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WBB Game Day Central: No. 5 seed Charleston So.
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1:36 p.m. vs. No. 5 seed Charleston Southern
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No. 1 seed Liberty will square off with No. 5 seed Charleston Southern in Saturday's first semifinal at the Big South Women's Basketball Championship. Tipoff is set for 1:30 p.m. inside High Point's Millis Center, as both teams will be battling for a spot in Sunday's championship game.
-- Liberty Head Coach Carey Green is now 308-102 in his 13th season with the Lady Flames, including 28-1 against Charleston Southern.
-- Charleston Southern Head Coach Julie Goodenough is now 78-103 in her sixth season with the Lady Buccaneers, including 1-12 against Liberty.
-- Liberty is 45-6 all-time against Charleston Southern, including 5-0 in the Big South Championship and 2-0 this season.
-- The Lady Flames' last meeting with CSU in the Big South Championship was a 74-64 triumph in the 2009 quarterfinal round at the Millis Center.
-- In that game, freshman Avery Warley posted eight points and nine rebounds in her Big South Championship debut.
-- The only time Liberty and Charleston Southern have squared off in the semifinals came in 2002, when No. 1 seed Liberty defeated No. 8 seed CSU by a 54-41 score at the Roanoke Civic Center in Roanoke, Va.
-- Liberty won both of its games against Charleston Southern this season, but both matchups were very competitive.
-- On Jan. 16 at CSU, the Lady Buccaneers led by nine points before Liberty came roaring back for a 79-64 victory. Avery Warley and Tolu Omotola led the comeback, combining for 35 second-half points between them.
-- Warley finished the game with a season-high 26 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, while shooting a perfect 12-of-12 from the foul line. Twenty-two of her points came during the second half.
-- On Feb. 11 at Liberty, the Lady Flames needed double overtime to post a 77-69 win over Charleston Southern.
-- Reagan Miller starred in that contest, finishing with a career-high 23 points for the Lady Flames. She had five three-pointers on the day, including one with 53 seconds left in regulation that forced overtime.
-- Avery Warley added a career-high 23 rebounds for the Lady Flames, tying the Vines Center record. Danika Dale scored nine of her 12 points during the two overtime periods.
Big South Championship Notes
-- Liberty has reached the Big South Championship semifinal round for the 16th straight year.
-- The Lady Flames are 14-3 all-time in the Big South semifinals and have won each of their last four semifinal contests.
-- Liberty is 39-1 all-time in the Big South Championship when favored according to seed.
-- Liberty is 12-2 at the Millis Center since the start of the 2008-09 season, including 9-1 in the Big South Championship.
-- The Lady Flames will look to continue a streak which has seen either Liberty or Radford play in the Big South Championship title game every time it has been contested.
-- Head coach Carey Green is now 33-2 all-time in Big South Championship contests.
-- Liberty has reached the Big South Championship title game in 11 of Carey Green's first 12 seasons at the helm.
A Look Back at Friday's Win over UNC Asheville
-- Liberty never trailed in the game after posting an early 16-0 run on its way to a 71-50 win over UNC Asheville.
-- The Lady Flames have now won five straight games overall, 11 straight matchups against Asheville and 16 straight Big South Championship openers.
-- Liberty, which leads the nation in rebound margin, outrebounded the Bulldogs by a 48-26 count. The rebounding number included 23 offensive boards, which led to 20 second-chance points.
-- Liberty has now outrebounded eight straight opponents and 56 of its last 57, dating back to last season.
-- The Lady Flames held Asheville to 34 percent (17-of-50) field goal shooting. Liberty, which ranks No. 8 nationally for field goal percentage defense, has now held 52 straight opponents below 50 percent from the field.
-- Liberty's bench outscored Asheville's reserves by a 25-9 count. It was the sixth time this season that the Lady Flames have notched 20 or more bench points against a Big South opponent.
-- The Lady Flames tallied 32 points in the paint to the Bulldogs' 14. No Big South opponent has outscored Liberty in the paint this season.
#1 LaKendra Washington
Stat Line vs. UNC Asheville – 8 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, 3-5 FG, 2-3 3FG
-- In her last three games, Washington is averaging 10.3 ppg and shooting 63.6 percent (7-of-11) from three-point range.
-- In her two games at the Millis Center this year, Washington is averaging 9.0 ppg and shooting 66.7 percent (4-of-6) on three-pointers.
-- She has made as many three-pointers this year (24) as she had during her first two seasons combined.
#3 Ellee Rollins
Stat line vs. UNC Asheville – 0 points, 3 rebounds, 0-2 FG, 0-1 3FG
-- Rollins' three rebounds tied her career high, set Nov. 22 vs. Virginia-Wise.
#5 Reagan Miller
Stat line vs. UNC Asheville – 10 points, 2 assists, 1 turnover, 2-8 FG, 2-7 3FG, 4-4 FT
-- Miller scored all 10 of her points during the second half.
-- Her 21 minutes played were her fewest since Nov. 22, when she played 19 minutes against Virginia-Wise.
-- She hit a pair of three-pointers, boosting her season total to 55. With two more triples, Miller would move up to No. 4 on Liberty's single-season list. With three triples, she would claim the No. 3 spot on the list.
-- Miller has now made her last 12 free throws in a row and 23 of her last 24 tries from the charity stripe.
-- The last time she faced Charleston Southern (Feb. 11), Miller scored a career-high 23 points and hit five three-pointers. One of those triples came with 53 seconds left in regulation, tying the game and sending it to overtime.
#12 Danika Dale
Stat line vs. UNC Asheville – 8 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, 3-10 FG, 2-2 FT
-- Dale needs only two more points to reach 500 for her career.
-- Dale needs five assists to reach 100 this season, after totaling 77 during the first three seasons of her career.
-- She now ranks No. 37 in program history with 397 career rebounds, leaving her three shy of 400.
-- Dale was the lone Lady Flame to play more than 22 minutes on Friday, finishing with 28 minutes played.
-- She played a career-high 41 minutes during Liberty's Feb. 11 double-overtime victory over Charleston Southern, posting 12 points, five rebounds and a career-high seven assists. She had nine of her 12 points during the two overtime sessions.
#22 Tolu Omotola
Stat line vs. UNC Asheville – 5 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal, 2-3 FG, 1-1 FT
-- Omotola's five points tied her with Amber Mays for 50th place on Liberty's career scoring list. Omotola has tallied 522 points in her first two seasons with the Lady Flames.
-- Omotola is now tied with Angie Johnson for 37th place in program history with 389 career rebounds.
-- Played well in both games against Charleston Southern this year, posting 15 points and eight rebounds on Jan. 16 and tallying 11 points and nine rebounds on Feb. 11.
#23 Avery Warley
Stat line vs. UNC Asheville – 17 points, 13 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal, 7-11 FG, 3-6 FT
-- Warley paced the Lady Flames in both points and rebounds on Friday.
-- She passed Katie Feenstra as Liberty's all-time leading rebounder in Big South Championship play. Warley has totaled 113 rebounds in 10 career Big South Championship outings.
-- Warley's double-double was her 13th of the season and the 45th of her career. Liberty is 38-7 when she notches a double-double, including 11-2 this year.
-- She became the fifth Lady Flame ever to surpass 1,400 career points. Warley has now totaled 1,413 points.
-- Warley has now grabbed 337 rebounds this season. That ranks her No. 3 in program history and No. 4 in Big South history.
-- Warley ranks No. 8 nationally in rebounding this season.
-- Warley starred in both of Liberty's wins over Charleston Southern this year. On Jan. 16, she scored 22 of her season-high 26 points during the second half and added 13 rebounds. Warley shot 12-of-12 from the free throw line in that game.
-- On Feb. 11, Warley finished with 14 points and a career-high 23 rebounds in a double-overtime win over the Lady Buccaneers.
-- On Saturday, Warley will try to replicate her performance from last year's Big South semifinal win over High Point. That day, she scored a career-high 28 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked four shots in Liberty's victory. Warley's last point of the game was No. 1,000 of her career.
#24 Jasmine Gardner
Stat line vs. UNC Asheville – 3 points, 1 rebound, 1-4 FG, 1-2 FT
-- Gardner gave Liberty a spark in its Jan. 16 win at Charleston Southern, grabbing five rebounds in just six minutes of playing time.
#32 Terika Lunsford
Stat line vs. UNC Asheville – 4 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 2-3 FG
-- Lunsford's three assists on Friday set a new career high.
-- She has now scored 100 points this season, becoming the ninth Lady Flame to top the 100-point mark in 2011-12.
#40 Devon Brown
Stat line vs. UNC Asheville – 6 points, 1 rebound, 4 assists, 2 blocks, 3 steals, 1-9 FG, 4-6 FT
-- Brown's six points on Friday equaled her season low (also Feb. 18 at Winthrop).
-- She needs 13 points to become the sixth Lady Flame ever to reach 1,400 career points.
-- She needs 14 rebounds to become one of the top 10 rebounders in program history.
-- Her two blocked shots against Asheville tied her career high.
-- With four assists versus Asheville, Brown now has 83 on the season. That equals her assist total from her first two seasons combined.
-- Brown recorded a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) during Liberty's double-overtime victory over Charleston Southern on Feb. 11.
#44 Catherine Kearney
Stat line vs. UNC Asheville – 10 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block, 4-6 FG, 2-2 FT
-- Kearney reached double figures in the scoring column for the first time since her last visit to the Millis Center.
-- That day (Feb. 6), she also tallied 10 points in a win over High Point.