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7:06 p.m. vs. UNC Asheville
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Liberty (19-8, 14-2 Big South) will welcome UNC Asheville (7-19, 3-12 Big South) to the Vines Center Monday evening at 7 p.m. The game will be a possible preview of the first round of the Big South Women's Basketball Championship.
The "Starting Five" - Today's Top Storylines
1) Monday's contest could preview the first round of the Big South Women's Basketball Championship. Liberty clinched the tournament's No. 1 seed with its Saturday win over Gardner-Webb. Meanwhile, UNC Asheville would be in position for the No. 8 seed if the season ended today. The two teams have not squared off in the Big South Championship since 2005.
2) If it wins on Monday, Liberty would tie the Big South single-season record with its 15th conference victory. Additionally, the Lady Flames would seal their 14th 20-win season in program history.
3) UNC Asheville will attempt to snap a few losing streaks. The Bulldogs have lost eight straight games overall, nine straight games against Liberty and 15 consecutive road games, dating back to last season.
4) Devon Brown will aim to continue her stellar play against UNC Asheville. She is averaging 26.0 ppg during her last two matchups with the Bulldogs.
5a) Monday's game will present a pair of intriguing head-to-head matchups. Under the basket, Liberty's Avery Warley will square off with Asheville's Kelli Riles. Warley ranks No. 6 nationally in rebounding, with Riles close behind at No. 9.
5b) On the perimeter, talented freshmen Reagan Miller of Liberty and Shonese Jones of Asheville will go against one another. Both of them have won three Big South Freshman of the Week honors this season. Miller tops Big South freshmen in assists at 3.9 apg, while Jones leads conference rookies with 15.3 ppg.
Liberty vs. UNC Asheville At a Glance
Series Record: Liberty leads, 43-7.
Current Streak: Liberty has won the last nine meetings.
Asheville's Last Victory: UNC Asheville 54, Liberty 51 (Feb. 24, 2007 at Liberty)
Series Record at Liberty: Liberty leads, 22-2.
Current Streak at Liberty: Liberty has won the last four meetings.
Asheville's Last Victory at Liberty: UNC Asheville 54, Liberty 51 (Feb. 24, 2007)
Last Meeting: Liberty 78, UNC Asheville 56 (Jan. 28, 2012 at Asheville)
Last Meeting at Liberty: Liberty 72, UNC Asheville 58 (March 4, 2011)
Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 305-102 (13th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. UNC Asheville: 28-1
UNC Asheville Head Coach: Betsy Blose
Overall Record (Seasons): 239-245 (17th Season)
Record at UNC Asheville (Seasons): 125-168 (10th Season)
Record vs. Liberty: 1-20
Notes and Anecdotes
-- UNC Asheville will try to snap a few losing streaks on Monday. The Bulldogs have lost eight straight games overall, nine straight contests against Liberty and 15 consecutive road tilts, dating back to last season.
-- Monday's game could be a preview of the first round of the Big South Women's Basketball Championship on March 9. Liberty has clinched the tournament's No. 1 seed, while the Bulldogs currently sit in the No. 8 position.
-- Asheville assistant coach Tiffany (Ratcliff) Gwynn was a part of Liberty's first three Big South championship-winning teams. She was a player for the 1996-97 and 1997-98 Lady Flames teams and then served as an assistant coach in 1998-99.
-- Devon Brown is averaging 26.0 ppg in her last two meetings with UNC Asheville, including a 27-point game on March 4, 2011 at Liberty and a 25-point outing Jan. 28 at Asheville.
-- Liberty's Avery Warley and Asheville's Kelli Riles are two of the nation's top rebounders. Warley is tied for No. 6 nationally in rebounding, while Riles ranks No. 9. Warley outrebounded Riles, 11-8, during the teams' matchup on Jan. 28.
-- Freshman guards Reagan Miller of Liberty and Shonese Jones of Asheville have each won a trio of Big South Freshman of the Week honors this season. Jones tops conference freshmen with 15.3 ppg, while Miller leads Big South rookies with 3.9 apg.
We Are The Champions!
-- With its 76-44 victory over Gardner-Webb on Saturday, Liberty clinched the Big South regular-season title and the No. 1 seed for the Big South Women's Basketball Championship.
-- This is the Lady Flames' 13th Big South regular-season crown in the last 15 years and second in a row. Liberty has gone on to win the Big South Women's Basketball Championship title 11 of the previous 12 times it claimed the regular-season conference championship.
What's At Stake on Monday
-- If Liberty defeats UNC Asheville on Monday, the Lady Flames will tie a Big South record with its 15th conference win of the season. The 2008-09 Liberty and 2009-10 Gardner-Webb squads previously posted 15 Big South victories. Additionally, the Lady Flames would record the 14th 20-win season in program history.
A Look Back at Liberty's Win Over Gardner-Webb on Saturday
-- Liberty posted a 76-44 win over Gardner-Webb, Saturday afternoon at the Vines Center, marking the Lady Flames' largest margin of victory in 11 all-time meetings with the defending Big South champion Runnin' Bulldogs.
-- With the victory, Liberty clinched the Big South regular-season title and the No. 1 seed for the Big South Women's Basketball Championship.
-- Liberty raced out to a 31-4 lead to start the game and held the Runnin' Bulldogs without a field goal for the first 15:26 of the contest.
-- The Lady Flames won the rebounding battle for the 26th time in 27 games this year (51-32) and held their 49th straight opponent to below 50 percent field goal shooting (Gardner-Webb ended up at just 18.0 percent).
-- Liberty shot 51.8 percent from the field during the game, improving to 7-0 this season and 85-1 under head coach Carey Green when making at least 50 percent of its field goals.
-- Saturday marked Senior Day at the Vines Center, and the Lady Flames' senior duo of Danika Dale and Avery Warley played well. The two players combined for 25 points and 24 rebounds on the afternoon.
-- Dale ended up with seven points and nine rebounds, falling just one board shy of her career high.
-- Warley led all players in both points (18) and rebounds (15), recording her 12th double-double of the season. During the game, she became the first Big South player ever to surpass 1,200 career rebounds.
-- Devon Brown added 17 points, moving up to No. 6 in program history with 1,344 career points.
-- Reagan Miller joined Warley and Brown in double figures with 10 points, highlighted by two triples. Miller has now made 49 three-pointers this season, which is the most by a Liberty freshman since Cynthia Thomson hit 64 triples in 1989-90.
See You Again Soon?
-- Liberty has clinched the No. 1 seed for the Big South Women's Basketball Championship, while UNC Asheville currently resides in the No. 8 position. So, the Lady Flames and Bulldogs would square off in the first round if the season ended today.
-- The Lady Flames are 5-0 all-time against the Bulldogs in the Big South Women's Basketball Championship, but the two teams have not faced off in the tournament since March 12, 2005. That day, Liberty posted an 88-41 win over Asheville in the championship game at the Vines Center.
-- For the second week in a row and the third time this season, Liberty point guard Reagan Miller has been honored as Big South Freshman of the Week.
-- Miller is the first Liberty rookie since Jelena Antic in 2009-10 to win back-to-back Freshman of the Week awards and three honors during a single season.
The Container is Half Empty
-- None of Liberty's 27 opponents so far this season have shot 50 percent from the field.
-- The Lady Flames have now kept 49 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 158 games.
Watch Out, Watkins!
-- Avery Warley is in line to tie a program record when she takes the court Monday evening. It will be the redshirt senior's 127th career appearance, tying Courtney Watkins' Liberty record.
-- Watkins has held the record since March 16, 2008, when she broke Michelle Parker's standard of 125 games during Liberty's Big South Women's Basketball Championship title game win over Radford in Asheville, N.C.
-- Like Warley, Watkins never missed a game in her collegiate career.