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December 28, 2016  Charlottesville, Va.  RSS
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On Wednesday, Jordan Woods made her first career three-pointer, while leading the Lady Flames in rebounds (4) and blocked shots (2).

On Wednesday, Jordan Woods made her first career three-pointer, while leading the Lady Flames in rebounds (4) and blocked shots (2).

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Game Time:
4:30 p.m.

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Game No. 11 – Cavalier Classic
Liberty (1-9) vs. UMBC (3-8)
Dec. 29, 2016 – 4:30 p.m. – John Paul Jones Arena (Charlottesville, Va.)

Liberty vs. UMBC At a Glance
Series History
Series Record:
UMBC leads, 16-9.
Current Streak: Liberty has won four consecutive meetings.
Series Record in Neutral-Site Games: First meeting
Last Meeting Overall: Liberty 65, UMBC 39 (Jan. 29, 1998 at Liberty)
UMBC's Last Victory: UMBC 60, Liberty 37 (March 3, 1996 at UMBC)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 404-150 (18th Season) 
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. UMBC: 0-0

UMBC Head Coach: Phil Stern
Overall Record (Seasons): 271-329 (21st Season) 
Record at UMBC (Seasons): 177-257 (15th Season)
Record vs. Liberty: 0-0

Notes and Anecdotes
• Thursday's game will mark the 26th all-time meeting between Liberty and UMBC, but the teams' first matchup since Jan. 29, 1998. That came during the Retrievers' sixth and final season in the Big South Conference. Liberty was 7-5 versus UMBC during the squads' six years (1992-93 through 1997-98) as Big South rivals.

• Liberty and UMBC also spent two seasons (1984-85 and 1985-86) together in the Mason-Dixon Conference. The Retrievers won all five of those meetings.

• UMBC is in its 14th season as an America East Conference member. Liberty is 3-3 all-time against America East opponents, including 1-2 in neutral-site meetings. The Lady Flames' most recent matchup with an America East foe happened on Nov. 28, 2008. Hartford defeated Liberty, 46-39, in the opening game of the GW Thanksgiving Classic in Washington, D.C. The Lady Flames were led in scoring by then freshman and current assistant coach Brittany (Campbell) Hoyt, with 11 points.

• Last season, UMBC made its third NCAA Division I postseason appearance, going 18-14 and reaching the quarterfinals of the WBI. 

• The Retrievers were picked to finish second in the America East this season. However, they enter Thursday's matchup with a 3-8 mark.

• UMBC junior forward Lakiah Sims (Palm Beach State) and Liberty junior guard Nene Johnson (Eastern Florida State) are familiar with one another from their junior college days. Last season, both Sims and Johnson were first team All-Southern Conference honorees, as well as Region VIII all-state picks.

On This Date
The Lady Flames have won three straight Dec. 29 contests, improving to 8-5 all-time on the date. Liberty's last Dec. 29 setback came in 2009, as the Lady Flames fell 63-54 to host Virginia in the title game of the Cavalier Classic.

Familiar Facility
Liberty will be playing its sixth game at John Paul Jones Arena, which opened in time for the 2006-07 season. The Lady Flames are 2-3 all-time at the facility, including 1-2 versus Virginia and 1-1 in neutral-site matchups.

Liberty became the first visiting men's or women's basketball team to win at John Paul Jones Arena when the Lady Flames notched a 75-71 victory over the Cavaliers on Nov. 20, 2006.

The Lady Flames have made one previous Cavalier Classic appearance in John Paul Jones Arena history, doing so on Dec. 28-29, 2009. Liberty defeated Cornell by a 70-40 count in the opening round before falling 63-54 to No. 21/23 Virginia in the title contest.

Liberty sophomore KK Barbour graduated from Albemarle High School, which is located less than three miles from John Paul Jones Arena.

Tournament Time
Six of Liberty's 11 non-conference games are part of tournaments, including the Navy Classic (Dec. 3-4, Annapolis, Md.), Rae & Craig Blair Memorial Tournament (Dec. 19-20, San Antonio, Texas) and Cavalier Classic (Dec. 28-29, Charlottesville, Va.). The Lady Flames have gone 0-2 at each of their first two tournaments this season and are 0-1 to start the Cavalier Classic.

Liberty is playing three regular-season tournaments for the first time since 2008-09 (Preseason WNIT, GW Thanksgiving Classic and Hokie Hardwood Classic).

The Lady Flames' last 2-0 tournament performance came on Nov. 28 & 30, 2014, when Liberty defeated Penn State and Georgia State to win the GSU Thanksgiving Tournament title in Atlanta, Ga.

Road Warriors
The Lady Flames are in the midst of a stretch of eight road/neutral games in nine outings. Liberty is 1-6 during the span thus far, with the victory coming in its lone December home game, against West Liberty (Dec. 10).

The challenging stretch will see Liberty play games in five different states, including Indiana, Maryland, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

Last season, the Lady Flames were 10-9 in games played away from Lynchburg. It was the ninth straight year Liberty has posted a winning record in road/neutral contests.

Slow Start
Liberty is off to its worst 10-game start (1-9) to a season in program history.

At the Cavalier Classic, Liberty will seek its first 2016-17 victory away from Lynchburg. The Lady Flames are 0-6 away from the Vines Center this season and have lost eight consecutive road/neutral tilts, dating back to last season.

Updated Team Notes
• The Lady Flames are off to their worst 10-game start (1-9) in program history, following Wednesday's 82-53 loss to Dayton.

• Liberty has lost three straight games overall and eight consecutive contests away from the Vines Center. The Lady Flames have led for only 5:23 during their three-game losing skid.

• Liberty is now 2-3 all-time at John Paul Jones Arena, including 1-1 in neutral-site games.

• On Wednesday, Liberty was within one point (21-20) midway through the second quarter before Dayton broke the game open with a 22-5 run.

• The Flyers scored 30 fourth-quarter points, the most ever allowed by Liberty in a single period.

• Despite Dayton's hot second-half shooting, Liberty has still only allowed three of its last 107 opponents to shoot 50 percent from the field for a game, including one (Duke) this season.

• Dayton became the second opponent in the last three games to outrebound Liberty, 38-35.

• The Lady Flames were outscored in points in the paint (30-20) for the seventh time in 10 games this season.

• Liberty set season highs for free throws made (19) and attempted (28), including an 11-of-14 performance in the fourth quarter. For the game, the Lady Flames shot well above their season average (55.5 percent) from the line, making 67.9 percent.

• Liberty matched its season low of five assists (also vs. Duke).

• Liberty's 14 turnovers were its second fewest of the season. However, they led to 17 Dayton points.

• The Lady Flames' bench players scored a season-high 32 of the team's 53 points.

• Freshmen scored 31 of Liberty's 53 points for 58.5 percent.

• Both Liberty and UMBC will be seeking their first victory of the Cavalier Classic on Thursday.

• Thursday's contest will be the Lady Flames' final non-conference tilt of the regular season.

Updated Player Notes
#3 Nene Johnson
• Scored six points on Wednesday

• Averaging 7.5 ppg away from home this season, as compared with 2.3 ppg at the Vines Center

#4 Tatyana Crowder
• Scored a career-high six points versus Dayton, all of which came in the fourth quarter

• Had only scored six total points in 24 career appearances prior to Wednesday

#10 Kierra Johnson-Graham
• Started for the second straight game, but was held to four points and three rebounds

• Uncharacteristically scored all four of her points in the first half on Wednesday

#12 Audrey Rettstatt
• Returned to the starting lineup on Wednesday, making her team-high 12th career start, but was held scoreless in eight minutes

• Liberty's active career scoring leader with 103 points

#14 Lela Sellers
• Played a team-high 28 minutes off the bench against Dayton

• For the second straight game, scored all of her points (seven) in the first half

• Her 4-of-4 performance from the free throw line matched a season best (also vs. Navy)

#21 Keyen Green
• Two days after her 19th birthday, scored a team-high 12 points despite being limited to 14 minutes of playing time due to foul trouble

• Has led the Lady Flames in scoring in four of the last five games, averaging 14.2 ppg over the span

• Now averaging exactly 10.0 ppg for the season, giving the Lady Flames a player averaging double figures for the first time in 2016-17

• Shot 4-of-4 from the field against Dayton and is 13-of-14 (92.9 percent) over her last two outings

• Ten of her points versus Dayton came after halftime, coming on the heels of her 15-point second half at UTSA on Dec. 20.

• The only Lady Flame to start all 10 games this season

#24 Iva Ilic
• Started at point guard for the second straight game but was held scoreless for the first time in her young career

• Dished out a team-high two assists

#30 KK Barbour
• Playing in her hometown, started for the second straight outing on Wednesday

• Scored five points, highlighted by her first career three-pointer

• Pulled down three rebounds, leaving her seven shy of 100 for her career

#32 Jordan Woods
• Paced the Lady Flames in rebounds (season-high 4) and blocks (career-high 2) against Dayton

• Connected on the first three-point field goal attempt of her career

#33 Kaitlyn Stovall
• Made her second career appearance on Wednesday, grabbing a rebound and blocking a shot

#35 Ola Makurat
• Liberty's second-leading scorer versus Dayton, finishing with eight points

• Got to the free throw line four times on Wednesday, matching her number of foul shots from the first nine games combined

• Has scored either eight or nine points in six of her first 10 collegiate outings

• Made a triple for the third straight game