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WBB Game Day Central: UNCW
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Broadcast - Tip-Off:
7:05 p.m. vs. UNCW
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Liberty (5-3) will tip off a season-long four-game homestand Saturday at 7 p.m. with its first-ever contest against UNCW (1-5). Both teams won 20 or more games last season and played in the postseason, with the Lady Flames making the NCAA Tournament and the Seahawks qualifying for the WNIT.
The "Starting Five" - Today's Top Storylines
1) Saturday's game will mark the first-ever meeting between Liberty and UNCW in women's basketball. Four of the Lady Flames' first nine opponents this year have been first-time foes, also including Duquesne, Grambling State and Sacred Heart.
2) Liberty will face its second CAA opponent this week, after recording a 60-48 win at James Madison Tuesday evening, the Lady Flames' first-ever triumph at JMU.
3) The Lady Flames, who will be opening a four-game homestand on Saturday, are 3-0 at home this season and have won 11 consecutive contests at the Vines Center. Conversely, UNC Wilmington is in search of its first road victory of 2012-13. The Seahawks are currently 0-4 away from Trask Coliseum.
4) Liberty has made 84.4 percent (38-of-45) of its free throws during the last two games, led by Devon Brown. The redshirt senior has hit 18 straight foul shots, leaving her five away from setting a new school record. Jennifer Fairfax made a school-record 22 consecutive free throws in 1991.
5) Saturday's contest will pit the nation's eighth-ranked team for rebound margin (Liberty) against the nation's 11th-ranked individual rebounder (UNCW's Karneshia Garnett).
Liberty vs. UNCW At a Glance
Series Record: First meeting
Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 315-106 (14th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. UNCW: 0-0
UNCW Head Coach: Adell Harris
Overall Record (Seasons): 62-35 (Fourth Season)
Record at UNCW (Seasons): 1-5 (First Season)
Record vs. Liberty: 0-0
Notes and Anecdotes
• Jaymee Fisher-Davis' mother, Carolyn, played basketball at UNCW.
• UNCW first-year head coach Adell Harris is familiar with Liberty from her time as a player at Wake Forest (1998-2002) and as an assistant coach at UNC Asheville (2003-09). Harris was 1-1 against the Lady Flames as a player and 1-12 as an assistant coach.
• Saturday's game will match up Liberty, which ranks No. 8 nationally for rebound margin (+13.4), against UNCW's Karneshia Garnett, who sits No. 11 in the nation with 12.3 rpg.
• Liberty will be facing its second CAA opponent this week, after posting a 60-48 win at James Madison on Tuesday. Meanwhile, UNCW will be squaring off with a Big South foe for the first time since recording a 72-70 win at Charleston Southern on Dec. 16, 2011.
• Liberty is 3-0 at home this season and has won 11 consecutive home tilts overall. On the other side of the ledger, UNCW is in search of its first road win of 2012-13 after losing its first four games away from Trask Coliseum.
• This will be the second straight season UNCW has played a game at the Vines Center. The Seahawks' men's basketball team came away with a 77-68 win at Liberty on Dec. 6, 2011.
• UNCW is coming off of back-to-back 20-win seasons. The 2011-12 Seahawks finished 20-13 and played in the Postseason WNIT.
• UNCW was picked seventh of 11 teams in the CAA preseason coaches poll. By way of comparison, Liberty's Tuesday opponent, James Madison, was tabbed second in the poll.
• UNCW is Liberty's fourth opponent this season that the Lady Flames are facing for the first time (also Duquesne, Grambling State and Sacred Heart).
Liberty vs. the CAA
Record vs. Current Conference Members: 15-39
Carey Green's Record vs. Current Conference Members: 6-8
Current Streak: Liberty won its last meeting.
Last Meeting: Liberty 60, James Madison 48 (Dec. 4, 2012 at James Madison)
CAA's Last Victory: James Madison 62, Liberty 58 (Dec. 1, 2011 at Liberty)
The Liberty men's and women's basketball teams are staging a Liberty vs. CAA Challenge of sorts this week, with three games against CAA foes.
• The Liberty men's squad got things started on Sunday at the Vines Center, losing to Georgia State on a last-second three-pointer, 67-66.
• The Lady Flames recorded their first-ever win at James Madison on Tuesday, 60-48.
• Liberty will now play host to the UNCW women's basketball team Saturday at 7 p.m. It will be the first-ever meeting between the Lady Flames and Seahawks.
Hauling in the Hardware
After Liberty failed to win a single Big South Player of the Week award in 2011-12, the Lady Flames have now won the honor three consecutive weeks. Tolu Omotola was recognized on Nov. 19 and Dec. 3, sandwiching Devon Brown's award on Nov. 26. Liberty had not won the award three straight times since Feb. 16 through March 2, 2009.
A Look Back at Liberty's Win at James Madison
• Liberty recorded its first-ever victory at James Madison Tuesday evening, prevailing by a 60-48 count for its third straight win overall. The Lady Flames had been winless in five previous visits to Harrisonburg.
• Liberty held James Madison to a season-low point total (48) and field goal percentage (26.8), while limiting CAA scoring leader Tarik Hislop to 12 points on 5-of-22 shooting.
• The Lady Flames nearly set a program single-game record for free throw accuracy, finishing at 90 percent (18-of-20) from the line. Liberty's record is 94.7 percent (18-of-19), set on March 5, 1994 against UMBC.
• Playing within 30 miles of her hometown (Waynesboro), Devon Brown led all players with 22 points. Her fourth 20-point outing in the last five games was highlighted by a 9-of-9 effort from the free throw line.
• Brown, who now ranks 15th in Big South Conference history with 1,591 career points, has made 18 consecutive free throw attempts. The school record is 22 straight made free throws, set by Jennifer Fairfax in 1991.
• Emily Frazier scored in double figures for the second time this season, finishing with 10 points for the Lady Flames.
• Backcourt mate and fellow Texan Reagan Miller posted season highs for points (8), rebounds (4) and assists (5).
• For the second straight game, Liberty set a season low for turnovers (16).
Fun at the Free Throw Line
Liberty has been quite successful at the free throw line this season, punctuated by its 18-of-20 performance Tuesday evening at James Madison.
• Liberty just missed the program single-game record for free throw accuracy on Tuesday. The standard sits at 94.7 percent (18-of-19).
• The Lady Flames are making 72.4 percent of their free throws this season. The program single-season record is 72.8 percent, set by the 2007-08 squad.
• Both Devon Brown (18 in a row) and Reagan Miller (10 in a row) are on lengthy streaks of made free throws. The program record of 22 straight made foul shots was established by Jennifer Fairfax in 1991.
• Miller has connected on nine straight free throws to start the season. No Lady Flame had made nine consecutive foul shots to open a year since Moriah Frazee connnected on her first 14 charity tosses of the 2005-06 campaign.
Speed Limit 65
Liberty has scored 65 or more points in four of its five victories this season, continuing a recent trend.
• The Lady Flames have won 11 straight games when reaching the 65-point mark, dating back to last season. Liberty is also 20-1 the last 21 times it has tallied 65 or more points.
Come Home to the Commonwealth
Liberty, which spent Thanksgiving week in Texas, is now staying within the Commonwealth of Virginia for a month, until a Dec. 29 contest at Winthrop. The Lady Flames have five home games and road tilts at Radford, James Madison and VCU scheduled during the span. Liberty will play 20 of its 29 regular-season games in Virginia this season.