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WBB Game Day Central: High Point

February 21, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Ashley Rininger returned from injury to contribute eight points and six rebounds to Liberty's 56-43 home win over High Point on Jan. 30.

Ashley Rininger returned from injury to contribute eight points and six rebounds to Liberty's 56-43 home win over High Point on Jan. 30.

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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: Jamie Hall

Today's Game
Liberty (15-10, 12-4 Big South) will aim to snap a rare two-game Big South losing streak Tuesday, when the Lady Flames travel to High Point (10-15, 9-7 Big South). Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Millis Center for the 50th all-time hardwood meeting between the Lady Flames and Panthers. 

The "Starting Five" - Liberty's Top Storylines
1) Liberty has lost back-to-back conference games for just the second time in Carey Green's 17 seasons as head coach and will try to avoid its first three-game Big South losing streak since the 1995-96 season. Conversely, High Point is coming off of back-to-back conference victories.

2) A Liberty victory would enable the Lady Flames to clinch a first-round bye for the Big South Women's Basketball Championship, seal their 20th straight winning season and complete a regular-season sweep of High Point. 

3) High Point is averaging 80.3 ppg over its last three games. Meanwhile, the Lady Flames have held seven straight opponents below the 60-point mark, including their 56-43 win over the Panthers, Jan. 30 at the Vines Center.

4) Katelyn Adams is averaging 9.1 ppg and 10.9 rpg during her last nine outings, including a game-high 11 points and seven boards against High Point on Jan. 30.

5) Ashley Rininger made a successful return from injury against the Panthers on Jan. 30, recording eight points and six rebounds in just 14 minutes of action. She also averaged 15.3 ppg and 12.0 rpg during Liberty's three wins over High Point last season.

Liberty vs. High Point at a Glance
Series History
Series Record:
Liberty leads, 36-13.
Current Streak: Liberty has won four consecutive meetings.
Series Record at High Point: Liberty leads, 16-6.
Current Streak at High Point: Liberty won the most recent meeting.
Last Meeting Overall: Liberty 56, High Point 43 (Jan. 30, 2016 at Liberty)
Last Meeting at High Point: Liberty 58, High Point 41 (Jan. 31, 2015)
High Point's Last Series Victory: High Point 94, Liberty 89 (2OT) (Jan. 30, 2014 at LU)
High Point's Last Series Victory at Home: High Point 75, Liberty 70 (Dec. 30, 2013)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 398-138 (17th Season) 
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. High Point: 32-10

High Point Head Coach: DeUnna Hendrix
Overall Record (Seasons): 69-51 (Fourth Season) 
Record at High Point (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 3-5

Notes and Anecdotes
• Liberty will be seeking its second win over High Point in 25 days, after recording a 56-43 victory over the Panthers at the Vines Center on Jan. 30. Ashley Rininger made a successful return from injury with eight points and six rebounds, while Katelyn Adams added a team-high 11 points and seven boards for the Lady Flames. Liberty limited High Point to 15 first-half points and 29.8 percent field goal shooting for the game.

• Tuesday's game will mark the 50th all-time meeting between the Lady Flames and Panthers, in a series which began on Dec. 3, 1983. 

• The Panthers are coming off of back-to-back victories and are averaging 80.3 ppg over their last three outings. Meanwhile, Liberty has held seven consecutive opponents below 60 points, including High Point's 43-point outing at the Vines Center on Jan. 30.

• The road team has won 10 of the last 14 Liberty-High Point contests played at either the Vines Center or the Millis Center. 

• Nine of the last 14 matchups between Liberty and High Point have been decided by single digits, including a pair of overtime contests.

• Kaylah Keys, a 5-5 junior guard, paces the Big South with 14.9 ppg this season. She is also the leading active scorer among conference players with 1,393 career points. Keys has been limited to 7.0 ppg during her last four meetings with Liberty.

On This Date
Liberty is 7-2 all-time on Feb. 23, including 1-0 against High Point. Megan Frazee (26 points, 14 rebounds) and Courtney Watkins (15 points) led the Lady Flames to a 78-68 triumph at the Millis Center on Feb. 23, 2008. Jurica Hargraves paced the Panthers with 19 points.

What's at Stake?
A Liberty victory at High Point would accomplish a few different things.

• It would clinch a first-round bye for the Lady Flames at the Big South Women's Basketball Championship.

• It would clinch Liberty's 20th consecutive winning season.

• It would bring Carey Green to within one win of 400 for his 17-year coaching career. 

Bouncing Back
Liberty has lost back-to-back Big South games for just the second time in Carey Green's 17 seasons as head coach. The only previous occasion came on Jan. 30, 2014 (High Point) and Feb. 1, 2014 (Campbell).

The Lady Flames have never dropped three straight Big South contests under Green's direction. The last time Liberty lost three games in a row to Big South foes came at the end of the 1995-96 season (Feb. 17-March 7, 1996), when the Lady Flames lost five consecutive Big South matchups.

There's Something About Tuesday
Liberty is 4-0 in Tuesday games this season and has won seven consecutive Tuesday tilts since a 63-58 loss at Winthrop on Jan. 20, 2015.

A Look Back at the Lady Flames' 58-51 Loss to Coastal Carolina
• For the second consecutive game, Liberty made a furious second-half comeback before falling short in the end, Saturday at the Vines Center.

• The Lady Flames trimmed an 18-point halftime deficit to four, but Coastal Carolina hung on for a 58-51 victory, snapping a 45-game losing streak to Liberty with its first win over the Lady Flames since Feb. 19, 1996.

• Liberty, which held Coastal Carolina to 16 second-half points, pulled to within 55-51 on Candice Leatherwood's layup with 1:50 remaining. 

• However, the Lady Flames missed their last six field goal attempts and their last three free throws.

• Despite career highs in points (11) and rebounds (7) for Leatherwood, Liberty fell to 15-10 overall and 12-4 in the Big South. 

• Coastal Carolina improves to 10-15 overall and 5-11 in conference play after snapping the second longest active losing streak against a conference opponent in NCAA Division I women's basketball.

• The Chanticleers, who hit 10 triples and forced 25 Liberty turnovers, were led by the trio of Ced Gibson (20 points, six assists), Nicole Isaacs (16 points, five rebounds, four steals) and Kennedy Archer (career-high 14 points).

• Coastal Carolina, the Big South leader in steals, came up with 13 thefts on the afternoon and scored 28 points off of Liberty's 25 turnovers.

Winning the Battle of the Boards
Liberty has outrebounded 21 of 25 opponents this season, including 12 in a row. The Lady Flames have climbed to No. 14 nationally for rebounding, through games of Feb. 20.

The Container is Half Full
The Lady Flames are 104-1 under head coach Carey Green when making at least 50 percent of their field goals, including 4-0 this season. Liberty has won the last 31 times it has shot 50 percent or better, since an 83-77 loss to Kentucky in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship (March 20, 2010).

The Container is Half Empty
Liberty had held 69 straight opponents below 50 percent shooting from the field before No. 16/15 California shot 51.9 percent (28-of-54) against the Lady Flames on Nov. 28 in Las Vegas. Most recently, the Lady Flames' last 16 foes have each been held below the 50 percent mark.

Player Trends
#1 Mickayla Sanders

• Has hit a three-pointer in 13 straight games, including a pair during Saturday's matchup with Coastal Carolina that made her the 11th Lady Flame with 100+ career three-pointers

#2 Candice Leatherwood
• Set career highs for points (11) and rebounds (7), while tying her career high of two steals, Saturday versus Coastal Carolina

• Hit five-of-six free throws during the final 2:29 of a Jan. 24 victory at Longwood. Leatherwood has recorded the most free throw attempts among the Lady Flames during the final 5:00 of games this season, going 19-of-29 for 65.5 percent in those situations.

#3 Sadalia Ellis
• Celebrated her 22nd birthday on Monday (Feb. 22)

• Has made 14 of her 16 free throw attempts (87.5 percent) during the last five games

#5 Stephanie Patton
• Father, Steve Patton, played baseball at High Point

• Celebrated her 19th birthday on Saturday (Feb. 20)

#10 Jaymee Fisher-Davis
• Has made multiple three-pointers in 11 of 25 games this season

• Has hit 34 of her last 36 free throw attempts, boosting her career free throw percentage to 88.4

• 76.4 percent (113 of 148) of her career made field goals have been three-pointers

#23 Brooke Alexander
• Averaging 4.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.3 apg and a team-high 1.4 spg since joining the starting lineup, helping Liberty go 8-2 in those games

• Has recorded a 34-to-23 assist-to-turnover ratio over the last 13 games

#30 KK Barbour
• During the last five games, Barbour has totaled 21 points and 14 rebounds in 48 total minutes played, shooting 57.1 percent (8-of-14) from the field.

#34 Katelyn Adams
• Averaging 9.1 ppg and 10.9 rpg over her last nine contests

• Recorded three straight double-doubles between Feb. 1-9 and has four in her last eight games, giving Adams five double-doubles for the season and 14 for her career

• Adams has tallied six or more rebounds in 21 of 25 games in 2015-16, including 11 10+-rebound efforts. She leads the team in rebounding and ranks third in the Big South.

• Has appeared in 123 consecutive games to start her collegiate career

#44 Catherine Kearney
• Has scored in double figures in four of nine career matchups with High Point and is shooting 59.1 percent (26-of-44) for her career versus the Panthers

• Has hit 34 of her last 38 free throw attempts (89.5 percent), including a streak of 15 in a row that was snapped on Feb. 13 at UNC Asheville

#55 Ashley Rininger
• Averaged 15.3 ppg and 12.0 rpg during Liberty's three victories over High Point last season and made a successful return from injury against the Panthers on Jan. 30, tallying eight points, six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals in just 14 minutes