Game Day Central Links: Live Video (Big South Network) Live Audio (LFSN Radio) Live Stats Liberty Game Notes Liberty Flames Ticket Office Vines Center Liberty Women's Basketball Instagram Liberty Women's Basketball Twitter Liberty Women's Basketball Facebook Shippensburg Women's Basketball Webpage Game Time: Saturday - 4 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 • Liberty (3-5) will play its final non-conference home game of the season on Saturday, facing Shippensburg (1-9) for the first time in program history. The contest will count as an exhibition game for the Raiders. • Liberty has won its first two home games of the season and will look for its first 3-0 start at the Vines Center since the 2012-13 season. • The Lady Flames are 2-1 in their last three games, thanks in large part to their defense. Liberty is yielding just 45.3 ppg over its last three outings. • Both teams feature standout freshman guards. Liberty's Ashtyn Baker has already won a pair of Big South Freshman of the Week honors. Meanwhile, Shippensburg's Ariel Jones (22.1 ppg) is the highest-scoring freshman in the nation, regardless of division. • Lady Flames junior KK Barbour is averaging a team-high 11.1 ppg, more than double her career scoring average of 4.4 ppg entering the season. She has scored in double figures in four of Liberty's last six contests, posting 13.0 ppg over the span. Series History vs. Shippensburg First Meeting Notable: • Shippensburg is the Lady Flames' fourth first-time opponent of the 2017-18 season to date, following Michigan, Drake and Limestone. • Shippensburg is the second 2017 NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Championship qualifier Liberty has faced this season, along with Limestone. • A Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) team has never played at the Vines Center. • Even though Shippensburg is located only about an hour away from Virginia, Saturday will mark the Raiders' first visit to the Commonwealth in Kristy Trn's 19 seasons as head coach.
Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. Shippensburg • Shippensburg went 24-7 last season, winning the PSAC East Division title and advancing to the NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Championship. However, the Raiders lost all five starters from that team. • Despite the efforts of Ariel Jones, who leads the nation's freshmen in scoring at 22.1 ppg, Shippensburg is 1-9 this season, including 0-5 in PSAC play. • Kristy Trn took over as Shippensburg's head coach in 1999-2000, the same year Carey Green took the helm at Liberty. Like Green, Trn is her school's winningest coach in program history, with 323 wins to her credit. • This is Trn's 29th straight season involved with Shippensburg women's basketball, including four years as a player (1989-93), one year as a volunteer assistant (1993-94) and five years as an assistant coach (1994-99) before her current tenure as head coach. • Liberty Swimming & Diving Head Coach Jake Shellenberger graduated from Shippensburg in 2005, following four years as part of the Raiders' swimming program. • Although Saturday marks the Lady Flames' first-ever meeting with Shippensburg in women's basketball, Liberty has faced the Raiders in other sports. The Flames are 8-7 versus Shippensburg in baseball, 1-0 in football, 1-0 in men's basketball, 0-1 in softball and 2-1 in volleyball. On This Date • Liberty is 3-3 all-time on Dec. 16. • The Lady Flames have not played on Dec. 16 since 2006, when Liberty defeated Virginia Union, 66-49, at the Vines Center. • Liberty is 105-125 all-time in December, including 60-55 under Carey Green and 1-0 in 2017-18.
Lady Flames at the Vines Center • Liberty is 2-0 at home this season and is looking for its first 3-0 start at the Vines Center since the 2012-13 Lady Flames opened the year with five straight home wins.
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