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7 p.m. at North Carolina A&T
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Liberty (1-1) will return to Greensboro, N.C. for the second consecutive Friday, taking on North Carolina A&T (1-2). Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. inside the Corbett Sports Center, where the Aggies are 1-0 this season and 38-4 in their last 42 home games.
The "Starting Five" - Today's Top Storylines
1) Liberty will attempt to become a rare road team to emerge from North Carolina A&T's Corbett Sports Center with a victory. In 2007-08, the Lady Flames were the only visiting team to win on the Aggies' home floor. Since that game, North Carolina A&T is 38-4 on its home court.
2) The Lady Flames are playing in Greensboro, N.C. for the second Friday in a row. Last Friday, Liberty tipped off the 2011-12 season with a 61-46 win at UNC Greensboro.
3) Liberty's Carey Green and North Carolina A&T's Patricia Cage-Bibbs rank among the nation's elite women's basketball coaches. Green boasts a sterling .751 career winning percentage, while Cage-Bibbs has racked up 487 coaching wins during her time at Grambling, Hampton and North Carolina A&T.
4) Liberty redshirt senior center Avery Warley will look to continue her torrid rebounding pace to start the season. She has grabbed 33 rebounds in the first two games, including 19 Tuesday versus VCU. Warley has nabbed 11 boards in each of her two career meetings with North Carolina A&T.
5) The game will feature a battle between North Carolina A&T's high-powered offense (77.3 ppg) and Liberty's stingy defense (49.0 ppg allowed).
Liberty vs. North Carolina A&T At a Glance
Series Record: Liberty leads, 7-3.
Current Streak: Liberty has won the last seven meetings.
Series Record at North Carolina A&T: Liberty leads, 3-1.
Current Streak: Liberty has won the last three meetings.
Last Meeting: Liberty 57, N.C. A&T 51 (Jan. 5, 2010 at Liberty)
Last Meeting at North Carolina A&T: Liberty 68, N.C. A&T 64 (Nov. 16, 2007)
North Carolina A&T's Last Victory: N.C. A&T 44, Liberty 43 (Feb. 15, 1996 at Liberty)
Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 287-95 (13th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. North Carolina A&T: 4-0
North Carolina A&T Head Coach: Patricia Cage-Bibbs
Overall Record (Seasons): 487-280 (27th Season)
Record at North Carolina A&T (Seasons): 116-74 (Seventh Season)
Record vs. Liberty: 0-7 (0-4 with Hampton, 0-3 with North Carolina A&T)
Notes and Anecdotes
-- Liberty is playing in Greensboro, N.C. for the second consecutive Friday, after opening the season with a 61-46 win at UNC Greensboro on Nov. 11.
-- North Carolina A&T has played well at the Corbett Sports Center in recent years. In 2007-08, Liberty was the only visiting team to win at North Carolina A&T. Since that game, the Aggies are 38-4 at home.
-- Both Carey Green and Patricia Cage-Bibbs rank among the nation's elite coaches. Green is ranked 11th among active Division I women's basketball coaches for winning percentage, while Cage-Bibbs sits 27th among active Division I women's basketball coaches in victories.
-- North Carolina A&T defeated Virginia Union 103-61 during Tuesday's home opener, eclipsing the 100-point barrier for the first time since Feb. 16, 2008. Liberty's last 100-point outing also came against Virginia Union, in a 100-29 home victory on Nov. 30, 2007.
-- Liberty's Devon Brown and Avery Warley have both experienced success against North Carolina A&T. Brown led all players in both points (17) and rebounds (13) during a 57-51 home win on Jan. 5, 2010. Meanwhile, Warley has pulled down 11 boards in each of her two matchups versus the Aggies.
-- Since North Carolina A&T's last win over Liberty, the Lady Flames have won 13 Big South titles and made 13 NCAA Tournament appearances.
Liberty vs. the MEAC
Record vs. Current Conference Members: 31-20
Carey Green's Record vs. Current Conference Members: 19-1
Current Streak: The MEAC's North Carolina Central won the most recent meeting.
Last Meeting: N.C. Central 50, Liberty 48 (Dec. 18, 2010 at N.C. Central)
Liberty's Last Victory: Liberty 64, N.C. Central 44 (Feb. 4, 2010 at Liberty)
Note: Liberty's loss to North Carolina Central last season snapped the Lady Flames' 29-game winning streak against MEAC opponents.
Trekking to the Tar Heel State
-- Liberty is playing 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.
-- 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.
A Tale of Two Halves
-- Devon Brown has played her best basketball during the second half of this season's first two contests, averaging 14.5 ppg during the final 20 minutes of play. This is nothing new for Brown, who has enjoyed numerous big second-half performances in her career.
-- Brown scored 17 second-half points, including the game-winning shot in the closing seconds, during the Lady Flames' 68-66 win over Gardner-Webb in the 2010 Big South Championship title game (March 14, 2010).
-- Brown tallied 21 points after halftime on Jan. 14, 2011 at Longwood, helping Liberty pull out a 75-71 win over the Lancers.
A Look Back at Tuesday's Home Opener vs. VCU
-- Liberty fell to 10-3 in home openers under head coach Carey Green, and two of those three losses have come to VCU.
-- The setback snapped Liberty's seven-game home winning streak.
-- The Lady Flames were limited to 10 first-half points, their fewest points in a half since tallying eight points in the opening half of a 36-32 home win over Radford on Jan. 27, 2001.
-- After scoring just 16 points in the game's first 24:55, Liberty tallied 31 points in the final 15:06.
-- Liberty was able to trim a 17-point second-half deficit to three.
-- Liberty won the rebounding battle for the 29th straight game, finishing with a 44-41 edge on the boards.
-- Avery Warley grabbed a game-high 19 rebounds, moving into sole possession of fifth place in Big South Conference history with 934 career caroms.
-- Devon Brown scored 15 of her team-high 17 points during the second half and is now just 46 points shy of 1,000 for her career.
-- Reagan Miller played 39 minutes at point guard for the Lady Flames, and the freshman has now played all but one minute during this season's first two games.
-- Liberty held VCU standout Courtney Hurt to six points and six rebounds, snapping Hurt's streak of 41 straight games of scoring in double figures.