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WBB Game Day Central: No. 8 Seed Charleston Southern

March 8, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Game Time:
Friday - Noon

TV Coverage:
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Evan Lepler
Color Analyst: Kelley Deyo

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Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Jamie Hall

The Starting 5 - Liberty's Top Storylines
• No. 1 seed and tournament host Liberty (21-9) will face No. 8 seed Charleston Southern (11-19) in the Big South Championship quarterfinals for the third straight year. The victor will advance to a semifinal matchup with either No. 4 seed High Point or No. 5 seed Presbyterian, Saturday at 2 p.m.

• The Lady Flames will seek a measure of revenge after CSU eliminated Liberty from the 2017 Big South Championship with a 52-50 win in the quarterfinals.

• Liberty, which won both regular-season meetings with the Buccaneers, is 12-0 at home this season. The Lady Flames are 11-0 in tournament history when seeded No. 1 and facing the No. 8 seed.

• Big South Player of the Year Keyen Green has recorded a pair of double-doubles against CSU in her career, including 13 points and 12 boards during last season's Big South quarterfinal.

• Big South Freshman of the Year Ashtyn Baker is averaging 12.8 ppg during the Lady Flames' five-game winning streak. That includes an 18-point effort at Charleston Southern on Feb. 24.

Series History vs. Charleston Southern
Overall: Liberty leads, 59-7
Streak: Liberty W2
In Big South Championship: Liberty leads, 7-1
At Liberty: Liberty leads, 29-3
At CSU: Liberty leads, 25-4
Neutral: Liberty leads, 5-0
Carey Green vs. CSU: 42-2
CSU's Last Win: CSU 52, at Liberty 50, 3/10/17

Last 5 Meetings:
2/24/18 Liberty 95, CSU 57 (A)
1/6/18 Liberty 63, CSU 53 (H)
3/10/17 CSU 52, Liberty 50 (H)
2/17/17 Liberty 67, CSU 56 (H)
1/3/17 Liberty 81, CSU 72 (A)

Notes and Anecdotes - Liberty vs. Charleston Southern
• Liberty and Charleston Southern are meeting in the Big South quarterfinal round for the third straight year. Friday's game is a rubber match of sorts, as Liberty topped CSU 68-53 in the 2016 quarterfinals before the Buccaneers edged the Lady Flames by a 52-50 count a year ago.
• Liberty has not faced the same team in three consecutive Big South Championships since defeating High Point in the 2010 semifinals, 2011 semifinals and 2012 final.
• Liberty is 3-1 all-time against CSU in the quarterfinal round, including victories in 2006, 2009 and 2016 and a setback in 2017.
• The Lady Flames return nine of the 11 players who appeared in last year's quarterfinal matchup with CSU, while the Buccaneers only have three players (Rachel Burns, Shauntavia Dobson and Ke'Asia Jackson) back who appeared in that game. Elyse Kiploks, who hit the game-winning shot for CSU, is now the Bucs' director of operations.
• When seeded No. 1 in the Big South Championship, Liberty is 11-0 versus the No. 8 seed. Only one No. 8 seed has ever topped the No. 1 seed in tournament history. Winthrop pulled a 57-50 upset against top-seeded High Point in 2007.
• Friday will be Liberty's ninth all-time meeting with Charleston Southern in the Big South Championship, tying High Point as the Lady Flames' most common tournament foe.

Tournament Tidbits
• Liberty claimed its 16th regular-season championship and its 16th No. 1 seed but first of either since 2015. The Lady Flames have won the tournament title 14 of the previous 15 times they have been the top seed, with the lone exception coming in 2011.
• The Lady Flames are hosting the entire Big South Championship at the Vines Center for the fourth time (also 1997, 1998 and 2017).
• The Lady Flames are 50-3 all-time in the Big South Championship, when Liberty is seeded higher than its opponent, but one of those losses came last season.
• During each of the last two even years, the Big South Player of the Year has led her team to the Big South Championship title, including Winthrop's Dequesha McClanahan in 2014 and UNC Asheville's Chatori Major in 2016. Liberty's Keyen Green is the 2018 Big South Player of the Year.
• Either Liberty or Radford has appeared in 30 of the 31 Big South Championship title games in conference history, with 2014 marking the lone exception. However, 2008 is the only time the Lady Flames and Highlanders have faced each other in the championship game. A Sunday meeting is possible this season, with Liberty seeded No. 1 and Radford seeded No. 2. Radford defeated Liberty, 55-52, in last Sunday's Big South men's title game. The same two schools have never squared off in the both Big South men's and women's basketball title games during a single year.

Looking Back at Last Year
• No. 5 seed Charleston Southern defeated No. 4 seed Liberty, 52-50, in the 2017 Big South Women's Basketball Championship quarterfinal round, March 10, 2017 at the Vines Center.
• Elyse Kiploks put CSU in front on a layup with 22 seconds remaining. Nene Johnson then missed a potential game-tying jumper with 1.1 seconds left for the Lady Flames.
• Liberty saw a run of 20 straight Big South semifinal appearances halted and lost a Big South Championship game at the Vines Center for the first time.
• Ke'Asia Jackson scored a game-high 16 points for CSU, which turned 24 Liberty turnovers into 22 points. 

On This Date
• Liberty is 4-3 all-time when playing on March 9, including 4-2 in Big South Championship contests and 2-1 in the Big South Championship quarterfinal round.
• The Lady Flames lost 77-69 to Towson in the Big South quarterfinals on March 9, 1995. Since then, Liberty has won March 9 quarterfinal matchups with Winthrop (81-47 in 2004) and UNC Asheville (71-50 in 2012).
• Liberty is 72-48 all-time in March, including 64-23 under Carey Green and 1-0 this season.

Lady Flames at the Vines Center
• Liberty is 12-0 at home in 2017-18 and is looking for its first unbeaten season at home since the 2007-08 Lady Flames went 13-0 at the Vines Center.

• Through Monday's games, Liberty is tied for the 12th-longest active home winning streak in the nation at 12 games.
• Liberty has posted its 11th home winning streak of 10 games or longer in program history. The program record is 24 straight home wins (Dec. 21, 2002-Nov. 19, 2004).
• Liberty is 17-1 in Big South Championship contests at the Vines Center and won the 1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 titles on its home court.

Inexperienced Bunch
• Liberty's current players have combined to score 55 points and grab 47 rebounds in Big South Championship play, led by Keyen Green (13 points, 12 rebounds) and Nene Johnson (13 points).
Sheana Vega is the only remaining Lady Flame from the team's most recent Big South Championship title in 2015.
KK Barbour has appeared in the most Big South Championship games (4) of any current Lady Flame.

Hauling In The Hardware
Big South regular-season champion Liberty collected the following conference honors. This is the second season (also 1999-2000) where Lady Flames have been named both Player and Freshman of the Year.
Keyen Green - Big South Player of the Year (Liberty's 1st since 2009), 1st Team All-Big South
Ashtyn Baker - Big South Freshman of the Year (Liberty's 2nd in a row), Big South All-Freshman Team
KK Barbour - Honorable Mention All-Big South
Molly Reagan - Big South All-Academic Team
Lady Flames to Watch
#12 Ashtyn Baker - The Big South Freshman of the Year averaged 12.8 ppg during Liberty's five-game winning streak to close the regular season, shooting 76.9 percent (20-of-26) from the field and 92.9 percent (13-of-14) from the free throw line. That hot streak included an 18-point outing at Charleston Southern on Feb. 24, when Baker shot 6-of-7 from the field, 2-of-2 from three-point range and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Baker enters her Big South Championship debut with a current streak of 10 straight free throws made.
#14 Lela Sellers - Sellers is averaging 10.0 ppg in five career meetings with CSU. Her career highs for points (21, Jan. 3, 2017) and rebounds (8, Feb. 17, 2017) both came against the Buccaneers. Sellers is shooting 50 percent (11-of-22) from three-point range versus CSU during her career.
#21 Keyen Green - The Big South Player of the Year has recorded two career double-doubles against CSU, including her 13-point, 12-rebound effort during last year's Big South quarterfinal clash.
• #30 KK Barbour - Barbour enters the tournament on a career-long string of four straight games in double figures, including her 13-point performance at CSU on Feb. 24. She also went for 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists during the Lady Flames' Jan. 6 home win over the Buccaneers. Barbour tallied seven points and six rebounds versus CSU in the 2016 Big South quarterfinals, her best Big South Championship outing to date.