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Sweet 16 Team Honored as Liberty WBB's Best

September 24, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The 2004-05 Lady Flames advanced to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 for the first time in program history.

The 2004-05 Lady Flames advanced to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 for the first time in program history.

In conjunction with each institution's sports information office, the ASUN Conference has announced each member school's top team in women's basketball program history. The 2004-05 squad which reached the Sweet 16 was recognized as Liberty's top women's basketball team, with the 1997-98, 2002-03 and 2007-08 squads each earning honorable mention.

Top Women's Basketball Season – 2004-05
The 2004-05 Lady Flames became the first team in program history to win a game in the NCAA Tournament, topping No. 22 Penn State and No. 17 DePaul to reach the Sweet 16. Liberty, which finished the year 26-7, became just the second No. 13 seed ever to advance to the Sweet 16.

Head Coach Carey Green's squad knocked off No. 17 Kansas State on its home court early in the season. The Lady Flames then rolled through conference play, racking up a 13-1 Big South record and winning all three Big South Championship contests by 36 or more points.

Four Liberty seniors earned All-Big South honors, including Katie Feenstra (first team), Kristal Tharp (first team), Rima Margeviciute (second team) and Daina Staugaitiene (second team). Feenstra was voted Big South Player of the Year, Big South Championship MVP and an honorable mention All-American.

Honorable Mention – 1997-98, 2002-03 and 2007-08
In 1997-98, the Lady Flames won a school-record 28 consecutive games to start the season. Liberty then lost to eventual national champion Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament's first-ever meeting between two unbeaten teams. Elena Kisseleva was voted the team's first-ever Big South Player of the Year for the 28-1 Lady Flames.

The 2002-03 Liberty squad recorded the program's first Top 25 victory, a 77-69 overtime win over No. 23 Virginia at the Vines Center. The Lady Flames finished 26-4, as a hard-fought loss to Vanderbilt in the NCAA Tournament's first round halted a 22-game winning streak.

The 2007-08 Lady Flames went 28-4, tying the program record for victories. They also earned the team's best-ever NCAA Tournament seeding (No. 12) and finished with Liberty's highest season-end RPI ranking (No. 31).

During the coming weeks, the ASUN Conference will continue revealing each member's top seasons in each sport the conference sponsors.