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WBB Game Day Central: Glenville State

December 9, 2011
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Jasmine Gardner posted the first double-double of her career last season against Glenville State, finishing with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

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Complete Game Notes

Video Streaming Coverage:
Big South Network

Radio Coverage:
Provided by the Flames Sports Network

Broadcast - Tip-Off
4:05 p.m. vs. Glenville State

Broadcasting Station:
The Light (90.9 FM WWMC)

Today's Game
Liberty (3-5) will open a quick two-game homestand against NCAA Division II opponents Saturday at 4 p.m., when high-scoring Glenville State (6-2) visits the Vines Center for the third straight season. The Liberty-Glenville State game will open a doubleheader with the Liberty men's basketball team at the Vines Center, which also includes a tilt between the Flames and Virginia Intermont at 7 p.m.

The "Starting Five" - Today's Top Storylines
1) Saturday's game will mark a constrast in styles. Glenville State, which has led the nation's NCAA Division II teams in scoring each of the past two seasons under head coach Bunky Harkleroad, is averaging 101.9 ppg this year. Meanwhile, the Lady Flames are only allowing opponents to score 55.9 ppg in 2011-12 and are holding opposing teams to 34.8 percent field goal shooting.

2) Liberty has done a good job of slowing down the Pioneers' attack during their last two meetings. The Lady Flames won both contests, thanks in large part to limiting Glenville State to 60.0 ppg.

3) The Lady Flames will aim to avoid their first three-game losing streak since Nov. 22-Dec. 7, 2008, when Liberty dropped five games in a row. Meanwhile, Liberty will attempt to snap Glenville State's current three-game winning streak. The Pioneers have scored in triple digits in all three contests and are averaging 112.0 ppg during the span.

4) With a big rebounding effort on Saturday (17 rebounds), Avery Warley could become the third player in program history and the fourth player in Big South Conference history to grab 1,000 career boards.

5) Devon Brown will play her first game as a member of Liberty's 1,000-point club, after reaching the career milestone during Wednesday's game at Virginia. Brown, who has 1,011 career points, was the fifth-fastest Lady Flame ever to reach 1,000 points. The Waynesboro, Va., native took only 65 games to get there.

Liberty vs. Glenville State At a Glance
Series History
Series Record:
Liberty leads, 3-0.
Current Streak: Liberty has won three straight meetings.
Glenville State's Last Victory: None
Series Record at Liberty: Liberty leads, 3-0.
Current Streak at Liberty: Liberty has won three straight meetings.
Last Meeting: Liberty 93, Glenville State 75 (Nov. 30, 2010 at Liberty)
Last Meeting at Liberty: Same

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 289-99 (13th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Glenville State: 3-0

Glenville State Head Coach: Bunky Harkleroad
Overall Record (Seasons): 47-22 (Third Season)
Record at Glenville State (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 0-2

Notes and Anecdotes
-- Glenville State has become a regular fixture on Liberty's schedule the last few years. This is the third straight year and the fourth time in the last five seasons that the two teams have met.

-- The Pioneers have led all NCAA Division II teams in both scoring and three-pointers made in each of the past two seasons. The 2009-10 Glenville State team scored 95.9 ppg and made 14.1 triples per contest. Last season, the Pioneers tallied 95.7 ppg and 11.2 three-pointers per game.

-- Liberty has done a good job of keeping Glenville State in check the last two seasons. The Pioneers are only averaging 60.0 ppg and 7.0 three-pointers per contest against the Lady Flames.

-- Glenville State won the 2011 West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) title and played in the NCAA Division II Tournament for the seventh time in the last 10 seasons.

-- Lady Flames sophomore Jasmine Gardner posted her only career double-double against the Pioneers last season, notching 10 points and 13 rebounds.

-- As a point of contrast in styles, Glenville State has already recorded more 100-point games this season (4) than Liberty has in the last 25 seasons (including this year) combined (3).

Liberty vs. the WVIAC
Record vs. Current Conference Members:
12-13
Carey Green's Record vs. Current Conference Members: 3-0
Current Streak: Liberty has won the last three meetings.
Last Meeting: Liberty 93, Glenville State 75 (Nov. 30, 2010 at Liberty)
WVIAC's Last Victory: Pitt-Johnstown 100, Liberty 76 (Feb. 5, 1988 at Pitt-Johnstown)
Note: Pitt-Johnstown and Liberty were both Mason-Dixon Conference members at the time.

Fastest to 1,000
On Wednesday at Virginia, Devon Brown became the 14th player in program history to score 1,000 career points. The milestone came in her 65th career game, making Brown the fifth-fastest player in program history to score her 1,000th point. 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
Devon Brown - 65 games

Lack of Losing Streaks
Liberty has lost two games in a row entering Saturday's contest against Glenville State. The Lady Flames are trying to avoid their first three-game losing streak since dropping five games in a row between Nov. 22-Dec. 7, 2008.

A Look Back at Wednesday's Game at Virginia
-- Virginia improved to 5-0 at home as its suffocating defense held its opponent below 60 points for the eighth time in 10 games.

-- Liberty set season lows for points (38), field goal percentage (.273) and bench points (1).

-- The Lady Flames dropped to 2-2 all-time inside John Paul Jones Arena and 1-3 against in-state opponents this season.

-- Liberty won the rebounding battle for the 35th game in a row, 41-31, thanks to a 23-12 advantage on the glass after halftime.

-- The Lady Flames lost their second game in a row for the second time this season (also VCU and North Carolina A&T).

-- Playing just 30 miles from her hometown of Waynesboro, Va., Devon Brown led all players in points (18) and rebounds (8).

-- Brown scored 16 points after halftime, including a free throw with 9:59 remaining in the game which made her the 14th player in program history to score 1,000 career points. Brown now has 1,011 points through the first 65 games of her collegiate career.

-- Avery Warley added 14 points, moving into 10th place on Liberty's career scoring list with 1,121 career tallies.

-- Outside of Brown and Warley, Liberty players totaled just six points.

-- Sophomore Jasmine Gardner had only blocked four shots during her Liberty career before Wednesday, when she turned away a career-high three Virginia shot attempts.

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: 983 rebounds
Rebounds Needed to Reach 1,000: 17 rebounds
When Warley Would Reach 1,000 at Her 2011-12 Rebounding Pace (10.3 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