Liberty will play host to Campbell Saturday at 2 p.m.
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Broadcast - Tip-Off: 2:06 p.m. vs. Campbell Broadcasting Station: The Light (90.9 FM WWMC) Today's Game Both Liberty (13-6, 5-2 Big South) and Campbell (12-5, 4-2 Big South) will attempt to bounce back from Thursday losses when they square off Saturday at the Vines Center. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. for the first of two meetings between the Lady Flames and Lady Camels in the next two weeks.
The "Starting Five" - Today's Top Storylines 1) Liberty lost 71-63 at home to High Point on Thursday, while Campbell dropped a 77-75 decision at Longwood on a last-second shot. The Lady Flames have not lost back-to-back conference home games since dropping five Big South home contests in a row spanning the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons.
2) Liberty and Campbell will both attempt to stay in touch with Presbyterian College (6-1) and Longwood (5-1) atop the Big South standings. The Lady Flames and Lady Camels are two of seven Big South teams who have either one or two conference losses.
3) Liberty and Campbell will get familiar with one another, playing twice in 13 days. The Lady Flames will travel to Buies Creek, N.C., to face the Lady Camels on Jan. 31.
4) Saturday's game could see a lot of points scored, as Liberty and Campbell rank first and second, respectively, in both points and field goal percentage. Last season, the Lady Flames scored 90 points during their home victory over Campbell on Jan. 9, 2012. That game also came on the heels of a home loss to High Point.
5) Campbell is shooting 40.4 percent from three-point range this season, ranking No. 4 nationally. Meanwhile, Liberty sits 48th in the nation for three-point field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 26.7 percent from beyond the arc. Liberty vs. Campbell At a Glance Series History Series Record: Campbell leads, 12-9. Current Streak: Liberty has won two consecutive meetings. Series Record at Liberty: Liberty leads, 6-4. Current Streak at Liberty: Liberty won the most recent meeting. Last Meeting Overall: Liberty 58, Campbell 45 (Feb. 4, 2012 at Campbell) Last Meeting at Liberty: Liberty 90, Campbell 61 (Jan. 9, 2012) Campbell's Last Series Victory: Campbell 64, Liberty 59 (Nov. 29, 1999 at Liberty) Campbell's Last Series Victory at Liberty: Same
Coaching Matchup Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green Overall Record (Seasons): 323-109 (14th Season) Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same Record vs. Campbell: 2-1
Campbell Head Coach: Wanda Watkins Overall Record (Seasons): 490-395 (32nd Season) Record at Campbell (Seasons): Same Record vs. Liberty: 12-9
Notes and Anecdotes • Liberty, which has only faced Campbell three times in Carey Green's 14 years as head coach, will now play the Camels twice in 13 days. After Saturday's game, Liberty will play at Campbell on Jan. 31.
• Both teams suffered their second Big South loss on Thursday, as Liberty lost to High Point, 71-63, and Campbell dropped a 77-75 contest at Longwood.
• Saturday's contest could see quite a few points scored. Liberty and Campbell rank first and second, respectively, in the Big South for both points and field goal percentage. Last season, the Lady Flames racked up 90 points during their home victory over the Camels.
• Campbell ranks No. 4 nationally for three-point field goal percentage (.404) and is coming off of an 8-for-14 performance during Thursday's game at Longwood. Meanwhile, Liberty ranks No. 48 nationally for three-point field goal percentage defense (.267).
• The Camels are led by 5-8 senior guard Tonisha Baker. The team's leading scorer at 14.5 ppg, Baker ranks seventh in program history with 1,308 career points. Liberty was able to hold her in check last season, limiting Baker to nine total points in two games, including zero at the Vines Center.
• Campbell's last win at the Vines Center came in Carey Green's third game as Liberty's head coach, on Nov. 29, 1999. Shortage of Losing Streaks Liberty has typically been able to bounce back from home losses and Big South setbacks.
• The Lady Flames have not lost back-to-back home games since Nov. 14 and Dec. 7, 2008 (VCU and Auburn).
• Liberty has not dropped consecutive Big South contests (including regular-season and tournament games) since Feb. 20 and 22, 1997 (UNCG and Winthrop).
• Liberty has not lost two Big South home games in a row since dropping five conference home games in succession, spanning two seasons (Feb. 20, 1995 - Feb. 3, 1996).
One Streak Broken With its victory on Thursday, High Point became the first Big South team to defeat Liberty at the Vines Center in back-to-back years since UNCG (1993-94 through 1996-97). A Look Back at Liberty's 71-63 Home Loss to High Point • High Point ended Liberty's three-game winning streak with a 71-63 victory Thursday evening at the Vines Center.
• The Panthers scored the first seven points of the game and never trailed during the contest.
• High Point became the first Big South team to defeat Liberty at the Vines Center in back-to-back seasons since UNCG did so four straight times between 1993-94 and 1996-97.
• Liberty struggled shooting the ball from the field (31.7 percent) and three-point line (15.4 percent).
• However, the Lady Flames shot well at the foul line, making their first 19 attempts of the game and finishing at 85.2 percent (23-of-27).
• For the 14th straight game, Liberty outrebounded its opponent (42-39) and kept its foe below 50 percent field goal shooting (44.4 percent).
• Tolu Omotola led all players with 19 points, but Liberty dropped to 31-4 all-time when she scores in double digits.
• Despite shooting just 2-of-17 from the floor, Devon Brown made 11-of-12 from the free throw line during a 15-point evening. She also grabbed six rebounds, becoming the seventh Lady Flame ever to pull down 700 career boards.
• Reagan Miller scored a season-high 12 points, helping Liberty enjoy a 17-12 edge in bench points. She also hit the Lady Flames' only two three-pointers of the game.
• Liberty head coach Carey Green missed the first game of his 14-year coaching career with the Lady Flames due to illness. Assistant coach Alexis Sherard assumed coaching duties in his absence.
Fabulous at the Free Throw Line Liberty struggled shooting the ball from the field during Thursday's game against High Point, but fared quite well from the free throw line. The Lady Flames made their first 19 foul shots of the night and ended up at 23 of 27 for 85.2 percent.
• For the season, Liberty is making 71.4 percent of its free throws, which is not far off of the Lady Flames' single-season record of 72.8 percent, set in 2007-08.
• Devon Brown, who hit 11 of her 12 charity tosses on Thursday, is shooting 83.5 percent this season. That would rank her third in program history if the season ended today.
• Emily Frazier has made 13 consecutive free throws, while Brittany Campbell has hit seven straight foul shots.
At Home on the Road? Liberty has fared better in road games than at the Vines Center in recent weeks. The Lady Flames have won six consecutive road contests by an average of 24.5 ppg. Meanwhile, Liberty has dropped three of its last five home games.
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