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February 24, 2014  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Sadalia Ellis contributed 10 points, five assists and a career-high four steals to the Lady Flames' 70-49 home win over Radford on Dec. 7.

Sadalia Ellis contributed 10 points, five assists and a career-high four steals to the Lady Flames' 70-49 home win over Radford on Dec. 7.

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Complete Game Notes

Tip-Off Time:
7:07 p.m. at Radford

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

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

Video Streaming Coverage:
Big South Network (Free in 2013-14)

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

Broadcasting Station:
The Light (90.9 FM WWMC)

Today's Game
Liberty (17-10, 13-5 Big South) will play its next-to-last regular-season contest Thursday evening, when the Lady Flames travel across the Commonwealth to face Radford (7-20, 5-13 Big South). Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Dedmon Center, as the Lady Flames attempt to complete a regular-season sweep of the Highlanders.

The "Starting Five" - Today's Top Storylines
1) Liberty will look to keep its hopes for a Big South regular-season title alive with a victory. If the Lady Flames defeat Radford, they will move into a tie for second place in the conference standings, one game behind the winner of Thursday's High Point at Winthrop contest.

2) Both Liberty and Radford are trending in the right direction heading into the Big South Women's Basketball Championship. The Lady Flames have won three straight games and five of the last six outings. Meanwhile, Radford is 4-3 in its last seven contests.

3) The Lady Flames and Highlanders have been prominent fixtures throughout the history of the Big South Women's Basketball Championship, combining to win 24 of the tournament's 27 titles.

4) Three-point shooting could be important during Thursday's matchup. A stretch of eight straight made three-pointers keyed Liberty's victory over Winthrop on Saturday. Meanwhile, Radford's Ayana Avery ranks eighth nationally in three-pointers made.

5) Liberty's Ashley Rininger is the reigning Big South Player of the Week, garnering the honor for the third time this season. She played well against Radford on Dec. 7, totaling 18 points and a career-high 15 rebounds during Liberty's victory.

Liberty vs. Radford At a Glance
Series History
Series Record:
Liberty leads, 36-24.
Current Streak: Liberty has won six consecutive meetings.
Series Record at Radford: Liberty leads, 14-13
Current Streak at Radford: Liberty has won six consecutive meetings.
Last Meeting Overall: Liberty 70, Radford 49 (Dec. 7, 2013 at Liberty)
Last Meeting at Radford: Liberty 67, Radford 65 (Dec. 1, 2012)
Radford's Last Series Victory: Radford 62, Liberty 53 (Jan. 17, 2011 at Liberty)
Radford's Last Series Victory at Home: Radford 77, Liberty 54 (March 3, 2007)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach
: Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 354-120 (15th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Radford: 29-4

Radford Head Coach: Mike McGuire
Overall Record (Seasons): 7-20 (First Season)
Record at Radford (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 0-1

Notes and Anecdotes
• Liberty opened Big South play with a 70-49 home win over Radford on Dec. 7. Redshirt sophomore post players Katelyn Adams, Catherine Kearney and Ashley Rininger combined for 37 points, 34 rebounds and five blocked shots during the victory.

• Thursday's game will be the Lady Flames' first contest at the Dedmon Center in 15 months. Liberty played its 2012-13 Big South opener at Radford on Dec. 1, 2012, coming from behind for a 67-65 victory.

• Radford suffered a 15-game losing streak between Nov. 15 and Jan. 11 but has played better in recent weeks. The Highlanders are 4-3 in their last seven outings.

• Liberty has played Radford more often than any other opponent in program history. Thursday's meeting will be the 61st all-time matchup between the Commonwealth rivals.

• Liberty and Radford have combined to win 24 of the 27 Big South Championship titles all-time, including 15 for the Lady Flames and nine for the Highlanders.

• Junior guard Ayana Avery averages a team-high 14.6 ppg for the Highlanders and ranks eighth nationally with 85 three-pointers made.

• This is just the second 20-loss season in Radford history, following a 6-22 season in 2009-10.

Amazing Ashley
Redshirt sophomore forward/center Ashley Rininger earned her third Big South Player of the Week honor this season on Monday. She is the first conference player to win the award three times this year.

• Rininger won the award by notching double-doubles against UNC Asheville and Winthrop last week. She has now tallied a Big South-best 15 double-doubles in 2013-14, which is the most ever by a sophomore in program history.

• The only Lady Flames who have ever posted more than 15 double-doubles in a season are Katie Feenstra and Avery Warley, both of whom went on to play in the WNBA.

Competing Against the Commonwealth
Liberty will close out the regular season with road matchups against in-state foes Radford (Thursday) and Longwood (Saturday). The Lady Flames have won three consecutive games against Commonwealth opponents, improving to 3-2 versus in-state opposition this season.

Bombs Away!
Three-point shooting played a key role in Liberty's 80-69 victory over Winthrop on Saturday, as the Lady Flames made 9-of-16 triples for 56.3 percent. Liberty made an incredible eight straight three-point attempts to finish the opening half.

• With 146 three-pointers this season, the Lady Flames are within striking distance of the program single-season record of 173 triples set a year ago.

• Liberty is scorching the nets from beyond again the arc this season despite the fact that 102 of last year's triples were made by graduating seniors.

A Look Back at Liberty's 80-69 Win over Winthrop
• Liberty made eight consecutive three-point field goal attempts, turning an 11-point deficit into a 10-point halftime lead during Saturday evening's 80-69 home win over conference-leading Winthrop.

• The Lady Flames' second victory over the Eagles this season was Liberty's third straight win overall and their 22nd consecutive home win in the head-to-head series with Winthrop. It also snapped the Eagles' season-long seven game winning streak.

• The contest marked the third time this season that Liberty has won after trailing by 10 or more points, including the second time the Lady Flames have done so against Winthrop.

• Liberty pulled to within a game of Big South co-leaders Winthrop and High Point entering the final week of the regular season.

• The Lady Flames finished the regular season with a 10-3 home record, posting double-digit victories at the Vines Center for the 12th consecutive year.

• Winthrop entered the contest at No. 5 nationally in field goal percentage defense, but Liberty made 51 percent (26-of-51) of its field goal attempts and 56.3 percent (9-of-16) of its three-point tries. The Lady Flames are now 3-0 this season and 96-1 under head coach Carey Green when making 50 percent or more of their field goals in a game.

• For the 11th consecutive game, Liberty scored more bench points than its opponent. The Lady Flames' reserves racked up 31 points to Winthrop's two.

Katelyn Adams paced Liberty with a career-high 17 points, to go along with a career-best four steals and a career high-equaling three assists.

• Ashley Rininger posted her 15th double-double of the season, including 13 points and 11 rebounds. She scored all 13 of her points after halftime.

Jaymee Fisher-Davis scored 10 of her 13 points in the first half, highlighted by a four-point play. She tied her career high with four made three-pointers.

Youth Movement
Liberty boasts a youthful roster this season, featuring seven freshmen and five sophomores among its 16 players.

• Freshmen and sophomores are scoring 79.3 percent of Liberty's points, grabbing 78.6 percent of the Lady Flames' rebounds and playing 76.2 percent of the team's minutes during the 2013-14 campaign.

Close Calls
If past results are any indication, Thursday evening's contest could be a tight battle. Seven of Liberty's first eight Big South road games this season have been decided by 10 points or fewer, with three of those matchups requiring overtime. Additionally, the Lady Flames' last two visits to the Dedmon Center have been decided by an average of 5.0 ppg.

• Liberty has struggled in close games this season, going 0-6 in games decided by five points or fewer. The Lady Flames are 1-3 in overtime tilts.

Bench Bunch
Liberty has gotten a lift from its reserves in recent weeks, outscoring its opponent in bench points in 11 straight games. Most recently, the Lady Flames' non-starters outscored their counterparts from Winthrop, 31-2, during Saturday's victory.

• Two of Liberty's top five scorers this season are currently coming off of the bench, in Mickayla Sanders (9.3 ppg) and Sadalia Ellis (7.4 ppg).

The Container is Half Full
The Lady Flames are 3-0 this season and 96-1 under head coach Carey Green when making at least 50 percent of their field goals.

The Container is Half Empty
Since the start of the 2007-08 season, only seven teams have shot 50 percent against Liberty in 225 games, including none so far this season. By way of comparison, the Lady Flames have shot 50 percent 57 times during that span, including three times this year.