Liberty and No. 5/7 Oregon State will clash on Saturday in the Miami Thanksgiving Classic, following wins by both teams on Friday.
Game Day Central Links: Live Audio (LFSN Radio) Live Stats Liberty Game Notes Liberty Women's Basketball Instagram Liberty Women's Basketball Twitter Liberty Women's Basketball Facebook Oregon State Women's Basketball Webpage Tournament Host Miami (Fla.) Women's Basketball Webpage ASUN Women's Basketball Webpage Game Time: Saturday - 2 p.m. TV Coverage: None 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 • Liberty (2-5) will face No. 5/7 Oregon State (6-0) for the first time in the unofficial championship game of the Miami Thanksgiving Classic, Saturday. • The Lady Flames are seeking their first-ever win over a Pac-12 opponent and their first triumph over a Top 25 foe since March 22, 2005 (No. 16/16 DePaul). • Liberty is looking to go 2-0 at a regular-season tournament for the first time since Nov. 28 and 30, 2014 (GSU Thanksgiving Tournament in Atlanta). • Keyen Green, the 2018 Big South Player of the Year, is making a successful return from an ankle injury which sidelined her for the entire 2018-19 season. The redshirt junior center is leading the Lady Flames in both scoring (12.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.6 rpg) while playing just 20.0 minutes/game. • After totaling just nine points during her first four collegiate games, freshman guard Asia Todd has posted three straight double-digit scoring efforts. Most recently, she scored 11 points during her first collegiate start, Friday versus Miami (Ohio). Todd is averaging 11.7 ppg and shooting 62.5 percent (5-of-8) from three-point range over her last three outings. Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. Oregon State • Liberty's first-ever meeting with Oregon State will come in the unofficial championship game of the Miami Thanksgiving Classic. Both teams won on Friday, including the Beavers' 75-53 triumph over the host team, No. 18/19 Miami. • The two teams both opened the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Tennessee's Thompson-Boling Arena. The Lady Vols ended Liberty's season with a 100-60 triumph in round one. Two days later, Oregon State took down Tennessee 66-59 on its way to its third of four straight Sweet 16 appearances. • Both head coaches rank among the NCAA's top 20 active coaches for winning percentage, including Oregon State's Scott Rueck (No. 13, .728) and Liberty's Carey Green (No. 20, .713). Rueck is going for career win No. 500 on Saturday. • Liberty will be challenged to win the rebounding battle against the Beavers, who own a +13.2 rebound margin and feature five players who stand 6-4 or taller. Interestingly though, Oregon State's leading rebounder is 5-10 guard Mikayla Pivec at 11.3 rpg. • Liberty has held 34 straight opponents below 50 percent field goal shooting. Oregon State ranks No. 2 nationally at 52.3 percent from the field this season. • This will mark the first time the Lady Flames have ever faced an opponent from the state of Oregon. Liberty vs. Pac-12 • Liberty is 0-3 all-time when facing Pac-12 opponents, with two of the three losses coming by single digits. • Most recently, the Lady Flames fell 77-72 to No. 15/16 California at the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout, Nov. 28, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nev., after a late comeback attempt fell just short. • Liberty also lost 94-76 at Washington (Dec. 19, 1998) and dropped its 2001-02 season opener to UCLA by a 62-55 count (Nov. 16, 2001 in East Lansing, Mich.) Liberty vs. the Top 25 • Liberty is facing a Top 25 opponent for the first time since the opening round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament (March 16, 2018), when the Lady Flames fell 100-60 to No. 12/13 Tennessee. That game directly followed Oregon State's 82-58 opening round victory over Western Kentucky at Thompson-Boling Arena. • The Lady Flames have lost 28 straight meetings with Top 25 foes since their 88-79 victory over No. 16/16 DePaul on March 22, 2005. The most recent of Liberty's two all-time NCAA Tournament wins, the victory over the Blue Demons was the Lady Flames' fourth Top 25 victory in program history and marked the highest-ranked opponent Liberty has defeated. • Liberty's last matchup with a Top 5 foe was an 84-44 loss to No. 1/1 South Carolina, Dec. 21, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minn.