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WBB Game Day Central: Georgia State

November 28, 2014  Atlanta, Ga.  RSS
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Sadalia Ellis and the Lady Flames will face host Georgia State in the GSU Thanksgiving Tournament title game Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Sadalia Ellis and the Lady Flames will face host Georgia State in the GSU Thanksgiving Tournament title game Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

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Matchup Notes
• This will be the first-ever meeting between Liberty and Georgia State in women's basketball.

• It will be the Lady Flames' first matchup with a Sun Belt opponent since Nov. 29, 2008. That day, South Alabama defeated Liberty by a 65-61 score in the GW Thanksgiving Classic consolation game in Washington, D.C. Current Lady Flames assistant coach Brittany (Campbell) Hoyt scored 10 points off the bench as a freshman.

• Two Big South teams will be playing Sun Belt opponents on the road Sunday afternoon, as Radford plays at Appalachian State.

• Georgia State assistant coach Jeri (Wiley) Porter played two seasons at Liberty (1990-91 and 1991-92) and was an assistant coach for the Lady Flames for six years (1992-93 through 1997-98).

• Georgia State assistant coach Erin Batth played at Clemson while Liberty head coach Carey Green was an assistant there.

• Liberty will aim for its first regular-season tournament title since defeating Tulane and Navy to win the 2009 Navy Classic (Nov. 20-21, 2009, Annapolis, Md.)

• The Lady Flames are playing in the championship game of a regular-season tournament for the first time since Dec. 29, 2009, when they met Virginia in the title game of the Marriott Cavalier Classic in Charlottesville, Va.

• Liberty is looking to finish the month of November with a winning record for the first time since going 5-0 in November 2009.

• The Lady Flames are looking for their first true road win of 2014-15. Liberty is 0-1 on the road, with a 73-62 setback at Elon on Tuesday.

• For the third time in the last five games, Liberty is facing an undefeated opponent. The Lady Flames handed VCU its first loss of the season on Nov. 18 but lost to unbeaten Elon on Tuesday.

• Liberty will play on Sunday for the first time since March 24, 2013, when the Lady Flames lost to Purdue 77-43 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Louisville, Ky.

A Look Back at Liberty's 80-68 Win Over Penn State
• Sophomore Simone Brown scored 18 of her career-high 23 points during the second half, helping Liberty turn a nine-point deficit into an 80-68 win over Penn State, Friday afternoon at the GSU Sports Arena.

• Liberty was behind 37-28 early in the second half before turning things around with a 27-4 run. The Lady Flames hit five triples during the surge, including three by Brown.

• Liberty is now 2-0 all-time versus Penn State, as the Lady Flames also defeated the Lady Lions by a 78-70 margin during the first round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament in College Park, Md.

• In the second half, Liberty shot 57.7 percent (15-of-26) from the field, 85.7 percent (6-of-7) from three-point range and 80 percent (16-of-20) from the foul line.

• For the game, the Lady Flames set season highs for points (80), points in a half (52, 2nd half), three-pointers made (10) and free throw percentage (80 percent, 20-of-25).

• Liberty outrebounded its 12th straight opponent (38-35) and held its 36th consecutive opponent to below 50 percent from the field (Penn State shot 40 percent of 26-of-65).

• For the second time this season (also vs. Saint Joseph's), Liberty rallied from a nine-point deficit to win.

• Brown was Liberty's fourth different leading scorer in this season's first five games (also Karly Buer, Sadalia Ellis and Ashley Rininger).

Individual Notes
#1 Mickayla Sanders
• Sunday is her 20th birthday.

• Has missed the first five games of the season due to injury

#2 Candice Leatherwood
• Scoreless in three minutes against Penn State

• Shot 0-2 from the field (0-1 3FG) for the first missed shots of her collegiate career

#3 Sadalia Ellis
• 9 points, game-high 5 assists, season-high 3 steals and a block in 21 minutes against Penn State

• Needs 1 more assist to reach 200 for her career

• Ranks 3rd on the team with 3 blocked shots this season despite standing just 5-6

#4 Ellee Rollins
• 3 points, 2 rebounds in 7 minutes against Penn State

• Made a 3-pointer to cap off Liberty's decisive 27-4 run for her first points of the season and her second career made triple (in 12 attempts)

#10 Jaymee Fisher-Davis
• 6 points, 1 assist in 15 minutes against Penn State

• Shot 2-5 from three-point range on Friday after making just 2-15 during the season's first four games

#14 Karly Buer
• 13 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists in 25 minutes against Penn State

• Made her first start at Liberty and the 79th of her collegiate career, including 78 starts at Missouri State

• Liberty's leading scorer on the season (12.6 ppg)

• Scored in double figures for her fifth straight game to start the season

• The last Lady Flame to reach double digits in six or more games to start her Liberty career was Megan Frazee (eight straight) as a freshman in 2005-06.

#15 Simone Brown
• Career-high 23 points, 6 rebounds, career-high-equaling 3 steals, 1 block in career-high 34 minutes against Penn State

• More than doubled her previous career high of 10 points

• Made a career-high 5 three-pointers (previous high was 2), which was the most by a Lady Flame since Reagan Miller hit 5 against Charleston Southern on Feb. 11, 2012

• After making only 12 three-pointers as a freshman, is shooting 9-of-16 (56.3 percent) from beyond the arc through 5 games as a sophomore

• 18 of her points came after halftime, as she made 6-6 FG (4-4 3FG) and 2-2 FT

#21 Emily Frazier
• 4 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound in 16 minutes against Penn State

• Came off the bench, snapping a streak of 33 straight starts

• Has scored 535 career points, leaving her 11 shy of becoming one of the top 50 scorers in program history

#24 Jasmine Gardner
• 0 points, 2 rebounds in 11 minutes against Penn State

• Ranks No. 34 in program history with 437 career boards

#34 Katelyn Adams
• 6 points, season-high 11 rebounds, career-high-equaling 3 assists, season-high 2 steals, 1 block in season-high 29 minutes against Penn State

• 10th double-digit rebounding effort of her career (1st this season)

• Ranks No. 35 in program history with 432 career boards

#44 Catherine Kearney
• 3 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists in 10 minutes against Penn State

#55 Ashley Rininger
• 13 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 blocks in 29 minutes against Penn State

• Liberty's leading rebounder (10.2 rpg) on the season had a season-low eight rebounds on Friday.

• Ranks No. 27 in program history with 750 career points, 33 more than Georgia State assistant Jeri (Wiley) Porter scored during her Liberty career

• Ranks No. 18 in program history with 548 career rebounds

• Has blocked 93 shots in her career and needs three more rejections to pass Kristina Palaimaite (2001-04) for fifth place on the Lady Flames' career list