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WBB Game Day Central: Glenville State

December 3, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Avery Warley and the Lady Flames have won the rebounding battle in each of their first six games this season.

Avery Warley and the Lady Flames have won the rebounding battle in each of their first six games this season.

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The Game

Saturday's contest will present a contrast in styles, when Liberty (5-1, 0-0 Big South) hosts Glenville State (3-1, 0-0 WVIAC). The Lady Flames yield only 46.3 ppg, but the Pioneers are averaging 99.2 ppg so far this season. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Vines Center.

Last Time Out
Liberty dropped its first contest of the 2009-10 season Tuesday at the Vines Center, in a defensive struggle between unbeaten teams. Visiting James Madison held off the Lady Flames' late rally to claim a 60-50 win, snapping Liberty's 12-game home winning streak. Amber Mays tied a career high with 14 points for the Lady Flames.

On Deck
Liberty will not play again for 10 days, as final exams approach. The Lady Flames will return to action Dec. 15 at 7 p.m., when they make their first-ever visit to Auburn. Last season, the undefeated Tigers claimed a hard-fought 64-53 win at the Vines Center.

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 Glenville State
The high-octane Glenville State Pioneers enter Saturday's contest riding a three-game winning streak, which has seen the NCAA Division II program score 100 or more points in all three outings. The 3-1 Pioneers are averaging 99.2 ppg and 12.0 made three-pointers per contest.

Seven Pioneers are averaging at least 8.0 ppg, headlined by 5-7 guard Donita Adams. The team's only senior notches 22.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 2.5 spg. Junior Kristen Golden, a 6-2 post player, is posting double-double numbers of 13.5 ppg and a team-high 10.3 rpg. Ginny Petties, a 5-7 freshman guard, has already connected on 13 triples and is shooting 59.2 percent from beyond the arc.

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 242-78 career record and is the all-time wins leader at Liberty and among Big South women's basketball coaches. His career winning percentage (.756) ranked ninth all-time among NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches at the season's outset. Green is 1-0 versus Glenville State.

Bunky Harkleroad is 3-1 in his first season as Glenville State's head coach, after spending nine years coaching his alma mater, Berea. Harkleroad, who was a four-time Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) Coach of the Year while at Berea, owns a 171-94 career mark in 10 seasons.

Liberty-Glenville State Series Notes
Liberty is 1-0 versus Glenville State, after claiming a 66-54 victory in the teams' only previous meeting on the hardwood, Dec. 15, 2007 at the Vines Center. Sisters Megan and Moriah Frazee combined for 29 points, pacing the victorious Lady Flames. Donita Adams and Karina Kendrick scored 13 points apiece to share team-high honors for the Pioneers.

Liberty Versus the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
The Lady Flames own a 10-13 all-time record versus the current members of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC). However, Saturday's game will be only Liberty's second matchup against a WVIAC opponent since the Lady Flames joined the NCAA Division I ranks in 1988-89. Liberty is 1-0 against the WVIAC as a Division I team.

Liberty is 1-1 versus Alderson-Broaddus, 4-2 versus Bluefield State, 0-1 versus Concord, 3-1 versus Davis & Elkins, 1-0 versus Glenville State and 1-8 versus Pitt-Johnstown.

Triple Digits Uncommon
Glenville State has tallied 100 or more points in three straight contests. However, Liberty has not reached triple digits very frequently in program history. The Lady Flames' 100-29 home win over Virginia Union on Nov. 30, 2007 is Liberty's only 100-point out under Carey Green. The Lady Flames have only scored 100 points three times in 22 seasons as Division I squad.

All-Time Record in December
The Lady Flames are 78-102 all-time in December contests, including 34-33 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, which is 0-1 to start this month, only has five games scheduled this December. This marks the Lady Flames' fewest games in the month since Liberty played four contests in December 2001.

Fast Start
Liberty's 5-1 start matches the second-best start to a season in program history. Five other Lady Flames squads have won five of their first six games, including the 1975-76, 1983-84, 1996-97, 2006-07 and 2007-08 teams.

The 1997-98 Liberty squad won 28 consecutive games to open the season, remaining unbeaten until suffering a loss to Tennessee in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Freshman of the Week
LaKendra Washington's 21-point, four-steal performance at Lafayette on Nov. 28 was recognized by the Big South Conference on Tuesday. The freshman guard was named the Big South Freshman of the Week, marking the second consecutive week a Liberty rookie has been honored by the Big South.

National Statistical Rankings
Through the contests of Nov. 29, the Lady Flames were ranked among the NCAA's top 15 teams in four different statistical categories. Liberty was No. 5 in scoring defense (43.6 ppg), No. 6 in field goal percentage (.502), No. 10 in rebound margin (+12.4) and No. 11 in scoring margin (+24.2).

Stuck in the 60s
Even though Liberty dropped its first game of the season Tuesday evening, 60-50 to James Madison, the Lady Flames extended an impressive streak. Liberty has now held 33 consecutive opponents below the 70-point mark, since JMU recorded a 77-64 win over the Lady Flames on Dec. 2, 2008.

One Streak Snapped, One Continues
The Lady Flames' 12-game home winning streak was halted Tuesday evening, when James Madison posted a 60-50 victory at the Vines Center.

However, Liberty has 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 190-52 (.785) all-time at the Vines Center, including 10-2 last season.

The Lady Flames are 2-1 to start this year's 15-game home schedule and are 98-10 in their last 108 home games, dating back to the 2001-02 season.

Youth will be Served
Underclassmen have stepped up to fill the void left by the seven seniors who graduated from the 2008-09 Liberty roster. Through the first six games of the 2009-10 campaign, the Lady Flames' freshmen and sophomores are accounting for 70.2 percent of the team's points and 75.4 percent of Liberty's rebounds.

The Lady Flames' top five rebounders are all either freshmen or sophomores, as are four of the top five scorers.

See You in a Month
Saturday's game versus Glenville State will be Liberty's final contest at the Vines Center for a month. By the time the Lady Flames come back home to host North Carolina A&T on Jan. 5, they will have played games in three different states (Alabama, North Carolina and Virginia) and opened Big South Conference play.