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Liberty (17-8, 12-2 Big South) will play its final road game of the 2011-12 regular season Monday at 7 p.m., when the Lady Flames travel to Presbyterian College (12-12, 6-7 Big South). Liberty will attempt to bounce back from a Saturday loss at Winthrop, while PC will aim to extend its Big South-best four-game winning streak.
The "Starting Five" - Today's Top Storylines
1) Liberty will look to slow down Presbyterian College, who enters Monday with the longest active winning streak in the Big South at four games. The Blue Hose have already recorded the most overall victories (12) and Big South wins (6) in their NCAA Division I history.
2) The Lady Flames will attempt to bounce back from a 71-69 loss at Winthrop on Saturday and avoid something that has not happened in the last 15 years of Liberty women's basketball. Liberty has not lost consecutive Big South games, including regular-season and tournament contests, since Feb. 20 and 22, 1997.
3) Liberty is 8-0 all-time against Presbyterian College and has won all eight games by nine or more points. That is the second-most contests the Lady Flames have played against a single opponent without ever suffering a loss. Liberty is 14-0 all-time versus Birmingham-Southern.
4) Do not expect an abundance of offense on Monday at the Templeton Center, as Presbyterian College leads the Big South in scoring defense at 54.7 ppg, with Liberty ranking second at 57.0 ppg. Neither team has reached 60 points in the squads' last four head-to-head matchups.
5) Different players have stepped forward to carry the scoring load for the Lady Flames of late. Reagan Miller scored a career-high 23 points against Charleston Southern (Feb. 11), Devon Brown posted a season-best 27 points versus Coastal Carolina (Feb. 13) and Avery Warley notched a 19-point, 15-rebound outing Saturday at Winthrop.
Liberty vs. Presbyterian College At a Glance
Series Record: Liberty leads, 8-0.
Current Streak: Liberty has won the last eight meetings.
PC's Last Victory: None
Series Record at PC: Liberty leads, 3-0
Current Streak at PC: Liberty has won the last three meetings.
PC's Last Victory at Home: None
Last Meeting: Liberty 59, Presbyterian College 39 (Jan. 21, 2012 at Liberty)
Last Meeting at PC: Liberty 51, Presbyterian College 40 (Jan. 8, 2011)
Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 303-102 (13th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Presbyterian College: 8-0
Presbyterian College Head Coach: Ronny Fisher
Overall Record (Seasons): 30-82 (Fourth Season)
Record at Presbyterian College (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 0-7
Notes and Anecdotes
-- Presbyterian College has the longest current winning streak of any Big South team. The Blue Hose have won four games in a row, after ending Radford's seven-game winning streak with a 52-49 victory on Saturday.
-- PC has recorded its most overall victories (12) and Big South victories (6) since joining the NCAA Division I ranks in 2007-08.
-- Liberty is 8-0 all-time against Presbyterian College, marking the Lady Flames' second-best record against any opponent. Liberty is 14-0 all-time versus Birmingham-Southern.
-- The Lady Flames' smallest margin of victory against the Blue Hose has been nine points, when Liberty notched a 49-40 home triumph on March 7, 2011.
-- The Blue Hose have never scored 50 points against the Lady Flames. The closest they came was on Jan. 17, 2009, when Liberty notched a 59-49 victory at PC.
-- Monday's game will match up the two top scoring defenses in the Big South Conference. Presbyterian College leads the Big South, allowing 54.7 ppg, and Liberty ranks second, yielding 57.0 ppg. Neither team has reached the 60-point mark in the last four head-to-head matchups between the Lady Flames and Blue Hose. In those contests, Liberty's winning point totals have been 55, 51, 49 and 59. This season, only two teams have scored 70 points against the Blue Hose.
-- After Liberty's 71-69 setback at Winthrop on Saturday, the Lady Flames will attempt to avoid losing back-to-back Big South contests for the first time in 15 years.
-- The last time Liberty dropped back-to-back Big South games (including regular-season and tournament tilts) came at the end of the 1996-97 regular season. The Lady Flames dropped an 86-70 home decision to UNC Greensboro on Feb. 20, 1997. Two days later, they closed out the regular season with a 71-66 setback at Winthrop.
-- Since then, Liberty has gone 227-22 against Big South opponents and claimed 13 conference championships.
-- Winthrop's 71-69 victory over Liberty on Saturday snapped a number of streaks for the Lady Flames.
-- Prior to Saturday, Liberty had won seven straight road games, eight straight games against Winthrop and 11 straight games overall. The Lady Flames had also held Winthrop below the 60-point mark in 24 consecutive meetings.
Filling Up the Nets
-- Liberty has played well at the offensive end this season, ranking No. 2 in the Big South and No. 43 nationally with 70.2 ppg. In Big South play, the Lady Flames are averaging 73.4 ppg.
-- Liberty is attempting to average more than 70 ppg for a full season for the first time since the 2007-08 Lady Flames finished the year with a 71.7 ppg scoring average.
A Look Back at Liberty's Loss at Winthrop on Saturday
-- Liberty suffered a 71-69 setback at Winthrop on Saturday, marking the Lady Flames' first Big South road loss this season in eight outings.
-- The defeat snapped several streaks by the Lady Flames, as Liberty had won seven straight road games, eight straight meetings with Winthrop and a season-high 11 straight games overall.
-- The game was the 50th all-time meeting between Liberty and Winthrop, and the Eagles improved to 8-42 versus the Lady Flames.
-- Liberty dropped to 0-4 in games decided by five or fewer points this season.
-- The Lady Flames won the rebounding battle for the 24th time in 25 games this year (47-36) and held their 47th straight opponent to below 50 percent field goal shooting (Winthrop ended up at 36.1 percent).
-- The Eagles did much of their damage from beyond the three-point arc, hitting 10 of their 32 attempts for 31.3 percent.
-- Avery Warley led the Lady Flames in both points (19) and rebounds (15), recording her 11th double-double of the season. She also recorded multiple blocked shots for the ninth consecutive outing, finishing the game with two rejections.
-- Tolu Omotola scored 11 of her season-high 16 points during the second half, to go along with seven rebounds. She has now scored in double figures in four straight games for the first time in her career.
-- Devon Brown was limited to a season-low six points, but tied a season high with 11 rebounds and distributed a team-high eight assists. She also made all four of her free throws and has now connected on 13 consecutive foul shots.
-- Danika Dale and Reagan Miller chipped in eight points apiece for Liberty.
-- Liberty has played well in road Big South Conference matchups in recent years, going 83-11 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 also 7-1 in conference road games in 2011-12.
Keeping Good Company
-- Liberty Head Coach Carey Green's squads have traditionally rebounded well and played strong defense. This year's edition of the Lady Flames is no different, as the team ranks No. 1 nationally in rebound margin (+15.6) and No. 6 in field goal percentage defense (.336).
-- Only two other teams in the nation rank in the top 10 in both of those categories, No. 1 Baylor and No. 2 Connecticut.
Spreading the Wealth
-- During the Lady Flames' last eight games, eight of the team's 10 active players have scored in double figures at least once, and Jasmine Gardner nearly reached double digits at Gardner-Webb on Jan. 30 with eight points.
-- Liberty has six different players averaging more than 6.0 ppg for the year. No Lady Flames team has done that for a full season since 2003-04.
It's Been a While ...
-- On Monday, Liberty will be trying to avoid suffering back-to-back Big South losses for the first time in a long time.
-- The last time Liberty dropped back-to-back Big South games was Feb. 20 and 22, 1997. That weekend, it was announced that Dolly, a female sheep, had been successfully cloned. The Spice Girls opened a four-week run at No. 1 with the single "Wannabe." The previous week, Jeff Gordon had become the youngest Daytona 500 winner at age 25. Lady Flames radio broadcaster Jamie Hall was in the midst of his final semester as an undergraduate student at Liberty.