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WBB Game Day Central: Shippensburg

December 14, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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WBB Game Day Central: Shippensburg

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

• 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.

• This is the Lady Flames' 28th season of basketball at the Vines Center.

• The Lady Flames are 278-73 all-time at the facility, including 207-37 under Head Coach Carey Green.

Lady Flames vs. the PSAC
• Liberty is 3-0 all-time versus Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) opponents, including 1-0 versus Kutztown and 2-0 against West Chester.

• Liberty's only home game against a PSAC foe was an 80-79 victory over West Chester on Jan. 18, 1988 at Liberty Gym.

• Liberty is 1-8 all-time against Pitt-Johnstown, but all nine meetings came before the Mountain Cats joined the PSAC.

• Lady Flames Assistant Coach Andrea "Andy" Bloodworth coached at Gannon from 2002-03 through 2004-05, before the Golden Knights became PSAC members.