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WBB Game Day Central: James Madison

November 13, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Molly Reagan, one of just five current Lady Flames to play against James Madison last season, matched her career high of nine points against Duke on Friday.

Molly Reagan, one of just five current Lady Flames to play against James Madison last season, matched her career high of nine points against Duke on Friday.

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Liberty's Women's Basketball Game Notes

Game Time:
5 p.m.

Official Tipoff:
5:05 p.m.

TV Coverage:
Liberty Flames Sports Network – TV
Big South Network
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Mike Tilley
Color Commentator: Kelley Deyo

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

Today's Game
Liberty (0-1) will renew its rivalry with James Madison (1-1) Tuesday at 5 p.m. inside the Vines Center, as two of the nation's premier mid-major programs meet for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons.

The "Starting Five" - Liberty's Top Storylines
1) Liberty will attempt to bounce back from a 98-38 season-opening setback to Duke. The task does not get any easier for the Lady Flames on Tuesday, as James Madison is favored to capture its fourth consecutive CAA title this season.

2) Liberty has made 16 NCAA Tournament appearances in the last 20 years. Meanwhile, James Madison has qualified for the NCAA Tournament five times in the last seven seasons, including each of the last three years in a row.

3) The Lady Flames have won 15 of their last 16 meetings with in-state opponents. The lone Commonwealth setback during that time was a 72-56 loss at James Madison last season (Nov. 23, 2015). 

4) Liberty has uncharacteristically lost back-to-back home games, dating back to last season, having won 79.5 percent of its contests at the Vines Center all-time. The Lady Flames will look to halt that losing skid and snap James Madison's eight-game road winning streak in the process.

5) The new-look Lady Flames saw seven players make their Liberty debuts during the Duke game. Liberty started three freshmen (Keyen Green, Ola Makurat and Lela Sellers) in the season opener for the first time in 20 years.

Liberty vs. James Madison at a Glance
Series History
Series Record:
James Madison leads, 9-2
Current Streak: James Madison has won the last two meetings.
Series Record at Liberty: James Madison leads, 3-1.
Current Streak at Liberty: James Madison has won the last three meetings.
Last Meeting Overall: James Madison 72, Liberty 56 (Nov. 23, 2015 at James Madison)
Last Meeting at Liberty: James Madison 67, Liberty 56 (Nov. 12, 2013)
Liberty's Last Series Victory: Liberty 60, James Madison 48 (Dec. 4, 2012 at JMU)
Liberty's Last Series Victory at Home: Liberty 79, James Madison 66 (Dec. 4, 2007)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 403-142 (18th Season) 
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. James Madison: 2-7

James Madison Head Coach: Sean O'Regan
Overall Record (Seasons): 1-1 (First Season) 
Record at James Madison (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 0-0

Notes and Anecdotes
• Tuesday's game will mark the 10th meeting between Liberty and James Madison during the last 11 seasons.

• The road team had won three straight Liberty-JMU contests before the Dukes posted a 72-56 home victory over the Lady Flames last season (Nov. 23, 2015). Only five of the 13 Liberty players who appeared in that game are still on the roster, including KK Barbour, Tatyana Crowder, Molly Reagan, Audrey Rettstatt and Sheana Vega.

• Sean O'Regan is in his first season as JMU's head coach. He had served as an assistant coach for the Dukes for the previous nine years. During that time, JMU went 6-2 versus Liberty.

• The three-time defending CAA champion Dukes are picked to win their fourth straight conference title in 2016-17. Redshirt senior Precious Hall, who missed the 2015-16 season due to injury, was tabbed the CAA Preseason Player of the Year. She has returned to the JMU lineup in a big way, scoring a career-high 39 points in the season-opening loss against Tennessee and adding 24 points in a win over St. Francis Brooklyn on Sunday.

• Tuesday will mark James Madison's first road game of the 2016-17 season. The Dukes won eight straight road contests to close out 2015-16, following a 65-59 overtime loss at William & Mary on Jan. 3, 2016. JMU has also been victorious in each of its last three visits to the Vines Center.

On This Date
Liberty is 0-2 all-time on Nov. 15, with both losses coming to in-state opponents. Carey Green lost a 60-45 contest at Virginia Tech in his debut as Liberty's head coach on Nov. 15, 1999 and the Lady Flames dropped a 52-47 home decision to VCU on Nov. 15, 2011.

CAA Clashes
James Madison is the lone CAA opponent on Liberty's 2016-17 season schedule. The Lady Flames were 1-1 against the CAA last season, recording a 72-63 home win over Elon on Nov. 16 and suffering a 72-56 defeat at James Madison seven days later.

Competing Against the Commonwealth
Liberty went 5-1 against in-state opponents last season and is 15-1 in its last 16 contests against Commonwealth foes. The Lady Flames' lone setback during that stretch was their 72-56 loss at James Madison on Nov. 23, 2015.

Liberty is scheduled to play six games against Virginia foes in 2016-17, including James Madison (Tuesday), Richmond (Dec. 3), Longwood (Jan. 17 and Feb. 21) and Radford (Jan. 24 and Feb. 7).

Three of a Kind
Three true freshmen (Keyen Green, Ola Makurat and Lela Sellers) started during Friday's season opener against Duke. It marked the first time since 1996-97 that three Liberty freshmen (Jennifer Jess, Elena Kisseleva and Sarah Wilkerson) earned the starting nod in their collegiate debuts.

The Container is Half Empty
Duke shot 52.2 percent (36-of-69) from the field against Liberty on Friday, becoming just the third opponent in the last 98 games to make at least half of its field goal attempts.