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WBB Game Day Central: UNC Asheville

January 17, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Dymond Morgan tallied a career-high five steals during Saturday's 73-27 win over Presbyterian College.

Dymond Morgan tallied a career-high five steals during Saturday's 73-27 win over Presbyterian College.

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The Game
Liberty (11-4, 2-1 Big South) will attempt to complete an unbeaten homestand Monday at 7 p.m., when UNC Asheville (5-12, 1-4 Big South) visits the Vines Center. The Bulldogs were the most recent visiting Big South team to win at Liberty, but the Lady Flames have won 16 straight home Big South contests since that Feb. 24, 2007 tilt.

Last Time Out
The Lady Flames seized control of Saturday's game against Presbyterian College with a pair of 15-0 runs and never looked back, on their way to a 73-27 triumph. Defense keyed Liberty's fourth consecutive victory, as the Lady Flames recorded a season-high 19 steals and scored 39 points off Blue Hose turnovers.

On Deck
Liberty will open a four-game Big South road swing Saturday at 5 p.m., with a contest at Charleston Southern. The Lady Flames have won 25 consecutive meetings with the Lady Buccaneers, dating back to the 1998-99 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 UNC Asheville
The UNC Asheville Bulldogs, whose roster does not include any seniors, will attempt to snap a four-game losing streak on Monday. The Bulldogs claimed a 59-48 home triumph over Coastal Carolina in their Big South opener on Jan. 2, but have since dropped four consecutive conference tilts, by an average of 13.8 ppg.

Lindsey Montgomery, a 5-10 junior forward, has enjoyed a breakthrough season. The Big South Player of the Week on Jan. 5, Montgomery paces the conference in both rebounds (10.1 rpg) and double-doubles (6), while also leading the Bulldogs with 12.5 ppg.

Behind Montgomery, UNC Asheville has five other players averaging between 5.5 and 7.6 ppg. Chioma Okoli, a 5-7 junior, leads the group with a 7.6 ppg scoring average. Kendall Shepard, another of the team's six juniors, chips in 7.1 ppg and a team-high 4.1 apg.

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 248-81 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 ninth all-time among NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches at the season's outset. Green is 23-1 all-time versus UNC Asheville.

Betsy Blose is 103-121 in her eighth season as UNC Asheville's head coach. Her overall record as a collegiate head coach stands at 217-198 in 15 years, which includes seven campaigns at Shepherd University in West Virginia. Blose, who began her coaching career at Altavista High School, just south of Lynchburg on Route 29, led the Bulldogs to the 2007 Big South title. She owns a 1-15 record coaching versus the Lady Flames.

Liberty-UNC Asheville Series Notes
Liberty is 38-7 all-time versus UNC Asheville. The Lady Flames have won four consecutive games against the Bulldogs and 28 of the teams' last 29 meetings. Liberty is 18-1 when facing UNC Asheville at the Vines Center.

The Lady Flames claimed a pair of convincing victories over the Bulldogs in 2008-09. Liberty defeated UNC Asheville at the Justice Center, 75-48 on Jan. 19, 2009, and took a 77-41 decision at the Vines Center on Feb. 28, 2009.

Megan Frazee starred in both contests against the Bulldogs last season, averaging 22.5 ppg and 13.0 rpg. Avery Warley added 10.0 ppg and 6.5 rpg for the Lady Flames, while Amber Mays posted 10.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 5.0 apg and 4.0 spg.

Ana Baker (13.5 ppg) and Kendall Shepard (12.5 ppg) were UNC Asheville's top offensive options against the Lady Flames last season. Lindsey Montgomery collected 7.5 rpg.

The Bulldogs were the last visiting Big South team to win at the Vines Center, pulling out a 54-51 triumph on Feb. 24, 2007. UNC Asheville spoiled Liberty's Senior Night festivities by sinking a trio of clutch free throws in the final minute. Amanda Elder's 13 points led the victors, who went on to win the Big South Championship. Megan Frazee posted 20 points and 14 rebounds in defeat.

New Year's Resolution
Liberty owns a 159-106 all-time record in January contests, including a 75-9 mark under head coach Carey Green. The Lady Flames' 70-65 setback at Gardner-Webb on Jan. 2 snapped a streak of 17 consecutive January wins for the Lady Flames.

Liberty is scheduled to play nine games this January, including five contests at the Vines Center. The Lady Flames, 4-1 so far this month, currently own a 41-game home winning streak during the month of January, since a 77-72 setback versus Elon, Jan. 13, 2000.

Who Stole My Ball?
Liberty racked up 19 steals during Saturday's victory over Presbyterian College, as nine Lady Flames recorded a theft, paced by Dymond Morgan's five. It was Liberty's most steals in a game since a 19-steal effort versus Charleston Southern, Jan. 2, 2003.

National Leader
Liberty, which has outrebounded 14 of its 15 opponents this season, now ranks as the nation's No. 1 team in rebound margin, through games of Jan. 14. The Lady Flames, who own a +14.7 rebound margin, have ranked among the nation's top five rebounding squads for six consecutive seasons. Liberty led the nation in rebound margin in back-to-back seasons, in 2003-04 and 2004-05.

Home Sweet Home(stand)
After not playing a home game in a full month, Liberty has thrived during its current homestand at the Vines Center, which will conclude Monday night. The Lady Flames are 4-0 during the homestand, winning their contests by an average of 26.0 ppg and outrebounding foes by 20.5 rpg. Devon Brown is averaging 16.8 ppg and 9.3 rpg for the homestand, while fellow freshman Jelena Antic is posting 14.0 ppg.

Antic's Accuracy
Jelena Antic connected on all seven of her field goal attempts during Saturday's contest against Presbyterian College, as she led all players with 14 points. She has now made 10 consecutive field goals, dating back to the second half of Liberty's game versus Longwood on Tuesday. This is the longest streak by a Lady Flame since Avery Warley sank 11 straight field goals, between Feb. 9-21, 2009.

Clamping Down on Defense
The Lady Flames have held 99 consecutive opponents under 50 percent field goal shooting. The last Liberty foe to sink more than half of its field goal attempts was Marist, at the Maryland Terrapin Classic on Dec. 29, 2006.

In 2008-09, the Lady Flames ranked No. 6 nationally in field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to shoot just 34.5 percent for the season.

Liberty is off to a strong start this season, holding its first 15 opponents to 49.1 ppg and 33.7 percent shooting from the field. The Lady Flames lead the Big South and rank in the top 10 nationally in both categories.

A Tale of Two Halves
Liberty has regularly stepped up its level of play during the second half this season. The Lady Flames are outscoring opponents by an average score of 36.6-25.8 during the final 20 minutes of play, thus far this season.

Liberty is shooting .522 from the field after halftime, while limiting opponents to a .322 second-half field goal percentage.