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WBB Game Day Central: Savannah State

November 29, 2013  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Simone Brown tied for the team lead with seven rebounds against Fresno State on Friday.

Simone Brown tied for the team lead with seven rebounds against Fresno State on Friday.

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Liberty's Complete Tournament Notes

12:04 p.m. vs. Savannah State at Seton Hall

Radio Coverage:
Provided by the Liberty Flames Sports Network (LFSN)

Broadcasting Station:
The Light (90.9 FM WWMC)

Liberty vs. Savannah State At a Glance
Series History
Series Record:
First meeting

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 338-115 (15th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Savannah State: 0-0

Savannah State Head Coach: Cedric Baker
Overall Record (Seasons): 150-228 (14th Season)
Record at Savannah State (Seasons): 95-199 (11th Season)
Record vs. Liberty: 0-0

Matchup Notes
• Liberty will look to avoid going winless at a tournament for the first time since finishing 0-2 at the Wolfpack Invitational, Nov. 12-13, 2010 in Raleigh, N.C.
• The Lady Flames are seeking their first win against an NCAA Division I opponent this season. Liberty's lone win of 2013-14 to date came against NCAA Division II Kutztown on Monday.
• Savannah State will be Liberty's fourth consecutive first-time opponent, following Saint Joseph's (Saturday), Kutztown (Monday) and Fresno State (Friday).
• Liberty will be playing its fourth game in eight days, wrapping up its longest road trip of the 2013-14 regular season.
• Meanwhile, Savannah State is in the midst of a stretch of 10 straight games away from home.
• Savannah State is 1-0 against Big South opponents this season, recording a 75-47 home win over Charleston Southern on Nov. 16.
• This will mark the 21st straight season Liberty has faced a MEAC opponent, dating back to the 1993-94 campaign.
• Head coach Carey Green was 19-0 against MEAC foes until the Lady Flames dropped three straight contests against the conference. Liberty will look to snap that streak and pick up its first win over a MEAC opponent since a 64-44 home win over North Carolina Central on Feb. 4, 2010.
• Free throw shooting is a major difference between the Lady Flames and Lady Tigers. Liberty shot 21-of-27 (77.8 percent) from the line on Friday, improving to 75.0 percent on the year. Meanwhile, Savannah State made 4-of-16 (25 percent) during Friday's contest and is now shooting 51.1 percent this season.

A Look Back at Liberty's 70-66 Loss to Fresno State
Reagan Miller's 12 second-half points helped Liberty trim a 14-point second-half deficit to two. However, reigning Mountain West champion Fresno State held on for a 70-66 win in the opening game of the Seton Hall Thanksgiving Classic.
Sadalia Ellis made a pair of free throws with 1:31 left, making it a one-possession game at 69-66. But Liberty did not score the rest of the way.
• Liberty outshot Fresno State from the field (40.4 percent to 38.5 percent) and free throw line (77.8 percent to 57.6 percent). The Bulldogs made their living from the three-point line, tying a season high with 11 triples.
• Liberty outrebounded Fresno State in the second half, 26-13, finishing with a 45-32 rebounding edge on the afternoon. The Lady Flames have now won the rebounding battle in four straight games, by an average of 20.3 rebounds/game.
• Miller helped the Liberty bench score a season-high 28 points.
• Fresno State scored 27 points off of Liberty's 24 turnovers. The Lady Flames have committed 20 or more turnovers in all six games this season.
• Liberty came up with a season-high 10 steals.

Individual Notes
#1 Mickayla Sanders
• Saturday is her 19th birthday.
• Friday's game marked her first collegiate contest without a made three-pointer, as Sanders went 0-2 from three-point range.
• She entered the Fresno State just 1-5 from the foul line this season, before going 2-3 against the Bulldogs.
• Her two steals marked a career high, and her four rebounds equaled a career high.

#3 Sadalia Ellis
• Ellis scored 10 points against Fresno State, marking her fifth double-digit scoring effort in six games this season after doing so just once in 2012-13.
• Her 32 minutes played set a new career high.
• She shot 6-of-6 from the free throw line and has now made eight straight foul shots.

#5 Reagan Miller
• Miller scored as many points during Friday's game (12) as she had all season entering the contest.
• All 12 of her points were scored during the second half.
• She came up with her first three steals of the season, leading the Lady Flames.
• She has now made 94 career three-pointers and needs two more to pass Genie Stinnett for 10th place in program history.
• She sits six points shy of 500 for her career.

#15 Simone Brown
• Brown tied for the team lead with seven rebounds and is now averaging 6.0 rpg in her last four contests.

#21 Emily Frazier
• Frazier scored nine points and is now averaging 9.8 ppg in the last three games after scoring only eight total points during the season's first three contests.
• She dished out a team-high four assists.
• Frazier made both of her three-point attempts, tying her career high for three-pointers made for the 15th time in her career.

#22 Tesh Hanson
• Hanson grabbed a career-high five rebounds on Friday.

#34 Katelyn Adams
• Adams shared the team lead with seven rebounds, marking her fifth game this season with seven or more boards.
• She blocked a season-high two shots.

#54 Ashley Rininger
• Will wear #54 on Saturday after wearing #55 on Friday
• Rininger had her streak of four straight double-doubles snapped on Friday but led the Lady Flames in scoring (14 points) and tied for the team lead in rebounding (7 boards).
• She has scored in double figures in all six games this season.
• Rininger pulled down five offensive rebounds and has grabbed five or more offensive caroms in four consecutive games.