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WBB Game Day Central: Virginia

November 17, 2013  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty will host Virginia at the Vines Center for the first time in 11 years, Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Liberty will host Virginia at the Vines Center for the first time in 11 years, Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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Complete Game Notes

Tip-Off Time:
7:06 p.m. vs. Virginia

Television Coverage:
Provided by the Liberty Flames Sports Network (LFSN)

Liberty Channel - Local Coverage
(WTLU regionally in Lynchburg market)
Game Will be Carried Live

Video Streaming Coverage:
Big South Network (Free in 2013-14)

Radio Coverage:
Provided by the Liberty Flames Sports Network (LFSN)

Broadcasting Station:
The Light (90.9 FM WWMC)

Today's Game
Liberty (0-2) will host a Commonwealth opponent for the second straight week, when the Lady Flames welcome Virginia (2-1) to the Vines Center, Tuesday at 7 p.m. It will be just the Cavaliers' second visit to the Vines Center and the first in 11 years.

The "Starting Five" - Today's Top Storylines
1) Virginia's only previous contest at the Vines Center came on Nov. 26, 2002, and it was a memorable game. Liberty's Kristal Tharp tied the score with a three-pointer at the end of regulation, and the Lady Flames went on to record a 77-69 victory in overtime. It was Liberty's first-ever win over a Top 25 opponent, as Virginia entered the game ranked No. 23 nationally.

2) Both Liberty and Virginia have faced James Madison already this season, and the Dukes were victorious against each team. JMU defeated Virginia by a 63-46 count on Nov. 8, four days before recording a 67-56 win at Liberty.

3) The Lady Flames will attempt to defeat an ACC opponent for the first time since notching a 45-43 triumph at Virginia Tech on Dec. 30, 2008.

4) A loss would give Liberty its first 0-3 start since the 1993-94 Lady Flames began the year at 0-7. The Lady Flames are also aiming to avoid their first back-to-back home losses since Nov. 14 and Dec. 7, 2008.

5) Ashley Rininger (16.5 ppg) and Sadalia Ellis (14.0 ppg) have headlined a productive beginning to the season for Liberty's sophomore class. The Lady Flames' five sophomores are scoring 72.3 percent of the team's points through two games. Meanwhile, sophomore Faith Randolph is leading Virginia's offensive attack with 17.0 ppg.

Liberty vs. Virginia At a Glance
Series History
Series Record:
Virginia leads, 8-2.
Current Streak: Virginia has won the last two meetings.
Series Record at Liberty: Series tied, 1-1.
Current Streak at Liberty: Liberty won the most recent meeting.
Last Meeting Overall: Virginia 64, Liberty 38 (Dec. 7, 2011 at Virginia)
Last Meeting at Liberty: Liberty 77, Virginia 69 (OT) (Nov. 26, 2002)
Liberty's Last Series Victory: Liberty 75, Virginia 71 (Nov. 20, 2006 at Virginia)
Virginia's Last Victory at Liberty: Virginia 87, Liberty 46 (Jan. 30, 1982)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 337-112 (15th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Virginia: 2-6

Virginia Head Coach: Joanne Boyle
Overall Record (Seasons): 247-119 (12th Season)
Record at Virginia (Seasons): 43-26 (Third Season)
Record vs. Liberty: 4-0 (1-0 at Virginia, 3-0 at Richmond)

Notes and Anecdotes
• Tuesday's game will mark the first meeting between Liberty and Virginia since the Cavaliers posted a 64-38 home win over the Lady Flames on Dec. 7, 2011. Liberty's Devon Brown scored her 1,000th career point during the game. The only active players who appeared in that contest are Liberty's Jasmine Gardner, Catherine Kearney, Reagan Miller and Ellee Rollins and Virginia's Ataira Franklin, Lexie Gerson and Kelsey Wolfe.

• Virginia's only previous visit to the Vines Center came on Nov. 26, 2002. That day, Kristal Tharp played a key role in Liberty's first-ever win over a Top 25 opponent, scoring a team-high 20 points and tying the game with a three-pointer at the end of regulation. The Lady Flames went on to post a 77-69 overtime victory over No. 23 Virginia.

• Both the Lady Flames and Cavaliers have suffered defeats at the hands of James Madison this season. Virginia dropped its season opener at JMU by a 63-46 count on Nov. 8. Four days later, the Dukes recorded a 67-56 victory at Liberty.

• Liberty is seeking its first win over an ACC opponent since Dec. 30, 2008. That day, the Lady Flames notched a 45-43 victory at Virginia Tech in the championship game of the Hokie Hardwood Classic.

• On Feb. 16, Liberty guard Emily Frazier suffered a season-ending knee injury against Radford, one day before Virginia guard Kelsey Wolfe saw the same thing happen versus Maryland. Both Frazier and Wolfe recovered in time to start the 2013-14 season openers.

Competing Against the Commonwealth
• Liberty is 0-1 against in-state opponents this season, after dropping a 67-56 home decision to James Madison on Nov. 12.

• All three of the Lady Flames' non-conference regular-season home games in 2013-14 pit Liberty versus Commonwealth foes, including Tuesday's game against Virginia, Liberty's home-opening setback to James Madison on Nov. 12 and a Dec. 3 tilt against Richmond.

• Liberty went 8-0 against Virginia squads last season and had won 10 consecutive games versus in-state opponents prior to the loss to JMU.

Uncommon Occurrences
• Liberty has started a season 0-2 for just the third time under head coach Carey Green, along with 2000-01 and 2010-11.

• The Lady Flames have not lost their first three games of the season since starting out 0-7 to begin the 1993-94 campaign.

• Liberty will look to avoid losing back-to-back home games for the first time since falling to VCU and No. 13/14 Auburn on Nov. 14 and Dec. 7, 2008.

• Liberty was outrebounded by a 42-37 count during its 67-56 loss against James Madison on Nov. 12. It was just the 10th time that the Lady Flames have lost the rebounding battle since the start of the 2009-10 season. Liberty is 2-8 in those games.

Bombs Away!
• Liberty set a program single-season record by making 173 three-pointers during the 2012-13 season, averaging 5.1 made triples per game.

• The Lady Flames are off to a fast start from behind the arc in 2013-14, averaging 6.0 three-pointers per contest.

• Freshmen Simone Brown and Mickayla Sanders have bolstered Liberty's perimeter attack immediately, combining to shoot 62.5 percent (5-of-8) from long range during the season's first two games.

A Look Back at Liberty's 67-56 Home Loss to James Madison
• Liberty fell to 0-2 for just the third time in Carey Green's 15 seasons as head coach with a 67-56 home-opening setback to James Madison on Nov. 12.

• The game snapped the Lady Flames' 10-game winning streak against in-state opponents and their six-game home winning streak.

• Liberty dropped to 11-4 in home openers under head coach Carey Green and fell to 2-6 against JMU in the last eight seasons.

• CAA Preseason Player of the Year Kirby Burkholder led all players in both points (23) and rebounds (13), helping JMU outrebound Liberty, 42-37. It was only the 10th time since the start of the 2009-10 season that the Lady Flames lost the rebounding battle.

• Liberty limited James Madison to 32.7 percent (18-of-55) field goal shooting, but the Dukes were successful at the free throw line (26-of-33 for 78.8 percent), in points off turnovers (23-4 advantage) and in second-chance points (22-9 edge).

• The Lady Flames hit seven three-pointers, including a career-high four by Sadalia Ellis.

Ashley Rininger paced Liberty in points (career-high 20) and rebounds (10) for her first double-double of the season and the fourth of her career. She scored 14 points during the second half, including the Lady Flames' first 10 markers after halftime.

• Sadalia Ellis posted a career high in points for the second straight game, finishing with 15 points to go along with a game-high four assists. The sophomore had only hit seven career three-pointers before making four against JMU.

• Freshman Mickayla Sanders started for the first time in her young career and scored six points on a pair of three-pointers.

Catherine Kearney came off of the bench and tied her career high with 31 minutes played for the second straight game. She made all six of her free throw attempts as part of an eight-point evening.

Stellar Sophomores
• Liberty's five sophomores (Katelyn Adams, Sadalia Ellis, Jaymee Fisher-Davis, Catherine Kearney and Ashley Rininger) are playing a key role for the Lady Flames during the early stages of the 2013-14 season.

• The sophomores are scoring 72.3 percent of Liberty's points thus far, averaging 40.5 points per game.

• The duo of Ashley Rininger and Sadalia Ellis is leading the way, as both players have improved significantly upon their numbers from 2012-13. Rininger is averaging a team-high 16.5 ppg this season, after scoring 6.9 ppg a year ago. Meanwhile, Ellis is posting 14.0 ppg, after averaging 3.4 ppg with a season-high of 10 points as a freshman.