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WBB Game Day Central: Radford

February 29, 2012
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LaKendra Washington scored 11 points during the Lady Flames' 76-68 win at Radford on Dec. 31.

Game Day Central

Complete Game Notes

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:
7:36 p.m. vs. Radford

Broadcasting Station:
The Light (90.9 FM WWMC) 

Today's Game
Liberty (20-8, 15-2 Big South) will wrap up the 2011-12 regular season Friday at 7:30 p.m., when Commonwealth foe Radford (15-13, 9-8 Big South) visits the Vines Center. It will be the 57th all-time meeting between the long-time rivals.

The "Starting Five" - Today's Top Storylines
1) Liberty is 10-2 in regular-season finales under head coach Carey Green, including 8-1 against Radford. Dating back to 1997-98, Liberty has gone on to win the Big South Women's Basketball Championship title the last 10 times it has wrapped up the regular season with a victory over the Highlanders.

2) Liberty will aim to become the first Big South women's basketball team ever to win 16 conference games in a single season. At 15-2 in Big South play, the Lady Flames are currently tied with the 2008-09 Liberty and 2009-10 Gardner-Webb squads for the most conference wins in Big South history.

3) Liberty and Radford are heading in different directions as the regular season draws to a close. The Lady Flames have won three games in a row and 14 of their last 15 contests. Meanwhile, Radford has dropped three of its last four games, including a 59-55 home overtime loss to Gardner-Webb Monday evening.

4) When Avery Warley takes the court for the Lady Flames, it will mark her 128th career appearance in a Liberty uniform, breaking the program record she currently shares with Courtney Watkins (2004-08). The game will also be the 52nd and final contest Liberty seniors Warley and Danika Dale play at the Vines Center. The Lady Flames have gone 43-8 at home during their careers.

5) Reagan Miller will look to continue her stellar play at the point guard position for Liberty. She has won three straight Big South Freshman of the Week honors and four total for the season. Miller's 53 three-pointers this season are the most by any Lady Flame since the 1991-92 campaign, which ended more than six months before Miller was born.

Liberty vs. Radford At a Glance
Series History
Series Record:
Liberty leads, 32-24.
Current Streak: Liberty has won the last two meetings.
Radford's Last Victory: Radford 62, Liberty 53 (Jan. 17, 2011 at Liberty)
Series Record at Liberty: Liberty leads, 17-9.
Current Streak at Liberty: Radford won the most recent meeting.
Liberty's Last Victory at Home: Liberty 66, Radford 33 (March 5, 2010)
Last Meeting: Liberty 76, Radford 68 (Dec. 31, 2011 at Radford)
Last Meeting at Liberty: Radford 62, Liberty 53 (Jan. 17, 2011)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 306-102 (13th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Radford: 25-4

Radford Head Coach: Tajama Abraham Ngongba
Overall Record (Seasons): 45-69 (Fourth Season)
Record at Radford (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 1-7

Notes and Anecdotes
-- Friday's game will be the Lady Flames' 57th meeting with Radford all-time, making the Highlanders their most commonly played opponent.

-- Radford went 20-1 in its first 21 games against Liberty, but the Lady Flames are 31-4 in the last 35 head-to-head matchups.

-- This is the 10th time Liberty and Radford have squared off in the regular-season finale during Carey Green's 13 years as the Lady Flames' head coach. The Lady Flames are 8-1 in regular-season finales versus the Highlanders with Green at the helm.

-- Dating back to 1997-98, Liberty has gone on to win the Big South Championship title the last 10 times it has defeated Radford in the final game of the regular season.

-- Liberty and Radford have combined to win 22 of the 25 Big South Championship crowns in conference history.

-- Radford has been an up-and-down team in Big South play this season. After starting out 1-5 in conference games, the Highlanders ran off seven straight Big South wins. However, Radford has dropped three of its last four Big South tilts.

-- Liberty will look to take care of the ball better than it did during its Dec. 31 game at Radford, when it tied a program Division I record with 39 turnovers.

Regular-Season Finale
-- Liberty is 10-2 in its final game of the regular season under head coach Carey Green, including 8-1 against Radford.

-- Nine of the 10 times the Lady Flames have won their final regular-season tilt under Green, they have gone on to win the Big South Championship. The only exception came last season.

Breaking Records
-- Friday's game will be Avery Warley's 128th contest in a Liberty uniform, enabling her to break Courtney Watkins' program record for games played. The Big South record is 132 games, set by Winthrop's Shelly Hankins.

-- If Liberty defeats Radford on Friday, the Lady Flames will set a new Big South record for conference victories in a season with 16.

A Look Back at Liberty's Win Over UNC Asheville on Monday
-- Liberty recorded its 20th win of the season Monday evening at the Vines Center, posting an 84-53 victory over UNC Asheville. This is the Lady Flames' 14th 20-win season in the last 16 years.

-- The win marked Liberty's 15th Big South Conference triumph this season, tying the Lady Flames with the 2008-09 Liberty and 2009-10 Gardner-Webb squads for most Big South victories in a single season.

-- Liberty led 35-31 with 4:30 remaining in the first half, before going on a 28-0 run that spanned both halves.

-- The Lady Flames shot 52.4 percent from three-point range, making a season-best 11 three-pointers. It was the first time Liberty has hit 10 or more triples in a game since Feb. 18, 2008 and fell just one shy of the program single-game record.

-- Liberty shot 58.2 percent from the field during the game, improving to 8-0 this season and 86-1 under head coach Carey Green when making at least 50 percent of its field goals.

-- The Lady Flames won the rebounding battle for the 27th time in 28 games this year (44-20) and held their 50th straight opponent to below 50 percent field goal shooting (UNC Asheville finished at 35.1 percent).

-- LaKendra Washington scored a season-high 15 points off the bench, helping Liberty's reserves outscore their counterparts from Asheville, 27-13.

-- Devon Brown tied Washington for team-high scoring honors with 15 points and matched her season high with three made triples.

-- Reagan Miller made four three-pointers as part of a 14-point, six-assist evening. She has now hit 53 triples this season, the most by any Lady Flame since Cynthia Thomson made 56 three-pointers in 1991-92.

-- Tolu Omotola scored 10 of her 12 points in the first half and now sits just five points shy of 500 for her career.

Three's Company
-- Liberty made 11 three-pointers during Monday's win over UNC Asheville, marking the first time the Lady Flames have hit 10 triples in a game since Feb. 18, 2008. It fell just one shy of Liberty's single-game record of 12 three-pointers, achieved Jan. 22, 1991 against Charleston Southern.

-- A trio of Lady Flames hit three or more triples on Monday, as Reagan Miller had four and Devon Brown and LaKendra Washington hit three apiece. It is the first time three Liberty players have hit three triples in the same game since Jan. 24, 2000 at Charleston So.

Fabulous Freshman
-- For the third week in a row and the fourth 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 Michelle Fricke in 1999-2000 to win three straight Freshman of the Week awards and at least four honors during a single season.

The Container is Half Full
The Lady Flames are 8-0 this season and are now 86-1 under head coach Carey Green when making at least 50 percent of their field goals.

The Container is Half Empty
-- None of Liberty's 28 opponents so far this season have shot 50 percent from the field.

-- The Lady Flames have now kept 50 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 159 games. By way of comparison, the Lady Flames have shot 50 percent 47 times during that span.