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WBB Game Day Central: James Madison

November 30, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Amber Mays tallied 11 points and four assists during last season's meeting with James Madison.

Amber Mays tallied 11 points and four assists during last season's meeting with James Madison.

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The Game
A pair of undefeated Commonwealth squads will square off Tuesday evening at the Vines Center, as Liberty (5-0, 0-0 Big South) plays host to James Madison (4-0, 0-0 CAA). The local rivals will be meeting on the hardwood for the fourth consecutive season, with tipoff slated for 7 p.m.

Last Time Out
The Lady Flames posted an impressive 90-55 road victory over Lafayette, Saturday afternoon, in their first-ever meeting with the Leopards. Freshman LaKendra Washington paced Liberty's attack with a career-high 21 points, and the Lady Flames racked up 64 points in the paint.

On Deck
Liberty will wrap up a quick, two-game homestand Saturday at 4 p.m., when Glenville State of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) visits the Vines Center. The 2-1 Pioneers are averaging 97.7 ppg so far this season.

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 16th year of broadcasting Lady Flames basketball, will once again be handling the courtside play-by-play duties for road games. Nick Pierce and Josh Wood will serve as the primary commentators for home contests.

Lady Flames On TV
For the seventh season in a row, the Flames Sports Network (FSN) plans to broadcast all 15 home women's basketball games. FSN's regular announcing team will consist of Ray Jones on play-by-play and Jamie Hall on color.

Scouting James Madison
The James Madison Dukes have opened the 2009-10 season at 4-0, including impressive home victories over Georgetown and Virginia Tech. JMU is averaging 77.0 ppg and outscoring its opponents by 13.5 points per contest.

Leading the way is 5-7 junior sharpshooter Dawn Evans, who is posting 26.8 ppg and has connected on 17 three-pointers. A year ago, Evans ranked No. 2 nationally, with 23.8 ppg.

Another 5-7 guard, freshman Tarik Hislop, is also scoring in double figures for James Madison. She is averaging 13.3 ppg through her first four collegiate games. Sarah Williams, a 6-0 redshirt senior guard, is pulling down a team-best 7.8 rpg.

The Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach Carey Green is in his 11th season with the Lady Flames, and has led his team to nine Big South titles. A five-time Big South Coach of the Year, Green owns a 242-77 career record and is the all-time wins leader at Liberty and among Big South women's basketball coaches. His career winning percentage (.759) ranked ninth all-time among NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches at the season's outset. Green is 1-2 versus James Madison.

Kenny Brooks recorded career win No. 150 Sunday at Western Carolina, improving his record to 150-72 in eight seasons coaching his alma mater. Brooks, who graduated from the same high school as the Lady Flames' Devon Brown (Waynesboro HS), has led JMU to four consecutive 20-win seasons and four consecutive postseason appearances (three WNIT, one NCAA). Brooks is 2-1 coaching against Liberty.

Liberty-James Madison Series Notes
James Madison leads the all-time head-to-head series with Liberty, 4-1. The two teams, separated by only 100 miles, have met each of the last three seasons with the home team winning each time.

Last season, JMU claimed a 77-64 home victory over the Lady Flames on Dec. 2, 2008, led by Dawn Evans' 27 points. Moriah Frazee and Rachel Hammond scored 17 points apiece for Liberty.

The Dukes have only played in the Vines Center once previously, on Dec. 4, 2007. That evening, all five Liberty starters scored in double figures, paced by Megan Frazee's 20 points and 12 rebounds. As a result, the Lady Flames pulled out a 79-66 triumph against the previously unbeaten Dukes.

Liberty Versus the Colonial Athletic Association
The Lady Flames own a 23-58 all-time record against current members of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). The Lady Flames are looking to snap a three-game losing streak versus CAA foes, dating back to their matchup with Old Dominion in the opening round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament.

Liberty is 0-1 all-time against Delaware, 0-2 against Drexel, 2-11 against George Mason, 1-4 against James Madison, 0-2 against Old Dominion, 4-5 against Towson, 9-22 against VCU and 7-11 against William & Mary.

All-Time Record in December
The Lady Flames are 78-101 all-time in December contests, including 34-32 under head coach Carey Green. Last season, Liberty went 4-3 during the calendar year's final month, highlighted by a tournament title at the Hokie Hardwood Classic.

Liberty only has five games scheduled this December, which marks the Lady Flames' fewest games in the month since Liberty played four contests in December 2001.

Nifty in November
Liberty finished November with a perfect 5-0 record, wrapping up the team's first unbeaten November since 2002-03. That season, Liberty went 3-0 during the month, including a 77-69 overtime win over No. 25 Virginia at the Vines Center on Nov. 26, 2002.

Competing Against the Commonwealth
Tuesday night's game will be Liberty's first against a Virginia opponent this season. The Lady Flames have four Commonwealth clashes scheduled in 2009-10 and could possibly face Virginia at the Marriott Cavalier Classic (Dec. 28-29).

Last season, Liberty went 4-2 versus in-state opponents, including victories in each of its last four Commonwealth tilts.

Fast Start
Liberty is 5-0 to start the season for only the third time in program history. The Lady Flames also won their first five contests in 1997-98 and 2006-07.

The 1997-98 squad went on to open the season with 28 consecutive victories, before falling to Tennessee in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

Meanwhile, the 2006-07 Lady Flames took a perfect 5-0 mark into James Madison on Nov. 29, 2006. The Dukes halted Liberty's unbeaten streak with a 74-64 win at the JMU Convocation Center in that contest.

Watch Out for Washington
After totaling 19 points during her first four collegiate games, freshman LaKendra Washington exploded for 21 points at Lafayette on Saturday. The Milwaukee, Wis., native and Devon Brown have both recorded 20-point outings as freshmen this season. This is the first time since 2001-02, multiple Liberty rookies have recorded 20-point games. That season, Katie Feenstra and Stephanie Walker accomplished the feat.

Battling the Unbeatens
James Madison will be the fifth unbeaten team Liberty has faced during the first six games of the 2009-10 campaign. The Lady Flames have already handed Winston-Salem State, UNC Greensboro, Tulane and Navy their first setbacks of the year.

Painting a Masterpiece
Last season, Liberty regularly controlled the area around the basket, outscoring 29 of 33 opponents in the "points in the paint" statistical category.

This year, the Lady Flames are off to an outstanding start in racking up "points in the paint" once again. Through five games, Liberty has outscored its opponents by an average margin of 40.4-13.6. On Saturday, the Lady Flames racked up a season-high 64 points in the paint, as compared with Lafayette's 16.

Home Winning Streaks
The Lady Flames are currently riding a 12-game home winning streak. The streak began Dec. 13, 2008, with a 92-68 home win against St. Paul's.

Liberty has also won 14 consecutive Big South home games since UNC Asheville defeated the Lady Flames at the Vines Center by a 54-51 score on Feb. 24, 2007.

Turning Up the Heat in the Furnace
The 2009-10 campaign is the 18th season the Liberty women's basketball team has called the Vines Center its full-time home. The "Furnace" has served as a favorable venue for the Lady Flames over the years. Liberty is 190-51 (.788) all-time at the Vines Center, including 10-2 last season.

The Lady Flames are 2-0 to start this year's 15-game home schedule and are 98-9 in their last 107 home games, dating back to the 2001-02 season.

Noting the 90s
The Lady Flames scored a season-high 90 points during Saturday's victory at Lafayette. It was the 10th time Liberty has reached the 90-point plateau under head coach Carey Green.

The Lady Flames' most recent 90-point outburst came during a 92-68 home win over St. Paul's, Dec. 13, 2008.

Liberty had not scored 90 points in a road game since a 94-75 triumph at Richmond, Dec. 4, 1999 in the opening round of the Wachovia Women's Invitational.

Wanted for Theft
The Lady Flames ranked only sixth in the Big South in steals last season, averaging 7.9 steals per contest. This season, an active, aggressive Liberty defense has produced a Big South-leading average of 12.2 steals, through the year's first five games.

As expected, senior point guard Amber Mays is the Lady Flames' chief thief so far, with 17 steals. She recorded a team-high 68 steals a year ago. Mays is also getting considerable assistance from Devon Brown (10 steals) and LaKendra Washington (10).

Furious Comeback
The Lady Flames fell behind Navy, 20-4, 7:56 into the Navy Classic championship game on Nov. 21. Liberty then outscored the host Midshipmen, 51-23, during the remainder of the game to claim an improbable 55-43 victory.

It was the Lady Flames' largest comeback since Nov. 27, 2001, in a matchup with VCU at the Vines Center. The Rams owned a 38-22 advantage with 18:41 remaining in the second half, before the Lady Flames rallied for a 65-60 victory.