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WBB Game Day Central: James Madison

December 4, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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WBB Game Day Central: James Madison

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Game Time:
Wednesday - 7 p.m.

TV Coverage:
MadiZONE

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

The Starting 5 - Liberty's Top Storylines
• Coming off of back-to-back home wins, Liberty (3-4) will return to the road on Wednesday, renewing its rivalry with Commonwealth foe James Madison (2-5).

• Liberty is 3-0 in games played in Virginia this season and 19-4 in its last 23 matchups with in-state opponents. However, two of those losses have come to James Madison.

• The game will match up the preseason CAA favorite (James Madison) with the preseason Big South second-place pick (Liberty).

• Both teams feature 2016-17 conference freshmen of the year who hail from Philadelphia, including Liberty post player Keyen Green (Big South) and JMU guard Kamiah Smalls (CAA). Additionally, Liberty point guard Ashtyn Baker is this week's Big South Freshman of the Week.

• Lady Flames sophomore Kierra Johnson-Graham paced the team with 13 points during Saturday's win over Valparaiso, equaling her career high. She scored a team-high 11 points against JMU last season in just the second game of her collegiate career.

Series History vs. James Madison
Overall:
James Madison leads, 10-2
Streak: James Madison W3
At Liberty: James Madison leads, 4-1
At JMU: James Madison leads, 6-1
Neutral: 0-0
Carey Green vs. JMU: 2-7
Liberty's Last Win: Liberty 60, at JMU 48 (12/4/12)
Last 5 Meetings:
11/15/16    JMU 62, Liberty 48 (H)
11/23/15    JMU 72, Liberty 56 (A)
11/12/13    JMU 67, Liberty 56 (H)
12/4/12    Liberty 60, JMU 48 (A)
12/1/11    JMU 62, Liberty 58 (H)

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. James Madison
• James Madison has been Liberty's most frequently played non-conference opponent in recent years. Wednesday's game will mark the teams' 11th meeting in the last 12 seasons. The year Liberty and JMU did not face one another (2014-15), both teams played NCAA Tournament first round games in Chapel Hill, N.C.

• The road team has won four of the last five Liberty-JMU matchups, including the Dukes' 62-48 victory at the Vines Center on Nov. 15, 2016.

• Both teams feature regining conference freshmen of the year who hail from Philadelphia, including 2017 Big South Freshman of the Year Keyen Green for the Lady Flames and 2017 CAA Rookie of the Year Kamiah Smalls for the Dukes.

• James Madison, which has made five NCAA Tournament appearances in the last eight years, was picked to win the 2018 CAA championship. The Dukes have played a tough schedule to start the 2017-18 season, facing three current Top 25 teams in Tennessee, Villanova and Florida State.

• Wednesday's game could be Liberty's final visit to the JMU Convocation Center. Construction on the Union Bank & Trust Center is scheduled to begin in the spring, with the facility anticipated to open for the 2019-20 season.

•  James Madison has won five straight meetings vs. Big South foes since a 60-48 home loss to Liberty on Dec. 4, 2012.

On This Date
• Liberty is 3-7 all-time on Dec. 6, including 3-3 versus Commonwealth foes.

• The Lady Flames own Dec. 6 wins over in-state opponents Hollins, Radford and Virginia Intermont and losses against Bridgewater, Randolph-Macon and St. Paul's.

• Liberty's last Dec. 6 game was in 2014, when the Lady Flames opened Big South play with a 72-63 win at Radford.

• Liberty is 105-125 all-time in December, including 60-55 under Carey Green and 1-0 in 2017-18.

Lady Flames vs. Virginia

• Liberty is 19-4 in its last 23 meetings with Virginia opponents, including a 63-55 victory at Old Dominion in the 2017-18 season opener. Two of the Lady Flames' in-state losses during that stretch have come at the hands of James Madison.

• With their win over Old Dominion, the Lady Flames have now defeated each of the other 12 in-state NCAA Division I women's basketball teams in program history.

• Liberty is 3-0 in games played within the Commonwealth of Virginia this season, but 0-4 when traveling outside the state.

Lady Flames vs. the CAA
• Liberty is 19-37 all-time versus Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opponents, including 15-15 under Carey Green.

• The Lady Flames have lost back-to-back CAA tilts since a 72-63 home win over Elon on Nov. 16, 2015.

• Liberty's last win over a CAA opponent away from the Vines Center was a 64-55 triumph at UNCW on Dec. 19, 2013.

• The Lady Flames' history against the CAA dates back to a 65-51 win over William & Mary on Feb. 17, 1984, during the first season of conference play.

Automatic Ola
• Sophomore Ola Makurat has made 25 straight free throw attempts since her last miss on Jan. 10, 2017. She is one away from Jaymee Fisher-Davis' program record of 26 in a row.

Darlings of Defense
• Defense has fueled Liberty's current two-game winning streak, as the Lady Flames held Limestone and Valparaiso to an average of 39.0 ppg on 28.8 percent field goal shooting, while forcing 48 turnovers during the pair of victories.

• This is the first time since Feb. 23 (Gardner-Webb) and Feb. 28 (Coastal Carolina), 2013 that Liberty has held back-to-back opponents to 40 points or fewer.