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WBB Game Day Central: No. 2 seed High Point
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No. 1 seed Liberty will square off with No. 2 seed High Point in Sunday's title game of the 2012 Big South Women's Basketball Championship. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. inside High Point's Millis Center, as both teams will be battling for the Big South's automatic berth into the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship.
-- Liberty Head Coach Carey Green is now 309-102 in his 13th season with the Lady Flames, including 26-7 against High Point.
-- High Point Head Coach Jennifer Hoover is now 20-11 in her first season with the Panthers, including 1-1 against Liberty.
-- Liberty is 30-10 all-time against High Point, including 7-0 in the Big South Championship and 1-1 this season.
-- The Lady Flames have eliminated High Point from the Big South Championship in the semifinals each of the past two seasons at the Millis Center. The two Liberty victories came by nearly identical scores, including a 73-55 win in 2010 and a 76-55 triumph a year ago.
-- Avery Warley played a key role in last year's semifinal win over High Point, scoring a career-high 28 points, pulling down 13 rebounds and blocking four shots. During the game, she went over the 1,000-point mark for her career.
-- Liberty and High Point have squared off in the Big South Championship title game twice, in 2003 and 2006. The Lady Flames notched an 84-71 victory in 2003 and a 53-50 triumph in 2006. The 2006 championship was the 10th in a row for Liberty.
-- Liberty and High Point split their two regular-season matchups this season, with each team winning on the road.
-- The Lady Flames led for 69:46 during the two games, as compared with 8:41 for High Point.
-- On Jan. 7 at the Vines Center, High Point spoiled Liberty's Big South home opener with a 73-69 overtime triumph.
-- The Lady Flames led by nine points with 6:26 remaining, before Erin Reynolds led the Panthers' comeback. She scored 13 of her 21 points during the final three minutes of regulation and overtime, including a banked-in three-pointer with 16.5 seconds left in regulation which forced the extra session.
-- Avery Warley and Devon Brown scored 19 points apiece for Liberty, while Warley added 16 rebounds.
-- On Feb. 6 at the Millis Center, Liberty claimed the Big South lead with a 73-65 triumph.
-- The Lady Flames' bench was key in that contest. Led by 10 points apiece from LaKendra Washington and Catherine Kearney, Liberty's reserves outscored their counterparts from High Point, 26-7.
Big South Championship Notes
-- Liberty has reached the Big South Championship final for the fifth straight year and the 15th time in the last 16 seasons.
-- The Lady Flames are 13-1 all-time in the Big South final, with their lone loss coming last year to Gardner-Webb.
-- Liberty's last five visits to the Big South Championship title game (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011) have been decided by a total of eight points. The stretch started with a 53-50 win over High Point in the 2006 championship tilt.
-- Liberty is 40-1 all-time in the Big South Championship when favored according to seed.
-- Liberty is 13-2 at the Millis Center since the start of the 2008-09 season, including 10-1 in the Big South Championship and 5-1 against High Point.
-- Either Liberty or Radford has played in the Big South Championship title game all 26 times it has been contested.
-- Head coach Carey Green is now 34-2 all-time in Big South Championship contests.
-- Liberty has reached the Big South Championship title game in 12 of Carey Green's 13 seasons at the helm.
-- Liberty will try to become the first No. 1 seed to win the Big South title since the Lady Flames won in 2009.
A Look Back at Saturday's Win over Charleston Southern
-- There were 10 ties and 12 lead changes before Liberty broke the game open with a 21-2 second-half run, on its way to a 72-52 win over Charleston Southern.
-- The Lady Flames have now won six straight games overall.
-- Liberty, which leads the nation in rebound margin, outrebounded CSU by a 55-29 count. The rebounding number included 30 offensive caroms, which led to 33 second-chance points.
-- In Liberty's two Big South Championship games, the Lady Flames have grabbed 53 offensive boards, leading to 53 second-chance points.
-- Liberty's rebound margin for the tournament is now +24/game (103-55 total).
-- Liberty has now outrebounded nine straight opponents and 57 of its last 58, dating back to last season. The only team to win the rebounding battle against the Lady Flames in 2011-12 was High Point on Feb. 6, by a 37-36 margin.
-- The Lady Flames held Charleston Southern to 32.2 percent (19-of-59) field goal shooting. Liberty, which ranks No. 8 nationally for field goal percentage defense, has now held 53 straight opponents below 50 percent from the field.
-- The Lady Flames tallied 40 points in the paint to the Lady Buccaneers' 14. No Big South opponent has outscored Liberty in the paint this season.
-- Liberty's aggressive defense came up with 15 steals, the team's most against a conference opponent this season. That led to 20 points off of CSU turnovers.
-- The Lady Flames blocked nine shots, with six players recording at least one rejection. Liberty has turned away 16 shots through the first two Big South Championship games.
-- Liberty got to the free throw line 23 times, as compared with only two for CSU. In two Big South Championship games, the Lady Flames have 46 free throw attempts to their opponents' 16.
#1 LaKendra Washington
Stat Line vs. UNC Asheville – 8 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, 3-5 FG, 2-3 3FG
Stat Line vs. CSU – 8 points, 4 steals, 1 block, 3-5 FG, 2-4 3FG
-- In her last four games, Washington is averaging 9.8 ppg and shooting 60 percent (9-of-15) from three-point range.
-- In her three games at the Millis Center this year, Washington is averaging 8.7 ppg and shooting 60 percent (6-of-10) on three-pointers.
-- She has made more three-pointers this year (26) than she had during her first two seasons combined (24).
-- Washington had only scored six career points in the Big South Championship before this year.
#3 Ellee Rollins
Stat line vs. UNC Asheville – 0 points, 3 rebounds, 0-2 FG, 0-1 3FG
Stat line vs. CSU – No stats in 1 minute
-- Rollins' three rebounds on Friday 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
Stat line vs. CSU – 7 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 turnovers, 4 steals, 3-9 FG, 1-5 3FG
-- Miller's four steals against CSU set a new career high.
-- She hit one three-pointer on Saturday, boosting her season total to 56. She is now tied with Cynthia Thomson (1991-92) for fourth place on Liberty's single-season list. With two triples, she would pass Dawn Coleman (1990-91) for 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.
-- If she plays 19 or more minutes on Sunday, Miller will break Stacey White's program record of 1,032 minutes played in a season, set in 1989-90.
#12 Danika Dale
Stat line vs. UNC Asheville – 8 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, 3-10 FG, 2-2 FT
Stat line vs. CSU – 10 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals, 1 block, 4-10 FG, 1-7 FT
-- Dale's five steals on Saturday tied her career high.
-- Dale went over the 500-point mark on Saturday and now has 508 career tallies.
-- Dale needs one more assist to reach 100 this season, after totaling 77 during the first three seasons of her career.
-- She now ranks No. 36 in program history with 403 career rebounds, after eclipsing the 400-rebound plateau on Saturday against Charleston Southern.
-- Dale has played the most minutes of any Lady Flame in the two Big South Championship contests, totaling 63 minutes.
#22 Tolu Omotola
Stat line vs. UNC Asheville – 5 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal, 2-3 FG, 1-1 FT
Stat line vs. CSU – 11 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks, 1 steal, 4-10 FG, 3-4 FT
-- Omotola's double-double against Charleston Southern was the first of her career.
-- Her three blocked shots against the Lady Buccaneers tied her career high.
-- Omotola's ranks No. 49 in program history with 533 career points in two seasons.
-- Omotola now sits 38th in program history with 400 career rebounds.
-- Liberty is 21-2 when she scores in double figures, including 9-0 this season.
#23 Avery Warley
Stat line vs. UNC Asheville – 17 points, 13 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal, 7-11 FG, 3-6 FT
Stat line vs. CSU – 20 points, 22 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 7-14 FG, 6-7 FT
-- For the second straight game, Warley paced the Lady Flames in both points and rebounds.
-- For the tournament, Warley is averaging 18.5 ppg and 17.5 rpg. She needs 14 rebounds on Sunday to break her own record for most boards in a single Big South Championship, set last season.
-- On Saturday, Warley tied the Big South Championship single-game record and broke the semifinal record with 22 rebounds.
-- She also joined former Lady Flame Wendy Johnson as the only players ever to notch a 20-point, 20-rebound game in the Big South Championship. It was the first 20-20 game of Warley's career.
-- Warley had 14 offensive rebounds on Saturday to tie the program record for a single game.
-- Warley has totaled 135 rebounds in 11 career Big South Championship outings, averaging 12.3 rpg.
-- Warley's double-double on Saturday was her 14th of the season and the 46th of her career. Liberty is 39-7 when she notches a double-double, including 12-2 this year.
-- Warley has now grabbed 359 rebounds this season. That ranks her No. 2 in program history and No. 3 in Big South history. She needs five rebounds to break her own Liberty single-season rebounding record, set last season.
-- Warley ranks No. 8 nationally in rebounding this season.
-- Warley is averaging 14.0 rpg during her last three meetings against High Point.
-- She is also averaging 14.0 rpg during her three career appearances in the Big South Championship title game.
#24 Jasmine Gardner
Stat line vs. UNC Asheville – 3 points, 1 rebound, 1-4 FG, 1-2 FT
Stat line vs. CSU – 2 points, 1 rebound, 1-2 FG
#32 Terika Lunsford
Stat line vs. UNC Asheville – 4 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 2-3 FG
Stat line vs. CSU – No stats in 1 minute
-- 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
Stat line vs. CSU – 14 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 steal, 5-13 FG, 3-5 FT
-- With 14 points against Charleston Southern, Brown became the sixth Lady Flame ever to score 1,400 career points. She has now tallied 1,401 points.
-- She needs eight rebounds to become one of the top 10 rebounders in program history.
-- She is averaging 18.5 ppg in her two Big South Championship title game appearances, including 24 points in the 2010 title tilt against Gardner-Webb.
-- Her career high of 29 points came at the Millis Center, in a Jan. 30, 2010 win over High Point.
-- Brown made the game-winning shot in the closing seconds of the 2010 championship game win over Gardner-Webb.
#44 Catherine Kearney
Stat line vs. UNC Asheville – 10 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block, 4-6 FG, 2-2 FT
Stat line vs. CSU – 0 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks, 0-3 FG
-- Kearney has scored in double figures in two of her three career games at the Millis Center.
-- She played well in both meetings with High Point this season, averaging 11.5 ppg.
-- Kearney scored five of her career-high 13 points during overtime against the Panthers on Jan. 7.
-- She notched 10 points off the bench during the Lady Flames' Feb. 6 triumph over High Point.