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WBB Game Day Central: Limestone

November 26, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Lady Flames will welcome Limestone to the Vines Center for their 2017-18 home opener on Tuesday.

The Lady Flames will welcome Limestone to the Vines Center for their 2017-18 home opener on Tuesday.

Game Day Central Links:
Live Video (Big South Network)
Live Audio (LFSN Radio)
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Liberty Women's Basketball Facebook
Limestone Women's Basketball Webpage

Game Time:
Tuesday - 7 p.m.

TV Coverage:
Big South Network
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Rett McGibbon
Color Analyst: Kelley Deyo

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
• After playing five straight games away from Lynchburg, Liberty (1-4) will contest its 2017-18 home opener against Limestone (3-1) on Tuesday. The matchup will count as an exhibition for the NCAA Division II Saints.

• The Lady Flames will be aiming to halt a four-game losing streak during their first-ever meeting with Limestone and their first matchup with a Conference Carolinas foe in 28 years.

• Tuesday will mark Liberty's 350th game at the Vines Center. The Lady Flames have won 79 percent of their home games since first playing at the facility on Dec. 7, 1990.

• Junior KK Barbour, the lone upperclassman in Liberty's current starting lineup, is averaging 18.3 ppg in her last three outings. She is coming off a career-high 24-point, 13-rebound performance at UMass on Saturday.

• Freshmen and sophomores are scoring 67.7 percent of Liberty's points this season. Conversely, Limestone features eight seniors.

Series History vs. Limestone
: First Meeting

• Limestone is the third first-time opponent Liberty has faced in this season's first six games, along with Michigan and Drake.

• Tuesday's game will mark the Lady Flames' first meeting with a Conference Carolinas member since Dec. 2, 1989. That day, Liberty posted a 77-48 home triumph over Mount Olive during the Lady Flames' second season of NCAA Division I play.

• Tuesday will be the first time a Conference Carolinas team has played at the Vines Center.

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. Limestone
• Limestone has been one of the nation's top NCAA Division II teams in recent years, making six straight NCAA Tournament appearances and going 170-25 (.872) over that span. The Saints reached the NCAA Division II Final Four in 2015.

• Like Liberty, Limestone has been on the road quite a bit to begin the 2017-18 season. The Saints played four straight games away from their Gaffney, S.C., home before tipping off their home and Conference Carolinas schedules Monday night against Erskine.

• Limestone is an experienced team, as eight of its 14 players are seniors. However, Liberty will have a significant size advantage on Tuesday. Aaliyah Davis is the Saints' tallest player at 6-0. Limestone is outrebounding opponents this season, led by 10.3 boards per game from Keidra Smith, who stands 5-9.

On This Date
• Liberty is 4-2 all-time on Nov. 28.

• The Lady Flames' biggest Nov. 28 win was an 80-68 victory over Penn State on Nov. 28, 2014 in Atlanta, Ga.

• The following year, Liberty nearly upset No. 16/15 California in Las Vegas on Nov. 28 before falling short, 77-72.

• Liberty is 81-66 all-time in November, including 46-48 under Carey Green and 1-4 in 2017-18.

Home Opener
• Liberty is 25-17 all-time in home openers, including 16-11 at the Vines Center and 12-6 under Carey Green.

• The Lady Flames have lost three of their last four home openers.

• Nov. 28 is Liberty's latest home opener since the 2007-08 Lady Flames played their first home game on Nov. 30, 2007.
Planes, Traines and Automobiles
• Liberty has survived a grueling travel schedule to begin the 2017-18 season, playing five games in four different states (Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Virginia).

• The Lady Flames spent 11 total nights in seven different hotels in the 17 days between Nov. 9-25.

• Liberty has flown through seven different airports already this season, including Atlanta, Des Moines, Detroit, Dulles, Hartford, O'Hare and Raleigh/Durham. The Lady Flames still have at least one more set of flights ahead of them, with the UMKC Roo Holiday Classic scheduled for Dec. 19-20 in Kansas City, Mo.

• Liberty has not played its first five games away from the Vines Center since 2007-08, when the Lady Flames tipped off the year with six straight road/neutral contests.
Lady Flames at the Vines Center
• Tuesday will mark the Lady Flames' 350th contest at the Vines Center all-time.

• This is Liberty's 28th season of basketball at the Vines Center.

• The Lady Flames have won 79 percent of their home games at the Vines Center in facility history, including 85 percent under Carey Green.

• Liberty's 9-5 home record in 2016-17 was its worst mark at the Vines Center since the 1995-96 Lady Flames went 5-8.

Lady Flames vs. Conference Carolinas
• Liberty is 4-3 all-time versus Conference Carolinas opponents, including 2-3 against High Point and 2-0 against Mount Olive.

• The Lady Flames have also faced current Conference Carolinas member Belmont Abbey, but before the Crusaders joined the conference.

• Current Big South members High Point, Longwood and Presbyterian previously spent time as Conference Carolinas members.

Barbour Shop
• Junior KK Barbour has averaged 18.3 ppg over her last three outings, highlighted by a career-high 24-point outburst and game-tying three-pointer at UMass on Saturday.