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WBB Game Day Central: Northern Colorado

December 20, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Game Time:
Wednesday - 2 p.m. Eastern

Radio Coverage:
Liberty Flames Sports Network - Radio
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Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Jamie Hall

The Starting 5 - Liberty's Top Storylines
• Liberty (5-5) will wrap up its stay at the Roo Holiday Classic with a Wednesday matchup against Northern Colorado (7-3). The contest will serve as the classic's unofficial championship game after both teams were victorious on Tuesday.

• Liberty is seeking its first 2-0 showing in a regular-season tournament since defeating Penn State and host Georgia State to win the GSU Thanksgiving Tournament title, Nov. 28 & 30, 2014 in Atlanta, Ga.

• The Lady Flames are now 4-1 in their last five outings, following their largest comeback win of the season. Liberty trailed Denver by 10 points before rallying.

• Wednesday's matinee will feature the Big Sky Conference preseason favorite (Northern Colorado) and the Big South Conference preseason second-place pick (Liberty).

• Liberty was led by the outside-inside duo of Ashtyn Baker and Keyen Green on Tuesday. Baker scored 12 of her career-high 20 points in the decisive fourth quarter, while Green posted her first double-double of 2017-18 (18 points, 10 rebounds).

Series History vs. Northern Colorado
First Meeting

• Northern Colorado is the Lady Flames' sixth first-time opponent of the 2017-18 season to date, following Michigan, Drake, Limestone, Shippensburg and Denver.

• Northern Colorado is Liberty's second opponent from Colorado in program history, following Tuesday's matchup with Denver. The Bears' only previous matchup with a Virginia opponent was a Jan. 3, 1979 home loss to James Madison.

• Liberty has never faced a Big Sky opponent and Northern Colorado has never played a Big South team.

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. Northern Colorado
• Northern Colorado went 22-8 last season and is off to a 7-3 start in 2017-18, highlighted by wins over DePaul and LSU.

• Northern Colorado junior guard Kirsten Kramer and Liberty sophomore guard Ria Gulley (who is redshirting the 2017-18 season) were teammates at Clark High School in San Antonio, Texas.

• Northern Colorado's roster features two New Zealand natives, Tiarna Clarke and Krystal Legler-Walker. Liberty will add New Zealander Amy West to its roster in January 2018.

• Northern Colorado Head Coach Kamie Ethridge was a two-time All-American at Texas, MVP of the 1986 NCAA national title game and helped Team USA win gold at the 1988 Summer Olympics.

• One of Liberty's biggest wins in program history came at No. 19/17 Kansas State on Dec. 4, 2004. Ethridge was Kansas State's associate head coach at the time, while current Northern Colorado assistant Laurie Koehn played for the Wildcats in that game.

• Northern Colorado assistant Katie Shepard was a sophomore at Sacred Heart during the 2012-13 season. Her team played Preseason WNIT consolation games against Sam Houston State and Liberty at the Vines Center, but she did not appear in either contest.

On This Date
• Liberty is 4-7 all-time on Dec. 20.

• The Lady Flames lost 80-64 at UTSA on Dec. 20 a year ago.

• Liberty's last Dec. 20 win was a 76-63 victory at VCU in 2012. The Lady Flames also picked up a 75-51 win over UNLV in the Bahamas on Dec. 20, 1999 during Carey Green's first year as head coach.

• Liberty is 107-126 all-time in December, including 62-56 under Carey Green and 3-1 in 2017-18.

Tournament Time
• Liberty is playing in its last of three regular-season tournaments, the Roo Holiday Classic.

• The Lady Flames opened their season by going 1-2 in the Preseason WNIT. Liberty then went 0-2 at the UMass Thanksgiving Classic, Nov. 24-25 in Amherst, Mass.

• Liberty's last unbeaten regular-season tournament came on Nov. 28 & 30, 2014 (GSU Thanksgiving Tournament).

Lady Flames in Missouri
• Liberty is playing in Missouri for the first time in program history.

• Missouri is the 26th different state the Lady Flames have visited all-time.

Lady Flames vs. the Big Sky Conference
• Liberty is facing a Big Sky Conference opponent for the first time in program history.

• Big Sky Conference women's basketball currently consists of 12 member teams, including Eastern Washington, Idaho, Idaho State, Montana, Montana State, North Dakota, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Portland State, Sacramento State, Southern Utah and Weber State.