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WBB Game Day Central: Gardner-Webb

January 11, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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KK Barbour scored 17 points during last season's visit to Gardner-Webb, including three free throws which sent the game into overtime.

KK Barbour scored 17 points during last season's visit to Gardner-Webb, including three free throws which sent the game into overtime.

Game Day Central Links:
Live Video (Big South Network)
Live Audio (LFSN Radio)
Live Stats
Liberty Game Notes
Liberty Women's Basketball Instagram
Liberty Women's Basketball Twitter
Liberty Women's Basketball Facebook
Gardner-Webb Women's Basketball Webpage
Big South Women's Basketball Webpage

Game Time:
Saturday - 3 p.m.

TV Coverage:
Big South Network

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
• Big South co-leader Liberty (8-7, 3-0 Big South) will begin a two-game North Carolina road swing Saturday afternoon at Gardner-Webb (12-3, 2-1 Big South).

• The Lady Flames have won a season-best three games in a row. However, Liberty will look to improve upon its 2-5 road record in 2017-18.

• The Lady Flames have suffered their first Big South setback of the season at Paul Porter Arena during each of the last two years. To avoid that on Saturday, Liberty will need to win in Boiling Springs for the first time since Feb. 5, 2015 and snap GWU's seven-game home winning streak.

• Liberty sophomore Keyen Green has hit her stride in Big South play, scoring 16.3 ppg on 64.3 percent field goal shooting. She averages a double-double (16.0 ppg, 10.5 rpg) against Gardner-Webb in her career.

• Lady Flames junior KK Barbour starred at GWU last season, hitting three game-tying free throws with 4.9 seconds left in regulation as part of a 17-point effort. The lone upperclassman in Liberty's starting lineup has posted back-to-back 10-rebound efforts. 

Series History vs. Gardner-Webb
Overall: Liberty leads, 16-5
Streak: Liberty W1
At Liberty: Liberty leads, 7-1
At GWU: Liberty leads, 6-3
Neutral: Liberty leads, 3-1
Carey Green vs. GWU: 16-5
GWU's Last Win: at GWU 84, Liberty 82 (OT), 1/15/17

Last 5 Meetings:
2/4/17 Liberty 66, GWU 63 (H)
1/15/17 GWU 84, Liberty 82 (OT) (A)
1/26/16 Liberty 73, GWU 51 (H)
12/2/15 GWU 61, Liberty 57 (A)
2/5/15 Liberty 61, GWU 48 (A)

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. Gardner-Webb
• Liberty has suffered its first Big South loss of the season at Paul Porter Arena for two straight years. The Lady Flames dropped their Big South opener, 61-57, at Gardner-Webb on Dec. 2, 2015. Last season, Liberty started 3-0 in the Big South before falling, 84-82 in overtime, Jan. 15, 2017 in Boiling Springs.
• The home team has won four straight meetings. The Lady Flames are seeking their first win at Paul Porter Arena since a 61-48 triumph on Feb. 5, 2015.
• Gardner-Webb is 8-1 at home this year, including a current seven-game winning streak at Paul Porter Arena. 
• Twelve of the 21 all-time matchups between Liberty and Gardner-Webb have been decided by 10 points or fewer. Last season, the teams' two contests were decided by a total of five points.
• The Runnin' Bulldogs are led by senior guards Tierra Huntsman and Alexus Hill, who have combined to win three Big South Player of the Week awards this season. Huntsman leads the conference with 17.3 ppg, while Hill ranks third at 15.5 ppg.
• Gardner-Webb Head Coach Rick Reeves served as Liberty's head coach for nine seasons (1990-91 through 1998-99), leading the Lady Flames to their first three Big South Conference titles (1997, 1998 and 1999).

On This Date
• Liberty is 8-4 all-time on Jan. 13, having won five consecutive games played on the date. 
• The Lady Flames are 5-1 on Jan. 13 under Carey Green and have not lost on the date since his first season, when Liberty suffered a 77-72 home setback to Elon on Jan. 13, 2000. 
• Liberty is 214-117 all-time in January, including 130-20 under Carey Green and 3-0 this season.

Last Year at Paul Porter Arena
• Gardner-Webb handed Liberty its first Big South loss of the 2016-17 season with an 84-82 overtime victory, Jan. 15, 2017 at Paul Porter Arena. The game is the Lady Flames' most recent overtime outing.

• Alexus Hill led the way for GWU, scoring 21 of her 27 points after halftime.
KK Barbour hit three free throws with 4.9 seconds remaining in regulation as part of a 17-point outing, sending the game to OT. Keyen Green (16 points, 16 rebounds) and Kierra Johnson-Graham (12 points, 12 rebounds) both notched double-doubles for the Lady Flames.

Lady Flames vs. the Big South
• Liberty and High Point are the only two remaining unbeaten teams in Big South Conference play, sporting 3-0 records.
• The Lady Flames are looking to start 4-0 in conference play for first time since 2014-15, when Liberty won its first eight Big South contests.
• Liberty is off to a good start as it looks to win 10+ Big South games for the 19th consecutive season. The Lady Flames are also chasing their 16th Big South regular-season title, but their first since the 2014-15 season.