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WBB Game Day Central: Gardner-Webb

February 4, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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WBB Game Day Central: Gardner-Webb

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

Game Time:
Tuesday - 7 p.m.

TV Coverage:
Liberty Flames Sports Network - TV
ESPN3
Big South Network
WFFP Channel 24 (Lynchburg)
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Rett McGibbon
Color Analyst: Kelley Deyo

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-leading Liberty (14-8, 9-1 Big South) will wrap up its two-game homestand on Tuesday, when Gardner-Webb (14-8, 4-6 Big South) visits the Vines Center.

•  The Lady Flames are 8-0 at home and have won six straight home matchups against the Runnin' Bulldogs. Liberty recorded an 85-60 victory at Gardner-Webb on Jan. 13 during the teams' first meeting this season.

•  Riding a season-best five-game winning streak, Liberty is one win away from recording 10 or more Big South victories for the 19th consecutive season. 

• Sophomore forward Ola Makurat is averaging 14.0 ppg in three career meetings with Gardner-Webb, highlighted by a career-high 20-point outburst in Boiling Springs on Jan. 13.

• Sophomore forward Keyen Green was limited to six points in 13 minutes at Gardner-Webb on Jan. 13 due to foul trouble. She has been extremely productive in recent weeks, however. Green is averaging 19.8 ppg and 8.2 rpg during the Lady Flames' five-game winning streak.


Series History vs. Gardner-Webb
Overall: Liberty leads, 17-5
Streak: Liberty W2
At Liberty: Liberty leads, 7-1
At GWU: Liberty leads, 7-3
Neutral: Liberty leads, 3-1
Carey Green vs. GWU: 17-5
GWU's Last Win: at GWU 84, Liberty 82 (OT), 1/15/17

Last 5 Meetings:
1/13/18 Liberty 85, GWU 60 (A)
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)

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. Gardner-Webb
• Liberty, which posted an 85-60 win at Gardner-Webb on Jan. 13, will look to complete its first regular-season sweep of the Runnin' Bulldogs since the 2014-15 season.
 
• Liberty has notched six straight home victories over Gardner-Webb since the Runnin' Bulldogs' lone victory at the Vines Center, a 59-56 decision on Feb. 8, 2010.
 
• The Lady Flames' 25-point win at Gardner-Webb earlier this season was a bit of an outlier in the teams' head-to-head series. Twelve of 22 all-time matchups between Liberty and Gardner-Webb have been decided by 10 points or fewer. Last season's two meetings were decided by a total of five points.
 
• Gardner-Webb senior guard Tierra Huntsman ranks second in the Big South at 15.3 ppg, while classmate Alexus Hill sits fourth at 14.4 ppg. Liberty limited the duo to 16 combined points on 5-of-18 from the field on Jan. 13.
 
• Sophomore guards Carley and Savannah Plentovich are the latest in a series of twins Rick Reeves has coached over the years. Twins Sarah and Sharon Wilkerson played a key role in Liberty's first three Big South titles during Reeves' tenure in Lynchburg.
 
• Reeves spent nine seasons (1990-91 through 1998-99) as Liberty's head coach, guiding the Lady Flames to Big South championships in 1997, 1998 and 1999.


On This Date
• Liberty is 7-7 all-time on Feb. 6, having won six straight games played on the date.

• The Lady Flames have never faced Gardner-Webb on Feb. 6.
 
• Liberty is 221-131 all-time in February, including 122-15 under Carey Green and 1-0 last season.


Lady Flames in the Big South
• Liberty is alone atop the Big South standings at 9-1.

• The Lady Flames' next victory will give them 10 or more Big South wins for the 19th straight season. Chattanooga, Green Bay and Stanford are the nation's only other teams which entered 2017-18 with an active streak of 18 straight seasons with 10+ wins within the same conference.
 
• High Point owns the second-longest active streak among Big South teams, entering 2017-18 with six consecutive seasons of 10+ conference victories.


Lady Flames at the Vines Center
• Liberty is 8-0 at home this season and is looking for its first 9-0 start at the Vines Center since the 2007-08 Lady Flames went a perfect 13-0 on their home court.

• Liberty is the only Big South women's basketball team which is unbeaten at home this season. The Lady Flames have also played the fewest home games of any Big South team.
 
• This is the Lady Flames' 28th season of basketball at the Vines Center. 
 
• The Lady Flames are 284-73 all-time at the facility, including 213-37 under Head Coach Carey Green. 

Unique Combination
Lela Sellers leads the Lady Flames in both three-pointers made (27) and blocked shots (20). No player in program history has led the team in those two categories over a full season. 
 
• Additionally, no Lady Flame has ever made 25+ three-pointers and blocked 20+ shots during a single season.