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WBB Game Day Central: No. 21/23 Virginia

December 29, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Avery Warley has scored in double figures in back-to-back games for the Lady Flames and has collected at least five boards in 15 straight contests.

Avery Warley has scored in double figures in back-to-back games for the Lady Flames and has collected at least five boards in 15 straight contests.

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After defeating Cornell by a 70-40 count Monday evening, Liberty (7-2) advances to the Marriott Cavalier Classic championship game, slated for tonight at 7 p.m. The Lady Flames will square off with the host team, No. 21/23 Virginia (8-3), at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va. Below are some supplemental notes for tonight's Commonwealth clash.
Liberty Team Notes
-- Liberty is 15-3 in tournament championship games under Carey Green, including the Big South Tournament. The Lady Flames have been victorious in 15 of their last 16 tournament championship game appearances, with their lone setback coming to the host Wolfpack in the 2005 N.C. State Tournament.

-- Almost exactly one year ago, the Lady Flames won a tournament title on the road against an ACC opponent. Liberty edged Virginia Tech, 45-43, Dec. 30, 2008 to claim the Hokie Hardwood Classic championship at Cassell Coliseum.

-- The Liberty men's and women's basketball teams are a combined 3-0 all-time at John Paul Jones Arena, including a pair of victories by the Lady Flames.

-- The Lady Flames are seeking their first win over a Top 25 opponent since an 88-79 NCAA Tournament second-round victory over No. 19 DePaul on March 22, 2005.

-- Liberty's first-ever upset win against a Top 25 opponent was a 77-69 triumph over No. 25 Virginia, Nov. 26, 2002 at the Vines Center.

-- Virginia is the Lady Flames' eighth opponent in nine games this season to boast a record of .500 or better at the time of the matchup.

-- No players on the current Liberty roster were a part of the Lady Flames' team which claimed a 75-71 victory at Virginia on Nov. 20, 2006. That triumph was the first ever by a visiting men's or women's basketball team at John Paul Jones Arena.

-- The Lady Flames have held 93 straight opponents under 50 percent field goal shooting, after limiting Cornell to 27.1 percent shooting on Monday. The last team to make more than half of its field goals against Liberty was Marist—exactly three years ago (Dec. 29, 2006)—at the Maryland Terrapin Classic.

-- Meanwhile, Liberty is now 63-0 under Carey Green and 4-0 in 2009-10 when shooting at least 50 percent from the floor. The Lady Flames made 52.8 percent of their field goals against Cornell.

-- Liberty scored 70 points during Monday's victory over Cornell. The Lady Flames have now won 86 consecutive games when scoring 70 points or more, since a 74-70 overtime loss to No. 24 Boston College, Dec. 6, 2003.

-- The Lady Flames have outscored each of their first nine opponents in the "points in the paint" category. After tallying 44 points in the paint to Cornell's six, Liberty is outscoring opponents by an average score of 42.4 to 14.2 in the paint this season.

-- Liberty never trailed during Monday's win over Cornell, meaning the Lady Flames have only experienced five ties and eight lead changes this season, through nine games.

-- The Lady Flames came up with 12 steals against Cornell, marking the fourth time this season they have tallied at least a dozen steals. Last season, Liberty only accomplished the feat five times all year.

-- In the last five games, Liberty is shooting 62.1 percent (87-of-140) from the field in the second half. Meanwhile, opponents are making just 30.3 percent (40-of-132) of their second-half field goals during the stretch.

-- Carey Green changed his starting lineup for the first time this season, Monday versus Cornell, starting freshman Jelena Antic at forward in place of sophomore Kylee Beecher.

-- Virginia senior standout Monica Wright has scored 2,039 career points. By way of comparison, Liberty's entire roster has combined to tally 1,691 career points for the Lady Flames, led by Avery Warley's 344 points.

Liberty Individual Notes
#1 LaKendra Washington
-- Washington was Liberty's leading bench scorer against Cornell (9 points), helping the Lady Flames' reserves outscore their Big Red counterparts, 24-9.

-- Matched her career high with five rebounds versus Cornell.
 
#11 Jelena Antic
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Made her first career appearance in the starting lineup, Monday versus Cornell.

-- Scored in double figures for the second time in the last three games, with 11 points.

-- Led all players with eight rebounds.

-- Monday's performance included the first made three-pointer of her college career.
 
#12 Danika Dale
-- Liberty's leading rebounder off the bench on Monday, with seven caroms.

-- Has now grabbed seven or more boards three times this season.
 
#15 Kylee Beecher
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Came off the bench for the first time this season, Monday versus Cornell.

-- Scored all five of her points during the first half.
 
#21 Amber Mays
-- Led all players in both assists (8) and steals (4) against Cornell.

-- Her assist total equaled her career high (also Dec. 13, 2008 versus St. Paul's).

-- She has notched at least three steals during six of this season's nine games.

-- She has recorded a steal in 11 straight games and 19 of her last 20 outings. 
 
#23 Avery Warley
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Scored in double figures for the second straight game.

-- Hauled in at least five rebounds (7) for the 15th consecutive game.

-- Ranks No. 41 in program history, with 326 career rebounds. Needs two boards to pass 2008 graduate Courtney Watkins and move into the top 40.
 
#25 Dymond Morgan
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Came up with a career-high three steals during Monday's game.
 
#32 Rachel McLeod
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Made her first three-pointer of the season on Monday (in her eighth attempt of the year).
 
#40 Devon Brown
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Paced the Lady Flames in scoring for the seventh time in her first nine collegiate games, with 18 points Monday against Cornell.

-- Her hometown (Waynesboro, Va.) is closer geographically to Charlottesville than any other Lady Flame.

-- Starred during her first tournament championship game appearance this season, Nov. 21 at Navy. Finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds and five steals versus the Midshipmen, earning Championship Game All-Star honors. Outscored the Midshipmen by herself during the second half of that evening's game, 14-11.
 
#54 Carra Coy
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Three points against Cornell equaled the highest scoring output of her young career.