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WBB Game Day Central: Radford

February 11, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Lela Sellers is shooting 52.3 percent from three-point range during Big South play.

Lela Sellers is shooting 52.3 percent from three-point range during Big South play.

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
Radford 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 leader Liberty (16-8, 11-1 Big South) will travel to second-place Radford (16-7, 9-3 Big South) on Tuesday for the 70th all-time matchup between the Lady Flames and Highlanders.

• The Lady Flames have won a season-high seven straight games. Meanwhile, Radford is 8-1 in its last nine outings with the lone loss coming at Liberty (61-56 on Jan. 28).

• Liberty has a chance to clinch a first-round bye and top-four seed for the Big South Women's Basketball Championship with a victory on Tuesday.

• Keyen Green is averaging 18.3 ppg and 8.3 rpg during the Lady Flames' seven-game winning streak, including 14 points during Liberty's Jan. 28 matchup with Radford.

• Tatyana Crowder has stepped up her play in recent weeks. She contributed eight points and six rebounds to the Lady Flames' Jan. 28 victory over Radford. Most recently, the junior scored 10 of her career-high 13 points during the fourth quarter of Saturday's win at Campbell.


Series History vs. Radford
Overall: Liberty leads, 44-25
Streak: Liberty W2
At Liberty: Liberty leads, 24-9
At Radford: Liberty leads, 17-14
Neutral: Liberty leads, 3-2
Carey Green vs. Radford: 37-5
Radford's Last Win: at Radford 76, Liberty 68, 1/24/17

Last 5 Meetings:
1/28/18 Liberty 61, Radford 56 (H)
2/7/17 Liberty 49, Radford 48 (H)
1/24/17 Radford 76, Liberty 68 (A)
3/12/16 Liberty 51, Radford 41 (N)
2/7/16 Liberty 67, Radford 53 (H)

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. Radford
• Liberty has faced Radford more often than any opponent in program history, as Tuesday's game will mark the 70th meeting of a series which began in 1980.
 
• Radford was voted No. 1 and Liberty No. 2 in the Big South preseason poll, and the Highlanders and Lady Flames are the conference's two hottest teams. Radford is 8-1 in its last nine games, with the lone loss coming by a 61-56 count at Liberty on Jan. 28. Meanwhile, the Lady Flames are riding a season-long seven-game winning streak.
 
• Points could be at a premium on Tuesday, as Liberty ranks No. 15 nationally for scoring defense (55.3 ppg) and Radford ranks No. 16 in the same category (55.3 ppg).
 
• Five of the six Liberty-Radford clashes over the last three seasons have been decided by 10 points or fewer.
 
• Radford is 9-1 at the Dedmon Center this season and had won 21 straight home games prior to a 67-56 loss to UNC Asheville on Jan. 9. The Lady Flames had won nine straight visits to Radford before suffering a 76-68 loss last season (Jan. 24, 2017).
 
• The Lady Flames are 21-5 in their last 26 meetings with Commonwealth opponents, including 3-1 this season. Liberty has defeated in-state foes Longwood, Old Dominion and Radford in 2017-18, while losing at James Madison. The Lady Flames are 11-1 in Virginia this season but just 5-7 outside the state.


On This Date
• Liberty is 6-9 all-time when playing on Feb. 13, having lost its last two games played on the date. 

• The only previous Liberty-Radford matchup on Feb. 13 resulted in an 84-48 Highlanders victory, Feb. 13, 1984 at the Dedmon Center. Tracie Wooldridge posted 14 points and 11 rebounds for Liberty, but the Lady Flames committed 26 turnovers. Radford's stat leaders were Nan Millner (20 points, 8 rebounds) and Cindy Warring (19 points, 9 rebounds).
 
• Liberty is 223-131 all-time in February, including 124-15 under Carey Green and 3-0 this season.


Lady Flames in the Big South
• Liberty is alone atop the Big South standings at 11-1.

• If Liberty wins on Tuesday, the Lady Flames would clinch a first-round bye and a top-four seed for the Big South Women's Basketball Championship.
 
• The Lady Flames have now recorded 10 or more Big South wins for 19 straight seasons. 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.


Keys to the Streak
• Liberty has won seven straight games, marking the Lady Flames' longest winning streak since the team posted eight consecutive victories between Jan. 16-Feb. 9, 2016.

Keyen Green is averaging 18.3 ppg and 8.3 rpg during the streak, shooting 70.1 percent from the field and 74.1 percent from the foul line.
 
• The Lady Flames have held all seven opponents to 56 points or fewer, allowing just 45.7 ppg over the winning streak.
 
• Liberty has won the rebounding battle in all seven victories, enjoying a +13.9 rebound margin during the winning streak.


Winning Combination
• Through Saturday's games, Liberty ranks No. 15 nationally for scoring defense (55.3 ppg) and No. 20 for rebound margin (+8.3).
 
• The only other two teams which rank in the top 20 for both categories are No. 1 UConn and No. 3 Baylor.