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Texas Trip Highlights 2010-11 Women's Basketball Schedule

September 1, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Senior point guard Rachel McLeod will get to play two challenging games in her home state of Texas during the 2010-11 season.

Senior point guard Rachel McLeod will get to play two challenging games in her home state of Texas during the 2010-11 season.

2010-11 Liberty Women's Basketball Schedule

Head coach Carey Green has lined up one of the most challenging schedules in program history for the upcoming 2010-11 Liberty women's basketball season. Road games at Big 12 Conference powers Baylor and Texas A&M and tournaments hosted by ACC squads Maryland and N.C. State highlight the difficult slate.

Depending on how the Lady Flames' tournaments play out, Liberty is slated to play as many as 12 games against opponents which qualified for postseason tournaments a season ago. All but one player returns from last year's team, which went 27-6 and captured its third consecutive Big South Conference title. So, Green believes his team is up to the challenge of facing a demanding schedule.

"Our team is faced with a big-time, high-major, competitive schedule that will provide tremendous challenges," Green acknowledged. "You could call it a killer schedule. However, we prefer to look at it as an opportunity that will both challenge us to improve and measure our competency.

"Don't be mistaken. We will play to win and develop during this challenging schedule. However, our higher goal is for the world to see God at work in us and attract people to himself for his glory!"

Liberty will tip off the 2010-11 campaign at N.C. State's Sheraton Raleigh Wolfpack Invitational, Nov. 12-13. All four teams in the tournament experienced postseason play in 2009-10. Although the matchups have not yet been finalized, the Lady Flames' possible opponents include College of Charleston (2010 WBI regional finalist), Creighton (2010 WNIT qualifier) and host N.C. State (2010 NCAA Tournament qualifier).

The Lady Flames will tip off their 11-game home schedule on Nov. 16, when Virginia Union visits the Vines Center. Four days later, Liberty will host Lafayette to wrap up the brief two-game homestand.

Texas will serve as Liberty's base of operations during the week of Thanksgiving, as the Lady Flames play at Texas A&M on Nov. 22 and at Baylor on Nov. 26. Texas A&M won the 2010 Big 12 Conference Tournament and Brittney Griner-led Baylor advanced to the Final Four last season. It will be Liberty's first-ever matchup against either the Aggies or Bears in women's basketball. The trip will mark a homecoming of sorts for the Lady Flames' four Texas natives (Danika Dale, Emily Frazier, Rachel McLeod and Tolu Omotola).

Liberty will welcome high-scoring Glenville State to the Vines Center on Nov. 30. The Pioneers led NCAA Division II squads in both points (95.9 ppg) and three-pointers made (14.1/game) in 2009-10.

The Glenville State matchup will be the Lady Flames' last home game for 48 days, with nine consecutive contests to be played away from Lynchburg. The road trip will be Liberty's longest since a 10-game road swing during the 1991-92 campaign.

The Lady Flames only have five December games scheduled. Although the month is light in activity, it includes some of the toughest opponents on Liberty's 2010-11 schedule.

Liberty will meet local rival James Madison for the fifth straight season, when the Lady Flames travel across the Commonwealth to Harrisonburg for a Dec. 5 contest. The game, which will be played just down the road from Devon Brown's hometown of Waynesboro, will pit two 2010 NCAA Tournament qualifiers against one another.

After a break for final exams, the Lady Flames will play a pair of road non-conference tilts before Christmas. Liberty will make its first-ever visit to North Carolina Central Dec. 18, followed by a game at VCU on Dec. 21. The Rams won 22 games in 2009-10 and reached the third round of the WNIT.

Liberty's first post-Christmas destination will be College Park, Md., where the Lady Flames will compete in Maryland's Terrapin Classic, Dec. 28-29. Like the N.C. State tournament, the two-day event will feature some very talented teams.

Liberty's first-round opponent at Maryland will be St. John's. The Red Storm of the BIG EAST Conference posted a 25-7 record a season ago and were one point away from reaching the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Speaking of the Sweet 16, the Terrapin Classic will be played inside the Comcast Center, where Liberty upset Penn State and DePaul to reach the Sweet 16 of the 2005 NCAA Tournament.

The Lady Flames will then face either La Salle or the host Terrapins in either the championship or consolation game. The 2009-10 Maryland team recorded its sixth straight 20-win season and advanced to the WNIT's third round.

Liberty will open the year 2011 with its first three Big South Conference contests, all of which will be played away from the Vines Center. The road swing will begin with a Jan. 3 visit to High Point, which will play host to the Big South Women's Basketball Championship for the third consecutive year at the Millis Center.

One week later, the Lady Flames will play their final contest at UNC Asheville's Justice Center. The Bulldogs are scheduled to move into brand-new Kimmel Arena in time for the 2011-12 campaign.
Liberty will then conclude the non-conference portion of its schedule, as well as its lengthy string of road games, with a quick trip east on Route 460 to Longwood on Jan. 14.

The Lady Flames will return home for three straight home Big South tilts, beginning Jan. 17 against Radford. The middle game of the quick homestand pits Liberty against Charleston Southern, a squad which made an appearance in the 2010 WBI Tournament.

The end of January will see Liberty return to the road for two contests, including a Jan. 31 game at Gardner-Webb. The rematch of the Lady Flames' dramatic 68-66 win over the Bulldogs in the 2010 Big South Championship title tilt will be the first of two meetings between Liberty and Gardner-Webb in a span of 13 days. The Bulldogs are coming off of a banner season, which saw them win 28 games and play in the WNIT at season's end.

Gardner-Webb's return trip to the Vines Center will take place on Feb. 12, as the middle contest of a three-game Big South homestand for the Lady Flames. The battle with the Bulldogs will tip off Liberty's only women's/men's basketball doubleheader of 2010-11. The busy evening at the Vines Center will conclude with a Liberty men's basketball contest versus High Point.

A visit to Commonwealth rival Radford (Feb. 19) and the Lady Flames' annual South Carolina beach trip to Coastal Carolina (Feb. 26) and Charleston Southern (Feb. 28) will close out Liberty's regular-season road slate.

The Lady Flames will then welcome UNC Asheville (March 4) and Presbyterian College (March 7) to the Vines Center to finish off the regular season.

Just four days after Liberty's contest against the Blue Hose, the 2011 Big South Women's Basketball Championship will tip off with four quarterfinal games at the Millis Center in High Point, N.C. The semifinals will follow on March 12, with the championship game set for March 13.

The winner of the Big South Conference title will earn an automatic berth to the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship. The tournament will begin March 19-20, with first-round contests at 16 different sites around the country.