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WBB Game Day Central: Virginia Union
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Broadcast - Tip-Off
7:05 p.m. vs. Virginia Union
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Liberty (4-5) will close out its quick two-game homestand Thursday at 7 p.m., when Virginia Union (2-4) visits the Vines Center. The Lady Flames, seeking their second home win in six days, will attempt to improve to 6-0 all-time against the Panthers. It will be Liberty's final non-conference home game of the 2011-12 regular season and will be the last time the Lady Flames play inside the Vines Center until Jan. 7.
The "Starting Five" - Today's Top Storylines
1) Liberty will look to build upon its offensive explosion during Saturday's victory over Glenville State, which saw the Lady Flames rack up 116 points. Liberty has only posted back-to-back 100-point performances once in program history, during its first season of collegiate basketball in 1975-76.
2) The Lady Flames will aim to post back-to-back home wins for the first time this season. Additionally, Thursday's contest will be the team's final home game during the calendar year 2011. Liberty is 9-3 at the Vines Center in 2011.
3) Thursday's game falls at the conclusion of Liberty's finals week. The last two years, the Lady Flames have lost their first game after final exams wrapped up, including a 50-48 setback at North Carolina Central last season.
4) Liberty players have celebrated career milestones in each of the past two contests, with Devon Brown reaching 1,000 points at Virginia on Dec. 7 and Avery Warley grabbing her 1,000th rebound on Saturday versus Glenville State. The Lady Flames will be hard-pressed to post a milestone on Thursday, as Warley needs 33 rebounds to break Katie Feenstra's career program record of 1,033 boards.
5) Liberty met Virginia Union senior forward Vicki Collier for the first time as a player for Old Dominion in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. Then, they faced her as a Virginia Union assistant coach last season. Now, Collier is the Panthers' leading scorer (18.0 ppg) and rebounder (10.3 rpg).
Liberty vs. Virginia Union At a Glance
Series Record: Liberty leads, 5-0.
Current Streak: Liberty has won five straight meetings.
Virginia Union's Last Victory: None
Series Record at Liberty: Liberty leads, 5-0.
Current Streak at Liberty: Liberty has won five straight meetings.
Last Meeting: Liberty 71, Virginia Union 19 (Nov. 16, 2010 at Liberty)
Last Meeting at Liberty: Same
Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 290-99 (13th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Virginia Union: 5-0
Virginia Union Head Coach: Barvenia Wooten-Cherry
Overall Record (Seasons): 5-27 (Second Season)
Record at Virginia Union (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 0-1
Notes and Anecdotes
-- Liberty has been dominant in its five previous meetings with Virginia Union, winning all five contests by an average of 38.4 ppg (78.8-40.4).
-- The Lady Flames posted a 100-29 victory over the Panthers on Nov. 30, 2007, which was Liberty's last 100-point game before Saturday's 116-65 victory against Glenville State.
-- Last year, Liberty limited Virginia Union to 19 points on Nov. 16, 2010, equaling the fewest points allowed in Vines Center history.
-- Liberty and Virginia Union have one opponent in common so far this season, North Carolina A&T. The Aggies posted a 103-61 home win over the Panthers on Nov. 15, three days before North Carolina A&T defeated Liberty by an 81-74 score on the same court.
-- Virginia Union, an NCAA Division II squad, has not been afraid to play against Division I teams this season. Liberty will be the fourth Division I opponent the Panthers have faced in their first seven tilts of the 2011-12 season. Virginia Union is 0-3 against Division I foes this year, losing to Elon (70-46), North Carolina A&T (103-61) and Norfolk State (76-58).
-- Vicki Collier, the Panthers' leading scorer (18.0 ppg) and rebounder (10.3), is the daughter of head coach Barvenia Wooten-Cherry. Collier was one of her mother's assistant coaches last season before returning to the court this season. Collier started her collegiate career at Old Dominion and was on the Monarchs' roster when Liberty played ODU in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. However, she did not play in that game due to injury.
Liberty vs. the CIAA
Record vs. Current Conference Members: 7-4
Carey Green's Record vs. Current Conference Members: 7-0
Current Streak: Liberty has won the last seven meetings.
Last Meeting: Liberty 71, Virginia Union 19 (Nov. 16, 2010 at Liberty)
CIAA's Last Victory: Bowie State 72, Liberty 61 (Feb. 13, 1988 at Bowie State)
Competing Against the Commonwealth
-- Liberty is 1-3 versus Virginia opponents this season, including a victory over Virginia-Wise and losses to VCU, James Madison and Virginia.
-- Thursday's game begins a stretch of three straight contests against in-state opponents to close out the calendar year 2011.
-- 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.
Reaching Triple Digits
-- Saturday's 116-65 win over Glenville State was only the ninth time in program history that Liberty reached 100 points and the first time since a 100-29 win over Virginia Union on Nov. 30, 2007.
-- The Lady Flames set Vines Center records for points in a half (63) and in a game (116), while scoring their second-most points in program history.
-- Liberty has only recorded back-to-back 100-point games once before (Feb. 20 and 26, 1976 against Ferrum [102-55] and Roanoke [142-22]).
A Look Back at Saturday's Home Win over Glenville State
-- The Lady Flames set Vines Center records for points in a half (63) and in a game (116).
-- It was the first time Liberty has scored 100 points since Nov. 30, 2007 and the second-most points the Lady Flames have ever scored in a contest.
-- It was the second-most points any NCAA Division I women's basketball team has scored this season, trailing the 117 points Oklahoma posted against Sacramento State on Nov. 13.
-- Liberty also set Vines Center and program NCAA Division I records for rebounds (72), field goals made (48) and field goals attempted (93).
-- The Lady Flames held Glenville State to a season-low 65 points, which was 37 points below the Pioneers' scoring average entering the game.
-- Liberty shot a season-best 51.6 percent from the field, improving to 79-1 under head coach Carey Green when hitting more than half of its field goals in a game.
-- The Lady Flames outrebounded their 36th straight opponent, posting a 72-40 rebounding advantage over the Pioneers.
-- With her 18 rebounds, Avery Warley became the third player in program history and the fourth player in Big South history to grab 1,000 career rebounds. She also broke the program record with 398 career offensive boards.
-- Both Warley (20 points, 18 rebounds) and Devon Brown (20 points, 11 rebounds) posted double-doubles. It was Warley's second of the season and 34th of her career, while it was Brown's first of the season and the 10th of her career.
-- Jasmine Gardner scored a career-high 19 points, nearly doubling her previous high of 10, also set against Glenville State.
-- Regan Miller posted all of her career-high eight assists during the first half.
Avery Warley is getting within striking distance of Liberty's career rebounding record, Katie Feenstra's total of 1,033 rebounds.
Warley's Career Rebounding Total: 1,001 rebounds
Rebounds Needed to Pass Feenstra: 33 rebounds
When Warley Would Break the Record at Her 2011-12 Rebounding Pace (11.1 rpg):
Dec. 31, 2011 - Road game at Radford
When Warley Would Break the Record at Her Career Rebounding Pace (9.3 rpg):
Jan. 7, 2012 - Home game vs. High Point