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WBB Game Day Central: Winthrop

February 22, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Ashley Rininger has notched double-doubles in each of Liberty's last four matchups against Winthrop.

Ashley Rininger has notched double-doubles in each of Liberty's last four matchups against Winthrop.

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Liberty's Women's Basketball Game Notes

Game Time:
7 p.m.

Official Tipoff:
7:02 p.m.

TV Coverage:
ESPN3
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Mike Hogewood
Color Commentator: Kelley Deyo

Radio Coverage:
Liberty Flames Sports Network – Radio
WWMC 90.9 FM The Light
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Jamie Hall
Color Commentator: Emily Stotmeister

Today's Game
Liberty (21-6, 17-1 Big South) will close out its 2014-15 regular-season home schedule with a Tuesday matchup against the only Big South team to defeat the Lady Flames this season, Winthrop (16-11, 12-6 Big South). Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. for Liberty's annual Play 4Kay game, in support of breast cancer awareness.

The "Starting Five" - Liberty's Top Storylines
1) One week before the start of the 2015 VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Women's Basketball Championship, the two teams who have hoisted the last three championship trophies will square off (Liberty in 2012 and 2013, Winthrop in 2014). Liberty has clinched the tournament's No. 1 seed, while Winthrop is one of four teams battling for the No. 2 seed.

2) Winthrop has won its last two meetings with Liberty, including a 65-59 triumph in the 2014 Big South Championship semifinals and a 63-58 win in Rock Hill on Jan. 20. No Big South team has won three straight games against Liberty during Carey Green's 16-year tenure.

3) Liberty has won a season-best nine straight games overall, 11 consecutive home games and 22 straight home contests against Winthrop. All but one of those home victories over the Eagles have been by 10 points or more.

4) The Lady Flames have committed 10 or fewer turnovers in three of their last six games and are averaging their fewest turnovers (17.1) since the 1998-99 season.

5) Ashley Rininger, who just joined the 1,000-point club on Saturday against Charleston Southern, has recorded a double-double in each of Liberty's last four meetings with Winthrop. She is averaging 13.3 ppg and 11.3 rpg versus the Eagles for her career.

Liberty vs. Winthrop At a Glance
Series History
Series Record:
Liberty leads, 46-10.
Current Streak: Winthrop has won two consecutive meetings.
Series Record at Liberty: Liberty leads, 27-1.
Current Streak at Liberty: Liberty has won 22 consecutive meetings.
Last Meeting Overall: Winthrop 63, Liberty 58 (Jan. 20, 2015 at Winthrop)
Last Meeting at Liberty: Liberty 80, Winthrop 69 (Feb. 22, 2014)
Liberty's Last Series Victory: Liberty 80, Winthrop 69 (Feb. 22, 2014 at Liberty)
Winthrop's Last Series Victory at Liberty: Winthrop 55, Liberty 46 (Feb. 24, 1996)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 378-127 (16th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Winthrop: 32-4

Winthrop Head Coach: Kevin Cook
Overall Record (Seasons): 108-88 (Seventh Season)
Record at Winthrop (Seasons): 61-32 (Third Season)  
Record vs. Liberty: 2-4

Notes and Anecdotes
• Led by Erica Williams (23 points, 9 rebounds), Aliyah Kilpatrick (20 points) and Schaquilla Nunn (11 points, 8 rebounds, 9 blocks), Winthrop dealt Liberty its lone Big South setback this season, 63-58, Jan. 20 at the Winthrop Coliseum. Ashley Rininger (14 points, 17 rebounds) led the way for Liberty, which shot just 29.7 percent (22-of-74) from the field.

• On Tuesday, Winthrop will attempt to join Gardner-Webb (2009-10) and High Point (2006-07 and 2013-14) as the only Big South teams to sweep the two-game regular-season series from the Lady Flames in Carey Green's 16 seasons at Liberty. They will also aim to become the first Big South squad to win three straight matchups with the Lady Flames since UNCG won eight in a row between 1994-97.

• Liberty has won 22 straight home matchups with the Eagles, with 21 of those victories coming by 10 or more points. Winthrop is 12-2 at home this year, but only 4-9 away from Rock Hill.

• Ashley Rininger has recorded a double-double in each of her last four meetings with Winthrop and is averaging 13.3 ppg and 11.3 rpg versus the Eagles for her career.

• Winthrop's starting point guard, Aliyah Kilpatrick, was a teammate of Liberty's Jaymee Fisher-Davis at Butler High School.

• Liberty and Winthrop have combined to win the last three Big South Championship titles.

Plenty to Celebrate
Liberty recognized Karly Buer, Emily Frazier, Jasmine Gardner and Ellee Rollins during its Senior Day ceremony Saturday, highlighting a weekend of celebrations.

• Ashley Rininger became the 15th member of Liberty's 1,000-point club on Saturday.

• Liberty set a new Big South record for most conference victories in a season (17).

Sadalia Ellis celebrated her 21st birthday on Sunday (Feb. 22).

Trying for 10
If Liberty wins Tuesday, the Lady Flames will have their 13th win streak of 10 games or more under Carey Green and first since Jan. 19-March 10, 2013 (14 games).

A Look Back at Liberty's 64-53 Win Over Charleston Southern
• Ashley Rininger scored her 1,000th career point and recorded a double-double, leading the Lady Flames to a come-from-behind 64-53 Senior Day victory over Charleston Southern, Saturday afternoon at the Vines Center.

• For the second straight game, Liberty had to rally from a halftime deficit as CSU hit six first-half three-pointers on its way to a 31-29 halftime advantage.

• The Lady Flames then opened the second half with a 21-4 run and never looked back on their way to their ninth consecutive win. Liberty improved to 5-4 this season when trailing at halftime.

• Rininger paced all players with 16 points and 10 rebounds, notching her ninth double-double of the season while becoming the 15th Lady Flame ever to score 1,000 career points.

• The Lady Flames become the first Big South women's basketball team ever to win 17 conference games in a single season. The previous record of 16 Big South wins was co-held by High Point (2013-14) and the Lady Flames (2011-12 and 2012-13). Liberty also recorded its 11th straight home win and their 21st consecutive home triumph over the Buccaneers.

• Charleston Southern lost despite shooting 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from three-point range for the game.

• CSU shot only 32 percent (8-of-25) from the floor after halftime. Conversely, Liberty made 60.9 percent (14-of-23) of its second-half field goal attempts and committed only three turnovers during the final 20 minutes.

• The Lady Flames outrebounded their 16th straight opponent (46-30), while also defeating Charleston Southern in points in the paint (40-14) and second-chance points (20-0).

Finishing With a Bang
Liberty will aim to win its regular-season home finale for the eighth consecutive season. The Lady Flames are 14-1 in their final home game of the regular season under head coach Carey Green. Twelve of the 14 times Liberty has won its final regular-season home tilt under Green, the Lady Flames have gone on to win the Big South Championship.

Darlings of Defense
Liberty has played stingy defense during Big South contests this season, ranking first in the conference for points allowed (50.4 ppg) and field goal percentage defense (31.1). The Lady Flames have held 10 of their 18 conference foes below the 50-point mark and no Big South team has scored more than 64 points against Liberty in 2014-15.

Taking Care of the Ball
The Lady Flames turned the ball over only nine times against Charleston Southern on Saturday, marking their third game out of the last six with 10 turnovers or fewer. Liberty has not recorded back-to-back contests with 10 or fewer turnovers since Jan. 15 & 18, 2003.

• Liberty's season average of 17.1 turnovers per game is its lowest since 1998-99 (16.7).

Upholding the Tradition
• The 2014-15 Lady Flames have clinched their 19th straight winning season. The streak started in 1996-97, the first year the Lady Flames won the Big South Championship title.

• Liberty has now posted eight straight 20-win seasons and 17 20-win campaigns in the last 19 years.

• Liberty has notched 16 consecutive seasons with 10+ Big South wins, including 2014-15.

• Liberty has claimed 15 Big South Championship crowns in 18 years and earned its 15th Big South regular-season title in 18 years this season.