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WBB Game Day Central: North Carolina A&T
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Broadcast - Tip-Off:
2:05 p.m. vs. North Carolina A&T
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Liberty (7-3) will welcome perennial MEAC title contender North Carolina A&T (4-3) to the Vines Center for a Saturday matinee. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m.
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1) Liberty will attempt to avenge an 81-74 loss it suffered at North Carolina A&T last season, on Nov. 18, 2011. The Lady Flames will also aim for their first win against a MEAC opponent since Feb. 4, 2010 (North Carolina Central). Liberty has lost back-to-back contests to MEAC foes since then.
2) The Lady Flames will try to extend a pair of winning streaks. Liberty has won five consecutive games overall and has been victorious in each of its last 13 games at the Vines Center, dating back to last season.
3) Saturday's game will match up a team keyed by post play (Liberty) and a squad led by perimeter players (North Carolina A&T). The Lady Flames rank No. 6 nationally in rebound margin, while the Aggies are No. 12 in the nation for three-point field goal percentage. During last season's contest, Liberty outrebounded North Carolina A&T by a wide 49-25 margin, but the Aggies countered by hitting nine three-pointers to Liberty's one.
4) Saturday's game could be a low-scoring defensive battle. Liberty is limiting opponents to 49.8 ppg during its five-game winning streak. Meanwhile, the Aggies are yielding just 53.7 ppg for the season.
5) Tolu Omotola has played well at the Vines Center this season, averaging 16.6 ppg and shooting 68.8 percent (33-for-48) from the field.
Liberty vs. North Carolina A&T At a Glance
Series Record: Liberty leads, 7-4
Current Streak: North Carolina A&T won the last meeting.
Series Record at Liberty: Liberty leads, 3-2
Current Streak at Liberty: Liberty has won the last three meetings.
Last Meeting Overall: North Carolina A&T 81, Liberty 74 (Nov. 18, 2011 at N.C. A&T)
Last Meeting at Liberty: Liberty 57, North Carolina A&T 51 (Jan. 5, 2010)
Liberty's Last Series Victory: Liberty 57, North Carolina A&T 51 (Jan. 5, 2010)
N.C. A&T's Last Series Victory at Liberty: N.C. A&T 44, Liberty 43 (Feb. 15, 1996)
Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 317-106 (14th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. North Carolina A&T: 4-1
North Carolina A&T Head Coach: Tarrell Robinson
Overall Record (Seasons): 4-3 (First Season)
Record at North Carolina A&T (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 0-0
Notes and Anecdotes
• Although he is facing Liberty for the first time as a head coach, Tarrell Robinson's teams have matched up against the Lady Flames four times during his tenure as an assistant at North Carolina A&T (2006-09) and VCU (2010-12). Robinson has gone 1-3 against Liberty, with the one win coming last year while he was an associate head coach at VCU.
• Saturday's game will be North Carolina A&T's first contest since a 67-27 win over North Carolina Central on Dec. 1. Liberty has played three games since the Aggies' most recent contest, going 3-0 during that time.
• Last season, on Nov. 18, 2011 at the Corbett Sports Center, North Carolina A&T posted its first win over Liberty since Feb. 15, 1996. The Aggies' 81-74 victory was keyed by nine made three-pointers. Amber Calvin nailed six of those triples, scoring a game-high 24 points for the Aggies. Avery Warley shot 8-of-8 from the field as part of an 18-point evening for Liberty.
• The last time North Carolina A&T visited the Vines Center (Jan. 5, 2010), Devon Brown led the Lady Flames to a 57-51 triumph with 17 points and 13 rebounds. JaQuayla Berry was North Carolina A&T's scoring leader, finishing with 14 points.
• North Carolina A&T ranks No. 12 nationally for three-point field goal percentage, making 38.7 percent of its three-point attempts this season. Amber Calvin leads the way, shooting 56.5 percent (13-of-23) from beyond the arc.
Liberty vs. the MEAC
Record vs. Current Conference Members: 31-21
Carey Green's Record vs. Current Conference Members: 19-2
Current Streak: MEAC teams have won the last two meetings.
Last Meeting: North Carolina A&T 81, Liberty 74 (Nov. 18, 2011 at N.C. A&T)
Liberty's Last Victory: Liberty 64, N.C. Central 44 (Feb. 4, 2010 at Liberty)
On Fire at the Furnace
Liberty has won 13 consecutive home games, which is the Lady Flames' longest home winning streak since the team posted 13 straight wins at the Vines Center between Nov. 30, 2007 and March 7, 2008.
• The current home winning streak is tied for the fourth-longest in program history. The Lady Flames are more than halfway to their school-record home winning streak of 24 contests, which spanned Dec. 21, 2002 and Nov. 19, 2004.
A Look Back at Liberty's Win Over Bluefield State
• Liberty recorded its fifth consecutive victory overall and its 13th straight home win with a wire-to-wire 82-46 triumph over Bluefield State, Thursday evening at the Vines Center.
• It was the Lady Flames' first game against the Lady Blues since Nov. 29, 1984 and their first victory over Bluefield State since Nov. 24, 1981.
• The Lady Flames dominated the Lady Blues in rebounds (57-35), points in the paint (46-14) and second-chance points (21-9).
• One game after shooting 11-of-19 from three-point range against UNCW, Liberty missed all 11 of its three-point attempts on Thursday.
• The Lady Flames set season highs for free throws made (24) and attempted (36), as well as blocked shots (8) and steals (15).
• Bluefield State entered the game averaging 81.8 ppg but was held to a season-low 46 points on 21.9 percent (14-of-64) field goal shooting. Liberty has now kept each of its last three opponents below 30 percent from the field.
• Tolu Omotola led all players with 17 points and is now averaging 16.6 ppg at home this season.
• By halftime, Katelyn Adams had recorded her first career double-double. The redshirt freshman finished with career-high figures for points (13) and rebounds (12).
• Ashley Rininger also established a career high for rebounds with 12.
• Ellee Rollins more than tripled her previous career high (3 points) with 10 points, all of which came during the game's final seven minutes.
Just after the Lady Flames face North Carolina A&T of the MEAC Saturday afternoon, the Liberty men's basketball team will also match up against a MEAC foe. The Flames are slated to tip off at Howard at 4 p.m.
Off to a Fast Start
The Lady Flames are 7-3 through 10 games, marking the team's best 10-game start to a season since the 2009-10 squad also won seven of its first 10 outings.
During its last two games, Liberty has shown that it can a defeat an opponent via both stellar outside shooting and strong play around the basket.
• On Dec. 8 against UNCW, the Lady Flames equaled the most three-pointers they have ever hit at the Vines Center, connecting on 11 of their 19 tries for 57.9 percent.
• On Thursday versus Bluefield State, Liberty shot 0-of-11 from three-point range, but still won by scoring 70 of its 82 points either inside the paint or at the free throw line.