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Broadcast - Tip-Off:
7:05 p.m. vs. High Point
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Liberty (6-6, 1-0 Big South) will face a strong test in its Big South Conference home opener Saturday at 7 p.m., as fellow conference unbeaten High Point (7-6, 2-0 Big South) visits the Vines Center. The Lady Flames and Panthers were the top two teams in the Big South preseason poll.
The "Starting Five" - Today's Top Storylines
1) Saturday's game will be a marquee early-season matchup within the Big South Conference. Liberty was tabbed the preseason conference favorite, with High Point coming in second in the voting. Both teams are off to strong starts in Big South play. The Lady Flames posted a 76-68 win at Radford in their conference opener, while the Panthers have won their two Big South tilts by an average of 31.0 ppg.
2) Liberty will attempt to win its Big South home opener for the 11th time in the last 12 years. The Lady Flames had won 10 straight conference home lid-lifters before Radford posted a 62-53 win at the Vines Center in Liberty's initial home conference game a year ago.
3) The Lady Flames have defeated the Panthers the last four times High Point has visited the Vines Center, but last season's matchup on Feb. 5, 2011 went down to the wire. Liberty escaped with a 58-57 victory as Devon Brown rejected Erin Reynolds' attempted layup in the waning seconds.
4) Liberty redshirt senior Avery Warley can make some history on Saturday. She enters the contest with 1,031 rebounds, meaning that three more boards will enable her to break Katie Feenstra's program record of 1,033 career rebounds. Warley averaged 14.0 rpg in three meetings with the Panthers last year.
5) Warley will have plenty of competition for rebounds in the form of High Point's 6-4 sophomore center, Cheyenne Parker. Warley is ranked No. 9 nationally with 10.8 rpg, while Parker sits No. 12 in the nation with 10.6 rpg.
Liberty vs. High Point At a Glance
Series Record: Liberty leads, 29-9.
Current Streak: Liberty has won the last six meetings.
High Point's Last Victory: High Point 58, Liberty 53 (March 9, 2009 at High Point)
Series Record at Liberty: Liberty leads, 13-4.
Current Streak at Liberty: Liberty has won four straight meetings.
High Point's Last Victory at Liberty: High Point 67, Liberty 61 (Feb. 10, 2007)
Last Meeting: Liberty 76, High Point 55 (March 12, 2011)
Last Meeting at Liberty: Liberty 58, High Point 57 (Feb. 5, 2011)
Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 292-100 (13th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. High Point: 25-6
High Point Head Coach: Jennifer Hoover
Overall Record (Seasons): 7-6 (First Season)
Record at High Point (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 0-0
Notes and Anecdotes
-- Liberty was picked to finish first in the Big South preseason poll, while High Point was picked second. During the very early stages of conference play, both teams are still undefeated, with the Lady Flames owning a 1-0 Big South conference record and the Panthers at 2-0.
-- Liberty and High Point both faced VCU and Virginia during the non-conference slate. The Lady Flames dropped both games, while the Panthers defeated VCU and lost to Virginia.
-- Jennifer Hoover is facing the Lady Flames for the first time as a head coach. She went 1-1 against Liberty during her time as an assistant coach at Virginia (2003-07).
-- Saturday's game will feature the top three active career scorers in the Big South Conference, including High Point's Shamia Brown (1,252 career points) and the Liberty duo of Avery Warley (1,193) and Devon Brown (1,080).
-- Two of the nation's top 12 rebounders will square off, as Liberty's Warley ranks No. 9 nationally with 10.8 rpg and High Point's Cheyenne Parker is No. 12 at 10.6 rpg. During last season's three meetings against one another, Warley averaged 19.3 ppg and 14.0 rpg, while Parker posted 8.3 ppg and 6.3 rpg. Warley has some good memories of playing against High Point, as she scored her 1,000th point against the Panthers on March 12, 2011 and has posted 28 and 26-point games against High Point during her career.
Liberty vs. the Big South
Record vs. Current Conference Members: 253-75
Carey Green's Record vs. Current Conference Members: 171-17
Current Streak: Liberty won its last meeting.
Last Meeting: Liberty 76, Radford 68 (Dec. 31, 2011 at Radford)
Liberty's Last Loss: Gardner-Webb 67, Liberty 66 (March 13, 2011 at High Point)
Liberty in Big South Home Openers
All-Time Record in Big South Home Openers: 15-5
Carey Green's Record in Big South Home Openers: 10-2
Current Streak: Liberty lost its Big South home opener in 2010-11.
Last Year's Big South Home Opener: Radford 62, Liberty 53 (Jan. 17, 2011)
Liberty's Last Win in a Big South Home Opener: Liberty 67, Winthrop 38 (Jan. 9, 2010)
Notes: Liberty had won 10 straight Big South home openers prior to last season's loss to Radford.
-- Liberty is 1-0 against High Point in Big South home openers. The Lady Flames defeated the Panthers by a 76-57 count on Jan. 29, 2008 at the Vines Center.
Liberty in January
All-Time Record in January: 171-107
Carey Green's Record in January: 87-10
Record This January (Games Remaining): 0-0 (8 games remaining)
Last Five January Records:
2006-07 - 6-1
2007-08 - 7-0
2008-09 - 8-0
2009-10 - 8-1
2010-11 - 8-1
Staying Close to Home
Saturday's game will be Liberty's seventh straight contest played in Virginia.
A Look Back at Liberty's Win at Radford on Dec. 31
-- Liberty's 76-68 victory at Radford on Dec. 31 was the Lady Flames' 11th win in their last 12 Big South openers.
-- The Lady Flames' fifth straight win inside the Dedmon Center was their first road victory since the Nov. 11 season opener at UNC Greensboro.
-- The contest marked the first time Liberty has won a game decided by 10 or fewer points this season.
-- Liberty shot a season-high 60.5 percent (26-of-43) from the field, improving to 2-0 this season and 80-1 under head coach Carey Green when shooting 50 percent or better from the floor.
-- The Lady Flames extended a couple lengthy streaks, outrebounding their 39th straight opponent (41-23) and keeping their 34th consecutive opponent from shooting 50 percent from the field (Radford finished at .414).
-- Liberty won despite tying a program Division I record with 39 turnovers committed.
-- Four Lady Flames scored in double figures, marking the fifth time Liberty has accomplished the feat during its six wins this season.
-- Devon Brown led Liberty's attack with 19 points, moving past Brenda Gunsallus and into 12th place in program history with 1,080 career points.
-- Avery Warley's 14 points allowed her to leapfrog Ginny Holloway for sixth place in Liberty history with 1,193 career markers.
-- Warley also corralled 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season and the 36th of her career. As a result, she moved into second place on Liberty's career rebounding chart with 1,031 caroms. Warley needs just three more boards to break Katie Feenstra's program record of 1,033 rebounds.
Tough Time in Tight Tilts
-- Liberty's 76-68 win at Radford on Dec. 31 was the Lady Flames' first victory this season in a game decided by 10 or fewer points. Liberty is now 1-3 in such contests.
-- Last season, the Lady Flames were 8-8 in games decided by 10 or fewer points. One of those wins was a 58-57 victory over High Point at the Vines Center on Feb. 5, 2011. The Panthers had a chance to win the game, but Devon Brown blocked Erin Reynolds' layup attempt in the closing seconds.
Finding Their Touch From the Foul Line
-- Liberty only ranks eighth in the Big South in free throw percentage at .630 for the season. However, the Lady Flames have shot well from the foul line in the second half of their last two games (at Radford and Richmond), making 28 of their 38 attempts for a .737 clip.
-- Leading the charge is Avery Warley, who is 11-for-11 on free throws in the second half of the last two games.
-- Liberty, which was picked first in the Big South preseason poll for the 14th time in the last 15 years, will face off with two of its top projected contenders right off the bat in conference play.
-- The Lady Flames opened their Big South slate at Radford (No. 3 in the preseason poll) on Dec. 31 and are now returning home to face No. 2 selection High Point on Saturday.
The Container is Half Full
The Lady Flames are 2-0 this season and are now 80-1 under head coach Carey Green when making at least 50 percent of their field goals.
The Container is Half Empty
-- None of Liberty's 12 opponents so far this season have shot 50 percent from the field. No. 12/14 Oklahoma came the closest, shooting 45.6 percent (26-of-57) against the Lady Flames on Nov. 25.
-- The Lady Flames have now kept 34 straight opponents from making 50 percent of their field goals. The last opposing team to do so was No. 17/17 St. John's, which posted a 52.9 (27-of-51) field goal percentage versus Liberty on Dec. 28, 2010.
-- Since the start of the 2007-08 season, only four teams have shot 50 percent against Liberty in 143 games.
Avery Warley is getting close to setting Liberty's career rebounding record, Katie Feenstra's total of 1,033 rebounds.
Warley's Career Rebounding Total: 1,031 rebounds
Rebounds Needed to Pass Feenstra: 3 rebounds
When Warley Would Break the Record at Her 2011-12 Rebounding Pace (10.8 rpg):
Jan. 7, 2012 - Home game vs. High Point
When Warley Would Break the Record at Her Career Rebounding Pace (9.3 rpg):
Jan. 7, 2012 - Home game vs. High Point