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February 28, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Freshman Brooke Alexander, who made her first career start during the Jan. 16 matchup with Winthrop, scored a career-high 13 points during Saturday's win over Longwood.

Freshman Brooke Alexander, who made her first career start during the Jan. 16 matchup with Winthrop, scored a career-high 13 points during Saturday's win over Longwood.

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Liberty's Women's Basketball Game Notes

Game Time:
7 p.m.

Official Tipoff:
7:10 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 (17-10, 14-4 Big South) will travel to Winthrop (4-23, 3-15 Big South) for its final road game of the regular season, Tuesday evening. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Winthrop Coliseum as Liberty attempts to complete a regular-season sweep of the Eagles.

The "Starting Five" - Liberty's Top Storylines
1) With back-to-back victories, Liberty has moved into a tie with UNC Asheville for first place in the Big South standings at 14-4. So, the Lady Flames will be chasing their 16th Big South regular-season title and a chance at the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament this week. Meanwhile, Winthrop is currently tied with Longwood for 10th place in the conference standings at 3-15 and is looking to halt a four-game losing streak.

2) Liberty is just 2-2 during its last four visits to the Winthrop Coliseum, with one of those victories requiring overtime. All four of Winthrop's wins this season have come at home.

3) Freshman Brooke Alexander joined the Liberty starting lineup for the first time during the Lady Flames' 77-61 home win over Winthrop on Jan. 16, and the Lady Flames have gone 10-2 since then. Alexander scored a career-high 13 points during Saturday's victory over Longwood.

4) Mickayla Sanders is averaging 12.3 ppg against Winthrop for her career, including a team-high 14 points during Liberty's Jan. 16 victory over the Eagles.

5) Ashley Rininger missed Liberty's first matchup with Winthrop due to injury, but has since returned to action. Rininger has recorded a double-double each of the last times she has played against the Eagles.

Liberty vs. Winthrop at a Glance
Series History
Series Record:
Liberty leads, 48-10.
Current Streak: Liberty has won two consecutive meetings.
Series Record at Winthrop: Liberty leads, 18-8.
Current Streak at Winthrop: Winthrop won the most recent meeting.
Last Meeting Overall: Liberty 77, Winthrop 61 (Jan. 16, 2016 at Liberty)
Last Meeting at Winthrop: Winthrop 63, Liberty 58 (Jan. 20, 2015)
Winthrop's Last Series Victory: Winthrop 63, Liberty 58 (Jan. 20, 2015 at Winthrop)
Liberty's Last Series Victory at Winthrop: Liberty 77, WU 70 (OT) (Jan. 16, 2014)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 400-138 (17th Season) 
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Winthrop: 34-4

Winthrop Head Coach: Kevin Cook
Overall Record (Seasons): 113-113 (Eighth Season) 
Record at Winthrop (Seasons): 66-57 (Fourth Season) 
Record vs. Liberty: 2-6

Notes and Anecdotes
• Liberty set season highs for points (77) and three-pointers made (11) during a 77-61 victory over Winthrop, Jan. 16 at the Vines Center. Mickayla Sanders, who hit three triples, paced the Lady Flames' balanced scoring attack with 14 points. Erica Williams had a game-high 22 points for Winthrop, while Aliyah Kilpatrick contributed 18 points, six assists and six steals.

• Picked to finish second in the Big South preseason poll, Winthrop has been decimated by injuries. Preseason all-conference first team post players Schaquilla Nunn and Erica Williams have both been lost to season-ending foot injuries, and the Eagles are down to five healthy scholarship players.

• Redshirt junior guard Aliyah Kilpatrick, a teammate of Jaymee Fisher-Davis at Butler High School, has carried the scoring load for the short-handed Eagles. Kilpatrick, who has missed three games herself this season, averages a team-high 13.4 ppg and joined the 1,000-point club on Feb. 23.

• Liberty has lost two of its last four contests at the Winthrop Coliseum, including a 63-58 setback last season (Jan. 20, 2015), and one of its victories during the span came in overtime.

• With two games remaining, Winthrop is battling Longwood for the conference's No. 10 seed. Both teams are 3-15, but Longwood owns a pair of victories over the Eagles.

Liberty in March
All-Time Record in March:
Carey Green's Record in March: 59-19
Record This March: 0-0
Last Five March Records: 
2010-11 - 4-2
2011-12 - 4-1
2012-13 - 4-1
2013-14 - 2-1
2014-15 - 3-1
Note: Liberty has won eight straight regular-season games in March since a 58-53 loss at High Point on March 9, 2009.

On This Date
Liberty is 7-2 all-time on March 1, having won each of its last seven games played on this date. The Lady Flames captured their first-ever Big South title 19 years ago today, with an 89-82 victory over UNCG, March 1, 1997 at the Vines Center.

Chasing a Championship
Liberty enters the final week of the regular season tied with UNC Asheville for first place in the Big South standings at 14-4. If the Lady Flames win their final two regular-season contests, they will earn at least a share of their 16th Big South regular-season title in the last 19 years and second in a row.

Reaching Milestones
Carey Green, in his 17th season as Liberty's head coach, recorded win No. 400 for his career on Saturday. Here is a look at his milestone coaching victories.

#1 – Nov. 23, 1999 – 85-46 home win over North Carolina A&T
#100 – Jan. 17, 2004 – 69-58 win at Coastal Carolina
#200 – Jan. 19, 2008 – 82-53 win at Charleston Southern
#300 – Feb. 4, 2012 – 58-45 win at Campbell
#400 - Feb. 27, 2016 - 67-47 home win over Longwood

Green will reach another milestone later this month, celebrating his 60th birthday on March 31.

There's Something About Tuesday
Liberty is 5-0 in Tuesday games this season and has won eight consecutive Tuesday tilts since a 63-58 loss at Winthrop on Jan. 20, 2015.

A Look Back at the Lady Flames' 67-47 Win Over Longwood
• Liberty Head Coach Carey Green reached 400 career victories, Saturday afternoon at the Vines Center, thanks in large part to his primary coaching staples of rebounding and defense. 

• The Lady Flames enjoyed a +25 rebound margin and held Longwood to 25.4 percent field goal shooting in a 67-47 victory.

• Ashley Rininger (14 points), Brooke Alexander (career-high 13 points) and Katelyn Adams (season-high 12 points, nine rebounds) led the way offensively as Green improved to 400-138 in his 17th season with the Lady Flames.

• The Lady Flames' 20-point win marked their second largest margin of victory this season and boosted Liberty's all-time record against Longwood at the Vines Center to 7-0.

• Liberty shot 42.4 percent (28-of-66) for the game, aided by 38 points in the paint. The Lady Flames also converted a season-high 28 offensive rebounds into a season-best 23 second-chance points.

• The Lady Flames' final margin on the boards was 58-33 as they outrebounded their 14th consecutive opponent. Liberty also dished out a season-high 20 assists and blocked eight Longwood shots.

• Rininger's game-high 14 points came in just 20 minutes of action.

KK Barbour collected a game-high and career-high 10 rebounds in just 11 minutes off the bench.

Winning the Battle of the Boards
Liberty has outrebounded 23 of 27 opponents this season, including 14 in a row. The Lady Flames have climbed to No. 13 nationally for rebounding, through games of Feb. 27.

The Container is Half Full
The Lady Flames are 105-1 under head coach Carey Green when making at least 50 percent of their field goals, including 5-0 this season. Liberty has won the last 32 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 18 foes have each been held below the 50 percent mark.

Player Trends
#1 Mickayla Sanders

• Moved into the top 50 of Liberty's career scoring list with her team-high 14 points against Winthrop on Jan. 16 and is averaging 12.3 ppg against the Eagles during her career

#2 Candice Leatherwood
• Scored six points and dished out a career-high five assists during a Jan. 16 win over Winthrop

• Equaled her career high of seven rebounds during her second consecutive start at point guard, Saturday versus Longwood

#3 Sadalia Ellis
• Tied a career high with four three-pointers made on Jan. 16 versus Winthrop, accounting for her 12 points

#10 Jaymee Fisher-Davis
• Grew up in Charlotte and graduated from Butler High School, approximately 30 miles from the Winthrop Coliseum

• 76.9 percent (120 of 156) of her career made field goals have been three-pointers including 24 of her last 26 made field goals. Fisher-Davis ranks seventh in program history with 120 career three-pointers made.

#23 Brooke Alexander
• Made her first career start on Jan. 16 against Winthrop and equaled her season high for assists (team-high 6)

• Scored a career-high 13 points and dished out five assists during Saturday's win over Longwood

• Averaging 5.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.8 apg and a team-high 1.3 spg since joining the starting lineup, helping Liberty go 10-2 in those games

• Has recorded a 44-to-25 assist-to-turnover ratio over the last 15 games

#30 KK Barbour
• Celebrated her 19th birthday on Jan. 16 by returning to action and scoring four points against Winthrop

• Pulled down a game-high and career-high 10 rebounds in just 11 minutes against Longwood on Saturday

• During the last seven games, Barbour has totaled 27 points and 24 rebounds in 69 total minutes played.

#32 Jordan Woods
• Scored four points and pulled down a season-high four rebounds during a Jan. 16 victory over Winthrop

#34 Katelyn Adams
• Averaging 9.5 ppg and 10.5 rpg over her last 11 contests, including a season-high 12 points and nine boards in 20 minutes during Saturday's victory over Longwood

• Adams has tallied six or more rebounds in 23 of 27 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 125 consecutive games to start her collegiate career, putting her in a tie for third place on Liberty's career games played list

#44 Catherine Kearney
• Blocked a career-high five shots against Longwood on Saturday, the most by a Lady Flame this season

• Has hit 37 of her last 43 free throw attempts (86 percent), including a streak of 15 in a row that was snapped on Feb. 13 at UNC Asheville

#55 Ashley Rininger
• Missed the Jan. 16 matchup with Winthrop due to injury but has recorded double-doubles in each of her last five meetings with the Eagles

• Ranks No. 4 in program history for blocked shots (149) and double-doubles (35), No. 5 in rebounds (906) and No. 8 in points (1,309)