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WBB Game Day Central: Longwood

January 21, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Kierra Johnson-Graham contributed nine points and eight rebounds to last season's 71-38 victory at Longwood.

Kierra Johnson-Graham contributed nine points and eight rebounds to last season's 71-38 victory at Longwood.

Game Day Central Links:
Live Video (Big South Network)
Live Audio (LFSN Radio)
Live Stats
Liberty Game Notes
Liberty Women's Basketball Instagram
Liberty Women's Basketball Twitter
Liberty Women's Basketball Facebook
Longwood Women's Basketball Webpage
Big South Women's Basketball Webpage

Game Time:
Tuesday - 7 p.m.

TV Coverage:
Big South Network

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 (10-8, 5-1 Big South) will make the short trek east on Route 460 for a Tuesday evening tilt at Longwood (3-14, 1-5 Big South). The game will mark the 40th all-time meeting between the Lady Flames and Lancers.

• The Lady Flames have won 17 consecutive meetings with Longwood and seven straight visits to Willett Hall. Liberty is 19-5 in its last 24 meetings with in-state opponents.

• Defense has fueled Liberty's fast start in conference play. Big South teams are scoring just 50.7 ppg against Liberty, while shooting 33.8 percent from the field and 23.2 percent from three-point range.

• Reigning Big South Freshman of the Year Keyen Green is coming off of the best game of her sophomore season. She scored a career-high 30 points during Saturday's win over Campbell and personally outscored the Camels after halftime, 18-15.

• Fellow sophomore Lela Sellers has been a valuable contributor at both ends of the floor, pacing the Lady Flames in three-pointers (20) and blocked shots (15).

Series History vs. Longwood
Overall: Liberty leads, 24-15
Streak: Liberty W17
At Liberty: Liberty leads, 14-4
At Longwood: Longwood leads, 11-7
Neutral: Liberty leads, 3-0
Carey Green vs. Longwood: 16-0
Longwood's Last Win: at Longwood 95, Liberty 88, 2/12/88

Last 5 Meetings:
2/21/17 Liberty 71, Longwood 38 (A)
1/17/17 Liberty 92, Longwood 47 (H)
2/27/16 Liberty 67, Longwood 47 (H)
1/24/16 Liberty 72, Longwood 67 (A)
2/17/15 Liberty 65, Longwood 60 (A)

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. Longwood
• Longwood is seeking its first victory over Liberty since Feb. 12, 1988, as the Lady Flames have won all 17 head-to-head matchups between the Route 460 foes since gaining NCAA Division I status prior to the 1988-89 season.
• Liberty has triumphed in each of its last seven visits to Willett Hall, after Longwood won its first 11 home meetings with the Lady Flames in series history.
• The Lady Flames have outrebounded Longwood by an average of 24.6 boards per game during the teams' last 11 meetings. Last season, the Lady Flames won the battle of the boards by an average of 24.0 in two matchups with the Lancers. In 2017-18, Liberty tops the Big South in rebound margin (+6.4), while Longwood is eighth at -5.5.
• Liberty's post players will have their hands full with 5-10 senior forward Autumn Childress, who leads the Big South in rebounding (10.4 rpg) and double-doubles (7).
• Tuesday's game will feature the only two Big South players who have scored 30 points in a game in 2017-18. Liberty's Keyen Green went for a career-high 30 points against Campbell on Saturday, while Longwood's Kristina Antonenko tallied 33 points at North Carolina Central on Nov. 14.
• Longwood is wrapping up a difficult stretch of four straight games against the Big South's top four teams (UNC Asheville, Radford, High Point and Liberty).

On This Date
• Liberty is 10-2 all-time on Jan. 23, winning each of its last seven games played on the date.
• Liberty's most recent Jan. 23 contest resulted in a 74-41 home victory over Longwood on Jan. 23, 2014. The Lady Flames hit 10 triples in the win, paced by the duo of Jaymee Fisher-Davis and Mickayla Sanders.
• Liberty is 216-118 all-time in January, including 132-21 under Carey Green and 5-1 this season.

Lady Flames vs. the Commonwealth
• Liberty will play its next two games against in-state opponents (Longwood and Radford).

• The Lady Flames are 19-5 in their last 24 meetings with Commonwealth foes, including 1-1 this season. Liberty opened its season with a win at Old Dominion on Nov. 10 and later lost at James Madison on Dec. 6.
• Liberty has defeated each of the other 12 in-state NCAA Division I women's basketball teams in program history.
• The Lady Flames are 7-1 when playing in Virginia this season but just 3-7 when venturing outside the Commonwealth.
Lady Flames vs. the Big South
• Liberty and UNC Asheville are tied for second in the Big South standings at 5-1, one game behind High Point (6-0).
• The Lady Flames are looking to start 6-1 or better in conference play for the first time since 2014-15, when Liberty won its first eight Big South contests.
• Liberty is off to a good start as it looks to win 10+ Big South games for the 19th consecutive season. The Lady Flames are also chasing their 16th Big South regular-season title, but their first since the 2014-15 season.
Spreading the Wealth
• Five different Lady Flames have served as the team's leading scorer during the first six Big South Conference games, including Ashtyn Baker (at UNC Asheville), KK Barbour (vs. Charleston Southern), Keyen Green (vs. Campbell, vs. Winthrop), Ola Makurat (at Gardner-Webb) and Lela Sellers (at Presbyterian).
Unique Combination
• Lela Sellers leads the Lady Flames in both three-pointers made (20) and blocked shots (15). No player in program history has led the team in those two categories over a full season. 
• Additionally, no other Big South team has a single player pacing its squad in both three-pointers and blocked shots this season.
Defense! Defense! 
• Defense has played a key role in Liberty's 5-1 start in Big South play. The Lady Flames are yielding only 50.7 ppg in conference games and no Big South team has reached 65 points against Liberty.
• Big South opponents are shooting 33.8 percent from the field and 23.2 percent from three-point range against Liberty.