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WBB Game Day Central: Glenville State

November 29, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Freshman Jasmine Gardner ranks second on the team in blocked shots and fourth in rebounds, during the first six games of her college career.

Freshman Jasmine Gardner ranks second on the team in blocked shots and fourth in rebounds, during the first six games of her college career.

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The Game

Liberty (2-4, 0-0 Big South) will return home from its Texas trip to host high-scoring Glenville State (3-3, 0-1 WVIAC), Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Vines Center. The Pioneers' third visit to Lynchburg in the past four seasons will present a contrast in styles. Glenville State is scoring 89.0 ppg so far this season, while Liberty is allowing only 53.7 ppg. Liberty will look to improve to 3-0 at home in 2010-11 and 3-0 all-time versus Glenville State. The contest is the Lady Flames' final home game until Jan. 17.

Last Time Out
The Lady Flames wrapped up their Texas swing on Friday by playing their second consecutive Top 10 opponent, No. 2/3 Baylor. Sophomore sensation Brittney Griner led the Bears to an 81-42 win, scoring a career-high 35 points to go along with nine rebounds and seven blocked shots. Liberty was led by freshman Emily Frazier, who scored a team-high eight points in her home state.

A Look Ahead
Liberty begins a string of nine consecutive games away from Lynchburg Sunday at 2 p.m., when the Lady Flames travel across the Commonwealth to face James Madison. This will mark the fifth straight season Liberty and James Madison have squared off on the hardwood, with the Dukes owning a 5-1 lead in the all-time head-to-head series. The game will match up the preseason favorites in the Big South and CAA.

Lady Flames On The Air
All Lady Flames basketball games may be heard LIVE on WWMC 90.9 FM "The Light." Jamie Hall, in his 17th year of broadcasting Lady Flames basketball, will handle the courtside play-by-play duties for all games.

Scouting Glenville State
Glenville State, an NCAA Division II team from West Virginia, led the nation in both points (95.9 ppg) and three-pointers made (14.1/game) last season. The Pioneers are employing the same fast-paced style once again in 2010-11, scoring 98 or more points in three of their first six games and racking up 70 made triples already. Glenville State is active at the defensive end as well, averaging 16.7 steals per contest and forcing 30.7 turnovers per outing.

Tenisha Wilson, a 5-9 junior guard, leads Glenville State's three double-digit scorers with 16.5 ppg, while 5-7 senior guard Autumn Davis (13.0 ppg) and 5-5 junior guard Danielle Woodmore (12.5 ppg) are also scoring in double figures.

The Pioneers and Liberty have faced one common opponent this season, Virginia Union. Glenville State opened the year with a 102-70 neutral-site win over the Panthers on Nov. 12. Four days later, Virginia Union fell by a 71-19 count at Liberty, in the Lady Flames' home opener.

The Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach Carey Green is in his 12th season with the Lady Flames, and has led his team to 10 Big South titles. A five-time Big South Coach of the Year, Green owns a 266-87 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 10th all-time among NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches at the season's outset. Green is 2-0 all-time versus Glenville State.

Bunky Harkleroad is 21-13 in his second season as Glenville State's head coach, after spending nine years coaching his alma mater, Berea. Harkleroad, who was a four-time Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) Coach of the Year while at Berea, owns a 189-106 career mark in 11 seasons as a collegiate head coach. He is 0-1 coaching against the Lady Flames.

Liberty-Glenville State Series Notes
Liberty is 2-0 all-time versus Glenville State, with both victories coming at home. The Lady Flames defeated the Pioneers by a 66-54 margin on Dec. 15, 2007 and posted an 86-45 victory on Dec. 5, 2009.

Last season, the 45 points Glenville State managed against Liberty were a season low for NCAA Division II's highest-scoring squad. Freshmen led the Lady Flames to victory, including a 20-point, nine-rebound effort by Devon Brown and Jelena Antic's first career double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds). Autumn Davis paced the Pioneers in points (12), rebounds (4) and assists (3).

Liberty Versus the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC)
The Lady Flames own an 11-13 all-time record versus the current members of the WVIAC. However, Tuesday's game will be only Liberty's third matchup against a WVIAC opponent since the Lady Flames joined the NCAA Division I ranks in 1988-89. Liberty is 2-0 against the WVIAC as a Division I team, with both wins coming against Glenville State.

Liberty is 1-1 versus Alderson-Broaddus, 4-2 versus Bluefield State, 0-1 versus Concord, 3-1 versus Davis & Elkins, 2-0 versus Glenville State and 1-8 versus Pitt-Johnstown.

Triple Digits Uncommon
Scoring 100 points has become commonplace for Glenville State under head coach Bunky Harkleroad. The Pioneers have reached the century mark in 14 of his first 34 games as head coach.

By contrast, Liberty has only three 100-point games in 23 seasons as a Division I team, with its most recent triple-digit outing coming Nov. 30, 2007 versus Virginia Union.

Home Sweet Home
The Lady Flames will attempt to snap their current two-game losing streak with a return to the Vines Center. Both of Liberty's victories this season have come at home, and the Lady Flames own a six-game home winning streak dating back to last season. Liberty has won those six contests by an average of 22.3 ppg.

Home Sweet Home, Part 2
Perhaps no current Liberty player enjoys home games at the Vines Center more than sophomore guard/forward Jelena Antic. She is averaging 10.8 ppg during 13 career home games, as opposed to 7.1 ppg in 16 contests away from Lynchburg.

Turning Up the Heat in the Furnace
The 2010-11 campaign is the 19th season the Liberty women's basketball team has called the Vines Center its full-time home. The "Furnace" has served as a favorable venue for the Lady Flames over the years. Liberty is 203-53 (.793) all-time at the Vines Center, including 13-2 last season and 2-0 to start the 2010-11 home slate.

The Lady Flames are 111-11 (.910) in their last 122 home games, dating back to the 2001-02 season. This year, Liberty will play 11 contests inside the Vines Center.

Pack Your Bags
Tuesday's game will be Liberty's last home game until Jan. 17, when the Lady Flames return to the Vines Center for a Big South Conference matchup against Radford. Before then, the Lady Flames will play nine consecutive games away from home, marking the squad's longest road swing since a 10-game trip during the 1991-92 season.

The lengthy road trip will include games in four different states (Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia). During the string of road contests, the Lady Flames will travel over 2,000 miles.

Slow Starts, Fast Finishes
This is the fourth time in Carey Green's 12 seasons as head coach that the Lady Flames have started 2-4 or worse in their first six games of the season. The first three times it happened, Liberty went on to win the Big South Conference title.

In 2000-01, the Lady Flames were 2-4 at this juncture, part of a 2-9 start to the season. Liberty finished the year 18-12.

The 2003-04 Lady Flames were also 2-4 at this point in the season. Later in the year, Liberty reeled off a 19-game winning streak, pushing its final record to 25-7.

The 2008-09 campaign saw Liberty start 1-5 through six games. The Lady Flames were 3-7, before winning 21 of their next 22 games and wrapping up the year at 24-9.

Missing No. 40
Big South Preseason Player of the Year Devon Brown has yet to take the court for the Lady Flames in 2010-11, due to injury. In her absence, Liberty is 2-4 and is scoring just 51.2 ppg.

Two seasons ago, another Big South Preseason Player of the Year wearing uniform No. 40 missed an extended period of time early in Liberty's season due to injury. Megan Frazee sat out eight games during the 2008-09 campaign with an ankle injury. Liberty went 2-6 with Frazee sidelined, scoring only 58.4 ppg.

With Frazee in the lineup that year, Liberty posted a 22-3 record and boosted its scorign average to 64.0 ppg.

Top-Flight Opposition
No. 8/8 Texas A&M and No. 2/3 Baylor marked the first back-to-back Top 10 opponents Liberty has faced in program history.

It's Been a While
Texas A&M and Baylor both outrebounded the Lady Flames last week. It's the first time Liberty has been outrebounded in back-to-back games since Nov. 16 and 19, 2007, when North Carolina A&T and Virginia Tech accomplished the feat.

Windex Warley
Just six games into her junior season, Avery Warley is rapidly approaching Liberty's top 10 career rebounding list. With 579 career boards, Warley needs only five more caroms to pass Pam Stanfield for 10th place in program history.

Free Throw Woes
Liberty is shooting only 60.2 percent from the free throw line through six games. That's the lowest percentage by a Lady Flames team since 1994-95, when Liberty shot 59.8 percent for the year.