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March 12, 2016  Asheville, N.C.  RSS
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Mickayla Sanders is averaging 17.0 ppg in her last four meetings with Radford.

Mickayla Sanders is averaging 17.0 ppg in her last four meetings with Radford.

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Game Time:
4 p.m.

TV Coverage:
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Mike Hogewood
Color Commentator: Kelley Deyo

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

Game No. 31 – Big South Women's Basketball Championship Semifinal
No. 2 seed Liberty (19-11) vs. No. 3 seed Radford (18-12)
March 12, 2016 – 4 p.m. – Kimmel Arena (Asheville, N.C.)

Series History
Series Record:
Liberty leads, 41-24.
Current Streak: Liberty has won 11 consecutive meetings.
Series Record in Big South Championship: Series tied, 3-3.
Current Streak in Big South Championship: Liberty has won two consecutive meetings.
Last Meeting Overall: Liberty 67, Radford 53 (Feb. 7, 2016 at Liberty)
Last Meeting in Big South Championship: Liberty 70, Radford 52 (March 12, 2010)
Radford's Last Series Victory: Radford 62, Liberty 53 (Jan. 17, 2011 at Liberty)
Radford's Last Victory in Big South Championship: Radford 57, Liberty 55 (March 9, 2007)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 402-139 (17th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Radford: 34-4

Radford Head Coach: Mike McGuire
Overall Record (Seasons): 42-49 (Third Season)
Record at Radford (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 0-6

Series Notes and Anecdotes
• Saturday's game will mark the 66th all-time meeting between Liberty and Radford. The Highlanders are Liberty's most common opponent in program history.

• Liberty has won 11 straight head-to-head matchups with Radford and 19 of its last 20 meetings with the Highlanders.

• Three of Liberty's eight all-time losses in the Big South Women's Basketball Championship have come at the hands of Radford. No other Big South team has defeated Liberty as often in the conference tournament.

• Liberty is 1-2 against Radford in Big South semifinal contests, with its lone victory coming in 2004. Radford defeated the Lady Flames in the semifinal round in both 1993 and 2007.

• Radford's 2007 semifinal victory over Liberty came by a 57-55 score on Kelli Darden's bank shot as the final buzzer sounded, at Asheville's Justice Center. The Highlanders' most recent Big South Championship victory over the Lady Flames snapped Liberty's streak of 10 consecutive Big South titles.

• The following year, Liberty and Radford squared off in the Big South Championship at the Justice Center once again. This time, Megan Frazee's game-winning shot gave the Lady Flames a 66-65 triumph in the 2008 title game.

• Either Liberty or Radford has appeared in 28 of the first 29 Big South Championship title games in conference history, and that trend is guaranteed to continue this season. However, 2008 marked the only time the Lady Flames and Highlanders have faced each other in the championship game.

• The most recent Liberty-Radford clash in the Big South Championship happened exactly six years ago today. Devon Brown's 23 points and eight rebounds pushed Liberty past Radford, 70-52, in the 2010 quarterfinals at the Millis Center in High Point, N.C.

• Liberty graduate assistant Joyous Tharrington played two seasons at Richmond (2008-09 and 2009-10), during which time Radford head coach Mike McGuire was an assistant coach for the Spiders.

2015-16 Matchup #1
Jan. 2, 2016 – Liberty 49, Radford 43 – Dedmon Center (Radford, Va.)

Mickayla Sanders scored 19 of her season-high 21 points after halftime, including 13 in the third quarter leading Liberty past Radford, 49-43.

Sadalia Ellis added 12 points, including a three-pointer with 2:56 remaining which put the Lady Flames in front for good.

• Lydia Rivers fashioned her first career double-double (13 points, 12 rebounds) for Radford, but the Highlanders saw their 13-game home winning streak halted.

• Radford outrebounded Liberty, 37-28.

• Liberty won when scoring fewer than 50 points for the first time since Dec. 30, 2008 at Virginia Tech.

2015-16 Matchup #2
Feb. 7, 2016 – Liberty 67, Radford 53 – Vines Center (Lynchburg, Va.)

• Playing on Super Bowl Sunday, Liberty put four players in double figures, including Ashley Rininger (16 points), Sadalia Ellis (12 points), Mickayla Sanders (12 points) and Katelyn Adams (10 points, 11 rebounds, 4 blocks).

• The Lady Flames shot 51 percent (26-of-51) for the game, including 63.6 percent (14-of-22) after halftime, and won the rebounding battle, 40-23.

• Aisha Foy scored 10 of her team-high 14 points during the second half for Radford.

Big South Championship Notes
• Liberty has reached the Big South Championship semifinal round for the 20th consecutive year.

• The Lady Flames are 17-4 all-time in the Big South semifinals, with two of those losses coming to Radford.

• Liberty is 49-2 all-time in the Big South Championship when favored according to seed. However, one of the two losses came as the No. 2 seed in the 2014 semifinals, at the hands of the No. 3 seed (Winthrop).

• The Lady Flames have reached the Big South Championship title game in 14 of Carey Green's first 16 seasons as head coach, winning 13 titles.

Trends and Streaks
• Liberty is 4-2 all-time at Kimmel Arena, including 1-1 this season.

• The Lady Flames are 4-1 all-time on March 12, including a 70-62 loss to Radford in the 1993 Big South semifinals and a 70-52 win over Radford in the 2010 quarterfinals.

• Liberty is just 6-6 on Saturday this season, including losses in three of its last four Saturday tilts to end the year (Feb. 13 at Asheville, Feb. 20 vs. Coastal Carolina and March 5 vs. Presbyterian).

• Liberty needs one more victory to secure its ninth consecutive 20-win season and its 18th 20-win campaign in the last 20 years.

• Liberty is 4-1 against in-state opponents this season and is 14-1 in its last 15 games against Commonwealth foes.

• Liberty has held 21 straight opponents below 50 percent shooting from the field.

• The Lady Flames have outrebounded 17 consecutive opponents since losing the rebounding battle, 37-28, at Radford on Jan. 2. Liberty (+11.4 rebound margin) and Radford (+8.5) are the top two rebounding teams in the Big South this season.

• Liberty has scored more points in the paint than 14 consecutive opponents.

• The Lady Flames are 15-0 when tied or leading at halftime this season.

• Liberty is 4-0 when starting the lineup it used against Charleston Southern (Candice Leatherwood, Sadalia Ellis, Brooke Alexander, Catherine Kearney and Katelyn Adams). It is the most successful of the Lady Flames' 10 different starting lineups this season, by winning percentage.

A Look Back at Liberty's 68-53 Quarterfinal Victory Over Charleston Southern
• Liberty advanced to its 20th consecutive Big South Championship semifinal, thanks in large part to Catherine Kearney's double-double (17 points, career-high 14 rebounds) and a 55-22 rebounding advantage.

• The Lady Flames held CSU to 32 percent shooting (16-of-50) for the game, and it took the Buccaneers 9:34 to make their first field goal of the night.

• Liberty opened the game with a 15-4 lead, before Charleston Southern used an 11-0 run spanning the first two quarters to tie the score.

• The Lady Flames led 27-21 at halftime before breaking the game open with a 25-15 third-quarter advantage.

• All three of Liberty's three-pointers in the game came during the decisive third quarter.

• The Lady Flames led by as many as 23 points during the fourth quarter.

• Liberty set season highs for free throws made (25) and attempted (34).

• Liberty's +33 rebound margin established a season high, and the Lady Flames' 24 offensive boards led to 18 second-chance points. After halftime, Liberty pulled down 32 rebounds to Charleston Southern's seven.

• All 15 Lady Flames in uniform saw playing time, and Liberty totaled 24 bench points. No Lady Flame played more than Candice Leatherwood's 27 minutes.

Updated Player Notes
#1 Mickayla Sanders
• Sanders is averaging 17.0 ppg during her last four meetings with Radford, including a season-high 21 points at Radford on Jan. 2. Her career high of 22 points also came against the Highlanders, on Feb. 27, 2014 at the Dedmon Center.

• Sanders scored all seven of her points during a 2:00 stretch of the third quarter against Charleston Southern, marking her first points since Feb. 20 against Coastal Carolina.

• Sanders hit her 102nd career three-pointer on Friday. She needs two more to pass Elena Kisseleva for 10th place in program history, three to pass Sarah Wilkerson for ninth place and five to pass Daina Staugaitiene for eighth place.

#2 Candice Leatherwood
• Leatherwood played a team-high 27 minutes during Friday's victory over Charleston Southern.

• Liberty is 4-1 since Leatherwood took over as starting point guard at High Point on Feb. 23.

• She tied her career high of five assists against Radford on Feb. 7.

#3 Sadalia Ellis
• Ellis tallied 11 points against Charleston Southern on Friday.

• She has scored in double figures a team-high 15 times this season, including a pair of 12-point efforts against Radford.

• Ellis has reached double figures in the scoring column in three straight matchups with Radford, dating back to last season.

• Ellis ranks 19th in program history with 840 career points and needs seven points to pass Daina Staugaitiene for 18th place.

#10 Jaymee Fisher-Davis
• Fisher-Davis sits 13 points shy of 500 for her career.

#23 Brooke Alexander
• Alexander returned to the starting lineup on Friday after sitting out the regular-season finale against Presbyterian due to illness.

• Liberty is 12-2 with Alexander in the starting five this season.

#30 KK Barbour
• Barbour tied her career high of seven points and pulled down six rebounds in just 12 minutes on Friday.

• Barbour scored seven points during her lone appearance against Radford this season (Feb. 7), all of which came in the first half.

#32 Jordan Woods
• Woods hit two free throws during Friday's game for her first points since Jan. 24 against Longwood.

#34 Katelyn Adams
•  Adams pulled down five of her six rebounds after halftime on Friday, giving her 25 games of 6+ boards this season.

•  Adams made five consecutive free throws on Friday after missing her first three attempts of the night.

•  Friday's game marked Adams' 128th consecutive appearance to start her collegiate career. She is now in sole possession of second place on Liberty's career games played list. The program record of 132 career games played is held by Avery Warley (2008-12).

•  Adams notched a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds) against Radford on Feb. 7, part of a string of three straight double-doubles.

#44 Catherine Kearney
•  Kearney led the Lady Flames in both points (17) and rebounds (career-high 14) during Friday's victory over Charleston Southern.

•  She single-handedly matched CSU's rebounding total during the second half with seven boards.

•  Kearney has now recorded five double-doubles this season and eight for her career.

•  She has been limited to a total of eight points and eight rebounds in two meetings with Radford this season, playing just 29 total minutes against the Highlanders.

• Kearney passed Allyson Fasnacht for 35th place on Liberty's career scoring list on Friday, finishing with 688 career points. She needs 10 more to pass Trish Harris for 34th and 18 to pass Annetta Paraham for 33rd.

• Kearney jumped from 17th to 14th place on Liberty's career rebounding list on Friday, ending the contest with 594 career boards. She needs eight boards to pass Moriah Frazee for 13th place and 11 caroms to overtake Jasmine Gardner for 12th place.

#55 Ashley Rininger
• Rininger tallied six points and nine rebounds (seven offensive) against CSU on Friday.

• She needs five points to reach 100 for her career in Big South Championship contests.

• Rininger scored a team-high 16 points against Radford on Feb. 7 in just her third game back from injury. That is her largest scoring output in her 11 games since returning to action on Jan. 30.