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December 6, 2011
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Devon Brown scored nine points the last time she played at Virginia, on Dec. 29, 2009. She needs seven points on Wednesday to reach 1,000 for her career.

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Complete Game Notes

Radio Coverage:
Provided by the Flames Sports Network

Broadcast - Tip-Off:
7 p.m. at Virginia

Broadcasting Station:
The Light (90.9 FM WWMC)

Today's Game
Two days before final exams begin at Liberty, the Lady Flames (3-4) will face a stern test on the hardwood, Wednesday evening. Liberty will travel north on Route 29 to face Virginia (7-2), with tipoff set for 7 p.m. inside John Paul Jones Arena. The Cavaliers, who were ranked inside the Top 25 earlier this season, are 4-0 at home, including a 69-64 overtime win over No. 3 Tennessee on Nov. 20.

The "Starting Five" - Today's Top Storylines
1) Something has to give at John Paul Jones Arena on Wednesday. Liberty has played well in its previous visits to the facility, owning a 2-1 record. In fact, the Lady Flames were the first visiting basketball team (men's or women's) ever to win at John Paul Jones Arena. Meanwhile, Virginia is 4-0 on its home court this year, highlighted by a 69-64 overtime triumph over No. 3 Tennessee.

2) Liberty will need to find a way to score against Virginia's staunch defense. The Cavaliers have held seven out of nine opponents below 60 points this season. Liberty is 0-3 in 2011-12 when failing to reach the 60-point mark.

3) Wednesday's game will mark the Lady Flames' first contest against an ACC opponent since Dec. 29, 2009. That day, Virginia defeated Liberty, 63-54, in the championship game of the Marriott Cavalier Classic.

4) Liberty redshirt junior Devon Brown, who grew up about 30 miles from Charlottesville in Waynesboro, Va., could achieve a career milestone on Wednesday. She enters the game needing only seven points to become the 14th Lady Flame ever to score 1,000 career points.

5) Wednesday's game will mark the first time that Liberty has faced a Virginia squad not coached by Debbie Ryan. The first-ever meeting between the Lady Flames and Cavaliers (Jan. 30, 1982) came during Ryan's fifth season at the helm at Virginia. Her first year with the Cavaliers (1977-78) was Liberty University's seventh year of existence.

Liberty vs. Virginia At a Glance
Series History
Series Record:
Virginia leads, 7-2.
Current Streak: Virginia won the last meeting.
Liberty's Last Victory: Liberty 75, Virginia 71 (Nov. 20, 2006 at Virginia)
Series Record at Virginia: Virginia leads, 6-1.
Current Streak at Virginia: Virginia won the last meeting.
Last Meeting: Virginia 63, Liberty 54 (Dec. 29, 2009 at Virginia)
Last Meeting at Virginia: Same

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 289-98 (13th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Virginia: 2-4

Virginia Head Coach: Joanne Boyle
Overall Record (Seasons): 211-95 (10th Season)
Record at Virginia (Seasons): 7-2 (First Season)
Record vs. Liberty: 3-0 (as Richmond's head coach)

Notes and Anecdotes
-- Liberty will look to improve upon its 2-1 all-time record at John Paul Jones Arena. The Lady Flames became the first visiting basketball team (men's or women's) ever to win at the facility, posting a 75-71 victory over the Cavaliers on Nov. 20, 2006. Liberty then went 1-1 to finish second behind Virginia at the 2009 Marriott Cavalier Classic.

-- Adding in the Liberty men's basketball team's 86-82 win over Virginia at John Paul Jones Arena on Nov. 25, 2008, the Flames and Lady Flames are a combined 3-1 at the facility.

-- Liberty's current #40 (Devon Brown) will have a chance to score her 1,000th point just 30 miles from her hometown of Waynesboro, Va., as she enters Wednesday's game seven points shy of the milestone.

-- Liberty's previous #40 (Megan Frazee) enjoyed arguably the best game of her career at John Paul Jones Arena, on Nov. 20, 2006. She finished with a career-high 37 points and 15 rebounds against the Cavaliers, sparking Liberty to a 75-71 win.

-- The Lady Flames' first-ever win over Virginia, a 77-69 overtime triumph on Nov. 26, 2002 at the Vines Center, was notable in program history. With the Cavaliers entering the contest ranked No. 23 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25, it marked Liberty's first triumph over a nationally-ranked opponent.

-- This will be the first time Liberty has faced a Virginia squad not coached by Debbie Ryan, who guided the Cavaliers for 34 seasons.

Liberty vs. the ACC
Record vs. Current Conference Members:
Carey Green's Record vs. Current Conference Members: 4-21
Current Streak: The ACC won the last meeting.
Last Meeting: Virginia 63, Liberty 54 (Dec. 29, 2009 at Virginia)
Liberty's Last Victory: Liberty 45, Virginia Tech 43 (Dec. 30, 2008 at Virginia Tech)

Competing Against the Commonwealth
-- Liberty is 1-2 versus Virginia opponents this season, including a victory over Virginia-Wise and losses to VCU and James Madison.

-- Beginning with Wednesday's game, four of the Lady Flames' next five contests are against in-state opposition.

-- Liberty will not travel outside the Commonwealth of Virginia again until Jan. 14, 2012, when the Lady Flames play a Big South game at Coastal Carolina.

Fastest to 1,000
Devon Brown needs just seven more points to become the 14th player in program history to score 1,000 career points. She has played 64 games for the Lady Flames and has a chance to become one of the fastest Liberty players ever to reach the 1,000-point milestone. Here are the five Lady Flames who got to 1,000 points in the fewest games.

Elena Kisseleva - 47 games
Brenda Gunsallus - 50 games
Megan Frazee - 58 games
Katie Feenstra - 64 games
Sharon Wilkerson - 66 games

Following in #40's Footsteps?
Devon Brown has a chance to become the second Lady Flame to score her 1,000th career point on an ACC court. Megan Frazee, who wore uniform No. 40 before Brown began her career, tallied her 1,000th point at North Carolina's Carmichael Auditorium on Dec. 30, 2007, in an 88-67 loss to the Tar Heels.

Painting a Masterpiece
Liberty is outscoring opponents in points in the paint this season, 34.3-18.9 on average.

A Look Back at Thursday's Home Game against James Madison
-- The game pitted two CollegeInsider.com Women's Mid-Major Top 25 teams against one another, as James Madison ranked No. 5 last week and Liberty checked in at No. 24.

-- Liberty lost its third close game (62-58) of the year, and the Lady Flames have now dropped three contests by a total of 16 points (also including the VCU and North Carolina A&T contests).

-- The Lady Flames won the rebounding battle, 44-41, and have now outrebounded 34 straight opponents dating back to last season.

-- Liberty committed a season-low 14 turnovers, but the Dukes converted those miscues into 20 points.

-- The Lady Flames' bench had scored more than 20 points in every game this season before Thursday, when LaKendra Washington's six tallies were the only scoring Liberty got from its reserves.

-- Avery Warley's team-high 18 points put her over the 1,100-point mark for her career. She now has 1,107 points and needs 14 more markers to join Liberty's all-time top 10 list.

-- Devon Brown came back after a two-game absence to score 13 points. The redshirt junior is now just seven points shy of 1,000 for her career.

-- Warley and Brown combined to shoot 9-of-11 from the free throw line, helping the Lady Flames finish at a season-best 78.6 percent (11-of-14) as a team.

-- The coaches and players (on their shooting shirts) wore red ribbons to memorialize the death of Devon Brown's mother, Jennifer Brown, on Nov. 22.

Milestone Watch
Avery Warley is nearing the 1,000-career rebound plateau. She would become the third player in program history and the fourth player in Big South history to achieve the milestone.

Warley's Career Rebounding Total: 976 rebounds
Rebounds Needed to Reach 1,000: 24 rebounds
When Warley Would Reach 1,000 at Her 2011-12 Rebounding Pace (10.7 rpg):
Dec. 15, 2011 - Home game vs. Virginia Union
When Warley Would Reach 1,000 at Her Career Rebounding Pace (9.2 rpg):
Dec. 15, 2011 - Home game vs. Virginia Union