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WBB Game Day Central: James Madison

November 21, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Ashley Rininger finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds versus James Madison on Nov. 12, 2013 at the Vines Center.

Ashley Rininger finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds versus James Madison on Nov. 12, 2013 at the Vines Center.

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Liberty's Women's Basketball Game Notes

Game Time:
7 p.m.

Official Tipoff:
7:05 p.m.

TV Coverage:
Liberty Flames Sports Network – TV
ESPN3
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Mike Tilley
Color Commentator: Kelley Deyo
Sideline Reporter: Lyndsay Keith

Radio Coverage:
Liberty Flames Sports Network – Radio
WQLU 90.9 FM The Light
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Jamie Hall

Today's Game
The Liberty women's basketball team (2-1) will renew its rivalry with James Madison (2-1) Monday at 7 p.m. at the JMU Convocation Center in a battle between the Big South and CAA preseason favorites.

The "Starting Five" - Liberty's Top Storylines
1) Both Liberty and James Madison are looking to bounce back after each team suffered its initial loss of 2015-16 at the hands of a power conference opponent on Friday. The Lady Flames fell to NC State, 61-53, while the Dukes dropped a 90-61 contest at UCLA.

2) Liberty and James Madison are squaring off for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons. The Lady Flames and Dukes did not meet in 2014-15, but would have faced off in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament if both squads had won their opening games in Chapel Hill. The visiting team has won each of the last three Liberty-JMU matchups.

3) Liberty went 5-0 against in-state opponents last season and has recorded 10 straight victories versus Commonwealth foes.

4) Monday's contest tips off a challenging four-game road swing for the Lady Flames, which also features matchups with No. 7/14 Ohio State and No. 21/21 California at this weekend's South Point Thanksgiving Shootout and a Dec. 2 visit to unbeaten Gardner-Webb for their Big South Conference opener.

5) Ashley Rininger has recorded two double-doubles during this season's first three games, giving the redshirt senior 35 for her career. She tallied 20 points and 10 rebounds during Liberty's most recent contest against James Madison, Nov. 12, 2013 at the Vines Center.

Liberty vs. James Madison At a Glance
Series History
Series Record:
James Madison leads, 8-2.
Current Streak: James Madison won the most recent meeting.
Series Record at James Madison: James Madison leads, 5-1.
Current Streak at James Madison: Liberty won the most recent meeting.
Last Meeting Overall: James Madison 67, Liberty 56 (Nov. 12, 2013 at Liberty)
Last Meeting at James Madison: Liberty 60, James Madison 48 (Dec. 4, 2012)
Liberty's Last Series Victory: Liberty 60, James Madison 48 (Dec. 4, 2012 at JMU)
JMU's Last Series Victory at Home: James Madison 54, Liberty 51 (Dec. 5, 2010)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 385-129 (17th Season) 
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. James Madison: 2-6

James Madison Head Coach: Kenny Brooks
Overall Record (Seasons): 312-117 (14th Season)
Record at James Madison (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 6-2

Notes and Anecdotes
• Despite an offseason injury that will sideline 2015 CAA Player of the Year Precious Hall for the entire 2015-16 season, James Madison was picked to repeat as CAA champions. Redshirt senior guard Jazmon Gwathmey was tabbed the 2015 Preseason CAA Player of the Year.

• Like Liberty, James Madison won its first two games (vs. Longwood and Morgan State)  of the season before losing to a power conference opponent (UCLA) on Friday.

• Monday's game will mark the ninth meeting between Liberty and James Madison during the last 10 seasons. The two teams squared off for eight consecutive seasons prior to 2014-15. The Lady Flames and Dukes would have met in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament, but both teams were ousted in the first round in Chapel Hill, N.C.

• The road team has won the last three Liberty-JMU contests, including the Lady Flames' first-ever win in Harrisonburg, 60-48, on Dec. 4, 2012. James Madison then notched a 67-56 decision inside the Vines Center on Nov. 12, 2013.

• James Madison is 2-0 at home this season and 27-2 at the JMU Convocation Center since the start of the 2013-14 campaign.

• James Madison is ranked No. 5 and Liberty is No. 18 in the CollegeInsider.com Women's Mid-Major Top 25.

On This Date
Liberty is 4-4 all-time when playing on Nov. 23, including 0-1 versus CAA opponents. The Lady Flames lost a 62-56 contest to Delaware on Nov. 23, 2001 in the opening game of the UNCG Marriott Classic. 

Head Coach Carey Green picked up his first win at Liberty on Nov. 23, 1999 with an 85-46 home triumph over North Carolina A&T.

The Lady Flames tipped off their first Big South championship season (1996-97) with an 89-45 home victory against Bluefield on Nov. 23, 1996. 

Amazing Ashley
After opening the season with her 34th career double-double (23 points, 11 rebounds) at Appalachian State, Ashley Rininger was named Co-Big South Player of the Week on Tuesday. It is the fifth time Rininger has earned the conference player of the week honor during her career.

Comeback Kids
Liberty has proven to be a resilient squad during the early stages of the 2015-16 season. The Lady Flames erased an eight-point halftime deficit to post a 72-63 win over Elon on Nov. 16. Four days later, they cut NC State's 16-point lead to three before the comeback fell just short.

No Easy Games
Including James Madison (2-1), Liberty's first four opponents this season have boasted a combined record of 6-1 at the time of the meeting.

Things do not get any easier for the Lady Flames after they leave Harrisonburg. Contests against No. 7/14 Ohio State (Friday), No. 21/21 California (Saturday), unbeaten Gardner-Webb (Dec. 2), unbeaten Seton Hall (Dec. 12) and No. 14/9 Duke (Dec. 17) loom within Liberty's next six outings.

Road Warriors
Monday's contest will tip off a busy stretch of travel for the Lady Flames. Liberty will travel to Las Vegas for the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout on Friday and Saturday before heading to Boiling Springs, N.C., for its Big South opener against Gardner-Webb on Dec. 2.

The Lady Flames, who are 1-0 on the road to start the 2015-16 season, have recorded 10 or more road wins during five of the last six years. Liberty is 60-28 (.682) in true road games since the start of the 2009-10 season.

Competing Against the Commonwealth
Monday's game will be Liberty's first of five regular-season matchups with in-state opponents this season. The Lady Flames will also face Big South foes Longwood (Jan. 23 and Feb. 27) and Radford (Jan. 2 and Feb. 7) later this season.

The Lady Flames went 5-0 versus Commonwealth foes in 2014-15 and have won 10 consecutive games versus Virginia opponents. 

CAA Clashes
Liberty is facing a CAA opponent for the second straight Monday, after picking up a come-from-behind 72-63 home win over Elon on Nov. 16.

A Look Back at the Lady Flames' 61-53 Loss to NC State
• Liberty cut NC State's 16-point advantage to three, Friday evening at the Vines Center, but the Wolfpack held on for a hard-fought 61-53 victory in a battle between unbeaten teams.

• NC State opened up a 28-15 halftime lead, limiting the Lady Flames to their lowest-scoring half since a 13-point first half at Presbyterian on Feb. 13, 2014.

• Liberty twice cut the deficit to three during the second half but could not get over the hump and saw its 13-game home winning streak halted.

• The Lady Flames shot just 47.6 percent (10-of-21) from the free throw line, making less than half of their free throws for the first time since Nov. 22, 2011 versus UVa-Wise.

• Ashley Rininger recorded her second double-double of the season and the 35th of her career with 15 points and a season-high 14 rebounds.

• After missing all nine of her first-half field goal attempts, Sadalia Ellis scored 12 second-half points to fuel Liberty's comeback effort.

• Liberty outrebounded its 25th straight opponent, 47-44, and more than doubled up NC State in points in the paint, 32-14.

Winning the Battle of the Boards
Liberty has outrebounded 25 consecutive opponents since losing the battle of the boards to No. 1/1 South Carolina on Dec, 21, 2014.