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WBB Game Day Central: Charleston Southern

January 21, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Freshman Carra Coy, ranked No. 10 in the Big South in blocked shots, will play near her hometown of Summerville, S.C., on Saturday.

Freshman Carra Coy, ranked No. 10 in the Big South in blocked shots, will play near her hometown of Summerville, S.C., on Saturday.

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The Game
Liberty (12-4, 3-1 Big South) will begin a stretch of four consecutive road games Saturday at 5 p.m., when the Lady Flames tip off their annual South Carolina "Beach Trip" with a visit to Charleston Southern (9-8, 1-3 Big South). The contest will feature a matchup between the Big South's top two scorers: CSU's Katie Tull and Liberty's Devon Brown.

Last Time Out
The Lady Flames used defense and balanced scoring to key an 82-40 victory over UNC Asheville, Monday evening at the Vines Center. Liberty completed a 5-0 homestand by holding its 100th consecutive opponent to below 50 percent field goal shooting and putting four players in double figures in the scoring column.

On Deck
Liberty will remain in the Palmetto State for a Monday matchup with Coastal Carolina. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Kimbel Arena, as the Lady Flames seek their 32nd consecutive victory in their head-to-head series with the Chanticleers.

Lady Flames On The Air
All Lady Flames basketball games may be heard LIVE on WWMC 90.9 FM "The Light." Jamie Hall, in the midst of his 16th year of broadcasting Lady Flames basketball, is once again handling the courtside play-by-play duties for road games. Nick Pierce and Josh Wood serve as the primary commentators for home contests.

Scouting Charleston Southern
The Charleston Southern Lady Buccaneers rely heavily upon the three-point shot, attempting more than 46 percent of their field goals from behind the arc. CSU has made more triples (150) this season than Liberty has attempted (147) and ranks No. 3 nationally in three-pointers made. The Lady Buccaneers made 17 three-pointers against No. 4 North Carolina on Nov. 29, keeping the score close before dropping a 76-67 decision to the Tar Heels.

Leading the outside shooting barrage is Katie Tull, a 5-9 junior guard. She ranks No. 3 nationally with 64 three-pointers and is the Big South's leading scorer at 17.0 ppg. Backcourt mate Kelsey Wasmer, a 5-10 redshirt junior, set Charleston Southern's single-season record with 76 triples in 2008-09. She has hit 31 three-pointers so far this season.

The Buccaneers have also received strong play from Helen Terry, a 5-5 freshman point guard. She ranks No. 5 in the Big South in assists (3.8 apg) and No. 9 in steals (1.8 spg). Ali Schwagmeyer is CSU's top rebounder, pulling down 6.6 boards per contest.

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 249-81 career record and is the all-time wins leader at Liberty and among Big South women's basketball coaches. His career winning percentage (.755) ranked ninth all-time among NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches at the season's outset. Green is 23-0 all-time versus Charleston Southern.

Julie Goodenough is 39-68 in her fourth season at Charleston Southern and 249-183 in her 16th overall season as a collegiate head coach. Previous to her time with the Lady Buccaneers, Goodenough was Oklahoma State's head coach for three seasons (2003-05). She is 0-7 all-time versus Liberty.

Liberty-Charleston Southern Series Notes
Liberty is 40-5 in the head-to-head series with Charleston Southern, after defeating the Lady Buccaneers three times during the 2008-09 campaign. The Lady Flames have recorded 25 straight wins over CSU, by an average of 24.3 ppg.

Last season, the Lady Flames defeated the Lady Buccaneers by a 76-51 count Jan. 24, 2009 at Liberty, by an 81-59 score Feb. 23, 2009 at CSU and by a 74-64 margin March 13, 2009 in the Big South Championship quarterfinals at High Point.

Liberty shot 61.3 percent from the floor during its three matchups with Charleston Southern last season, highlighted by a school-record 70.2 percent (33-of-47) effort in the meeting at CSU Field House.

Individually, Megan Frazee starred for the Lady Flames, averaging 22.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg and 5.0 apg against Charleston Southern. Fellow 2008-09 seniors Moriah Frazee (12.7 ppg) and Rachel Hammond (10.3 ppg) also averaged double figures versus CSU.

The Lady Buccaneers made 8.7 three-pointers per game versus Liberty a season ago, paced by Katie Tull's 10 triples in the three contests.

Charleston Southern's last win over Liberty was a 66-60 decision at the CSU Field House, Jan. 18, 1999. Katie LaRue paced the Lady Buccaneers with 14 points.

Battle of Strengths
Saturday's game will match up Charleston Southern, which ranks No. 3 nationally in three-pointers made per game (8.8), with Liberty, which is the national leader in three-point field goal percentage defense (.247).

Bombs Away!
Not usually known for its outside shooting ability, Liberty connected on a season-high nine three-pointers during Monday's win over UNC Asheville. The Lady Flames, who shot 52.9 percent from beyond the arc, got two triples apiece from Devon Brown, Amber Mays, Rachel McLeod and LaKendra Washington.

Liberty had not made nine triples in a game since sinking 10 three-pointers in a Feb. 18, 2008 victory over Charleston Southern at the Vines Center.

Liberty Versus the Big South Conference
Liberty has enjoyed a considerable amount of success versus Big South Conference opposition, since joining the league in time for the 1991-92 season. The Lady Flames have won the conference tournament 12 times and captured 11 Big South regular-season championships.

Liberty is 230-68 (.772) all-time against Big South opponents, including 194-62 in regular-season matchups and 36-6 in Big South Championship tilts. During Carey Green's tenure as head coach, the Lady Flames are 157-15 (.913) when facing Big South foes.

New Year's Resolution
Liberty owns a 160-106 all-time record in January contests, including a 76-9 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, 5-1 so far this month, currently own a 42-game home winning streak during January, since a 77-72 setback versus Elon, Jan. 13, 2000.

100 and Counting
After limiting UNC Asheville to 27.5 percent shooting from the floor Monday evening, the Lady Flames have now held 100 consecutive opponents under 50 percent field goal shooting. The last Liberty foe to sink half of its field goal attempts was Marist, at the Maryland Terrapin Classic on Dec. 29, 2006.

Liberty has held its first 16 opponents to 48.6 ppg and 33.3 percent shooting from the field. The Lady Flames rank in the top 10 nationally in both categories.

Opportunity for a Milestone
Head coach Carey Green's next victory will be No. 250 of his 11-year coaching career, and his first two chances to reach the milestone will come at Charleston Southern and Coastal Carolina, Saturday and Monday.

Interestingly, Green's 100th win came at Coastal Carolina (Jan. 17, 2004), his 150th win happened at home versus Charleston Southern (Jan. 14, 2006) and his 200th victory was achieved at Charleston Southern (Jan. 19, 2008).

Homecoming for Coy
Saturday's game will mark a homecoming for Liberty freshman Carra Coy, who hails from Summerville, S.C., and played her high school basketball at Northwood Academy, located just outside Charleston.

National Leader
Liberty, which has outrebounded 15 of its 16 opponents this season, ranks as the nation's No. 1 team in rebound margin, through games of Jan. 17. The Lady Flames, who own a +15.2 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 years, in 2003-04 and 2004-05.

Home Sweet Home(stand)
After not playing a home game in a full month, Liberty thrived during its recent homestand at the Vines Center, which concluded Monday night. The Lady Flames went 5-0 during the homestand, winning their contests by an average of 29.2 ppg and outrebounding foes by 20.8 rpg. Devon Brown averaged 15.8 ppg and 9.0 rpg for the homestand, while fellow freshman Jelena Antic posted 12.6 ppg.

Antic Repeats
Jelena Antic claimed her second consecutive Big South Freshman of the Week certificate on Tuesday, after averaging 13.3 ppg and 5.7 rpg in a trio of Liberty victories. She also shot 78.3 percent (18-of-23) from the field for the week, making 10 consecutive field goals at one point.

She is the first Lady Flame to win back-to-back Big South Freshman of the Week honors since Feb. 12 and 19, 2002, when Kristal Tharp accomplished the feat.

Big Wins, Tight Losses
The Lady Flames' 12 victories this season have come by an average of 28.2 points. Liberty's tightest win was a 57-51 home victory over North Carolina A&T on Jan. 5.

Meanwhile, Liberty has lost its four games by a total of 30 points. James Madison posted the widest margin of victory over the Lady Flames, defeating Liberty 60-50, Dec. 1 at the Vines Center.

A Whole Lot of Winning Streaks
The Lady Flames have won five consecutive games, which marks their second five-game winning streak of the 2009-10 season.

Liberty has now enjoyed 18 winning streaks of at least five games during Carey Green's 11 seasons as head coach.