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Home Opener vs. Duke Highlights Non-Conference Slate

July 27, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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After playing host to Liberty last season, Duke will visit the Vines Center on Nov. 11, tipping off the Lady Flames' 2016-17 schedule.

After playing host to Liberty last season, Duke will visit the Vines Center on Nov. 11, tipping off the Lady Flames' 2016-17 schedule.

2016-17 Liberty Women's Basketball Non-Conference Schedule

Duke will visit the Vines Center for the first time on Nov. 11, providing an exciting opener to the Liberty women's basketball team's 11-game non-conference schedule for the 2016-17 season.

The Blue Devils are one of four 20-win teams on the Lady Flames' non-conference slate, and Liberty will face four squads which qualified for NCAA Division I postseason tournaments in 2015-16. Additionally, the Duke contest will mark the first of three early-season doubleheaders for Liberty's men's and women's basketball teams, along with Nov. 15 and Dec. 10 twinbills.

After the Lady Flames play host to their third ACC opponent in the last four years at the Vines Center, Liberty will have two more home contests during the first eight days of the season.

Coming off of a CAA title and NCAA Tournament berth, James Madison will travel to Lynchburg on Nov. 15. The 10th meeting between the Lady Flames and Dukes in the last 11 seasons will take place the same evening Liberty's men's squad hosts VCU.

Liberty's season-opening homestand wraps up on Nov. 18, when Appalachian State plays in Lynchburg for the first time since 1988-89.

The Lady Flames' first road game of the year will take place the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 25) at Valparaiso. The Crusaders are one of five first-time opponents on Liberty's 2016-17 schedule, but feature a couple familiar faces. Head coach Tracey Dorow is the sister of Liberty assistant Andy Bloodworth. Meanwhile, former Liberty great Megan (Frazee) Leuzinger recently joined Dorow's coaching staff at Valparaiso.

Six of Liberty's seven games in December will be part of a trio of tournaments, beginning with the Dec. 3-4 Navy Classic. The Lady Flames will open the event with their 25th meeting against Commonwealth foe Richmond, before taking on the host Midshipmen the following day.

Liberty's lone December home tilt is a matchup with West Liberty on Dec. 10. The Hilltoppers went 29-5 and reached the third round of the 2016 NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Championship.

Liberty will head to San Antonio on Dec. 19-20 for two games against first-time foes at UTSA. The Lady Flames will battle Central Arkansas on Dec. 19, meeting a team which went 28-4, won the Southland Conference title and qualified for the 2016 NCAA Tournament. One day later, Liberty will tangle with the host Roadrunners of Conference USA.

The Lady Flames' non-conference schedule will conclude at Virginia's John Paul Jones Arena, with two contests at the Dec. 28-29 Cavalier Classic.

Liberty will square off with fellow 2016 WNIT qualifier Dayton for the first time on Dec. 28 before playing 2016 WBI quarterfinalist UMBC the next day. Liberty and UMBC have squared off 25 times, but not since 1997-98, the Retrievers' last season as a Big South member.

It was previously announced that Liberty will play host to the 2017 Big South Women's Basketball Championship at the Vines Center, March 9-12.

The Lady Flames' 18-game Big South Conference schedule and home game times will be announced at a later date.