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WBB Game Day Central: Campbell

January 29, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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WBB Game Day Central: Campbell

Game Day Central

Liberty's 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 (6-13, 5-3 Big South) will close out the first half of its 18-game Big South Conference on Tuesday at Big South co-leader Campbell (15-4, 7-1). Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Gore Arena for the teams' first meeting of the season.

The "Starting Five" - Liberty's Top Storylines
1) Liberty will look to snap its three-game road losing streak and improve upon its 1-10 record away from the Vines Center this season. 

2) Tied with Charleston Southern for third place in the Big South standings at 5-3, Liberty will play a road game against one of the conference's co-leaders for the second straight Tuesday. The Lady Flames lost 76-68 at Radford on Jan. 24.

3) Liberty is averaging 75.8 ppg in Big South play, thanks to a diverse scoring attack. Ola Makurat scored a career-high 15 points against Winthrop on Saturday, becoming the seventh different Lady Flame to lead the scoring during the team's first eight conference games. However, the Camels rank No. 1 nationally for scoring defense (46.1 ppg) and no Big South team has scored more than 61 points against Campbell this season.

4) The Lady Flames have shot well from three-point range in Big South games, hitting an average of 8.1 triples per outing at a 37.6 percent clip. They will be tested by Campbell's defense, which ranks No. 2 nationally, allowing opponents to make only 24.9 percent of their three-point attempts.

5) Keyen Green is tied for the national lead among freshmen with 8.5 rpg, and she has helped Liberty outrebound nine straight opponents. Liberty (+8.8) and Campbell (+7.9) are the Big South's top two teams in rebound margin this season.

Liberty vs. Campbell at a Glance
Series History
Series Record:
Liberty leads, 18-13.
Current Streak: Liberty has won five consecutive meetings.
Series Record at Campbell: Campbell leads, 8-5.
Current Streak at Campbell: Liberty has won two consecutive meetings.
Last Meeting Overall: Liberty 67, Campbell 55 (Feb. 9, 2016 at Liberty)
Last Meeting at Campbell: Liberty 62, Campbell 52 (Dec. 29, 2015)
Campbell's Last Series Victory: Campbell 61, Liberty 55 (OT) (Feb. 1, 2014 at CU)
Campbell's Last Series Victory at Home: Same

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 409-154 (18th Season) 
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Campbell: 11-2

Campbell Head Coach: Ronny Fisher
Overall Record (Seasons): 112-148 (Ninth Season) 
Record at Campbell (Seasons): 15-4 (First Season)
Record vs. Liberty: 4-12

Notes and Anecdotes
• Liberty has won five straight meetings with Campbell over the last two seasons and is 11-1 versus the Camels since Campbell rejoined the Big South in 2011-12.

• The Lady Flames will be facing Campbell for the 32nd time on Tuesday but the first time when the Camels are coached by someone other than Wanda Watkins. Watkins served as Campbell's head coach for 35 years before retiring at the end of the 2015-16 season.

• Campbell's new head coach is Ronny Fisher, who spent the previous eight seasons as Presbyterian's head coach. Fisher went 4-12 against the Lady Flames at PC, including 2-0 last season.

• Despite losing three starters from last year's team and being picked to finish eighth in the conference, Campbell is currently tied with Radford for first place in the Big South at 7-1. The Camels, riding a five-game winning streak, have already exceeded their win total from 2015-16 (13).

• Campbell ranks No. 1 nationally for scoring defense, allowing only 46.1 ppg. The Camels also rank No. 2 for three-point field goal percentage defense, as opponents are making only 24.9 percent of their triples against Campbell.

• No Big South team has scored more than 61 points against Campbell this season. Meanwhile, Liberty has scored 68 or more points in all but one Big South game.

On This Date
Liberty is 5-2 all-time when playing on Jan. 31, including 1-0 versus Campbell. The Lady Flames recorded a 78-56 victory at Gore Arena on Jan. 31, 2013, led by Devon Brown (17 points) and Ashley Rininger (13 points, 10 rebounds).

Spreading the Wealth
Ola Makurat scored a team-high and career-high 15 points during Saturday's victory over Winthrop. She became Liberty's seventh different leading scorer in its first eight Big South games.

The Lady Flames' other leading scorers in conference play have been Lela Sellers (at CSU), Keyen Green (vs. HPU), Iva Ilic (vs. PC, at Asheville), KK Barbour (at GWU),  Sheana Vega (vs. Longwood) and Audrey Rettstatt (at Radford).

A Difficult Road
Liberty, which is just 1-10 when playing away from the Vines Center this season, is closing out a difficult stretch of its schedule. 

The stretch began on Jan. 21, when the Lady Flames suffered a 64-54 loss at defending Big South champion Asheville. Liberty then lost its third straight road game on Jan. 24, falling 76-68 at Big South co-leader Radford. 

After an 80-51 home win over Winthrop on Saturday, the Lady Flames return to the road to face Big South co-leader Campbell on Tuesday.

Shooting Stars
Liberty shot an impressive 57.1 percent (12-of-21) from three-point range at Charleston Southern on Jan. 3, tying the 26-year-old program record for most three-pointers made in a single game.

On Jan. 17, the Lady Flames knocked down 11 triples against Longwood, equaling the most Liberty has ever hit in a game at the Vines Center.

Liberty has shot well from long range in Big South play, averaging 8.1 triples per game at a 37.6 percent clip.

A Look Back at the Lady Flames' 80-51 Home Win Over Winthrop on Saturday
• Ola Makurat scored eight of her team-high and career-high 15 points during Liberty's 24-3 run to start the second half, propelling the Lady Flames to an 80-51 victory over Winthrop, Saturday afternoon at the Vines Center.

•  The Lady Flames led by only eight points (37-29) at halftime before outscoring the Eagles, 24-3, over the first 8:43 of the second half. Liberty kept its lead above 24 points the rest of the way, posting its fifth straight home win.

• Makurat became the seventh different Lady Flame in the first eight Big South games to lead the team in scoring. She also tied for the team rebounding lead (seven boards) with Keyen Green, who added 11 points of her own.

New Year's Resolution
After averaging 54.9 ppg on 32.5 percent from the field and 24.5 percent from three-point range in 11 2016 contests, the Lady Flames have exploded for 75.8 ppg on 43.5 percent from the floor and 37.6 percent from beyond the arc in 2017's first eight outings.

What Can Green Do For You?
Keyen Green headlines the Lady Flames' successful freshman class. The Big South Freshman of the Week on Dec. 5, Jan. 2, Jan. 9 and Jan. 16, Green leads the conference and is tied for first among the nation's freshmen in rebounding at 8.5 rpg.

In her last 14 games, Green has recorded six double-doubles and three 20-point outings. She is the first Lady Flame since Reagan Miller in 2011-12 to win three straight Big South Freshman of the Week honors and four in one season.

Fantastic Freshmen
Liberty's seven freshmen have combined to score 60.6 percent of the team's points this season, led by Keyen Green's team-high 11.6 ppg. Five of the Lady Flames' top six scorers on the year are freshmen.

Winning the Battle of the Boards
Liberty has outrebounded nine consecutive opponents and has grabbed 20 or more offensive rebounds eight times this season. The Lady Flames currently rank No. 2 nationally with 19.1 offensive boards per game and No. 16 with a +8.8 rebound margin.

The Container is Half Full
The Lady Flames are 107-1 under head coach Carey Green when making at least 50 percent of their field goals, including 2-0 this season. Liberty has won the last 34 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 has held 18 straight opponents below 50 percent field goal shooting, and only three teams in the last 116 games have connected on at least half of their field goal attempts against the Lady Flames.

Player Trends
#3 Nene Johnson

• Leads the team and ranks seventh in the Big South with 2.8 apg, while also pacing the Lady Flames in steals (1.2 spg)

• Has recorded at least one steal in ever Big South contest and is averaging 1.8 spg during conference games

• Averaging 9.9 ppg during Big South games, as compared with 5.3 ppg in non-conference play

#4 Tatyana Crowder
• Matched her career high of six points during Saturday's win over Winthrop

#10 Kierra Johnson-Graham
• Has connected on 15 of her last 16 free throw attempts (93.8 percent) over the last five games

• Averaging 7.7 rpg over her last six outings and led the team in rebounding in three straight games spanning Jan. 17-24

#12 Audrey Rettstatt
• 17 of her 18 points in the last two games have been scored in the first quarter.

• Has scored more points this season (100) than she did in her first three years combined (60)

#14 Lela Sellers
• Leads the team in minutes played (27.8 mpg) 

• Averaging 8.6 ppg in her last 10 games

#20 Sheana Vega
• Tallied eight points in only 10 minutes against Winthrop on Saturday

• Averaging 11.0 ppg and 4.0 rpg while shooting 60 percent (6-of-10) from three-point range during Liberty's last two home games

#21 Keyen Green
• Four-time Big South Freshman of the Week (Dec. 5, Jan. 2, Jan. 9 & Jan. 16)

• Tied for first nationally among freshmen for rebounding (8.5 rpg) and ranks No. 25 nationally overall for offensive rebounding (4.0 rpg)

• Tops the Big South in rebounding and offensive rebounding

• Leads the Lady Flames and ranks 10th in the Big South in scoring (11.6 ppg)

• During Big South play, Green is shooting 66.7 percent (42-of-63) from the field.

#24 Iva Ilic
• Leads the team and ranks first among Big South freshmen with 26 three-pointers. She has made at least one triple in each of the last nine games.

• Averaging 9.3 ppg in conference play, aided by her 35.7 percent (15-of-42) three-point shooting

#30 KK Barbour
• Contributed six points and five rebounds to a home win over Campbell on Feb. 9, 2016

• Coming off the bench for the first time since Dec. 19, Barbour posted seven points, five rebounds and a career-high four steals against Winthrop on Saturday.

• After failing to score in double figures during her first 37 career games, Barbour recently posted three straight double-digit efforts (Jan. 10-17). Her latest was a 12-point, six-rebound performance against Longwood on Jan. 17.

• Hit 10 straight free throws between Jan. 10-21 and is shooting a team-best 67.7 percent from the line this season

• Had not made a three-pointer during her first 33 career appearances, but is 9-of-18 (50 percent) from beyond the arc in her last 10 games

#35 Ola Makurat
• Posted a team-high and career-high 15 points versus Winthrop on Saturday, while also sharing the team lead with seven rebounds

#40 Molly Reagan
• Played well at Gore Arena last season, scoring six points in 11 minutes off the bench on Dec. 29, 2015