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WBB Game Day Central: Coastal Carolina
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2 p.m. at Coastal Carolina
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Liberty (7-7, 2-1 Big South) will take to the road for six of its next eight games, a stretch which begins with a Saturday matinee at Coastal Carolina (9-4, 2-2 Big South). Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. inside Kimbel Arena, where the Lady Flames will aim for their 37th straight victory in their head-to-head series against the Chanticleers.
The "Starting Five" - Today's Top Storylines
1) Liberty has defeated Coastal Carolina 36 straight times since the Chanticleers' last victory over the Lady Flames on Feb. 19, 1996. That is the seventh-longest active winning streak against a single opponent in NCAA Division I women's basketball.
2) Something has to give inside Kimbel Arena on Saturday. Coastal Carolina is a perfect 8-0 at home so far this year, but Liberty enters the contest having posted 15 straight wins at Kimbel Arena. The Lady Flames, who are 77-10 in Big South road games under head coach Carey Green, handed Coastal Carolina its first home loss of the 2009-10 season. That year, the Chanticleers also started out 8-0 at home.
3) Two of the Big South's best defensive squads will square off on Saturday. Coastal Carolina ranks second in the conference for scoring defense (56.8 ppg), while Liberty is third (58.4 ppg). Only one visiting team has scored 60 points at Kimbel Arena this season.
4) Saturday's contest will be the first meeting between a pair of talented freshman point guards--Liberty's Reagan Miller and Coastal Carolina's Shatia Cole. Miller tops Big South freshmen in assists (3.8 apg), while Cole is the Chanticleers' leading scorer at 10.8 ppg.
5) Avery Warley played a key role in two close victories by the Lady Flames over the Chanticleers last year. At the Vines Center on Jan. 24, 2011, Warley blocked a shot, grabbed two rebounds and made all four of her free throw attempts during the final 85 seconds of a 58-54 Liberty win. Warley then posted 12 points, a game-high 19 rebounds and three blocked shots during the Lady Flames' come-from-behind 51-44 triumph on March 11, 2011 in the Big South Championship quarterfinals.
Liberty vs. Coastal Carolina At a Glance
Series Record: Liberty leads, 46-7.
Current Streak: Liberty has won the last 36 meetings.
Coastal Carolina's Last Victory: Coastal Caro. 70, Liberty 55 (Feb. 19, 1996 at CCU)
Series Record at Coastal Carolina: Liberty leads, 20-3.
Current Streak at Coastal Carolina: Liberty has won the last 15 meetings.
Coastal Carolina's Last Victory at Home: Coastal Caro. 70, Liberty 55 (Feb. 19, 1996)
Last Meeting: Liberty 51, Coastal Carolina 44 (March 11, 2011 at High Point)
Last Meeting at Coastal Carolina: Liberty 64, Coastal Caro. 44 (Feb. 26, 2011 at CCU)
Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 293-101 (13th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Coastal Carolina: 28-0
Coastal Carolina Head Coach: Alan LeForce
Overall Record (Seasons): 211-200 (15th Season)
Record at Coastal Carolina (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 0-33
Notes and Anecdotes
-- Liberty has notched 36 straight wins over Coastal Carolina, marking the Lady Flames' longest winning streak against a single opponent in program history. It is also the seventh-longest active streak against an opponent in NCAA Division I women's basketball (see full list on next page.)
-- The Lady Flames will attempt to hand Coastal Carolina its first home loss of the season for the second time in the last three years, as the Chanticleers are 8-0 at Kimbel Arena this year. Liberty recorded a 57-38 victory at Coastal Carolina on Jan. 25, 2010, after the Chanticleers had won their first eight home games of the campaign. Something will have to give, as the Lady Flames have been victorious in 15 straight trips to Kimbel Arena.
-- Liberty head coach Carey Green is quite familiar with Coastal Carolina, graduating from the school in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in marine science.
-- Saturday's game will match up a pair of talented freshman point guards who each wear No. 5--Liberty's Reagan Miller and Coastal Carolina's Shatia Cole. Miller tops all Big South freshman point guards with 3.8 assists per contest. Meanwhile, Cole tops the Chanticleers in scoring at 10.8 points per game.
-- Liberty and Coastal Carolina are two of the Big South's top defensive teams, with the Chanticleers ranking second in the Big South in scoring defense (56.8 ppg) and Liberty following in third place (58.4 ppg).
Among the Nation's Best
The Lady Flames have defeated Coastal Carolina 36 straight times, dating back to Jan. 20, 1997. It marks the seventh-longest active winning streak by a Division I women's basketball squad against a single opponent, through games played on Jan. 11. Below is a look at the other national leaders.
1T) Old Dominion - 52 straight wins over William & Mary
1T) Stanford - 52 straight wins over Washington State
3) Old Dominion - 42 straight wins over UNC Wilmington
4) Tennessee - 40 straight wins over South Carolina
5) UC Santa Barbara - 38 straight wins over Cal State Fullerton
6) Tennessee - 37 straight wins over Alabama
7) Liberty - 36 straight wins over Coastal Carolina
It's Been a While ...
-- Liberty has not lost to Coastal Carolina since Feb. 19, 1996. Since then, the Lady Flames have won 364 games and 13 Big South championships.
-- When the Chanticleers last defeated the Lady Flames, Bill Clinton was serving his first term as President, "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men was the nation's No. 1 song, "Broken Arrow" was the nation's No. 1 movie and the Dallas Cowboys had recently defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XXX. Lady Flame freshman Ashley Rininger was about two months away from celebrating her third birthday.
Liberty scored 90 points during its win over Campbell on Monday, reaching the 90-point plateau for just the fourth time ever in a Big South Conference matchup and the first time since a 94-66 victory at UNC Asheville on Feb. 27, 2010.
A Look Back at Liberty's Home Win over Campbell on Monday
-- Liberty posted a 90-61 home victory over Campbell on Monday, marking the Lady Flames' fourth 90-point outburst ever in a Big South game and their first since a 94-66 triumph at UNC Asheville on Feb. 27, 2010.
-- The game was the first meeting between the Lady Flames and Camels since Nov. 29, 1999.
-- Liberty shot 52.2 percent from the field, improving to 3-0 this season and 81-1 under head coach Carey Green when making at least half of its field goals.
-- In a battle between the Big South's two top rebounding teams, the Lady Flames enjoyed a decisive 45-27 advantage on the glass. It was the 41st straight time Liberty has won the rebounding battle.
-- Liberty also held its 36th consecutive opponent below 50 percent from the field, holding Campbell to a .441 field goal percentage.
-- Devon Brown led all players with 25 points in just 25 minutes of action. She passed Pam Wilder and moved into 11th place in program history with 1,124 career points.
-- Danika Dale's 15 points tied her career high. She also claimed a spot on Liberty's top 50 rebounders list with 307 career boards.
-- Avery Warley scored in double figures for the ninth straight game, ending the contest with 11 points.
-- Reagan Miller tied her career high with eight assists and also drained three triples, becoming the first Lady Flame to post that combination of statistics since Sharon Wilkerson had eight assists and a trio of three-pointers at Charleston Southern on Jan. 24, 2000.
-- LaKendra Washington was Liberty's top bench scorer for the eighth time in her 12 games this season, finishing with nine points.
On the Road Again
-- Liberty's Saturday game at Coastal Carolina will be the team's first visit outside the Virginia state borders since the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament (Nov. 25-26). The Lady Flames' last eight contests have been played within the Commonwealth.
-- Beginning with Saturday's tilt, the Lady Flames will play six of their next eight contests away from the Vines Center.
-- Liberty has played well in road Big South Conference matchups in recent years, going 77-10 under head coach Carey Green. The Lady Flames have never lost more than two road conference games in a season since Green took over as head coach prior to the 1999-2000 campaign.
-- The Lady Flames, who went 7-1 in Big South road tilts last season, won their first Big South road game of the year on Dec. 31, with a 76-68 decision at Radford.