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WBB Game Day Central: Valparaiso

November 30, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Nene Johnson finished with 13 points, 7 assists and 0 turnovers at Valparaiso last season.

Nene Johnson finished with 13 points, 7 assists and 0 turnovers at Valparaiso last season.

Game Day Central Links:
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Game Time:
Saturday - 4 p.m.

TV Coverage:
Liberty Flames Sports Network - TV
ESPN3
Big South Network
WFFP Channel 24 (Lynchburg)
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
• Liberty (2-4) will open its December schedule by welcoming new Missouri Valley Conference member Valparaiso (2-2) to the Vines Center for the first time, Saturday at 4 p.m.

• The Lady Flames traveled to Valparaiso last season, and the teams' first-ever matchup ended in dramatic fashion. The Crusaders' Amber Lindfors hit a layup at the buzzer, lifting her team to a 70-68 victory.

• Liberty Assistant Coach Andrea "Andy" Bloodworth will get to coach against her sister, Valparaiso Head Coach Tracey Dorow. Meanwhile, former Liberty great Megan (Frazee) Leuzinger will make her return to the Vines Center as one of Dorow's assistants.

• Liberty will be seeking its first win over Valparaiso and its first-ever victory over a Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) foe. The Lady Flames are facing their second MVC opponent in three weeks, following a Nov. 17 loss at Drake.

• Lady Flames sophomore Ola Makurat has scored in double figures in back-to-back games, including a team-high and season-high 14 points on Tuesday.

Series History vs. Valparaiso
Overall:
Valparaiso leads, 1-0
Streak: Valparaiso W1
At Liberty: 0-0
At Valparaiso: Valparaiso leads, 1-0
Neutral: 0-0
Carey Green vs. Valparaiso: 0-1
Liberty's Last Win: None
Last 5 Meetings:
11/25/16    Valparaiso won, 70-68 (A)

Notable:
Liberty had only faced one Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) opponent in program history prior to 2017-18.  Valparaiso is the Lady Flames' second MVC foe of the season, along with Drake (Nov. 17).

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. Valparaiso
• Valparaiso Head Coach Tracey Dorow, in her sixth season with the Crusaders, is the sister of Liberty Assistant Coach Andrea "Andy" Bloodworth. Bloodworth spent two seasons (2005-06 and 2006-07) as an assistant at Valparaiso before coming to Liberty.

• One of Dorow's assistant coaches is former Liberty standout Megan (Frazee) Leuzinger. Leuzinger played with the Lady Flames from 2005-06 through 2008-09 and was a two-time Big South Player of the Year (2008, 2009) and a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American (2008, 2009). She is in her second year on staff at Valparaiso.

• First-year Valparaiso Director of Basketball Operations Kevin Clark II served as Liberty's graduate assistant during the 2016-17 season. He is also engaged to marry former Lady Flame Catherine Kearney.

• Before coming to Valparaiso, Dorow was Ferris State's head coach for 14 seasons. During that time, current Liberty Director of Operations Sarah Boruta served in the same capacity on Dorow's staff for three seasons (2005-06 through 2007-08).

• Picked to finish ninth of 10 teams in its first season as a Missouri Valley Conference member, Valparaiso is 2-0 at home and 0-2 on the road to begin the 2017-18 season. The Crusaders are in the midst of a four-game road swing, which will also include a visit to Longwood, Sunday at 2 p.m.

On This Date
• Liberty is 6-5 all-time on Dec. 2, but the Lady Flames have lost their last two Dec. 2 outings.

• The Lady Flames' most recent Dec. 2 victory came in 2000, when Liberty posted a 64-58 home win over Norfolk State.

• Liberty is 104-125 all-time in December, including 59-55 under Carey Green and 1-6 last season.

Lady Flames at the Vines Center
• Tuesday's home-opening win over Limestone marked 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. the Missouri Valley Conference
• Liberty is 0-2 all-time against Missouri Valley Conference opponents. Valparaiso is in its first year as a conference member in 2017-18.

• The Lady Flames tipped off the 2010-11 season with a 40-35 loss to Creighton, Nov. 12, 2010 at the Sheraton Raleigh Wolfpack Invitational in Raleigh, N.C.

• Just two weeks ago (Nov. 17), Liberty lost a 96-68 decision at Drake in a Preseason WNIT consolation contest in Des Moines, Iowa.