Lady Flames basketball begins

After playing their first game on the road against UNC-Greensboro, the Lady Flames basketball squad will return home to compete in their first of 14 home games on Nov. 15 against the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams.

“We’re excited to be able to play at home,” Lady Flames head coach Carey Green said. “We’re going to begin on the road so it’s always difficult. To come back home, we’ll have different challenges that will be more about our own personal emotions. You finally get home with all your friends and fans. You’ll probably have to check your emotions a bit more to keep them intact.”

The Lady Flames and Lady Rams met previously last season resulting in a close game where the Lady Flames won 59-57 on the Rams’ home court.

“I think that our opponents are very good,” Green said. “VCU has two players that are recognized nationally. They are very worthy of accolades.”

Andrea Barbour and Courtney Hurt have led the Rams during the 2010-11 season, according to Senior forward Hurt scored 26 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in their last meeting. She averaged 23.2 points per game for the season, ranking her second in the NCAA for scoring. She also led the nation in rebounding and double-doubles.

Redshirt senior guard Barbour, who did not appear in last year’s meeting, finished the 2010-11 season averaging 16.3 points per game.

“They’re two different types of individuals,” Green said. “But it will be more about can we execute from a solid perspective offensively and defensively. We’re just going to try to play our game.”

The Lady Flames will battle against the strength of the Rams as they have returned nine players from last year’s roster.

“Last year, beating VCU at VCU was a big win for us,” Coach Green said. “I’m sure they’ll come in with a revenge factor.”

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