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Introducing Jelena Antic

October 30, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Jelena Antic and the Lady Flames will tip off the 2009-10 season two weeks from today (Nov. 13), when they host Winston-Salem State at 7 p.m.

Jelena Antic and the Lady Flames will tip off the 2009-10 season two weeks from today (Nov. 13), when they host Winston-Salem State at 7 p.m.

Seven seniors graduated from the 2008-09 Liberty women's basketball team, which went 24-9 and captured the program's 12th Big South title in 13 seasons. As a result, Lady Flame fans will see a lot of new faces on the court this year, including freshman guard/forward Jelena Antic. LibertyFlames.com will provide a brief introduction of the Lady Flames' newcomers, leading up to the season opener versus Winston-Salem State on Nov. 13.

Jelena Antic, a 6-2 guard/forward, may already be familiar to local fans, after playing high school basketball at Liberty Christian Academy. As a senior, she led the Bulldogs to their first-ever Virginia Independent Schools (VIS) Division I state runner-up finish. Antic was tabbed the 2009 VIS Division I State Player of the Year, after averaging 20.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg and 5.0 apg.

Antic, a native of Skopje, Macedonia, has also gained valuable experience as a member of her country's under-19 national team. She comes from an athletic family, as her father played professional basketball in the former Yugoslavia and has served as a coach in Macedonia.

2009-10 Outlook: Antic could provide matchup problems for opponents, because she possesses the ability to play on the perimeter or under the basket at 6-2. She actually played point guard for her high school team last year. Antic's versatility could lead to considerable playing time as a freshman.

From the Head Coach: "Jelena is a very experienced international player who adds a different dimension to our team because of her skills. She sees the floor well and has a high basketball IQ. She makes everyone around her better and will have a major impact on the success of our team."

Off the Court with Jelena
What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
2 Chronicles 15:7. "But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded."

It encourages me that hard work always pays off. God will reward me when I work hard and give my best.

Which team would you like to add to this year's schedule?
Tennessee

What is your favorite restaurant?
Olive Garden

My favorite Liberty athlete to watch compete is …
Megan Frazee

My favorite place on campus is …
My room

What was the most exciting thing you did over the summer?
Played with the Macedonian National Team and went to Greece for vacation

Something very few people know about me is …
I can play soccer.

The person I communicate with most often on Facebook is …
Marija Serafimovska, a friend from back home

The most impressive thing about Coach Green is …
Most of the time, he achieves the goal he sets up before the season begins.

Other than basketball, my favorite sport to play is …
Volleyball

My favorite professional sports team to cheer for is …
Los Angeles Lakers

When I have an hour of free time, I like to …
Chat with my family and friends online