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WBB Game Day Central: Denver

December 17, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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WBB Game Day Central: Denver

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Game Time:
Tuesday - 4:30 p.m. Eastern

Radio Coverage:
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Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Jamie Hall

The Starting 5 - Liberty's Top Storylines
• Liberty (4-5) will face Denver (7-5) for the first time in program history, Tuesday on the opening day of the Roo Holiday Classic at UMKC's Swinney Recreation Center in Kansas City, Mo.

• Liberty has won three of its last four games, but is seeking its first victory outside Virginia this season. The Lady Flames have never played in Missouri.

• The Lady Flames have limited their last four opponents to an average of 44.8 ppg. They will be tested by a Denver offense that averages 8.4 three-pointers per game.

• Liberty is coming off of a 105-43 home win over Shippensburg on Saturday, its first time scoring 100+ points since Dec. 10, 2011. The Lady Flames feature a balanced scoring attack, as nine different players have scored in double figures at least once this season.

• Lady Flames sophomore Ola Makurat recorded her second career double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds) against Shippensburg on Saturday. She is averaging 11.0 ppg over her last five contests.

Series History vs. Denver
First Meeting

• Denver is the Lady Flames' fifth first-time opponent of the 2017-18 season to date, following Michigan, Drake, Limestone and Shippensburg.

• Denver is Liberty's first-ever opponent from the state of Colorado. The Lady Flames will face back-to-back Centennial State opponents, meeting Northern Colorado on Wednesday.

• Liberty has only faced one Summit League member previously, posting a 68-59 home win over Oakland on Nov. 21, 1998, when the league was known as the Mid-Continent Conference.

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. Denver
• Denver finished just 6-24 last season, but is already off to a 7-5 start in 2017-18 under first-year head coach Jim Turgeon, who spent the previous two years as Colorado State University-Pueblo's head coach.

• Prior to his time at CSU-Pueblo, Turgeon served as Iowa Western Community College's head coach for eight seasons. One of his assistants at Iowa Western, Terra Moyers, is also on Turgeon's staff at Denver.

• Liberty junior guard Melis Ucar spent the last two seasons at Iowa Western. However, Turgeon and Moyers had moved on to CSU-Pueblo before Ucar started playing for the Reivers in 2015-16.

• Denver Associate Head Coach Kayla Ard is facing Liberty in a December tournament for the second straight year. Last season, Ard was an assistant at Dayton when the Flyers defeated the Lady Flames, 82-53, at the Cavalier Classic, Dec. 28, 2016 in Charlottesville, Va.

Iva Ilic leads the Lady Flames with 11 three-pointers made. However, she would rank only fourth on Denver's roster this  season. The Pioneers are averaging 8.4 triples per game, led by Lauren Weinman, who is 21-of-41 from long distance.

• Denver is 2-1 all-time against Big South opponents, with all three meetings coming against Radford between 1997 and 1999.

On This Date
• Liberty is 3-3 all-time on Dec. 19.

• The Lady Flames are playing on Dec. 19 for the third straight season, following a 69-57 home win over Shepherd in 2015 and a 61-41 loss to Central Arkansas in San Antonio, Texas last season.

• Liberty is 106-126 all-time in December, including 61-56 under Carey Green and 2-1 in 2017-18.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles
• Liberty has survived a grueling travel schedule to begin the 2017-18 season, playing eight road/neutral games in five different states (Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Virginia), including this week's pair of contests.

• The Lady Flames spent 11 total nights in seven different hotels in the 17 days between Nov. 9-25 and will have racked up 15 total hotel nights by the time they leave Kansas City.

• Liberty has flown through nine different airports already this season, including Atlanta, Charlottesville, Des Moines, Detroit, Dulles, Hartford, Kansas City, O'Hare and Raleigh/Durham.

• Liberty had 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.

Tournament Time
• Liberty is playing in its last of three regular-season tournaments, the Roo Holiday Classic.

• The Lady Flames opened their season by going 1-2 in the Preseason WNIT. Liberty then went 0-2 at the UMass Thanksgiving Classic, Nov. 24-25 in Amherst, Mass.

• Liberty's last unbeaten regular-season tournament came on Nov. 28 & 30, 2014 (GSU Thanksgiving Tournament).

Lady Flames in Missouri
• Liberty is playing in Missouri for the first time in program history.

• Missouri is the 26th different state the Lady Flames have visited all-time.

Lady Flames vs. the Summit League
• Liberty is 1-0 all-time against Summit League opposition, defeating Oakland in its first year as a conference (then Mid-Continent) member on Nov. 21, 1998.

• The Liberty men's basketball team will also be facing a Summit League foe this week, meeting Fort Wayne in the opening round of the New Orleans Shootout on Thursday.

Hanging 100
• Liberty's 105-point outburst during Saturday's win over Shippensburg marked the Lady Flames' first time reaching the century mark since a 116-65 home victory over Glenville State on Dec. 10, 2011.

Darlings of Defense
• Liberty has won three of its last four games, thanks in large part to strong work on the defensive end. The Lady Flames' last four opponents are averaging 44.8 ppg on 34.1 percent (59-of-173) field goal shooting.

• Liberty has come up with 43 steals over the last four contests, catapulting the Lady Flames to the top of the Big South with 9.3 spg on the season.