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WBB Game Day Central: No. 16/15 California

November 27, 2015  Las Vegas, Nev.  RSS
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Jaymee Fisher-Davis scored nine points against Ohio State on Friday.

Jaymee Fisher-Davis scored nine points against Ohio State on Friday.

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Liberty's Tournament Notes

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Game Time:
5:15 p.m. Eastern

Radio Coverage:
Liberty Flames Sports Network – Radio
WQLU 90.9 FM The Light
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Jamie Hall

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

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 385-131 (17th Season) 
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. California: 0-0

California Head Coach: Lindsay Gottlieb
Overall Record (Seasons): 163-74 (Eighth Season)
Record at California (Seasons): 107-35 (Fifth Season)
Record vs. Liberty: 0-0

Matchup Notes
• Liberty will face No. 16/15 California in a matchup between teams looking to bounce back from Friday defeats. The Lady Flames dropped a 75-65 contest to No. 11/14 Ohio State, following the Golden Bears' 75-58 setback to No. 10/9 Texas A&M.

• Liberty is looking to avoid going 0-2 at its second straight in-season tournament. The Lady Flames lost to Minnesota and then No. 1/1 South Carolina at the Subway Classic, Dec. 20-21, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minn.

• The Lady Flames will be facing California for the first time in women's basketball.

• Liberty is 0-2 all-time versus Pac-12 opponents, including a 94-76 loss at Washington on Dec. 19, 1998 and a 62-55 setback to UCLA in East Lansing, Mich., on Nov. 16, 2001.

• Cal won its only previous meeting with a Big South foe, defeating Radford 73-50 on Nov. 18, 2005.

• Liberty is 2-2 all-time versus teams from California, with wins over Long Beach State and UC Riverside and losses to Fresno State and UCLA. The Lady Flames have never played a game in the state of California though.

• Liberty is facing a Top 25 opponent for the second straight day. The Lady Flames have recorded four all-time Top 25 victories, with the most recent being an 88-79 triumph over No. 16/16 DePaul in the second round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament (March 22, 2005). That also marked the highest-ranked team Liberty has ever defeated.

• The Lady Flames need a win to avoid their first four-game losing streak since starting the 2013-14 season at 0-4.

• Cal fifth-year head coach Lindsay Gottlieb spent three years (2002-03 through 2004-05) as an assistant coach at Richmond. The Spiders went 3-0 versus Liberty during her time on staff.

• Cal assistant Kai Felton played college basketball at Randolph-Macon Woman's College (now Randolph College), located across the town of Lynchburg from Liberty.

• Liberty director of operations Sarah Boruta worked on Stanford's staff for three seasons (2008-09 through 2010-11). Stanford was 6-1 versus rival Cal during that time.

• Liberty will look to record a win over a power conference opponent for the second straight Nov. 28. The Lady Flames defeated Penn State 80-68 on Nov. 28, 2014 at the GSU Thanksgiving Tournament in Atlanta, Ga.

• Including the Cal game, Liberty's first six opponents this season have boasted a combined record of 12-4 at the time of the matchup.

• Saturday's game will mark the Lady Flames' final tuneup for the start of their 20-game Big South Conference schedule. Liberty will tip off defense of its regular-season conference title Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Gardner-Webb in Boiling Springs, N.C.

A Look Back at Liberty's 75-65 Loss to No. 11/14 Ohio State
• Liberty led No. 11/14 Ohio State by as much as five and held a 61-60 lead after Audrey Rettstatt's three-pointer with 7:29 to play in the fourth quarter, Friday afternoon.

• Ohio State then held the Lady Flames to 2-of-11 from the field and forced six turnovers during a decisive 15-4 game-ending run.

• Liberty lost its third straight game despite shooting 49.1 percent (26-of-53) from the field, outrebounding Ohio State by 11 (42-31) and getting productive afternoons from starting post players Ashley Rininger (18 points, six rebounds) and Catherine Kearney (season-high 11 points, eight rebounds).

• The Lady Flames were undone by a season-high 29 turnovers, which led to 37 of the Buckeyes' points.

• Liberty shot just 53.3 percent (8-of-15) from the free throw line and is now shooting 63.2 percent this season after making a program-record 74.5 percent from the foul line in 2014-15.

• The Lady Flames have now held 69 straight opponents below 50 percent shooting from the field, after Ohio State made 40.3 percent (25-of-62) of its field goals on Friday.

• Liberty matched their season high with 36 points in the paint and tallied 23 bench points. The Lady Flames' reserves have outscored their opponents' bench players, 67-25, during the last three games.

• Ten different Lady Flames scored points and 13 players got into the game.

Individual Notes
#1 Mickayla Sanders
• Dressed for the first time in 2015-16 on Friday, but has yet to make her season debut

• Will celebrate her 21st birthday on Monday

#2 Candice Leatherwood
• Made 2-of-4 free throws on Friday and is now shooting 63.2 percent (12-of-19) this season after making 75 percent (24-of-32) of her foul shots last season

• 60 percent (12 of 20) of her points this season have come at the free throw line.

#3 Sadalia Ellis
• Paced the Lady Flames in assists (6) and steals (4) on Friday versus Ohio State

• Has recorded 15 steals during the season's first five games

• Played a season-low 24 minutes before fouling out for the first time this season and the fifth time in her career

#4 Tatyana Crowder
• Recorded her first collegiate assist on Friday

#10 Jaymee Fisher-Davis
• Came off the bench for the first time this season on Friday and scored nine points, highlighted by two triples

• Has now made two or more three-pointers in four of this season's first five games, totaling a team-high nine triples for the season and 88 for her career

• During the third quarter, missed a free throw for the first time since her freshman season (March 10, 2013) and snapped her program-record streak at 26 foul shots made in a row

#12 Audrey Rettstatt
• Made her first career start on Friday

• Hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 7:29 to play in the fourth quarter, giving her as many triples in the last two games (2) as she had made during her career before Monday

• Her three assists on Friday give her seven helpers in the last two games.

#20 Sheana Vega
• Made her first career start on Friday

• Went 2-of-3 at the foul line and has now made three of her last four tries after starting the season 1-of-7

#21 Mikal Johnson
• Came off the bench for the first time this season on Friday and hit her 90th collegiate three-pointer

• Missed both of her free throws and is now shooting just 33.3 percent (3-of-9) from the foul line after making 75.7 percent of her free throws during two seasons at Rider

#23 Brooke Alexander
• Made her first collegiate three-pointer on Friday, beating the halftime buzzer and igniting an 11-0 Liberty run that spanned both halves.

#30 KK Barbour
• Matched her season high of three rebounds in just seven minutes of action on Friday

#34 Katelyn Adams
• Pulled down seven rebounds on Friday, marking the fourth time in five games that she has collected at least six boards

• Moved into 11th place on Liberty's career rebounding list with 608 boards. She needs 18 more rebounds to overtake Sharon Wilkerson for 10th place.

#40 Molly Reagan
• Has grabbed one rebound in each of her three collegiate games, including Friday, but is still seeking her first collegiate point

#44 Catherine Kearney
• Made all four of her field goals and three of her four free throws for a season-high 11 points on Friday, including eight after halftime

• Also tied her season high of eight rebounds versus Ohio State

#55 Ashley Rininger
• Scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed six rebounds on Friday

• Has led the Lady Flames in scoring in four of this season's first five games

• Has scored in double figures in 12 straight games, dating back to last season

• Climbed to eighth place on Liberty's all-time scoring list with 1,190 career points