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WBB Game Day Central: UNCG
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Broadcast - Tip-Off:
7:05 p.m. vs. UNCG
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Liberty (2-3) will return from its Thanksgiving week trip to Texas to host UNCG (1-2) at the Vines Center, Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Lady Flames will look to snap a two-game losing streak, while the Spartans will be playing their fourth straight Big South opponent to start the season.
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1) UNCG leads the all-time series with Liberty, 14-7. However, the Lady Flames have been victorious in four of their last five matchups against the Spartans. The successful span started with an 89-82 Liberty victory in the 1997 Big South Championship title game.
2) Devon Brown has performed well against UNCG during her career, averaging 23.0 ppg and 7.5 rpg in two meetings with the Spartans.
3) Liberty is 2-0 at the Vines Center this season, extending its home winning streak to 10 games. Conversely, UNCG is just 1-11 in its last 12 road games. However, Tuesday's contest will be the Spartans' first road tilt of 2012-13.
4) The Lady Flames have lost their last two games, at No. 24 Texas A&M and No. 3/3 Baylor. Liberty will attempt to avoid its first three-game losing streak since dropping five straight decisions between Nov. 22 and Dec. 7, 2008.
5) Tuesday's game will be Liberty's final tuneup for the start of Big South Conference play. The Lady Flames tip off their 18-game conference schedule Saturday at Radford. It will be the earliest in the calendar year Liberty has ever played a Big South game during its 22 years as a conference member.
Liberty vs. UNCG At a Glance
Series Record: UNCG leads, 14-7.
Current Streak: Liberty has won three in a row and four of the last five meetings.
Series Record at Liberty: UNCG leads, 6-4.
Current Streak: Liberty has won the last two meetings.
Last Meeting Overall: Liberty 61, UNCG 46 (Nov. 11, 2011 at UNCG)
Last Meeting at Liberty: Liberty 60, UNCG 42 (Nov. 17, 2009)
UNCG's Last Series Victory: UNCG 67, Liberty 59 (Dec. 30, 2006 at Maryland)
UNCG's Last Victory at Liberty: UNCG 86, Liberty 70 (Feb. 20, 1997)
Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 312-106 (14th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. UNCG: 3-1
UNCG Head Coach: Wendy Palmer
Overall Record (Seasons): 5-27 (Second Season)
Record at UNCG (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 0-1
Notes and Anecdotes
• Liberty will be UNCG's fourth consecutive Big South opponent to begin the 2012-13 season. The Spartans defeated Gardner-Webb (55-49), after opening the year with losses to Charleston Southern (60-57) and Radford (76-64).
• UNCG has been led in scoring by 5-7 freshman guard Lucy Mason in all three games this season. She is averaging 15.7 ppg and 3.0 spg on the year.
• Devon Brown has enjoyed playing against the Spartans during her career, averaging 23.0 ppg and 7.5 rpg in two meetings against UNCG.
• Liberty's 61-46 season-opening victory at UNCG on Nov. 11, 2011 was the first game of Wendy Palmer's collegiate head coaching career. It also marked a succesful collegiate debut for Liberty's Reagan Miller, who posted 17 points that evening.
• Liberty and UNCG were Big South Conference rivals for five seasons (1992-93 through 1996-97). The Lady Flames went only 2-10 versus the Spartans during that time, but one of those wins came during the 1997 Big South Championship title game. Liberty took the contest 89-82 in the Vines Center, claiming its first of 14 Big South crowns.
• Liberty has won 10 consecutive home games at the Vines Center, dating back to last season. Meanwhile, UNCG is just 1-11 in its last 12 road contests.
Liberty vs. the Southern Conference
Record vs. Current Conference Members: 29-32
Carey Green's Record vs. Current Conference Members: 10-6
Current Streak: Liberty won the most recent meeting.
Last Meeting: Liberty 61, UNCG 46 (Nov. 11, 2011 at UNCG)
SoCon's Last Victory: College of Charleston 49, Liberty 46 (Nov. 13, 2010 at N.C. St.)
Lack of Losing Streaks
After dropping contests at No. 24 Texas A&M and No. 3/3 Baylor last week, the Lady Flames will attempt to avoid their first three-game losing streak within a single season since Nov. 22-Dec. 7, 2008. Liberty lost five games in a row during that span.
Come Home to the Commonwealth
Liberty, which spent Thanksgiving week in Texas, will now stay within the Commonwealth of Virginia for the next month, before a Dec. 29 contest at Winthrop. The Lady Flames have five home games and road tilts at Radford, James Madison and VCU scheduled during that time. Liberty will play 20 of its 29 regular-season games in Virginia this season.
A Look Back at Liberty's Loss at No. 3/3 Baylor
• No. 3/3 Baylor achieved a season-high point total in a 92-60 victory over Liberty at the Ferrell Center on Friday. It was also the most points the Lady Flames had allowed since a 95-53 setback at Duke on Dec. 20, 2001.
• The Bears never trailed in the contest and led by as many as 50 points during the second half.
• Liberty dropped to 4-37 all-time against Top 25 opponents, with its second loss to a nationally-ranked foe in four days.
• Baylor forced 27 Liberty turnovers, which led to 35 points for the Bears.
• Liberty had held 58 straight opponents below 50 percent field goal shooting before last week, when both Texas A&M (50 percent) and Baylor (55.2 percent) made more than half of their field goal attempts.
• The Lady Flames finished the game on a 29-11 run during the last 8:25. Liberty outscored Baylor by a 42-39 count during the second half, after the Bears had raced out to a 53-18 halftime lead.
• Devon Brown posted her second straight 20-point game, pacing all players with her 20 tallies.
• Liberty made a season-high eight three-pointers, including two apiece from Devon Brown, Emily Frazier and LaKendra Washington. It was the Lady Flames' most triples in a game since hitting 11 against UNC Asheville on Feb. 27, 2012.
• Eleven different Liberty players scored points, as the Lady Flames finished with 27 bench points.
• Emily Frazier made her first start since March 16, 2011, contributing six points, two assists and a pair of steals in 19 minutes.
What Can Brown Do For LU?
Devon Brown is having a strong senior season thus far for the Lady Flames, as she looks to punctuate a stellar four-year career at Liberty.
• Brown is the only Lady Flame scoring in double figures (16.8 ppg) and is shooting well from the field (50 percent), three-point range (37.5 percent) and the foul line (87 percent).
• She led all players in scoring during Liberty's games at No. 24 Texas A&M and No. 3/3 Baylor last week, totaling 23 points against the Aggies and 20 markers versus the Bears.
• Brown is climbing Liberty's career charts, currently ranking fifth in program history for scoring (1,525 points) and seventh for rebounds (628 boards).
Speed Limit 65
Liberty has scored 65 or more points in both of its victories this season, continuing a recent trend.
• The Lady Flames have won nine straight games when reaching the 65-point mark, dating back to last season. Liberty is also 18-1 the last 19 times it has tallied 65 or more points.
Post players Katelyn Adams and Ashley Rininger have both played well so far this season, after redshirting the 2011-12 campaign. In a combined average of 32.2 minutes per game, the duo is contributing 10.0 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 1.8 bpg and 1.2 spg off of head coach Carey Green's bench.
This is the first season since 2006-07 that Liberty has 13 different players averaging at least 8.0 minutes per game. The Lady Flames are scoring 24.4 bench points per game.