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WBB Game Day Central: UTSA

December 20, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Nene Johnson shot 3-of-3 from the field for six points during Monday's matchup with Central Arkansas.

Nene Johnson shot 3-of-3 from the field for six points during Monday's matchup with Central Arkansas.

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Game No. 9 – Rae & Craig Blair Memorial Tournament
Liberty (1-7) at UTSA (3-7)
Dec. 20, 2016 – 7:15 p.m. Eastern – Convocation Center (San Antonio, Texas)

Liberty vs. UTSA At a Glance
Series History
Series Record:
First meeting

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 404-148 (18th Season) 
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. UTSA: 0-0

UTSA Head Coach: Lubomyr Lichonczak
Overall Record (Seasons): 201-216 (15th Season) 
Record at UTSA (Seasons): 43-58 (Fourth Season) 
Record vs. Liberty: 13-9

Notes and Anecdotes
• Although Liberty and UTSA have never faced one another, Roadrunners Head Coach Lubomyr Lichonczak is quite familiar with the Lady Flames. He served as Radford's head coach for 11 seasons (1990-91 through 2000-01), leading the Highlanders to six straight Big South titles (1991-96) and going 13-9 versus Liberty.

• Lichonczak is 1-3 coaching against Carey Green, including the four Liberty-Radford matchups during the 1999-2000 and 2000-01 seasons.

• Lichonczak later served as an advance scout for the WNBA's San Antonio Silver Stars in 2010. Former Liberty standout Megan Frazee played for the Silver Stars that season.

• Liberty is 5-4 all-time versus Conference USA opponents, although the Lady Flames have lost each of their last two meetings with Conference USA foes (2013-14 and 2014-15 season-opening losses to Charlotte). Liberty is 0-3 all-time when facing a Conference USA team on its home court (Louisville on Dec. 30, 1996, Cincinnati on Nov. 14, 2003 and Charlotte on Nov. 8, 2013).

• One of the Lady Flames' biggest wins in program history was achieved against a Conference USA opponent. Liberty notched an 88-79 victory over DePaul on March 22, 2005, advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship.

• Liberty freshman Ola Makurat, a native of Sierakowice, Poland, may be able to speak her native tongue on Tuesday. UTSA senior Kasia Kiejdrowska hails from Grudziadz, Poland, while assistant coach Ela Mukosiej is also a Poland native.

• Tuesday's contest will be the Roadrunners' eighth home game in their first 11 outings of the 2016-17 season. UTSA enters the contest with a 3-4 home mark. The Roadrunners dropped a 77-63 contest at Oregon on Nov. 20, marking the only time UTSA will leave its home state until Jan. 12.

On This Date
The Lady Flames' all-time Dec. 20 record stands at 4-6. Liberty's most recent game on the date resulted in a 74-60 loss to Subway Classic host Minnesota on Dec. 20, 2014.

Texas Two-Step
Liberty will be playing its sixth game in Texas in program history. The Lady Flames are 0-5 all-time in the Lone Star State, going 0-2 on a pair of Texas A&M-Baylor swings (Nov. 22 & 26, 2010 and Nov. 20 & 23, 2012). 

Liberty is seeking its first win over a Texas-based opponent since a 70-61 triumph over Houston, Nov. 24, 2007 at the National City Xavier Invitational in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Ironically, the Lady Flames do not have any Texas natives on their roster this season, for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign.

Both Liberty basketball teams will be playing in Texas this week. The men's basketball squad lost at Lamar on Monday and will head to Houston on Wednesday.

Ian McCaw, who became Liberty's Athletic Director on Nov. 28, spent 13 years (2003-16) in the same position at Baylor in Waco, Texas.

Road Warriors
The Lady Flames are in the midst of a stretch of eight road/neutral games in nine outings. Liberty is 1-4 during the span thus far, with the victory coming in its lone December home game, against West Liberty (Dec. 10).

The challenging stretch will see Liberty play games in five different states, including Indiana, Maryland, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

Last season, the Lady Flames were 10-9 in games played away from Lynchburg. It was the ninth straight year Liberty has posted a winning record in road/neutral contests.

Streaks Summarized
On Tuesday, Liberty will seek its first 2016-17 victory away from Lynchburg. The Lady Flames are 0-4 away from the Vines Center this season and have lost six consecutive road/neutral tilts, dating back to last season.

Updated Team Notes
• The Lady Flames never led during a 61-41 setback to Central Arkansas on Monday, dropping their sixth straight road/neutral contest and falling to 0-5 all-time in Texas.

• Liberty was outrebounded by a 46-37 count and held to 15 offensive boards, equaling its season low. That snapped a five-game streak where the Lady Flames had won the rebounding battle and grabbed 20+ offensive boards in each contest.

• The Lady Flames were outscored in the paint (34-16) for the sixth time in eight games this season, and their 22 turnovers led to 21 Central Arkansas points.

• The Lady Flames outscored UCA in bench points (21-18), marking the sixth time this season Liberty's reserves have outscored their opponent's non-starters.

• No Lady Flame scored in double figures for the second time this season (also season opener vs. Duke).

• Freshmen scored 26 of Liberty's 41 points on Monday and have tallied 61.7 percent of the Lady Flames' points this season.

• Both Liberty and UTSA will seek their first win of the Rae & Craig Blair Memorial Tournament, after each squad lost on Monday.

• The Lady Flames will aim for their first victory over a Conference USA foe since Nov. 20, 2009 (63-52 triumph over Tulane in Annapolis, Md.).

• Liberty will shoot for its first triumph over a Texas-based opponent since Nov. 24, 2007 (70-61 win over Houston in Cincinnati, Ohio).

Updated Player Notes
#3 Nene Johnson

• Made all three of her field goal attempts for six points on Monday

• Averaging 8.0 ppg away from home this season, as compared with 2.3 ppg at the Vines Center

#10 Kierra Johnson-Graham
• Liberty's second-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder on the season finished with eight points and a team-high eight rebounds on Monday.

• Scored six of her eight points after halftime, giving her 42 of her 52 points in the second half this season

• Has pulled down seven or more rebounds in five of her last six games

#12 Audrey Rettstatt
• Her two points against Central Arkansas give her 100 for her career, pacing all current Lady Flames.

#14 Lela Sellers
• Led all players with 33 minutes played on Monday, but did not attempt a shot from the field

• Grabbed six rebounds versus Central Arkansas, marking her fourth consecutive game with 6+ boards

#21 Keyen Green
• After recording double-doubles in each of her previous two games, was held to two points (equaled season low) and four rebounds in 12 minutes on Monday before fouling out for the first time in her career

#24 Iva Ilic
• Made a three-pointer on Monday, giving her a triple in each of her last five outings

#30 KK Barbour
• Had scored just two points in the season's first seven games before tallying six versus Central Arkansas in a season-high 14 minutes of action

• Also grabbed six rebounds (all offensive) and blocked a career-high two shots against the Sugar Bears

• Shot 4-of-4 from the free throw line on Monday, while the rest of the Lady Flames were just 7-of-17

#35 Ola Makurat
• Matched her season high of nine points on Monday, including seven in the first half