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WBB Game Day Central: Radford

January 22, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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WBB Game Day Central: Radford

Game Day Central

Liberty's Game Notes

Game Time:
7 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 (5-12, 4-2 Big South) will head across the Commonwealth to meet Big South co-leader Radford (13-4, 5-1 Big South) for a Tuesday evening clash. The 67th all-time meeting between the Lady Flames and Highlanders will tip off at 7 p.m. inside the Dedmon Center.

The "Starting Five" - Liberty's Top Storylines
1) Tuesday's game is an important one for Liberty, which sits just one game behind Big South co-leaders Radford and Campbell in the conference standings. The Lady Flames will look to bounce back from a Saturday setback at Asheville and avoid suffering back-to-back Big South defeats for just the third time in 18 seasons under Carey Green.

2) Something will have to give at the Dedmon Center, as Radford is 7-0 on its home court and boasts a 10-game home winning streak dating back to last season. Meanwhile, Liberty has been victorious in each of its last nine visits to Radford. However, the Lady Flames have struggled on the road this season, going 1-9 away from the Vines Center.

3) Tuesday's contest will feature two post players who have had a monopoly on the Big South awards in recent weeks. Radford's Jayda Worthy won back-to-back Player of the Week honors on Jan. 9 & 16, while Liberty's Keyen Green captured three straight Freshman of the Week honors (Jan. 2, 9 & 16).

4) Liberty is 5-4 when scoring 60+ points but 0-8 when being held below the 60-point mark. Radford ranks No. 12 nationally, allowing just 54.0 ppg.

5) Carey Green will be coaching against Radford for the 40th time on Tuesday. His teams are 35-4 all-time when facing the Highlanders.

Liberty vs. Radford at a Glance
Series History
Series Record:
Liberty leads, 42-24.
Current Streak: Liberty has won 12 consecutive meetings.
Series Record at Radford: Liberty leads, 17-13.
Current Streak at Radford: Liberty has won nine consecutive meetings.
Last Meeting Overall: Liberty 51, Radford 41 (March 12, 2016 at UNC Asheville)
Last Meeting at Radford: Liberty 49, Radford 43 (Jan. 2, 2016)
Radford's Last Series Victory: Radford 62, Liberty 53 (Jan. 17, 2011 at Liberty)
Radford's Last Series Victory at Home: Radford 77, Liberty 54 (March 3, 2007)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 408-153 (18th Season) 
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Radford: 35-4

Radford Head Coach: Mike McGuire
Overall Record (Seasons): 55-54 (Fourth Season) 
Record at Radford (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 0-7

Notes and Anecdotes
• Liberty went 3-0 versus Radford last season, including a sweep of the regular-season series and a victory in the Big South Women's Basketball Championship semifinals. The Lady Flames have now won 12 straight meetings with the Highlanders and 20 of the last 21.

• Radford is 7-0 at home this season and has won 10 straight outings at the Dedmon Center, dating back to 2015-16. Meanwhile, Liberty has emerged victorious each of the last nine times it has visited the Dedmon Center. However, the Lady Flames are just 1-9 away from home in 2016-17.

• Liberty has faced Radford more often than any other opponent in program history. Tuesday's matchup will mark the 67th meeting in a series which dates back to 1980, during the Lady Flames' fifth season.

• Either Liberty or Radford has appeared in 29 of the first 30 Big South Championship title games in conference history, although they have only faced each other in the title game once (2008). Liberty is a 16-time Big South champion, while Radford has captured nine conference crowns.

• Despite both suffering road losses on Saturday, Radford and Liberty remain near the top of the Big South standings. The Highlanders share the conference lead with Campbell at 5-1, while the Lady Flames are tied with Presbyterian for third place at 4-2.

On This Date
Liberty is 12-4 all-time on Jan. 24, having won 11 consecutive games played on this date. However, the Lady Flames are 0-2 in Jan. 24 meetings with Radford, falling to the Highlanders in 1981 and 1984.

Bouncing Back
After losing at UNC Asheville on Saturday, the Lady Flames will look to avoid suffering back-to-back Big South losses for just the third time in Carey Green's 18 seasons as head coach. Liberty dropped consecutive conference games in 2013-14 and 2015-16.

Competing Against the Commonwealth
Liberty is 1-2 versus in-state opponents this season, after defeating Longwood and losing matchups with James Madison and Richmond. Prior to this season, the Lady Flames were 15-1 in their last 16 meetings with Commonwealth foes.

A Tough Road Ahead
Liberty, which is just 1-9 when playing away from the Vines Center this season, is in the midst of a difficult stretch of its schedule. 

The stretch began Saturday, when the Lady Flames suffered a 64-54 loss at defending Big South champion Asheville. Now, Liberty will travel to face Big South co-leaders Radford (Tuesday) and Campbell (Jan. 31) in two of its next three outings.

Shooting Stars
Liberty shot an impressive 57.1 percent (12-of-21) from three-point range at Charleston Southern on Jan. 3, tying the 26-year-old program record for most three-pointers made in a single game.

On Jan. 17, the Lady Flames knocked down 11 triples against Longwood, equaling the most Liberty has ever hit in a game at the Vines Center.

Liberty has shot extremely well from long range in Big South play, averaging 8.8 triples per game at a 40.5 percent clip.

A Look Back at the Lady Flames' 64-54 Loss at UNC Asheville on Saturday
• UNC Asheville raced out to an 18-4 lead within the first 7:44 of Saturday's matinee against Liberty at Kimmel Arena, setting the tone for the Bulldogs' 64-54 victory in a rematch of the 2016 Big South Women's Basketball Championship title game.

•  Liberty entered the game averaging 80.8 ppg in conference play, but was held to 34.8 percent (23-of-66) from the field and 26.3 percent (5-of-19) from three-point range. 

• Liberty dropped to 5-12 overall and 4-2 in Big South play after losing its third straight meeting with the Bulldogs at Kimmel Arena in the last 12 months. Iva Ilic's 16 points paced the Lady Flames, who fell to 1-9 away from home this season. Lela Sellers added 10 points and four of Liberty's 10 blocked shots off the bench.

New Year's Resolution
After averaging 54.9 ppg on 32.5 percent from the field and 24.5 percent from three-point range in 11 2016 contests, the Lady Flames have exploded for 76.3 ppg on 43 percent from the floor and 40.5 percent from beyond the arc in 2017's first six outings.

What Can Green Do For You?
Keyen Green headlines the Lady Flames' successful freshman class. The Big South Freshman of the Week on Dec. 5, Jan. 2, Jan. 9 and Jan. 16, Green leads the conference and ranks No. 2 among the nation's freshmen in rebounding at 8.6 rpg.

In her last 12 games, Green has recorded six double-doubles and three 20-point outings. She is the first Lady Flame since Reagan Miller in 2011-12 to win three straight Big South Freshman of the Week honors and four in one season.

Fantastic Freshmen
Liberty's seven freshmen have combined to score 61.2 percent of the team's points this season, led by Keyen Green's team-high 11.8 ppg. Five of the Lady Flames' top six scorers on the year are freshmen.

Winning the Battle of the Boards
Liberty has outrebounded seven consecutive opponents and has grabbed 20 or more offensive rebounds eight times this season. The Lady Flames currently rank No. 2 nationally with 19.4 offensive boards per game and No. 15 with a +9.5 rebound margin.

The Container is Half Full
The Lady Flames are 107-1 under head coach Carey Green when making at least 50 percent of their field goals, including 2-0 this season. Liberty has won the last 34 times it has shot 50 percent or better, since an 83-77 loss to Kentucky in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship (March 20, 2010).

The Container is Half Empty
Liberty has held 16 straight opponents below 50 percent field goal shooting, and only three teams in the last 114 games have connected on at least half of their field goal attempts against the Lady Flames.

Player Trends
#3 Nene Johnson

• Leads the team and ranks seventh in the Big South with 2.8 apg, while also pacing the Lady Flames in steals (1.2 spg)

• Averaging 10.0 ppg during the first six Big South games, as compared with 5.3 ppg in non-conference play

• After shooting 11.1 percent (1-of-9) from three-point range during the season's first 10 games, has made 58.3 percent (7-of-12) in the last seven outings

#4 Tatyana Crowder
• Scored four points and collected a career-high five rebounds in a career-high 17 minutes at UNC Asheville on Saturday

#10 Kierra Johnson-Graham
• Has connected on 11 of her last 12 free throw attempts over the last three games

• Averaging 8.8 rpg over her last four outings and has led the team in rebounding in each of the last two games (vs. Longwood and at UNC Asheville)

#12 Audrey Rettstatt
• Finished with 10 points and four rebounds during her first visit to the Dedmon Center, Feb. 27, 2014

• Has scored more points this season (82) than she did in her first three years combined (60)

#14 Lela Sellers
• Leads the team in minutes played (28.1 mpg) 

• Tallied eight of her 10 points during the second half at UNC Asheville on Saturday and rejected a career-high four shots

• Averaging 8.8 ppg in her last eight games, while shooting 45.2 percent (14-of-31) from three-point range and 73.7 percent (14-of-19) from the foul line

#21 Keyen Green
• Four-time Big South Freshman of the Week (Dec. 5, Jan. 2, Jan. 9 & Jan. 16)

• Ranks No. 2 nationally among freshmen for rebounding (8.6 rpg) and No. 19 nationally overall for offensive rebounding (4.1 rpg)

• Tops the Big South in rebounding and offensive rebounding

• Leads the Lady Flames and ranks ninth in the Big South in scoring (11.8 ppg)

• During the first six Big South games, Green is averaging 14.2 ppg, 9.5 rpg and 1.7 bpg, while shooting 64.7 percent (33-of-51) from the field and posting three double-doubles.

#24 Iva Ilic
• Scored a team-high 16 points at UNC Asheville on Saturday

• Leads the team with 23 three-pointers, including a career-high four triples against Presbyterian on Jan. 10. She has made at least one triple in each of the last seven games.

• Averaging 9.8 ppg in conference play, aided by her 41.4 percent (12-of-29) three-point shooting

#30 KK Barbour
• After failing to score in double figures during her first 37 career games, Barbour recently posted three straight double-digit efforts (Jan. 10-17). Her latest was a 12-point, six-rebound performance against Longwood on Jan. 17.

• Has hit 10 straight free throws during the last four games and is shooting a team-best 76 percent from the line this season

• Averaging 8.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg and 1.0 bpg in nine games since joining the starting lineup on Dec. 20

• Had not made a three-pointer during her first 33 career appearances, but is 8-of-17 (47.1 percent) from beyond the arc in her last eight games

#40 Molly Reagan
• Tied for the team lead with six rebounds at UNC Asheville on Saturday