Freshman point guard Sadalia Ellis tallied seven assists during Friday's 81-50 win over Grambling State, which is the most ever by a Lady Flame in the Preseason WNIT.
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Broadcast - Tip-Off: 7:05 p.m. vs. Sacred Heart Broadcasting Station: The Light (90.9 FM WWMC) Liberty vs. Sacred Heart At a Glance Series History Series Record: First meeting
Coaching Matchup Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green Overall Record (Seasons): 311-104 (14th Season) Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same Record vs. Sacred Heart: 0-0 Record in the Preseason WNIT: 2-5 (Fourth Appearance)
Sacred Heart Head Coach: Ed Swanson Overall Record (Seasons): 385-254 (23rd Season) Record at Sacred Heart (Seasons): Same Record vs. Liberty: 0-0 Record in the Preseason WNIT: 1-1 (First Appearance)
Notes and Anecdotes • Both Liberty and Sacred Heart are coming off of seasons which saw them sweep their respective conferences' regular-season and tournament titles. The Lady Flames advanced to the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship for the 14th time in 16 years, while the Pioneers made their third appearance in the "Big Dance" in seven years. Both teams lost in the first round, with Notre Dame eliminating Liberty and Georgia Tech taking down Sacred Heart.
• Liberty and Sacred Heart were each ranked in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll to start the season, with the Pioneers listed No. 19 and Liberty at No. 20.
• Liberty has not faced a team from Connecticut since Nov. 28, 2008, when the Lady Flames suffered a 46-39 setback at the hands of Hartford at the George Washington Thanksgiving Classic. Brittany Campbell's career high of 11 points came during that game.
Liberty vs. the Northeast Conference Record vs. Current Conference Members: 1-11 Carey Green's Record vs. Current Conference Members: 0-0 Current Streak: Liberty won its last game versus a Northeast Conference member. Last Meeting: Liberty 56, Long Island 49 (Dec. 28, 1991 at Dartmouth) Liberty's Last Loss: Mount St. Mary's 98, Liberty 73 (March 4, 1988 at Ashland, Va.) How They Got Here • After falling behind by 10 points early against Grambling State, Liberty turned up the defensive pressure and pulled out its first win of the season, 81-50. • The Lady Flames turned a one-point lead into a 19-point advantage with an 18-0 run that spanned both halves. • Liberty held Grambling State to just 2-of-36 shooting (5.6 percent) during the second half and 15-of-64 (23.4 percent) for the game. • Meanwhile, the Lady Flames' reserves scored 49 of their 81 points as 12 different players tallied points on the night. • Sacred Heart also pulled out its first win of the 2012-13 season in a tight battle with Sam Houston State that featured three ties and 15 lead changes. • The Pioneers secured their victory on a Gabrielle Washington three-pointer with 20 seconds remaining that pushed a one-point lead to four. Washington paced the team with 21 points. • Point guard Ericka Norman got the assist on Washington's game-sealing triple for her 13th helper of the game. That set a new Vines Center single-game record, breaking the mark of 12 which had been set by Heather Fiore of Canisius on Dec. 2, 1994. • Washington, Morgan Merriman (18 points) and Kiley Evans (17 points) combined to score 56 of Sacred Heart's 66 points, as the Pioneers only finished with four bench points.
Breaking Down the Liberty-Grambling State Box Score • Grambling State shot just 23.4 percent (15-of-64) from the field against Liberty, becoming the 57th straight opponent the Lady Flames have held below 50 percent. Liberty is holding its opponents to 26.6 percent field goal shooting for the young season. • Liberty owned a +25 (63-38) edge in rebounds on Friday and is now +17.5 in rebound margin for the season. The Lady Flames' 63 boards were their most since grabbing 68 caroms in an 82-37 home win over Virginia Union on Dec. 15, 2011. • The Lady Flames' 54 points in the paint were the team's most since racking up 80 points in the paint during a 116-65 triumph over Glenville State on Dec. 10, 2011. • Liberty's 49 bench points were its most in a single game since Nov. 16, 2006. That day, the Lady Flames' bench of Roli-Ann Nikagbatse, Leslie Jones, Michelle Parker, Rachel Hammond, Egle Smigelskaite, Rebecca Lightfoot, Alexandria Bream and Molly Frazee combined for 55 points in a 97-27 win over Columbia Union. • Liberty's three point guards (Reagan Miller, Emily Frazier and Sadalia Ellis) combined for 15 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists, only 4 turnovers and 5 steals in 40 minutes on Friday.
Previewing the Liberty-Sacred Heart Matchup • This will be the first-ever meeting between Liberty and Sacred Heart, marking the Lady Flames' third straight first-time opponent to begin the season. • Both teams are coming off of seasons in which they won their conference regular-season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament (Liberty – Big South, Sacred Heart – NEC). • Liberty has played in 14 of the last 16 NCAA Tournaments, while Sacred Heart has appeared in three of the last seven. • Both teams are ranked in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, with Sacred Heart at No. 18 and Liberty at No. 20. • This will be Liberty's first game against a team from Connecticut since Nov. 28, 2008, when Liberty lost to Hartford by a 46-39 score at the George Washington Thanksgiving Classic. Brittany Campbell scored a career-high 11 points that day. • Sacred Heart point guard Ericka Norman, who set a Vines Center record with 13 assists against Sam Houston State on Friday, ranked No. 14 nationally in assists last season, with 6.0 apg. • Sacred Heart and Liberty scored their points in very different ways on Friday. The Pioneers got 56 of their 66 points from three players (Gabrielle Washington, Morgan Merriman and Kiley Evans) and only four bench points. Meanwhile, seven different Lady Flames scored between 6-13 points and the bench contributed 49 points. • In a related note, all five of the Pioneers' starters played 29 or more minutes on Friday. Conversely, the Lady Flames saw only two players (Devon Brown and Tolu Omotola) log more than 20 minutes. • Liberty will be seeking its 10th straight win at the Vines Center.
A Closer Look at the Lady Flames #1 LaKendra Washington • 5 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 2-5 FG, 1-3 3FG in 11 minutes Friday • Washington now has 53 career three-pointers and needs three more to pass Laura Rollyson for 18th place in program history.
#3 Sadalia Ellis • 3 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 turnover, 1 steal, 1-4 FG, 0-1 3FG, 1-2 FT in 11 minutes Fri. • Ellis' three points were the first of her collegiate career. • She single-handedly matched Grambling State's team assist total with a team-high seven helpers. • Her seven assists were the most ever by a Lady Flame in a Preseason WNIT game, breaking the mark of six held by Daina Staugaitiene and Rachel McLeod.
#4 Ellee Rollins • 1 rebound, 0-1 FG in 1 minute Friday • Friday's action marked her 2012-13 season debut.
#5 Reagan Miller • 2 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 1 turnover, 2 steals, 1-4 FG, 0-3 3FG in 15 minutes Friday • She scored her first points of the 2012-13 season during the second half of Friday's contest. • Miller has now played 33 total minutes in two games, after averaging 32.9 minutes per game in 2011-12. • Miller has started all 35 games of her career to date.
#10 Jaymee Fisher-Davis • 7 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 3-8 FG, 1-5 3FG in 13 minutes Friday • Her seven points were the first tallies of her collegiate career.
#11 Julia Winn • No stats in 2 minutes Friday • She made her collegiate debut during the second half of Friday's game.
#21 Emily Frazier • 10 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 2 steals, 4-7 FG, 2-3 3FG in 14 minutes Friday • The 10 points, which all came during the first half, were Frazier's first points of the season. • It was Frazier's first double-digit scoring effort since March 11, 2011, when she posted 10 points against Coastal Carolina in the Big South Championship quarterfinals at High Point.
#22 Tolu Omotola • 13 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block, 3 steals, 6-6 FG, 1-1 FT in 20 minutes Friday • Omotola led the Lady Flames in both points and steals on Friday. • It was the first time in her Liberty career that she had made at least five field goals in a game without a miss. • The Lady Flames improved to 22-2 in her career when she scores in double figures. • Omotola is now tied with Missy Roberts for 43rd place on Liberty's career scoring list with 560 points. She needs 12 points to pass Molly Frazee for the 42nd spot. • Omotola moved up to 32nd place on the Lady Flames' career rebounding list on Friday and now has 424 career boards.
#24 Jasmine Gardner • 3 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1-5 FG, 1-2 FT in 19 minutes Friday • Gardner shared the team lead in rebounds for the second straight game and leads the team with 8.0 rpg for the season.
#30 Brittany Campbell • 4 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 2 steals, 2-5 FG, 0-1 3FG in 15 minutes Friday • Friday's game marked the first time Campbell had ever started at the Vines Center. Her previous two starts came on the road.
#32 Terika Lunsford • 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 0-2 FG in 11 minutes Friday
#34 Katelyn Adams • 8 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks, 3-5 FG, 2-5 FT in 15 minutes Friday • She has been an efficient player off of the bench through the first two games of the 2012-13 season. In 30 minutes of playing time, she has 16 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocked shots.
#40 Devon Brown • 10 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 4-13 FG, 2-4 3FG, 0-1 FT in 26 minutes Friday • Brown passed Moriah Frazee for eighth place on Liberty's career rebounding list on Friday and has now pulled down 607 boards in her four years. • Brown is now tied with Daina Staugaitiene for fifth place on Liberty's career list with 106 made three-pointers, after hitting a pair of them on Friday. • Brown has scored 1,470 career points and needs six more to move into 19th place on the Big South career scoring list. • Brown saw her consecutive streak of made free throws halted at 10 on Friday.
#44 Catherine Kearney • 6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 blocked shot, 2-3 FG, 2-2 FT in 10 minutes Friday • Kearney made a successful 2012-13 debut on Friday after sitting out the season opener at Duquesne.
#55 Ashley Rininger • 10 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, 1 steal, 4-9 FG, 0-1 3FG, 2-2 FT in 17 min. Friday • Rininger scored in double figures for the first time in her career against Grambling State. • She also tied for the team lead with eight rebounds.
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