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December 26, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Katelyn Adams and the Lady Flames went 3-0 versus RaeChaun Edwards and Campbell last season.

Katelyn Adams and the Lady Flames went 3-0 versus RaeChaun Edwards and Campbell last season.

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Liberty's Women's Basketball Game Notes

Game Time:
7 p.m.

Video Streaming Coverage:
Big South Network

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

Today's Game
Following a 10-day break from competition for Christmas, Liberty (4-7, 1-1 Big South) will return to action on Tuesday, with a Big South Conference tilt at Campbell (6-4, 1-0 Big South). Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. inside Gore Arena for a matchup between the Lady Flames and Camels, who are one of three remaining unbeaten teams in Big South play (also High Point and UNC Asheville).

The "Starting Five" - Liberty's Top Storylines
1) After going 3-6 during a daunting non-conference schedule, Liberty will now turn its full attention to defending its Big South regular-season and tournament titles. The Lady Flames will close the regular season with 18 straight Big South games.

2) Liberty, which has lost five straight games away from the Vines Center, is seeking its first road win since the Nov. 13 season opener at Appalachian State. Campbell is 16-3 at home since the start of the 2014-15 season, with one of those losses coming to Liberty.

3) Tuesday's contest will feature two of the Big South's top point guards in Liberty's Sadalia Ellis and Campbell's RaeChaun Edwards. Both seniors rank among the conference's top five in both assissts and steals this season.

4) Mickayla Sanders, who grew up approximately 30 miles from Campbell in Clayton, N.C., has given Liberty a spark during her first three appearances this season. She has paced the Lady Flames in scoring twice and is averaging 9.3 ppg.

5) With Ashley Rininger sidelined for an extended period of time with a knee injury, Liberty will need Katelyn Adams and Catherine Kearney to step up. The duo combined for 27 points and 24 rebounds in Liberty's last game, versus Shepherd.

Liberty vs. Campbell At a Glance
Series History
Series Record:
Liberty leads, 16-13.
Current Streak: Liberty has won three consecutive meetings.
Series Record at Campbell: Campbell leads, 8-4.
Current Streak at Campbell: Liberty won the most recent meeting.
Last Meeting Overall: Liberty 71, Campbell 43 (March 7, 2015 at Coastal Carolina)
Last Meeting at Campbell: Liberty 64, Campbell 57 (Feb. 28, 2015)
Campbell's Last Series Victory: Campbell 61, Liberty 55 (OT) (Feb. 1, 2014 at CU)
Campbell's Last Series Victory at Home: Same

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 387-135 (17th Season) 
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Campbell: 9-2

Campbell Head Coach: Wanda Watkins
Overall Record (Seasons): 542-429 (35th Season) 
Record at Campbell (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 13-16

Notes and Anecdotes
• Liberty went 3-0 versus Campbell last season, including a 64-40 win at the Vines Center on Jan. 24, a 64-57 triumph in Buies Creek on Feb. 28 and a 71-43 victory in the Big South Championship semifinal round on March 7. Ashley Rininger averaged 17.7 ppg and 11.0 rpg in the three meetings, while shooting 65.8 percent (25-of-38) from the field.

• Liberty was the only Big South team to defeat Campbell at Gore Arena last season, and the Camels are 16-3 at home since the start of the 2014-15 campaign.

• Tuesday's game will be Campbell's first Big South game in four weeks and second conference tilt of the season. The Camels recorded an 83-70 victory at Coastal Carolina on Dec. 1, paced by RaeChaun Edwards' 21 points.

• Edwards, a 5-4 redshirt senior point guard, paces Campbell's lineup in scoring (12.9 ppg), assists (4.0 apg), steals (2.4 spg), three-pointers made (15) and three-point field goal percentage (42.9).

• Junior Amanda Coffer already owns the Campbell career record with 119 blocked shots.

• Wanda Watkins, in her 35th season as Campbell's head coach, is the longest-tenured active women's basketball coach in the Big South. Tuesday's game will mark the 30th time she has faced Liberty, and her teams are 13-16 in the previous 29 matchups with the Lady Flames.

On This Date
Liberty is 7-5 all-time on Dec. 29, including 1-0 in Big South games. The Lady Flames won their most recent Dec. 29 contest by a 90-57 count at Winthrop in 2012, led by Devon Brown's 32 points.

Down But Not Out
The Lady Flames got off to their worst start through 10 games (3-7) since the 2008-09 team also opened up 3-7. However, that is not necessarily a bad sign, as both Liberty teams to start 3-7 or worse under Carey Green have reached the NCAA Tournament.

After a 3-7 start, the 2008-09 Lady Flames finished 24-9 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

The 2000-01 Lady Flames went 18-12 and made the NCAA Tournament after a 2-8 beginning to the season.

Tough Time in Tight Games
Liberty is just 2-4 in games decided by 10 points or fewer this season, after going 9-4 in such contests last season.

One contributing factor could be the Lady Flames' performance at the foul line. Liberty is shooting 68.3 percent at the free throw line in 2015-16. Last season, the Lady Flames connected on a program-record 74.5 percent of their free throw attempts.

Shaking Things Up
Head Coach Carey Green has used six different starting lineups during this season's first 11 games, including a different combination in five of the last six outings.

Four Lady Flames (Jaymee Fisher-Davis, Candice Leatherwood, Audrey Rettstatt and Sheana Vega) have made their first career start this season, while Mikal Johnson has appeared in the starting lineup for the first time as a Lady Flame.

Nine different players have started this season and no one has started all 11 games.

A Look Back at the Lady Flames' 69-57 Win Over Shepherd
• Redshirt senior Catherine Kearney scored a career-high 20 points and tied her career high with 13 rebounds, leading the Lady Flames past Shepherd, 69-57, Dec. 19 at the Vines Center.

• Liberty was able to improve to 4-7 overall and close out its challenging regular-season non-conference schedule at 3-6, thanks in large part to a 57-28 rebounding advantage.

• The Lady Flames' advantage ballooned to a game-high 24 points (65-41) after Sadalia Ellis converted a nice feed from Mickayla Sanders into a layup with 4:39 remaining in the contest. The scrappy Rams closed the game on a 16-4 run, trimming the final margin to 12 points (69-57) in the first-ever hardwood clash between Liberty and Shepherd.

• After being outrebounded during back-to-back games, Liberty took full advantage of its size. The Lady Flames collected 22 offensive rebounds versus the Rams, whose tallest player stands 6-0.

• Kearney tracked down seven offensive boards and blocked two shots. Her 20 points, 14 of which came after halftime, shattered her previous career high of 14 tallies.

• Fellow starting post Katelyn Adams chipped in seven points and 11 boards for the Lady Flames.

It's Been a While
• Katelyn Adams pulled down 15 rebounds in consecutive games (Cal on Nov. 28 and Gardner-Webb on Dec. 2), becoming the first Lady Flame with back-to-back 15-board contests since Avery Warley (Dec. 30, 2008 and Jan. 3, 2009).

• Liberty lost to back-to-back opponents (Seton Hall and Duke) by 30+ points for the first time since Nov. 22 & 26, 2010 at Texas A&M and Baylor.

• After holding 69 straight opponents below 50 percent field goal shooting, Liberty has allowed three of its last six foes to make at least half of their field goal attempts.

• The Lady Flames have already been outrebounded as many times this season (3) as during the entire 2014-15 campaign.

• Liberty's 36-point loss (92-56) to Seton Hall on Dec. 12 was its largest margin of defeat in Vines Center history. The facility opened in 1990.