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WBB Game Day Central: Charleston Southern

February 9, 2012
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Avery Warley scored 22 of her season-high 26 points during the second half of Liberty's 79-64 win at Charleston Southern on Jan. 16.

Game Day Central

Complete Game Notes

Play 4Kay Information

Television Coverage:

Provided by the Flames Sports Network

Liberty Channel - Local Coverage
(WTLU regionally in Lynchburg market)
Game Will be Carried Live

Video Streaming Coverage:
Big South Network

Radio Coverage:
Provided by the Flames Sports Network

Broadcast - Tip-Off:
2:06 p.m. vs. Charleston Southern

Broadcasting Station:
The Light (90.9 FM WWMC)

Today's Game
Now in sole possession of first place in the Big South standings, Liberty (15-7, 10-1 Big South) will play its first home game since Jan. 23, on Saturday. Third-place Charleston Southern (14-8, 7-4 Big South) will visit the Vines Center for a 2 p.m. tipoff in a contest which will serve as the Lady Flames' Play 4Kay game, in support of breast cancer awareness.

The "Starting Five" - Today's Top Storylines
1) Liberty and Charleston Southern enter Saturday's clash as two of the hottest teams in the Big South Conference. Nine straight victories have moved the Lady Flames to the top of the conference standings. Meanwhile, the Lady Buccaneers have averaged 81.0 ppg during their current three-game winning streak, which has lifted them to third in the Big South.

2) Charleston Southern will look to overcome a couple negative trends. The Lady Buccaneers are just 3-6 in road games this year and have lost 17 consecutive road contests at Liberty since posting a 65-64 win on Jan. 20, 1996 at the Vines Center.

3) Charleston Southern ranks No. 4 nationally with 9.3 three-pointers made per game and leads the Big South with a 35.5 percent shooting clip from three-point range. On the other side of the ball, Liberty ranks first in the conference for three-point field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to shoot just 27.6 percent from beyond the arc.

4) Rachelle Coward of Charleston Southern is having a great season. She ranks No. 12 nationally with 61 three-pointers made and sits second in the Big South with her 18.0 ppg scoring average. The Lady Flames will attempt to slow the junior down, after Coward tied CSU's school record with nine triples as part of a 32-point effort against Liberty on Jan. 16.

5) Avery Warley will aim to continue her strong play against Charleston Southern. She is averaging 15.2 rpg during her last five meetings with the Lady Buccaneers. On Jan. 16, she scored 22 of her season-high 26 points during the second half of Liberty's win at CSU.

Liberty vs. Charleston Southern At a Glance
Series History
Series Record:
Liberty leads, 44-6.
Current Streak: Liberty won the most recent meeting.
CSU's Last Victory: Charleston Southern 54, Liberty 51 (Feb. 28, 2011 at CSU)
Series Record at Liberty: Liberty leads, 22-2.
Current Streak at Liberty: Liberty has won the last 17 meetings.
CSU's Last Victory at Liberty: Charleston Southern 65, Liberty 64 (Jan. 20, 1996)
Last Meeting: Liberty 79, Charleston Southern 64 (Jan. 16, 2012)
Last Meeting at Liberty: Liberty 63, Charleston Southern 46 (Jan. 22, 2011)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 301-101 (13th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Charleston Southern: 27-1

Charleston Southern Head Coach: Julie Goodenough
Overall Record (Seasons): 285-213 (18th Season)
Record at Charleston Southern (Seasons): 75-98 (Sixth Season)
Record vs. Liberty: 1-11

Notes and Anecdotes
-- Liberty and Charleston Southern enter Saturday's game as two of the hottest teams in the Big South Conference. The Lady Flames are on a conference-best nine-game winning streak, while the Lady Buccaneers are averaging 81.0 ppg during their current three-game winning skein.

-- Charleston Southern is just 3-6 in road games this year, although one of those road triumphs was an 82-77 decision at Clemson on Dec. 4. Additionally, the Lady Buccaneers have lost 17 consecutive road contests at Liberty.

-- Charleston Southern and Liberty could keep the Vines Center scoreboard operator busy on Saturday, as the Lady Buccaneers lead the Big South in scoring at 73.5 ppg while the Lady Flames sit second on the list at 70.1 ppg.

-- Charleston Southern tops the Big South Conference in both three-pointers made per game (9.3) and three-point field goal percentage (35.5). The Lady Buccaneers will match up against Liberty, which boasts the conference's best three-point field goal percentage defense at 27.6 percent. The first time the two teams squared off this year, on Jan. 16, Charleston Southern shot 13-of-31 from three-point range for 41.9 percent.

-- Avery Warley has often flourished against Charleston Southern during her career. She scored 22 of her season-high 26 points during the second half at CSU on Jan. 16. Warley also pulled down a career-high 21 rebounds at Charleston Southern on Feb. 28, 2011.

Sorting Out the Streaks
-- Liberty's 73-65 win at High Point on Monday was the Lady Flames' 10th Big South win of the season. Liberty has now notched 10 or more Big South triumphs for 13 consecutive seasons. The last time the Lady Flames did not reach 10 Big South victories, the 1998-99 season, saw Liberty go 9-1 in 10 conference contests.

If Liberty defeats Charleston Southern on Saturday, the Lady Flames would extend the following streaks:

-- It would be give the Lady Flames their first 10-game win streak since a 10-game run spanning Feb. 15-March 14, 2010.

-- It would be Liberty's 18th straight home win over Charleston Southern.

-- It would clinch Liberty's 16th straight season of finishing with a .500 record or better.

A Look Back at Liberty's Win at High Point on Monday
-- Liberty posted a 73-65 win at High Point on Monday, in a battle between the Big South Conference's two co-leaders. With the victory, the Lady Flames took sole possession of first place in the Big South standings for the first time this season, at 10-1.

-- The victory was the Lady Flames' season-best ninth in a row and improved the team's record to 11-2 at the Millis Center since the start of the 2008-09 season.

-- Liberty shot 50.9 percent (27-of-53) from the field during the game, improving to 6-0 this season and 84-1 under head coach Carey Green when making at least half of its field goals.

-- Meanwhile, High Point shot only 38.9 percent (21-of-54) from the floor, becoming the 44th straight opponent Liberty has held below 50 percent.

-- High Point did outrebound the Lady Flames by a slim 37-36 margin, becoming the first team to win the rebounding battle against Liberty since Baylor on Nov. 26, 2010. Liberty had outrebounded 48 straight opponents prior to Monday.

-- Devon Brown scored all 13 of her points after halftime for the Lady Flames.

-- Tolu Omotola's 13 points were just two off of her season-high scoring total.

-- Reagan Miller tallied eight of her 10 points during the second half, reaching double figures in the scoring column for the third game in a row.

-- LaKendra Washington helped Liberty build a 14-point halftime lead by notching all 10 of her points before the intermission. She helped Liberty's bench outscore High Point's reserves, 26-7.

-- Catherine Kearney finished with 10 points, giving her a scoring average of 11.5 ppg in two meetings with High Point this year.

-- Avery Warley was limited to a season-low four points but grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.

Spreading the Wealth
-- One of the keys to Liberty's 73-65 win at High Point on Monday was an extremely balanced scoring attack. Five Lady Flames reached double figures on the night, with Devon Brown and Tolu Omotola tallying 13 points apiece and the trio of Catherine Kearney, Reagan Miller and LaKendra Washington each scoring 10.

-- Monday's game marked the 13th time this season that three or more Lady Flames have scored in double figures during the game game. Liberty is 11-2 in those contests, as compared with a 4-5 record when two or fewer players reach double digits.

Inside vs. Outside
-- A look at the most recent NCAA Division I national statistical rankings illustrates the stark difference between the strategies of Charleston Southern and Liberty.

-- Most of Charleston Southern's lofty national rankings are related to the Lady Buccaneers' proficient outside shooting. As a team, CSU ranks No. 4 nationally in three-pointers made. Individually, Rachelle Coward sits No. 12 in the nation for three-pointers made, while fellow guard Erin Bratcher ranks No. 21 in the nation in three-point field goal percentage.

-- Meanwhile, Liberty's emphasis on strong defense and rebounding is evidenced by the team's No. 1 national ranking in rebound margin and No. 5 listing in field goal percentage defense. On the individual side, Avery Warley is the No. 12 rebounder in the nation.

It's Been a While ...
-- Charleston Southern has not recorded a road win at Liberty since Jan. 20, 1996, when the Lady Buccaneers came away with a 65-64 victory inside the Vines Center.

-- That win came eight days before the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XXX and in the midst of a 72-10 season for Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls.  "Mr. Holland's Opus" was opening at the box office, while "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men was the nation's No. 1 radio single.

-- Carey Green was an assistant coach at Clemson at the time, helping the Tigers claim the 1996 ACC title. Andy Bloodworth was a sophomore on the Calvin College women's basketball team which advanced to the second round of the 1996 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship. Jamie Hall was a junior at Liberty, calling Lady Flames women's basketball games on the radio for the second season in a row.