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WBB Game Day Central: Presbyterian College

January 19, 2012  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Danika Dale is averaging 10.4 ppg during Big South Conference play.

Danika Dale is averaging 10.4 ppg during Big South Conference play.

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Complete Game Notes

Television Coverage:
Provided by the Flames Sports Network

Liberty Channel - Local Coverage
(WTLU regionally in Lynchburg market)
Game Will be Carried Live

Video Streaming Coverage:
Big South Network

Radio Coverage:
Provided by the Flames Sports Network

Broadcast - Tip-Off:
2:05 p.m. vs. Presbyterian College

Broadcasting Station:
The Light (90.9 FM WWMC)

Today's Game
Liberty (9-7, 4-1 Big South) will return to the Vines Center for a quick two-game Big South homestand, beginning with a Saturday matinee against Presbyterian College (8-8, 2-3 Big South). Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. The Lady Flames have won three games in a row, while the Blue Hose have won each of their last two contests.

The "Starting Five" - Today's Top Storylines
1) Liberty will look to maintain its perfect record in its head-to-head series with the Blue Hose. The Lady Flames are 7-0 all-time against Presbyterian College, including 4-0 at the Vines Center.

2) Presbyterian College's defense is ranked No. 1 in the Big South Conference, allowing just 54.6 ppg. The Blue Hose will attempt to slow down Liberty's offensive attack, which has produced 83.7 ppg during its current three-game winning streak.

3) Judging by past history, Saturday's game could be a low-scoring contest. Presbyterian College has never reached the 50-point mark in seven all-time meetings against the Lady Flames. Meanwhile, Liberty swept last year's season series with PC by scores of 51-40 and 49-40.

4) Although Presbyterian College is off to its best start (8-8) since joining the NCAA Division I ranks in 2007-08, the Blue Hose have yet to win outside the South Carolina state border this season. PC has notched six home wins and road victories at South Carolina State and USC Upstate. In four previous visits to the Vines Center, the Blue Hose have lost each contest by an average of 35.0 ppg.

5) Liberty's post duo of Avery Warley and Tolu Omotola will look to build upon their outstanding second half from Monday's game at Charleston Southern. The pair combined to score 35 second-half points after halftime. Warley and Omotola also grabbed a dozen second-half rebounds between them, doubling up CSU's six second-half boards as a team.

Liberty vs. Presbyterian College At a Glance
Series History
Series Record:
Liberty leads, 7-0.
Current Streak: Liberty has won all seven meetings.
PC's Last Victory: None
Series Record at Liberty: Liberty leads, 4-0.
Current Streak at Liberty: Liberty has won all four meetings.
PC's Last Victory at Liberty: None
Last Meeting: Liberty 49, Presbyterian College 40 (March 7, 2011 at Liberty)
Last Meeting at Liberty: Same

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 295-101 (13th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Presbyterian College: 7-0

Presbyterian College Head Coach: Ronny Fisher
Overall Record (Seasons): 26-78 (Fourth Season)
Record at Presbyterian College (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 0-6

Notes and Anecdotes
-- Liberty is 7-0 all-time against Presbyterian College, making the Blue Hose the only current Big South member the Lady Flames have never lost to.

-- The Lady Flames have faced the Blue Hose seven times, winning all seven meetings. Liberty has only kept a perfect record against two other opponents it has faced as often. The Lady Flames are 14-0 all-time against Birmingham-Southern and 7-0 versus Norfolk State.

-- Presbyterian College has not scored 50 points in any of its seven matchups against Liberty. The closest the Blue Hose came was on Jan. 17, 2009, when Liberty posted a 59-49 victory at PC.

-- At 8-8, the Blue Hose need only two more victories to record their first double-digit win season since joining the NCAA Division I ranks in 2007-08.

-- All eight of Presbyterian College's wins this season have come in South Carolina, including six home triumphs and road victories at South Carolina State and USC Upstate.

-- Saturday's game matches up the Big South's top two teams in scoring defense. Presbyterian College is allowing a league-low 54.6 ppg, while Liberty ranks second at 57.9 ppg allowed. Last season's two meetings were both defensive struggles, with the Lady Flames prevailing, 51-40 and 49-40.

Two Halves Make a Whole
-- The Lady Flames posted some impressive statistics during the first half at Coastal Carolina last Saturday and the second half of their contest at Charleston Southern on Monday.

-- Liberty shot 78.3 percent (18-of-23) from the field during the first half at Coastal Carolina, building a 24-point halftime lead. At one point, the Lady Flames made 10 straight field goal attempts.

-- The Lady Flames scored 56 second-half points at Charleston Southern, marking the first time they have scored 50 points in a half against a Big South opponent since tallying 54 points in the first half at UNC Asheville on Feb. 27, 2010.

-- Avery Warley's 22 second-half points at Charleston Southern were the most in a half by a Lady Flame since Megan Frazee posted 31 points during the second half of Liberty's win at Virginia on Nov. 20, 2006.

A Look Back at Liberty's Win at Charleston Southern on Monday
-- Liberty won when trailing at halftime for the first time this season, erasing a three-point halftime deficit by scoring 56 second-half points. It was the first time the Lady Flames have scored 50 or more points in a half of a Big South contest since Feb. 27, 2010.

-- Liberty shot 60 percent from the field and 94.4 percent from the free throw line in the second half.

-- It was the 50th all-time meeting between Liberty and Charleston Southern. The Lady Flames won for the 29th time in their last 30 contests against the Buccaneers and improved to 44-6 all-time against CSU.

-- Liberty handed Charleston Southern just its second home loss of the season and took over sole possession of second place in the Big South standings at 4-1.

-- The Lady Flames outrebounded their 43rd straight opponent (44-15 advantage) and held their 38th consecutive opponent below 50 percent field goal shooting (CSU finished the game at 46.0 percent).

-- Liberty's 44-15 rebounding advantage (+29) was its largest of the season against a Division I opponent.

-- Avery Warley led the Lady Flames with a season-high 26 points and paced all players with 13 rebounds. She scored 22 of her points during the second half and single-handedly outrebounded the Buccaneers in the second half, 7-6. Warley finished the game at a career-best 12-of-12 at the free throw line.

-- Devon Brown chipped in 18 points, moving into ninth place on Liberty's career scoring list with 1,163 points.

-- Tolu Omotola scored 13 of her season-high 15 points during the second half.

-- Four of Liberty's starters (Warley, Brown, Omotola and Reagan Miller) played all 20 minutes during the second half.