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November 21, 2011
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Freshman Catherine Kearney scored the first 11 points of her collegiate career during Friday's game at North Carolina A&T, to go along with five rebounds and two blocked shots.

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Complete Game Notes

Video Streaming Coverage:

Big South Network

Radio Coverage:
Provided by the Flames Sports Network

Broadcast - Tip-Off:
7:05 p.m. vs. Virginia-Wise

Broadcasting Station:
The Light (90.9 FM WWMC)

Today's Game
Liberty (1-2) will return home Tuesday at 7 p.m. for an in-state matchup with Virginia-Wise (2-4) at the Vines Center. The Lady Flames will attempt to pick up their first home win of the year and snap their two-game losing streak. It will be Liberty's first contest against Virginia-Wise since Nov. 28, 1994.

The "Starting Five" - Today's Top Storylines
1) Liberty and Virginia-Wise are meeting on the hardwood for the first time since Nov. 28, 1994, when Virginia-Wise was known as Clinch Valley. The Lady Flames won that contest at the Vines Center by a 73-53 score.

2) This will be Liberty's first game against an NAIA opponent since Dec. 13, 1997, when the Lady Flames notched a 103-61 home win over Cedarville.

3) The Lady Flames will aim to avoid their first three-game losing streak since a five-game losing skid spanning Nov. 22-Dec. 7, 2008. Liberty will also try to avoid suffering back-to-back home losses for the first time since Nov. 14 and Dec. 7, 2008.

4) Devon Brown will continue her chase for the 1,000-point mark. She enters Tuesday's game with 968 career points, leaving the redshirt junior 32 points shy of the milestone.

5) Both Devon Brown and Avery Warley will attempt to continue their respective shooting streaks. Brown has made eight straight free throws, while Warley has connected on her last 10 field goal attempts. Both streaks began during the second half of the VCU game on Nov. 15.

Liberty vs. Virginia-Wise (Formerly Clinch Valley) At a Glance
Series History
Series Record:
Series tied, 3-3.
Current Streak: Liberty has won the last three meetings.
Series Record at Liberty: Liberty leads, 2-1.
Current Streak at Liberty: Liberty has won the last two meetings.
Last Meeting: Liberty 73, Clinch Valley 53 (Nov. 28, 1994 at Liberty)
Last Meeting at Liberty: Same
Virginia-Wise's Last Victory: Clinch Valley 83, Liberty 70 (Feb. 25, 1980 at C. Valley)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 287-96 (13th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Virginia-Wise: 0-0

Virginia-Wise Head Coach: Abby Hearn
Overall Record (Seasons): 20-61 (Fourth Season)
Record at Virginia-Wise (Seasons): 2-4 (First Season)
Record vs. Liberty: 0-0

Notes and Anecdotes
-- Tuesday's game will mark the first time Liberty has faced an NAIA opponent since Dec. 13, 1997, when the Lady Flames posted a 103-61 home win against Cedarville.

-- Liberty (then known as Liberty Baptist College and later Lynchburg Baptist College) was an NAIA member between 1975 and 1984.

-- Virginia-Wise is one of five Liberty opponents this season with a new head coach (also High Point, UNC Greensboro, Virginia and Winthrop).

-- Liberty will play both Virginia and its only branch campus (Virginia-Wise) in the span of  16 days this season.

-- Liberty and Virginia-Wise do not have any opponents in common this year. However, the Cavaliers posted a 57-45 win over Voorhees on Nov. 5. As a point of comparison, Liberty's Big South rival Charleston Southern defeated Voorhees 67-39 on Saturday.

-- In the teams' most recent meeting, Liberty posted a 73-53 win at the Vines Center on Nov. 28, 1994 for the Lady Flames' first home victory of the season. Angie Johnson and Michelle Wyms paced Liberty's balanced scoring attack with 15 points apiece.

-- Ashley Rininger, the youngest player on the 2011-12 Liberty roster, was 4.5 months away from turning two years old when the most recent Liberty vs. Virginia-Wise matchup took place.

Liberty vs. the Mid-South
Record vs. Current Conference Members:
4-3
Carey Green's Record vs. Current Conference Members: 0-0
Current Streak: Liberty has won four straight meetings.
Last Meeting: Liberty 73, Clinch Valley 53 (Nov. 28, 1994 at Liberty)
Mid-South's Last Victory: Clinch Valley 83, Liberty 70 (Feb. 25, 1980 at Clinch Valley)

Competing Against the Commonwealth
-- Tuesday's game is the second of eight games against Virginia opponents on Liberty's 2011-12 schedule. Four of the Lady Flames' first five home games are against Commonwealth foes.

-- The Lady Flames are 0-1 versus in-state opposition this season, after going 4-2 last season.

Shortage of Streaks
-- Liberty will try to snap its two-game losing streak on Tuesday. The Lady Flames have not lost three consecutive games within a single season since Nov. 22-Dec. 7, 2008, when Liberty dropped five straight contests.

More About Streaks
-- Avery Warley has made her last 10 field goal attempts, dating back to the second half of the VCU game on Nov. 15.

-- Devon Brown has made eight free throws in a row, dating back to the second half against VCU on Nov. 15.

A Look Back at Friday's Game at North Carolina A&T
-- Liberty sliced a 12-point deficit to one but could not complete the comeback.

-- North Carolina A&T improved to 39-5 at home since the start of the 2007-08 season.

-- The three-point line was the difference in the game, as North Carolina A&T shot 52.9 percent (9-of-17) while Liberty went just 1-of-13 (7.7 percent) from beyond the arc.

-- North Carolina A&T's 81 points were the most Liberty has given up since an 81-66 loss to No. 17/17 St. John's on Dec. 28, 2010.

-- Liberty had won seven straight matchups with the Aggies, before North Carolina A&T posted its first win over the Lady Flames since Feb. 15, 1996.

-- Liberty outrebounded its 30th straight opponent, nearly doubling up North Carolina A&T on the boards, 49-25.

-- Avery Warley made all eight of her field goals while scoring a team-high 18 points. It was the fifth time in her career that she has shot 100 percent from the field while taking at least five attempts.

-- Devon Brown's 14 points pulled her to within 32 of the 1,000-point barrier.

-- Neither Catherine Kearney nor LaKendra Washington had scored a point this season before Friday, but both provided a spark off the bench.

-- Kearney scored the first 11 points of her collegiate career, while Washington added 11 points in 12 minutes of action during her first appearance of the 2011-12 season.