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WBB Game Day Central: High Point
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Liberty (14-7, 9-1 Big South) will wrap up its string of four consecutive Big South road games in North Carolina Monday at 7 p.m., when the Lady Flames meet High Point (14-7, 9-1 Big South). Liberty and High Point are tied for first place in the Big South standings with matching 9-1 conference records.
The "Starting Five" - Today's Top Storylines
1) Liberty and High Point are tied for first place in the Big South Conference standings at 9-1. The winner of Monday's game will have the inside track to the No. 1 seed in the Big South Women's Basketball Championship, which will be hosted by High Point at the Millis Center, March 9-11.
2) High Point was victorious in its first meeting with Liberty this season, coming away with a 73-69 overtime win at the Vines Center on Jan. 7. The Panthers will attempt to join the 2006-07 High Point squad and the 2009-10 Gardner-Webb team as the only Big South teams to sweep the regular-season series from Liberty during Carey Green's 13 seasons as head coach.
3) Liberty will have to figure out how to follow up Saturday's history-making day at Campbell. Head coach Carey Green won his 300th career game, Avery Warley became the Big South's all-time leading rebounder and the contest was No. 1,000 in program history.
4) Liberty has gotten used to playing at the Millis Center in recent years. Monday's game will be the 13th game seniors Avery Warley and Danika Dale have played at the facility. The Lady Flames are 10-2 at the Millis Center during that span and will return to High Point for the 2012 Big South Women's Basketball Championship next month.
5) High Point's Cheyenne Parker and Liberty's Avery Warley are two of the nation's top rebounders, ranking No. 3 and No. 13, respectively, in the latest NCAA statistical report. During the teams' first matchup this season on Jan. 7, Parker grabbed 18 rebounds while Warley corralled 16 boards.
Liberty vs. High Point At a Glance
Series Record: Liberty leads, 29-10.
Current Streak: High Point won the most recent meeting.
Liberty's Last Victory: Liberty 76, High Point 55 (March 12, 2011 at High Point)
Series Record at High Point: Liberty leads, 12-5.
Current Streak at High Point: Liberty has won the last four meetings.
High Point's Last Victory at Home: High Point 58, Liberty 53 (March 9, 2009)
Last Meeting: High Point 73, Liberty 69 (OT) (Jan. 7, 2012 at Liberty)
Last Meeting at High Point: Liberty 76, High Point 55 (March 12, 2011)
Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 300-101 (13th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. High Point: 25-7
High Point Head Coach: Jennifer Hoover
Overall Record (Seasons): 14-7 (First Season)
Record at High Point (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 1-0
Notes and Anecdotes
-- High Point will attempt to complete a sweep of the regular-season series against Liberty, after posting a 73-69 overtime win at the Vines Center on Jan. 7. Only two Big South teams have ever swept the regular-season series versus the Lady Flames in Carey Green's 13 seasons as head coach--the 2006-07 High Point team and the 2009-10 Gardner-Webb squad.
-- Monday's game will be the 13th contest Liberty seniors Avery Warley and Danika Dale have played at the Millis Center. The duo owns a 10-2 record at the facility, including an 8-1 mark in the Big South Championship and a 2-1 record in regular-season matchups with the Panthers.
-- Two of the nation's top rebounders will square off on Monday, in High Point's Cheyenne Parker and Liberty's Avery Warley. In the most recent NCAA statistical rankings, Parker ranks No. 3 nationally with 12.6 rpg, while Warley checks in at No. 13 with 10.8 rpg. In the teams' first meeting this season, Parker grabbed 18 rebounds while Warley finished with 16 caroms. Warley now owns the Big South single-season (363) and career (1,130) rebounding records, but Parker figures to challenge both marks by the time the sophomore graduates. She has pulled down 263 boards this year and 503 for her career.
-- Three current Lady Flames posted their career scoring highs against High Point. Devon Brown tallied 29 points on Jan. 30, 2010, Avery Warley scored 28 on March 12, 2011 and Catherine Kearney notched 13 points on Jan. 7, 2012.
Clash of the Titans
-- Monday's game between Liberty and High Point will match up the two teams tied for first place in the Big South standings, with matching 9-1 conference records.
-- Liberty was picked to finish first in the Big South preseason poll, with High Point selected second.
-- The Lady Flames and Panthers have combined to win 13 of the last 14 Big South regular-season titles, dating back to the 1997-98 season.
Only Overtime Opponent
-- High Point defeated Liberty by a 73-69 count in overtime during the teams' first meeting of the season, Jan. 7 at the Vines Center.
-- Liberty's only two overtime games since the start of the 2004-05 season have come against the Panthers. High Point notched a 64-62 overtime victory over the Lady Flames at the Millis Center on Jan. 20, 2007.
Millis Center Memories
-- Liberty has won its two most recent Big South titles at the Millis Center, defeating Gardner-Webb in the 2009 and 2010 championship games.
-- Avery Warley scored a career-high 28 points at High Point in the 2011 Big South Championship semifinals, including her 1,000th point.
-- Devon Brown hit the game-winning shot in the final seconds of the 2010 Big South Championship title game versus Gardner-Webb. She also scored a career-high 29 points at High Point on Jan. 30, 2010.
A Look Back at Liberty's Win at Campbell on Saturday
-- Liberty enjoyed a historic day on Saturday, as the Lady Flames halted Campbell's 11-game home winning streak with a 58-45 decision at Gore Arena.
-- The contest was the 1,000th game in program history.
-- Head coach Carey Green earned career victory No. 300, improving to 300-101 in his 13th season at Liberty.
-- During the second half, Avery Warley broke the Big South all-time rebounding record which was previously held by former Charleston Southern standout Kate Sanford (1996-2000). Sanford's mark stood at 1,127 rebounds, while Warley's game-high 13 boards put her new record at 1,130.
-- Liberty outrebounded its 48th straight opponent (45-31) and held its 43rd consecutive opponent below 50 percent field goal shooting (Campbell shot 27.3 percent for the game.)
-- The Lady Flames held Campbell to a season-low 45 points and blocked 10 shots in a contest for the first time since Nov. 16, 2006 versus Columbia Union.
-- Liberty shot 54.5 percent from the field, improving to 83-1 under Carey Green when making at least 50 percent of its field goal attempts.
-- It was just Liberty's second victory in nine visits to Campbell, and the Lady Flames' first win in Buies Creek since Feb. 6, 1993.
-- Warley completed her ninth double-double of the season with 10 points, sharing team-high honors. She also came up with a career-high six steals and tied her career high with four blocked shots.
-- Reagan Miller scored all 10 of her points during a 2:34 stretch of the second half.
-- Devon Brown was held to nine points, ending a 21-game streak of scoring in double figures. However, she did distribute a game-high six assists, tying her career high.
Recipe for Success
-- Liberty enters Monday's game with a season-best eight-game winning streak. The following are a few keys to the Lady Flames' recent success.
-- Liberty has won all eight games by 13 or more points, posting an average margin of victory of 23.5 ppg (74.8 to 51.2).
-- Liberty has gotten to the free throw line an average of 24.4 times per game, as compared with just 11.4 times per contest for its opponents. The Lady Flames are shooting better than their season average from the line, connecting at a 69.2 percent rate.
-- Liberty has outrebounded all eight opponents, by an average of 16.0 rpg.
-- Devon Brown is averaging 17.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.3 steals per contest during the winning streak.
-- Liberty has played well in road Big South Conference matchups in recent years, going 82-10 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, are 6-0 in conference road games in 2011-12.
Racking Up the Records
-- On Saturday, Avery Warley broke the Big South career rebounding record, joining several other Liberty players who own Big South career marks. The list now includes:
Career Points: 2,154 - Elena Kisseleva (1996-00)
Career FG Percentage: .622 - Katie Feenstra (2001-05)
Career Free Throws Made: 605 - Kisseleva
Career 3FG Percentage: .363 - Sharon Wilkerson (1996-00)
Career Rebounds: 1,130 - Avery Warley (2008-12)