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Carey Green Reviews the 2009-10 Season

March 22, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Nick Pierce interviews head coach Carey Green, recapping the Lady Flames' successful 2009-10 season and looking ahead to the 2010-11 campaign.
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The Liberty women's basketball team jumped out to a 13-0 lead in its 2009-10 season-opening win over Winston-Salem State and rarely slowed down. The Lady Flames finished with a 27-6 record and claimed their 13th Big South Conference title in the last 14 seasons, despite having only one senior on the roster.

Head coach Carey Green's young squad enjoyed a memorable, record-breaking season, which came to an end with a hard-fought 83-77 loss to Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship. Here is a look at some of the 2009-10 Lady Flames' most notable accomplishments.

Team Accomplishments
-- Made 13th NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship appearance in program history.

-- Won 13th Big South Championship title in the last 14 seasons.

-- Recorded 27 victories, the third-most in program history.

-- Tied for the second-most Big South Conference victories in program history, with 14.

-- Won the Navy Classic championship (Nov. 20-21).

-- Impressive non-conference victories included triumphs over Tulane (Conference USA regular-season and tournament champion) and North Carolina A&T (MEAC regular-season champion).

-- Notched a pair of 10-game winning streaks—Jan. 5 through Feb. 4 and Feb. 15 through March 14.

-- Held Winthrop to a Liberty and Big South record-low 18 points on Feb. 15.

-- In the most recent NCAA statistical report (through games played on March 14), ranked in the top 15 nationally in seven categories: rebound margin (1st), scoring defense (2nd), field goal percentage (3rd), scoring margin (6th), three-point field goal percentage defense (11th), steals per game (12th) and field goal percentage defense (14th).

-- On track to lead the nation in rebound margin for the third time in program history, after notching the team's highest-ever rebound margin (+13.9) and the 13th-highest rebound margin in NCAA history.

-- Outscored all 33 opponents in "points in the paint" and outrebounded 32 of 33 opponents.

-- Set Liberty season records for field goal percentage (.482) and scoring defense (50.0 ppg). Both of those records had been set by the 2004-05 Lady Flames, who reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

-- Also set a program record for scoring margin (+17.2), after posting 24 double-digit victories.

-- Tied Liberty season record for steals (377).

Individual Accomplishments
#1 LaKendra Washington
-- Big South Freshman of the Week on Dec. 1.

#11 Jelena Antic
-- Big South All-Freshman team.

-- Three-time Big South Freshman of the Week (Jan. 12, Jan. 19 & March 9).

#15 Kylee Beecher
-- Big South All-Academic team.

#21 Amber Mays
-- Big South All-Tournament team.

-- Her 77 steals this season rank No. 6 in program history and were the most by a Lady Flame since Sharon Wilkerson had 84 steals in 1999-2000.

-- Graduates as the No. 50 scorer in program history, with 522 points in just two seasons.

#23 Avery Warley
-- First team All-Big South.

-- Two-time Big South Player of the Week (Jan. 26 & March 9).

-- Richmond Times-Dispatch All-State team (Honorable mention).

-- Marriott Cavalier Classic All-Tournament team.

-- Set the Vines Center single-game field goal percentage record Feb. 22 versus Charleston Southern, shooting 9-9.

-- Big South field goal percentage leader (.603) for the second straight season.

-- Field goal percentage ranks No. 4 in program history for a single season.

-- Her 128 offensive rebounds this season rank No. 5 in program history.

-- After her sophomore season, ranks No. 14 in program history for career rebounds (538 rebounds) and No. 33 in points (630 points).

-- Her 14 rebounds versus Kentucky were the most ever by a Lady Flame in an NCAA Tournament contest.

#40 Devon Brown
-- Big South Tournament MVP.

-- Big South All-Tournament team.

-- First team All-Big South.

-- Two-time Big South Player of the Week (Nov. 24 & Feb. 2).

-- Richmond Times-Dispatch All-State team (First team).

-- Navy Classic Championship Game All-Star.

-- Big South scoring leader (17.2 ppg), after scoring in double figures in 22 straight games to end the season. First freshman to lead the Big South in scoring since Liberty's Elena Kisseleva in 1996-97.

-- Set Liberty freshman rebounding record (271 boards) and ranks No. 2 all-time among Liberty freshmen with 566 points.

-- Her 188 defensive rebounds this season rank No. 5 in program history.

-- After her freshman season, already ranks No. 42 in program history for career points (566 points).