of the year and the last four games of the season. So, Friday's game will be the Lady Flames' fifth straight contest in North Carolina, dating back to the 2010-11 campaign.
-- The Lady Flames are scheduled to play six regular-season contests in the Tar Heel State in 2011-12 and will return to High Point, N.C. for the 2012 Big South Women's Basketball Championship.
-- Liberty opened the 2007-08 season with consecutive trips to UNC Greensboro (Nov. 13) and North Carolina A&T (Nov. 16), winning both tilts on the way to a 28-4 record.
Focus on the Freshmen
-- Five Liberty freshmen (Katelyn Adams, Catherine Kearney, Reagan Miller, Ashley Rininger and Ellee Rollins) could make their collegiate debuts on Friday.
-- Reagan Miller is listed as the Lady Flames' probable starter at point guard. If the Sanger, Texas native does start at UNC Greensboro, she would become the first Lady Flame to start at point guard during her first collegiate game since Sarah Wilkerson in 1996-97.
-- Wilkerson posted four points, five rebounds and four steals in an 89-45 home win over Bluefield on Nov. 23, 1996. However, Wilkerson's solid effort was overshadowed by a 30-point outburst by freshman teammate Elena Kisseleva. Kisseleva's mark still stands as the most points ever scored by a Lady Flame in her first game.
First Since Feenstra
-- Freshman forward/center Catherine Kearney has chosen uniform No. 44, making her the first Liberty player to wear that number since Katie Feenstra graduated in 2005. Feenstra is the program's all-time leading rebounder (1,033 rebounds) and one of two Lady Flames to play in the WNBA.
-- Liberty's other WNBA player, Megan Frazee, wore No. 40. That number is currently being sported by redshirt junior guard/forward Devon Brown, a two-time first-team All-Big South honoree.
-- Additionally, sophomore forward Jasmine Gardner is the first Liberty player since Elena Kisseleva to wear No. 24. A 2000 graduate, Kisseleva is Liberty's all-time leading scorer (2,154 points) and a member of both the Liberty and Big South Conference Halls of Fame.
Blowing Out the Candles
Devon Brown will celebrate her 22nd birthday on Saturday (Nov. 12). Meanwhile, Emily Frazier will turn 21 years of age on Sunday (Nov. 13).
Is it Time for Basketball Already?
Friday's game will equal the earliest season opener in Liberty women's basketball history. The 2006-07 Lady Flames tipped off their season with a 91-53 home win over Norfolk State on Nov. 11, 2006.