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WBB Game Day Central: Houston

November 22, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Game Time:
Friday - 3 p.m.

TV Coverage:
None

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

The Starting 5 - Liberty's Top Storylines
• Liberty (1-2) will tip off its UMass Thanksgiving Classic appearance with its second meeting against Houston (2-1) in program history, Friday at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass.

• The Lady Flames will be looking to snap a two-game losing skid in their first-ever matchup against an American Athletic Conference opponent and just their second game ever played in Massachusetts.

• Liberty's only previous contest against Houston happened exactly 10 years ago, as the Lady Flames posted a 70-61 victory over the Cougars on Nov. 24, 2007 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

• The Lady Flames are playing their first five games of the season away from Lynchburg, while the Cougars are beginning 2017-18 with eight straight road tilts. Both teams are getting more than 50 percent of their scoring from sophomores this season.

• This tournament serves as a homecoming of sorts for Liberty junior post player Molly Reagan. She hails from Braintree, Mass., and helped Braintree High School win back-to-back state titles in 2014 and 2015.

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. Houston
• Like Liberty, Houston also played in the 2016 Rae & Craig Blair Memorial Tournament in San Antonio, Texas and also took part in this season's Preseason WNIT. However, the Lady Flames and Cougars did not match up at either event.

• While Liberty is opening the 2017-18 season with five straight games away from the Vines Center (its longest string of road/neutral games to start a year since 2007-08), Houston's first eight contests will be played on the road. Additionally, the Cougars will be playing their home games at Texas Southern this season, while the Fertitta Center undergoes renovations.

• The previous Liberty-Houston meeting happened in 2007-08, when Danny Hughes was serving as the Cougars' interim head coach. He is now the associate head coach at UMass.

• Both Liberty and Houston feature talented sophomores. The Lady Flames' sophomores are scoring 56 percent of the team's points this season, while the Cougars' sophomores account for 59 percent of their team's offense.

• The Lady Flames and Cougars will be squaring off just six days after the Liberty and Houston men's basketball teams went head-to-head. Corey Davis, Jr.'s putback with one second remaining gave the Cougars a 68-66 win over the host Flames on day two of the relocated Paradise Jam at the Vines Center.

On This Date
• Liberty is 6-2 all-time on Nov. 24, including a current four-game winning streak on the date.

• The Lady Flames are playing on Nov. 24 for the first time since their 70-61 victory over Houston on Nov. 24, 2007 at the National City Xavier Invitational in Cincinnati, Ohio.

• Liberty is 81-64 all-time in November, including 46-46 under Carey Green and 1-2 in 2017-18.

Tournament Time
• Liberty is playing in its second of three regular-season tournaments this weekend, the UMass Thanksgiving Classic.
 
• The Lady Flames opened their season by going 1-2 in the Preseason WNIT. Liberty will also play a pair of contests at the UMKC Roo Holiday Classic, Dec. 19-20 in Kansas City, Mo.
 
• Liberty is playing in three tournaments for the second consecutive season. The 2016-17 Lady Flames took part in the Navy Classic (Annapolis, Md.), Rae & Craig Blair Memorial Tournament (San Antonio, Texas) and Cavalier Classic (Charlottesville, Va.).
 
• Liberty's last unbeaten regular-season tournament came on Nov. 28 & 30, 2014. The Lady Flames defeated Penn State and host Georgia State to win the GSU Thanksgiving Tournament title in Atlanta, Ga.
 
• Looking ahead, the Lady Flames will play host to the Big South Women's Basketball Championship for the second straight year, March 8-11 at the Vines Center.
 
Lady Flames in Massachusetts
• Liberty has only played one game in Massachusetts prior to this weekend.
 
• The Lady Flames lost a 73-62 contest at Boston University, Dec. 8, 1988 at Case Gymnasium.
 
• The duo of Saundra Bridges (17 points, 4 assists) and Cheri Yates (14 points, 13 rebounds) paced the Lady Flames, but they could not overcome a 19-point halftime deficit in just their eighth game as an NCAA Division I member.
 
Lady Flames vs. American Athletic Conference
• Friday's game will mark Liberty's first meeting with an American Athletic Conference member since the conference formed in time for the 2013-14 season.
 
• The Lady Flames are 3-3 against current conference members, including 0-1 vs. Cincinnati, 1-0 vs. Houston, 1-0 vs. SMU, 1-0 vs. Tulane, 0-1 vs. UCF and 0-1 vs. USF. 
 
• Liberty's most recent meeting with a team which is now part of the AAC resulted in a 63-52 victory over Tulane, Nov. 20, 2009 at the Navy Classic in Annapolis, Md.