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WBB Game Day Central: Old Dominion

November 7, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Starting 5 - Liberty's Top Storylines
• Liberty will tip off its fifth Preseason WNIT appearance and its 2017-18 season with a visit to Old Dominion.

• The Liberty-ODU victor will advance to a second round matchup against the winner between No. 24/23 Michigan and George Mason.

• The Lady Flames will look to win its Preseason WNIT opener for the first time and open its season with a victory for just the second time in six years.

• Liberty is 0-2 versus Old Dominion, making the Monarchs the only NCAA Division I team in Virginia the Lady Flames have never defeated.

• The Lady Flames are picked to finish second in the  Big South, while sophomore Keyen Green is a first team preseason All-Big South selection.

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. ODU
• Liberty is 0-2 all-time against Old Dominion, with both losses coming in Norfolk in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament (1997 and 2008). ODU's 2008 victory over the Lady Flames started a run to the Sweet 16 in the Monarchs' most recent visit to the NCAA Tournament.

• The Lady Flames are 0-2 at the Constant Center, including a 54-44 loss to Vanderbilt in the 2003 NCAA Tournament and an 82-62 setback to ODU in the 2008 NCAA Tournament.

• Nikki McCray-Penson will be making her head coaching debut for the Monarchs on Friday after spending the previous nine seasons as an assistant at South Carolina. She was part of Dawn Staley's staff when the Gamecocks defeated Liberty, 84-44, Dec. 21, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minn.

• Friday's game will feature three players from the Memphis, Tenn., area, in Liberty's Ashtyn Baker (Northpoint Christian School, Nesbit, Miss.) and Old Dominion's duo of Ashley Jackson and Odegua Oigbokie, teammates at Ridgeway High School in Memphis.

Start Me Up
• Liberty is 20-22 all-time in season openers, including 6-15 away from Lynchburg and 8-10 under Carey Green.

• The Lady Flames won their most recent opener played on the road, posting a 74-68 triumph at Appalachian State on Nov. 13, 2015. Liberty is just 1-4 in its last five lid-lifters.

• Liberty is 0-4 when playing a Preseason WNIT game to start its season, including 0-3 on the road and 0-1 at home.

On This Date
• Liberty has never played a game on Nov. 10.

• This is the third-earliest start to a season in program history, trailing 2013-14 (Nov. 8) and 2012-13 (Nov. 9).

• Liberty is 80-62 all-time in November, including 45-44 under Carey Green and 0-4 in 2016-17. 

• The Lady Flames have lost eight straight November contests since a 72-63 home win over Elon on Nov. 16, 2015.

Lady Flames in the WNIT
• Liberty is making its fifth appearance in the Preseason WNIT, the most of any team in this year's tournament. The Lady Flames' previous appearances came in 1999, 2003, 2008 and 2012.

• The Liberty-Old Dominion winner will move on to face Friday's No. 24/23 Michigan-George Mason victor in the second round. The loser will play a pair of consolation games next weekend (Nov. 17-18).

• Liberty is 3-5 all-time in the Preseason WNIT, including 0-4 in the first round, 0-4 on the road, 2-1 at home and 1-0 in neutral-site games.

• The Lady Flames' Preseason WNIT single-game records include:

Points - 28 (Megan Frazee vs. VCU, 11/14/08)

Rebounds - 12 (Devon Brown vs. Sacred Heart, 11/17/12)

Assists - 7 (Sadalia Ellis vs. Grambling, 11/16/12)

Lady Flames vs. the Commonwealth
• Liberty is 18-4 in its last 22 meetings with Virginia opponents. 

• Liberty is one of 13 NCAA Division I women's basketball teams in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Lady Flames have defeated each of the other 12 in-state Division I squads in program history except Old Dominion (0-2).

Lady Flames vs. Conference USA
• Liberty is 5-5 all-time when facing Conference USA opponents, headlined by an 88-79 win over DePaul in the second round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament (March 22, 2005).

• The Lady Flames have lost three straight Conference USA tilts since a 63-52 win over Tulane at the Navy Classic on Nov. 20, 2009.

• Liberty is tipping off its season against a Conference USA foe for the third time in the last five years. The Lady Flames lost their 2013-14 and 2014-15 lid-lifters to Charlotte.

• The Lady Flames also opened the 2003 Preseason WNIT at a Conference USA opponent, falling 73-62 at Cincinnati.