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Lady Flames Shoot for Season Sweep of CSU

February 22, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Rebecca Lightfoot tossed in a season-high 11 points during the Lady Flames' first meeting with Charleston Southern this season.

Rebecca Lightfoot tossed in a season-high 11 points during the Lady Flames' first meeting with Charleston Southern this season.

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The Game
The Liberty Lady Flames (17-7, 11-0 Big South) will attempt to complete their annual South Carolina "Beach Trip" with a 2-0 record for the 10th consecutive season, when they take on Charleston Southern (10-15, 4-8 Big South). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. Monday evening, at the CSU Field House.

What to Watch
Liberty can clinch the outright Big South Conference regular-season title with a victory against Charleston Southern. The championship would be the Lady Flames' 11th in the last 12 seasons.

Liberty will attempt to extend several winning streaks. The Lady Flames have recorded six straight road wins, 14 straight wins overall, 15 straight wins against Big South opponents and 23 straight wins against Charleston Southern.

Monday's game will match up the Big South's highest-scoring offense (Charleston Southern, 71.0 ppg) with the conference's stingiest defense (Liberty, allows 52.7 ppg.)

The Lady Flames have held 13 straight opponents below 55 points, and 12 of Liberty's 24 foes this season have failed to reach the 50-point plateau.

Charleston Southern will look to increase its Big South-record total of three-pointers made in a season. The Lady Buccaneers have drained 219 triples this year, including 10 in their first meeting with Liberty.

Lady Flames On The Air
All Lady Flames basketball games may be heard LIVE on WWMC 90.9 FM "The Light." Jamie Hall, celebrating his 15th year of broadcasting Lady Flames basketball, will once again be handling the courtside play-by-play duties for most road games. Josh Wood will serve as the commentator for home contests and will provide color analysis on the road.

Scouting Charleston Southern
Charleston Southern has been rewriting the record books this season, courtesy of the Lady Buccaneers' three-point marksmanship. Charleston Southern has already eclipsed the Big South single-season record with 219 made three-pointers and ranks No. 3 nationally with 8.8 triples per contest.

The Lady Buccaneers have three double-digit scorers, all of whom are skilled outside shooters. Leading the way is the Big South's top scorer, 5-8 guard Pam Tolbert. Charleston Southern's only senior, Tolbert has made 66 three-pointers and posts 16.3 ppg.

Kelsey Wasmer, a 5-10 junior guard, ranks No. 10 in the nation with 69 three-pointers on the season and is shooting a team-high 40.8 percent from beyond the arc. Wasmer contributes 11.4 ppg.

Katie Tull, a 5-9 sophomore guard, missed nine games due to injury but has returned to form of late. She is scoring 13.4 ppg and hitting three-pointers at a 40.2 percent clip.

Under the basket, coach Julie Goodenough has been receiving significant contributions from Ali Schwagmeyer, a 5-10 freshman forward. A three-time Big South Freshman of the Week, Schwagmeyer averages 8.9 ppg and a team-high 6.8 rpg.

The Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach Carey Green is in his 10th season with the Lady Flames, and has led his team to eight Big South titles. A four-time Big South Coach of the Year, Green owns a 230-75 career record and is the all-time wins leader at Liberty and among Big South women's basketball coaches. His career winning percentage (.754) ranked 10th among active NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches at the season's outset. Green is 21-0 all-time against Charleston Southern.

Julie Goodenough is 28-57 in her third season at Charleston Southern and 239-172 in her 15th overall season as a collegiate head coach. Previous to her time with the Lady Buccaneers, Goodenough was Oklahoma State's head coach for three seasons (2003-05). She is 0-5 all-time versus Liberty.

Liberty-Charleston Southern Series Notes
Liberty has won its last 23 meetings with Charleston Southern, by an average of 25 points per contest, enabling the Lady Flames to build a 38-5 advantage in the teams' all-time head-to-head series.

Liberty won the teams' first meeting this season, claiming a 76-51 decision over the Lady Buccaneers, Jan. 24 at the Vines Center. Moriah Frazee reached the 1,000-point milestone for the Lady Flames, while sister Megan Frazee led the way with 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists. The visitors connected on 10 three-pointers, but Pam Tolbert was the only CSU player to score in double figures, finishing with a dozen points.

Both of Liberty's current head basketball coaches posted their 200th career victories at the CSU Field House, as Carey Green reached the milestone last season (Jan. 19, 2008) and men's hoops coach Ritchie McKay claimed his 200th victory on Feb. 14.

Charleston Southern's last victory against Liberty was a 66-60 triumph at the CSU Field House on Jan. 18, 1999. Since that game, the Lady Flames have won nine consecutive contests at Charleston Southern.

Fabulous in February
Liberty has won 89 of its last 94 games played during the month of February, dating back to the 1997 Big South Championship. The only teams to defeat the Lady Flames in February since then are High Point (three times), UNC Asheville and Winthrop.

Liberty owns a 170-121 all-time mark during the year's second month, including a 70-5 record under Carey Green. The Lady Flames went 6-1 in February last season and have six February contests on the schedule in 2008-09. Liberty is 4-0 so far this month.

Magic Number is One
The Lady Flames need one more victory to clinch the outright 2008-09 Big South Conference regular-season championship. If Liberty is able to accomplish the feat, it would be the Lady Flames' 10th regular-season conference title in the last 11 seasons.

Recipe For Success
Liberty has won 14 consecutive games, and the following are a few keys the Lady Flames' success.

-- All 14 opponents have been held below 60 points.

-- All 14 opponents have shot below 45 percent from the field.

-- Liberty has outrebounded 12 of 14 opponents by 11 boards or more.

-- Megan Frazee has averaged 19.4 ppg and 9.7 rpg, since returning from an ankle injury which sidelined her for eight games.

-- Liberty is shooting 37.0 percent from three-point range and averaging 4.1 triples per contest, as compared with 27.5 percent and 2.8 triples per game before the streak.

-- Liberty is scoring 15.4 more points in the paint than its opponents, on average.

Accurate Avery
Avery Warley made 11 consecutive field goal attempts, between Feb. 9 and Saturday's game at Coastal Carolina. The Big South field goal percentage leader at 60.6 percent, Warley has connected on 14 of her last 15 field goals (93.3 percent).

Katie Feenstra (2003-04 and 2004-05) and Annetta Paraham (1987-88) are the only two Lady Flames to shoot over 60 percent from the field for a full season.

Marvelous on Monday
The Lady Flames are 6-1 this season, when playing on Monday. Liberty's victories on the first day of the week are highlighted by a victory over MEAC-leading North Carolina A&T (Dec. 29) and one which snapped Gardner-Webb's nine-game home winning streak (Feb. 9).

Coach Green Versus the Big South
Liberty head coach Carey Green has enjoyed considerable success versus the Big South during his first nine seasons with the Lady Flames. His teams are 147-13 against Big South opponents, including 123-12 in the regular season and 24-1 in the Big South Championship.

Green has never lost to his alma mater, Coastal Carolina (23-0), or Charleston Southern (21-0) during his time at Liberty.

Winning Streaks
The Lady Flames are currently on an 14-game winning streak, as they have not lost a game since falling at No. 19/20 Vanderbilt on Dec. 22.

The streak is tied for the fourth longest in program history. Here is a look at the Lady Flames' longest winning streaks, eight of which have come with Carey Green as head coach.

1) 28 games (Nov. 21, 1997 - Feb. 28, 1998)
2) 22 games (Dec. 21, 2002 - March 9, 2003)
3) 19 games (Jan. 6, 2004 - March 13, 2004)
4T) 14 games (Dec. 29, 2008 - Present)
4T) 14 games (Jan. 28, 2006 - March 11, 2006)
6T) 13 games (Jan. 5, 2008 - Feb. 23, 2008)
6T) 13 games (Jan. 24, 2002 - March 2, 2002)
8T) 12 games (Jan. 15, 2005 - Feb. 21, 2005)
8T) 12 games (Jan. 23, 1999 - Feb. 27, 1999)
10) 11 games (Feb. 3, 2000 - March 4, 2000)

Liberty in the National Rankings
During Liberty's winning streak, the Lady Flames have been surging upward in the NCAA national statistical rankings. Liberty now ranks in the top 10 nationally in three statistical categories. The Lady Flames are listed No. 3 in rebounding margin (+11.3), No. 9 in field goal percentage defense (.343) and No. 12 in scoring defense (53.1 ppg).

Liberty, No. 1 Connecticut and No. 16/17 Xavier are the only three teams in the nation which rank in the top 15 of all three of those categories.

On a Record Pace
Liberty is yielding just 52.7 ppg and has held 12 opponents below the 50-point mark. The Lady Flames' stifling defense is among the best in program history. Liberty's all-time record for scoring defense in a season is 54.7 ppg, set in 2001-02.

The Container is Half Full
Liberty connected on a season-high 66.7 percent (28-of-42) of its field goal attempts at Coastal Carolina on Saturday, shooting over 50 percent for the fifth time in the last seven games. The Lady Flames are 6-0 this year, when making more than half of their field goals. Liberty is now 55-0 in such contests under head coach Carey Green.

Miss Consistency
Megan Frazee has scored in double figures in each of her last 60 games, dating back to Jan. 27, 2007. It is the longest such streak of her career and the second longest ever by a Liberty player. Elena Kisseleva owns the program record, tallying 10 or more points in 62 straight contests, spanning the 1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons.

Miss Consistency, Part 2
Megan Frazee's streak of 60 straight games scoring in double figures is the second-longest active streak in the nation, among Division I women's basketball players. Robyn Fairbanks of Utah Valley State tops the list, as the nation's leading scorer has reached double digits in 75 consecutive outings.

Playing with a Lead
Liberty has not trailed often during its last nine games. The Lady Flames led six of those contests from wire to wire, and their opponents have held the lead for only 6:57 of the last 360 minutes of action.

Cranking Up the Defense
Liberty has played exceptional defense during its current 14-game winning streak. The Lady Flames have held North Carolina A&T, Virginia Tech, Gardner-Webb, Coastal Carolina, High Point and Radford all to season-low point totals during the stretch. Liberty's 14 foes have scored only 47.1 ppg and have combined to shoot just 31.6 percent from the field.

Winning the Battle of the Boards
The Lady Flames have outrebounded 20 teams in their first 24 games of the season. Only three teams (Western Carolina, James Madison and Winthrop) have won the rebounding battle against Liberty this season, as the Lady Flames lead the Big South Conference with a +12.0 rebounding margin.

Liberty, which currently ranks No. 3 nationally for rebounding margin, has finished in the top five nationally in the category for five consecutive seasons. The Lady Flames led the nation in rebounding margin during both the 2003-04 and 2004-05 campaigns.

Liberty Triumvirate
Megan Frazee now ranks No. 10 all-time in the Big South for points (1,704) and No. 7 for rebounds (860). She is one of three players to rank in the top 10 of both categories. The other two include former Liberty standouts, Katie Feenstra and Elena Kisseleva.