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WBB Game Day Central: VCU

November 14, 2011
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Liberty will look for its second straight win to start the 2011-12 season and its second consecutive victory over VCU.

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Complete Game Notes

Television Coverage:
Provided by the Flames Sports Network

Liberty Channel - Local Coverage
(WTLU regionally in Lynchburg market)
Game Will be Carried Live

Video Streaming Coverage:
Big South Network

Radio Coverage:
Provided by the Flames Sports Network

Broadcast - Tip-Off:
7:05 p.m. vs. VCU

Broadcasting Station:
The Light (90.9 FM WWMC)

Today's Game
Liberty (1-0) will welcome VCU (0-1) to the Vines Center Tuesday at 7 p.m. for the Lady Flames' 2011-12 home opener. The first of 14 home games on this year's schedule will be a matchup between CollegeInsider.com Women's Mid-Major Top 25 squads. VCU is currently ranked No. 19 in the poll, with Liberty at No. 20.

The "Starting Five" - Today's Top Storylines
1) Liberty will attempt to become the second straight Big South Conference team to defeat VCU to open the season. High Point posted an 82-67 victory at VCU on Friday.

2) The Lady Flames will aim to improve to 11-2 in home openers under head coach Carey Green. The only two opponents to spoil Liberty's home opener during that time have been Richmond schools (Richmond in 2000-01 and VCU in 2008-09).

3) Liberty has played VCU more often than any other non-conference opponent in program history. The Lady Flames have squared off with the Rams 32 times during their first 36 years of basketball, with VCU owning a 22-10 advantage. However, Liberty is 4-1 in the teams' last five meetings.

4) The road team has won each of the last two Liberty-VCU clashes by matching 59-57 scores.

5) The matchup between Liberty's Avery Warley and VCU's Courtney Hurt should be interesting to track. Last season, Hurt led the nation in both double-doubles (25) and rebounds (12.4 rpg), while Warley tied for ninth nationally with 19 double-doubles and finished 14th with 11.0 rpg.

Series History
Series Record:
VCU leads, 22-10.
Current Streak: Liberty won the last meeting and is 4-1 in the last five contests.
Series Record at Liberty: VCU leads, 7-6.
Current Streak: VCU won the last meeting.
Last Meeting: Liberty 59, VCU 57 (Dec. 21, 2010 at VCU)
Last Meeting at Liberty: VCU 59, Liberty 57 (Nov. 14, 2008)
VCU's Last Victory: VCU 59, Liberty 57 (Nov. 14, 2008 at Liberty)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 287-94 (13th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. VCU: 5-2

VCU Head Coach: Beth Cunningham
Overall Record (Seasons): 148-101 (Ninth Season)
Record at VCU (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 1-2

Notes and Anecdotes
-- Tuesday's game will be the 33rd meeting between the Lady Flames and Rams, making VCU the most common non-conference opponent in Liberty's program history.

-- The last two matchups between Liberty and VCU have both ended with a 59-57 score and the visiting team has been victorious each time.

-- The contest will pit two Mid-Major Top 25 teams against one another, as VCU was ranked No. 19 and Liberty No. 20 in the preseason poll.

-- VCU is playing its second straight Big South Conference opponent to start the season, after losing an 82-67 home decision to High Point on Friday.

-- This is the second time in four years that Liberty has welcomed VCU to town for its home opener. The Rams pulled out a 59-57 win at the Vines Center on Nov. 14, 2008 in the opening round of the Preseason WNIT.

-- That game was Avery Warley's collegiate debut, and she briefly gave Liberty a 57-56 lead by splitting a pair of free throws with 6.4 seconds left.

-- Last season, VCU's Courtney Hurt led the nation with 25 double-doubles, while Avery Warley tied for ninth with 19. Both are seeking their first double-double of the 2011-12 season. During last year's matchup, Hurt finished with 26 points and 15 rebounds, while Warley tallied five points and six boards.

Liberty vs. the CAA
Record vs. Current Conference Members:
Carey Green's Record vs. Current Conference Members: 10-9
Current Streak: Liberty won the most recent meeting.
Last Meeting: Liberty 59, VCU 57 (Dec. 21, 2010 at VCU)
CAA's Last Victory: James Madison 54, Liberty 51 (Dec. 5, 2010 at James Madison)

Liberty in Home Openers
All-Time Record in Home Openers:
All-Time Record in Home Openers Played at the Vines Center: 14-7
Carey Green's Record in Home Openers: 10-2
Current Streak: Liberty has won two home openers in a row.
Last Year's Home Opener: Liberty 71, Virginia Union 19 (Nov. 16, 2010)
Liberty's Last Loss in a Home Opener: VCU 59, Liberty 57 (Nov. 14, 2008)
Note: During Carey Green's first 12 seasons as Liberty's head coach, the Lady Flames' only two home-opening losses have come to teams from Richmond (Richmond in 2000-01 and VCU in 2008-09).

Competing Against the Commonwealth
-- Tuesday's game is the first of eight games against Virginia opponents on Liberty's 2011-12 schedule.

-- The Lady Flames went 4-2 versus in-state opposition last season.

A Look Back at Friday's Season Opener at UNC Greensboro
-- Liberty's 61-46 win at UNC Greensboro on Friday was the Lady Flames' sixth win in their last eight season openers.

-- It was Liberty's first season-opening win away from home since a 62-44 triumph at UNC Greensboro on Nov. 13, 2007.

-- The contest marked Liberty's fifth straight game in North Carolina, dating back to the end of the 2010-11 season.

-- Avery Warley scored Liberty's first basket of the season just 15 seconds in, and the Lady Flames never trailed.

-- Liberty outrebounded UNC Greensboro, 40-32, marking the 28th straight time the Lady Flames have won the rebounding battle, dating back to the 2010-11 season.

-- Terika Lunsford and Reagan Miller both started for the first time, while Avery Warley made her 100th consecutive start to begin her career.

-- Reagan Miller was the first Liberty freshman to start at point guard during the first game of her career since Sarah Wilkerson on Nov. 23, 1996. She was also the first Lady Flame to play 40 minutes since Amber Mays did so against No. 13/14 Auburn on Dec. 7, 2008.

-- Devon Brown came off the bench for just the fourth time in her career and scored a game-high 20 points. She was the first Liberty reserve to score 20 points since LaKendra Washington had 21 points at Lafayette on Nov. 28, 2009.

-- Avery Warley pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds, moving into a tie for fifth place in Big South Conference history. The redshirt senior has now totaled 915 career caroms.

Rulers of the Rebounds
Liberty has outrebounded 28 opponents in a row, dating back to last season. No. 2/3 Baylor was the last team to win the rebounding battle against the Lady Flames, grabbing 38 boards to Liberty's 28, Nov. 26, 2010 in Waco, Texas.