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WBB Game Day Central: Gardner-Webb

February 2, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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KK Barbour scored a career-high 17 points at Gardner-Webb on Jan. 15, highlighted by three free throws with 4.9 seconds left which forced overtime.

KK Barbour scored a career-high 17 points at Gardner-Webb on Jan. 15, highlighted by three free throws with 4.9 seconds left which forced overtime.

Game Day Central

Liberty's Game Notes

Game Time:
4 p.m.

Official Tipoff:
4:05 p.m.

TV Coverage:
Liberty Flames Sports Network – TV
WFFP (Saturday's WFFP broadcast will feature a multiple-window "behind the scenes" broadcast format, while ESPN3 and the Big South Network will feature the standard broadcast)
ESPN3
Big South Network
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Mike Tilley
Color Commentator: Kelley Deyo

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

Today's Game
Liberty (7-13, 6-3 Big South) will tip off the second half of its Big South Conference schedule with a Saturday home matchup against Gardner-Webb (9-11, 4-5 Big South). Tipoff is slated for 4 p.m. at the Vines Center for the teams' second meeting in 20 days. The Lady Flames will look to avenge an 84-82 overtime defeat at Gardner-Webb on Jan. 15.

The "Starting Five" - Liberty's Top Storylines
1) Coming off of a road win over Big South co-leader Campbell on Tuesday, Liberty will look to remain within a game of the Camels and co-leader Radford.

2) Liberty has been playing well at the Vines Center, having won five straight home games since their last home setback on Nov. 17. The Lady Flames have also been victorious each of the last five times Gardner-Webb has visited Lynchburg.

3) Gardner-Webb will attempt to become just the fifth Big South team to sweep the two-game regular-season series from the Lady Flames in Carey Green's 18 seasons as head coach. The Runnin' Bulldogs previously achieved the feat in 2009-10, including their only victory at the Vines Center in program history, on Feb. 8, 2010.

4) Nene Johnson scored a team-high 13 points at Campbell on Tuesday, becoming the Lady Flames' eighth different leading scorer in nine conference games. KK Barbour, Keyen Green, Iva Ilic, Ola Makurat, Audrey Rettstatt, Lela Sellers and Sheana Vega have also taken turns leading Liberty in scoring during Big South play.

5) KK Barbour scored a career-high 17 points at Gardner-Webb on Jan. 15, highlighted by three free throws with 4.9 seconds left which sent the game into overtime. On Tuesday, Barbour tallied all 11 of her points after halftime at Campbell.

Liberty vs. Gardner-Webb at a Glance
Series History
Series Record:
Liberty leads, 15-5.
Current Streak: Gardner-Webb won the most recent meeting.
Series Record at Liberty: Liberty leads, 6-1.
Current Streak at Liberty: Liberty has won five consecutive meetings.
Last Meeting Overall: Gardner-Webb 84, Liberty 82 (OT) (Jan. 15, 2017 at GWU)
Last Meeting at Liberty: Liberty 73, Gardner-Webb 51 (Jan. 26, 2016)
Liberty's Last Series Victory: Liberty 73, Gardner-Webb 51 (Jan. 26, 2016 at Liberty)
GWU's Last Series Victory at Liberty: Gardner-Webb 59, Liberty 56 (Feb. 8, 2010)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 410-154 (18th Season) 
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Gardner-Webb: 15-5

Gardner-Webb Head Coach: Rick Reeves
Overall Record (Seasons): 461-435 (31st Season) 
Record at Gardner-Webb (Seasons): 194-197 (13th Season) 
Record vs. Liberty: 5-15

Notes and Anecdotes
• Liberty and Gardner-Webb will meet just 20 days after the Runnin' Bulldogs pulled out an 84-82 victory over the Lady Flames at Paul Porter Arena on Jan. 15. KK Barbour scored a career-high 17 points, including three free throws with 4.9 seconds remaining which forced overtime. But Gardner-Webb's Alexus Hill scored 21 of her career-high 27 points after halftime, leading her team to victory.

• Gardner-Webb will attempt to become just the fifth Big South team to sweep the two-game regular-season series from the Lady Flames in Carey Green's 18 seasons as head coach. The Runnin' Bulldogs previously achieved the feat in 2009-10, including their only victory at the Vines Center in program history, on Feb. 8, 2010.

• Eleven of the previous 20 matchups between Liberty and Gardner-Webb have been decided by 10 points or fewer.

• Coming off of a 24-point outburst at Winthrop on Tuesday, redshirt junior guard Tierra Huntsman leads the Big South in scoring (15.5 ppg), three-point field goal percentage (43.3) and three-pointers made (42). On Jan. 15, Huntsman played all 45 minutes, scoring 15 points despite shooting just 3-11 from the field and 0-3 from three-point range.

• Gardner-Webb head coach Rick Reeves previously served as Liberty's head coach for nine seasons (1990-91 through 1998-99), leading the Lady Flames to their first three Big South Conference titles (1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons).

Liberty in February
All-Time Record in February:
215-128
Carey Green's Record in February: 116-12
Record This February: 0-0 (8 games remaining)
Last Five February Records: 
2011-12 - 7-1
2012-13 - 7-0
2013-14 - 6-2
2014-15 - 8-0
2015-16 - 5-2

On This Date
Liberty is 7-4 all-time on Feb. 4, having won each of its last five games played on the date. The Lady Flames' most recent Feb. 4 contest was a 58-45 win at Campbell in 2012. That game marked Carey Green's 300th career win, while Avery Warley broke the Big South career rebounding record.

Spreading the Wealth
Nene Johnson scored a team-high 13 points at Campbell on Tuesday, becoming the Lady Flames' eighth different leading scorer in the first nine 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), Audrey Rettstatt (at Radford) and Ola Makurat (vs. Winthrop).

Block Party
Liberty has blocked 32 shots in its last four games, moving the Lady Flames to the top of the Big South Conference and No. 50 nationally with 4.7 bpg on the season. Liberty has not averaged as many as 4.7 bpg for a season since 2011-12.

A Look Back at the Lady Flames' 58-52 Win at Campbell on Tuesday
• Liberty closed out the first half of its Big South Conference schedule in impressive fashion, Tuesday at Gore Arena. The Lady Flames pulled out a gritty 58-52 victory over Big South co-leader Campbell, halting the Camels' five-game winning streak.

• Campbell led 46-42 with 4:29 remaining before Liberty took the lead for good with a 7-0 run, punctuated by five straight KK Barbour points. Tatyana Crowder added a back-breaking triple from the corner with 57.1 seconds left and the Lady Flames were 6-of-6 from the foul line down the stretch.

• Nene Johnson paced the Lady Flames' balanced attack with 13 points, becoming Liberty's eighth different leading scorer in the first nine conference games.

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 73.8 ppg on 43.8 percent from the floor and 37.6 percent from beyond the arc in 2017's first nine 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 ranks No. 1 among the nation's freshmen in rebounding at 8.6 rpg.

In her last 15 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 59.7 percent of the team's points this season, led by Keyen Green's team-high 11.7 ppg. Four of the team's top five scorers on the year are freshmen.

Winning the Battle of the Boards
Liberty has outrebounded 10 consecutive opponents and has grabbed 20 or more offensive rebounds eight times this season. The Lady Flames currently rank No. 5 nationally with 18.5 offensive boards per game and No. 16 with a +8.9 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 19 straight opponents below 50 percent field goal shooting, and only three teams in the last 117 games have connected on at least half of their field goal attempts against the Lady Flames.

Player Trends
#3 Nene Johnson

• Scored eight of her 10 points during the fourth quarter at Gardner-Webb (Jan. 15)

• Led the Lady Flames in scoring with 13 points during Tuesday's win at Campbell
 
• 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 every Big South contest and is averaging 1.7 spg during conference games
 
• Averaging 10.2 ppg during Big South games, as compared with 5.3 ppg in non-conference play

#4 Tatyana Crowder
• Played all six of her minutes during the fourth quarter at Campbell on Tuesday, contributing a shot clock buzzer-beating three-pointer with 57.1 seconds remaining, three assists and a steal

#10 Kierra Johnson-Graham
• Posted her first career double-double at Gardner-Webb on Jan. 15, consisting of a career-high 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds

• Has connected on 16 of her last 18 free throw attempts (88.9 percent) over the last six games

#20 Sheana Vega
• 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
• Recorded her sixth and most recent double-double on Jan. 15, finishing with 16 points and a game-high 16 rebounds at Gardner-Webb

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

• Ranks No. 1 nationally among freshmen for rebounding (8.6 rpg) 

• Tops the Big South in rebounding and offensive rebounding

• Leads the Lady Flames and ranks 10th in the Big South in scoring (11.7 ppg)

• During Big South play, Green is shooting 63.9 percent (46-of-72) from the field.

#24 Iva Ilic
• Dished out a career-high seven assists at Gardner-Webb on Jan. 15

• Leads the team and is tied for first among Big South freshmen with 26 three-pointers. She made at least one triple in nine straight games between Dec. 29-Jan. 28.

#30 KK Barbour
• Scored a team-high and career-high 17 points at Gardner-Webb on Jan. 15, including 10 in the fourth quarter. She hit three free throws with 4.9 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.

• Tallied all 11 of her points during the second half of Tuesday's victory at Campbell, including a three-pointer with 3:26 remaining in the fourth quarter which put Liberty on top for good

• After failing to score in double figures during her first 37 career games, Barbour recently posted three straight double-digit efforts (Jan. 10-17). 

• Hit 10 straight free throws between Jan. 10-21 and is shooting a team-best 71.4 percent from the line this season

• Had not made a three-pointer during her first 33 career appearances, but is 10-of-20 (50 percent) from beyond the arc in her last 11 games

#35 Ola Makurat
• Scored 11 points and pulled down six rebounds at Gardner-Webb (Jan. 15), while hitting three triples

#40 Molly Reagan
• Finished with eight points and a career-high eight rebounds during a home win over Gardner-Webb last season (Jan. 26, 2016)