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WBB Game Day Central: Longwood

January 21, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Jaymee Fisher-Davis is shooting 54.2 percent (13-of-24) from three-point range versus Longwood during her career.
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Liberty's Women's Basketball Game Notes

Game Time:
2 p.m.

Video Streaming Coverage:
Big South Network

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

Today's Game
Liberty (9-8, 6-2 Big South) will close out its two-game road swing at Longwood (5-13, 2-7 Big South), Sunday at 2 p.m. inside Willett Hall. The contest will be the 36th all-time meeting between the Route 460 foes.

The "Starting Five" - Liberty's Top Storylines
1) Liberty has moved into a five-way tie for first place in the Big South standings, thanks to six wins in its last seven games. Conversely, Longwood has lost four games in a row, sliding to 10th place in the conference standings.

2) Liberty has won 13 consecutive meetings with Longwood since the Lancers' last win over the Lady Flames on Feb. 12, 1988. The Lady Flames have been victorious in five straight visits to Willett Hall and are 11-1 in their last 12 matchups with in-state opponents. Meanwhile, Longwood has lost eight consecutive Big South home games, including all four of its conference tilts in Farmville this season.

3) Liberty has outrebounded Longwood by an average of 26.6 boards per game during the teams' last seven meetings. This season, the Lady Flames' rebound margin is +7.2, while the Lancers' rebound margin is -9.1.

4) Catherine Kearney is coming off of a double-double (16 points, 11 rebounds) at Coastal Carolina on Tuesday. She is averaging 14.9 ppg and 9.0 rpg in seven games since Ashley Rininger's injury. Kearney has only played against Longwood twice in her career.

5) Jaymee Fisher-Davis is shooting 55 percent (11-of-20) from three-point range in the last four games. For her career, the senior is 54.2 percent (13-of-24) from beyond the arc when facing Longwood.

Liberty vs. Longwood At a Glance
Series History
Series Record:
Liberty leads, 20-15.
Current Streak: Liberty has won 13 consecutive meetings.
Series Record at Longwood: Longwood leads, 11-5.
Current Streak at Longwood: Liberty has won five consecutive meetings.
Last Meeting Overall: Liberty 65, Longwood 60 (Feb. 17, 2015 at Longwood)
Last Meeting at Longwood: Same
Longwood's Last Series Victory: Longwood 95, Liberty 88 (Feb. 12, 1988 at Long.)
Longwood's Last Series Victory at Home: Same

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 392-136 (17th Season) 
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Longwood: 12-0

Longwood Head Coach: Bill Reinson
Overall Record (Seasons): 44-119 (Sixth Season) 
Record at Longwood (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 0-8

Notes and Anecdotes
• Longwood is seeking its first win over Liberty since Feb. 12, 1988, as the Lady Flames have won all 13 head-to-head matchups with their Route 460 foe since gaining NCAA Division I status prior to the 1988-89 season.

• Liberty will be playing at Longwood on a snowy day for the second straight year. Last season (Feb. 17, 2015), the game at Willett Hall was played two hours earlier than scheduled due to approximately six inches of snowfall in Farmville.

• Liberty has outrebounded Longwood by an average of 26.6 boards per game during the teams' last seven meetings.

• Longwood, which currently sits in 10th place in the Big South standings at 2-7, is looking to snap a four-game losing streak. The Lancers have lost all four of their Big South home games this season.

• Like a number of conference teams, Longwood has been hit hard by injuries this season. However, the Lancers seem to be getting healthier. Raven Williams returned to action at Gardner-Webb on Tuesday after being sidelined for the previous six games. Khalilah Ali, coming back from an ACL injury, made her season debut at Gardner-Webb.

• Senior guard Kyndal Skersick paces the Lancers with 9.9 ppg. She scored a game-high 21 points during Longwood's last meeting with Liberty.

Competing Against the Commonwealth
Sunday's game will be Liberty's third matchup with an in-state opponent this season. The Lady Flames lost their first Commonwealth clash of 2015-16 by a 72-56 count at James Madison on Nov. 23 and then recorded a 49-43 victory at Radford on Jan. 2.

The Lady Flames went 5-0 versus Commonwealth foes in 2014-15 and had won 10 consecutive games versus Virginia opponents prior to the setback against JMU.

Getting Back on Track
After a 3-7 start to the season, Liberty has won six of its last seven games. The following are a couple keys to the Lady Flames' recent strong play.

• The Lady Flames have played tough defense (55.6 ppg allowed) and posted a +11.3 rebound margin.

Catherine Kearney is averaging 14.9 ppg, 9.0 rpg and shooting 62.1 percent (41-of-66) from the field. Mickayla Sanders (12.1 ppg) and Sadalia Ellis (10.7 ppg) are also scoring in double figures. Brooke Alexander has tallied 20 assists and only eight turnovers.

Shaking Things Up
Head Coach Carey Green has used eight different starting lineups during this season's first 17 games. The Lady Flames have eclipsed the number of starting lineups they used during the entire 2014-15 season (7), and 11 different players have started this year.

A Look Back at the Lady Flames' 65-63 Victory at Coastal Carolina
• Trailing by nine points at halftime of Tuesday evening's contest at Coastal Carolina, Liberty turned to its senior class.

• Seniors Catherine Kearney (16 points, 11 rebounds), Katelyn Adams (career-high 16 rebounds) and Sadalia Ellis (10 second-half points) powered a successful comeback, resulting in a 65-63 Lady Flames victory inside The HTC Center.

• However, Liberty's 45th consecutive win over the Chanticleers was not secure until junior Mickayla Sanders connected on a pair of free throws with 9.3 seconds remaining. 

• Coastal Carolina fell despite cutting an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to one on two occasions and making 12 three-pointers.

• The Lady Flames got to the foul line a season-high 33 times, including 26 in the second half. Liberty made more free throws (21) on the night than Coastal Carolina attempted (15) during the game.

• Liberty won the rebounding battle, 52-33, including 29-15 after halftime. The Lady Flames also enjoyed significant advantages in points in the paint (28-14) and second-chance points (18-6).

• Kearney's double-double was her third of the season and the sixth of her career.

Player Trends
#1 Mickayla Sanders

• Averaging 19.1 points per 40 minutes played for her career

#2 Candice Leatherwood
• After making one of her first eight three-pointers to start her career, Leatherwood is shooting 58.3 percent (7-of-12) from behind the arc during her last 11 games

#3 Sadalia Ellis
• Only a 24.4 percent three-point shooter for her career, Ellis has made 47.6 percent (10-of-21) of her triples during the six games since Christmas break

• Averaging career-best figures for field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage, free throw percentage, rebounds and points this season

#10 Jaymee Fisher-Davis
• Shooting 54.2 percent (13-of-24) from three-point range against Longwood during her career

• Had made just one of her 17 three-point tries during the previous four games, before going 11-for-20 during the last four outings

• Has made multiple three-pointers in 10 of 17 games this season

• Has hit 34 of her last 36 free throw attempts, boosting her career free throw percentage to 88.4

#21 Mikal Johnson
• Nearing a pair of career milestones, as she is six points shy of 500 and eight three-pointers away from 100

#23 Brooke Alexander
• Has recorded a 20-to-5 assist-to-turnover ratio over the last five games

#34 Katelyn Adams
• Paced all players with a career-high 16 rebounds at Coastal Carolina on Tuesday. Adams became the first Lady Flame since Jasmine Gardner on March 2, 2013 to nab 10 offensive boards in a game.

• Adams has tallied six or more rebounds in 13 of 17 games in 2015-16, including five 10+-rebound efforts. She leads the team in rebounding and ranks fourth in the Big South.

#44 Catherine Kearney
• Has only appeared in two games against Longwood during her career, playing a total of 20 minutes

• Posted her third double-double of the season and the sixth of her career (16 points, 11 rebounds) at Coastal Carolina on Tuesday

• Ranks 27th in program history with 494 career rebounds and needs six boards to become the 27th Lady Flame to grab 500 career rebounds

• Needs 15 points to become one of the top 50 scorers in program history

• During the seven games since Ashley Rininger's injury, Kearney is averaging 14.9 ppg, 9.0 rpg and 1.4 bpg while shooting 62.1 percent (41-of-66) from the field and 81.5 percent (22-of-27) from the foul line

• Has hit 15 of her last 16 free throw attempts (93.8 percent)