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WBB Game Day Central: High Point

January 28, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Sophomore Kylee Beecher grabbed nine rebounds in both games of Liberty's trip to Charleston Southern and Coastal Carolina.

Sophomore Kylee Beecher grabbed nine rebounds in both games of Liberty's trip to Charleston Southern and Coastal Carolina.

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The Game

Liberty (14-4, 5-1 Big South) will travel to High Point (13-7, 6-1 Big South) Saturday, for a battle between the two co-favorites in the Big South Conference preseason poll. The Lady Flames are on a seven-game winning streak, while the Panthers have won nine of their last 10. Tipoff at the Millis Center is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Last Time Out
The Lady Flames erased a 10-point second-half deficit with a furious finish, Monday evening at Coastal Carolina. Liberty ended the game on a 24-2 run, wrapping up a 57-38 victory and a 2-0 South Carolina "Beach Trip." Devon Brown (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Avery Warley (15 points, 12 rebounds) led the way for the Lady Flames.

On Deck
Liberty will conclude its four-game road swing Monday, when they finish off the first round of Big South Conference play at Commonwealth foe Radford. Tipoff at the Dedmon Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Lady Flames On The Air
All Lady Flames basketball games may be heard LIVE on WWMC 90.9 FM "The Light." Jamie Hall, in the midst of his 16th year of broadcasting Lady Flames basketball, is once again handling the courtside play-by-play duties for road games. Nick Pierce and Josh Wood serve as the primary commentators for home contests.

Scouting High Point
The High Point Panthers, chosen as a co-favorite with Liberty to win the 2009-10 Big South title, have been one of the conference's hottest teams in recent weeks, following a slow start. Their record stood at 4-6, before they defeated William & Mary and host Florida to win the Dec. 20-21 Gator Holiday Classic. Including that tournament title, the Panthers have gone 9-1 in their last 10 games and are tied with Gardner-Webb atop the Big South standings.

Two members of High Point's talented five-member junior class, 5-4 guard Jurica Hargraves and 6-3 forward/center Mackenzie Maier, were included on the preseason All-Big South roster, with Hargraves earning Big South Preseason Player of the Year honors. They are two of the Panthers' eight players averaging between 6.3 and 10.6 points per game.

Maier is leading the team in both points per game (10.6) and blocks per game (2.9), while shooting 44.1 percent from three-point range and 90.2 percent from the foul line. Hargraves chips in 8.2 ppg, while Amy Dodd, a 5-10 junior forward, has enjoyed a breakout season. Coming off of a career-high 28-point outburst during Monday's win at UNC Asheville, Dodd is posting 10.3 ppg and 5.4 rpg.

The Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach Carey Green is in his 11th season with the Lady Flames, and has led his team to nine Big South titles. A five-time Big South Coach of the Year, Green owns a 251-81 career record and is the all-time wins leader at Liberty and among Big South women's basketball coaches. His career winning percentage (.756) ranked ninth all-time among NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches at the season's outset. Green is 19-6 all-time versus High Point.

Tooey Loy owns a 143-108 record in his ninth season coaching at his alma mater. He is a two-time Big South Coach of the Year (2005 and 2007) and has led the Panthers to six top-three finishes in the Big South regular-season standings. He is 5-14 versus Liberty during his coaching career.

Liberty-High Point Series Notes
Liberty is 23-9 all-time versus High Point, but the Lady Flames are just 6-5 in the teams' last 11 matchups, dating back to the 2004-05 season. The Panthers have won two of the last three contests against Liberty at the Millis Center. In 2006-07, High Point became the only Big South team in the last 12 years to sweep the season series from the Lady Flames.

The two teams split the season series in 2008-09, as High Point dealt Liberty its only Big South setback. The Lady Flames defeated the Panthers at the Vines Center, 65-42, on Jan. 31, 2009. High Point then returned the favor on its home court in the regular-season finale, taking a 58-53 decision on March 9, 2009.

Megan Frazee averaged 16.5 ppg and 13.5 rpg in the two games versus High Point last season, while fellow senior Rachel Hammond contributed 15.5 ppg for Liberty.

Jurica Hargraves averaged a team-high 12.0 ppg against the Lady Flames in 2008-09. Maier added 10.0 ppg and blocked seven shots in the pair of contests.

A Big South Women's Basketball Rivalry
High Point has won five of its last 11 meetings with Liberty, beginning with a 62-53 victory at the Vines Center Feb. 26, 2005, which snapped the Lady Flames' 47-game Big South winning streak.

During that span, the Panthers have established themselves as Liberty's most consistent conference rival. The Lady Flames are 63-5 versus all other Big South opponents since Feb. 26, 2005.

Liberty Versus the Big South Conference
Liberty has enjoyed a considerable amount of success versus Big South Conference opposition, since joining the league for the 1991-92 season. The Lady Flames have won the conference tournament 12 times and captured 11 regular-season championships.

Liberty is 232-68 (.773) all-time against Big South opponents, including 196-62 in regular-season matchups and 36-6 in Big South Championship tilts. During Carey Green's tenure as head coach, the Lady Flames are 159-15 (.914) when facing Big South foes.

New Year's Resolution
Liberty owns a 162-106 all-time record in January contests, including a 78-9 mark under head coach Carey Green. The Lady Flames' 70-65 setback at Gardner-Webb on Jan. 2 snapped a streak of 17 consecutive January wins for the Lady Flames.

Liberty is scheduled to play nine games this January, including five contests at the Vines Center. The Lady Flames, 7-1 so far this month, currently own a 42-game home winning streak during January, since a 77-72 setback versus Elon, Jan. 13, 2000.

Warley Wins
Redshirt sophomore forward Avery Warley averaged 16.5 ppg and 14.0 rpg as Liberty went 2-0 on its annual South Carolina "Beach Trip." As a result, she earned the first Big South Player of the Week award of her career on Tuesday.

Double-Double x 2
Freshmen Jelena Antic (19 points, 10 rebounds) and Devon Brown (16 points, 13 rebounds) both crafted double-doubles during a Jan. 12 home win over Longwood. It marked the first time multiple Lady Flames have notched a double-double in the same game since Nov. 24, 2007. That day, sisters Megan Frazee (19 points, 12 rebounds) and Moriah Frazee (16 points, 11 rebounds) accomplished the feat in a 70-61 win over Houston, as part of the National City Xavier Invitational.

Just 13 days later, the Lady Flames accomplished the feat again, during a 57-38 victory at Coastal Carolina. This time, Devon Brown (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Avery Warley (15 points, 12 rebounds) both finished with double-doubles.

Furious Comeback
The Lady Flames fell behind Navy, 20-4, 7:56 into the Navy Classic championship game on Nov. 21. Liberty then outscored the host Midshipmen, 51-23, during the remainder of the game to claim an improbable 55-43 victory.

It was the Lady Flames' largest comeback since Nov. 27, 2001, in a matchup with VCU at the Vines Center. The Rams owned a 38-22 advantage with 18:41 remaining in the second half, before the Lady Flames rallied for a 65-60 victory.

Furious Comeback, The Sequel
Liberty trailed host Coastal Carolina, 28-18, with 17 minutes remaining in Monday's game. The Lady Flames then outscored the Chanticleers by a 39-10 count the rest of the way, closing out their 57-38 with a game-ending 24-2 run.

A Tale of Two Halves
Liberty has regularly stepped up its level of play during the second half this season. The Lady Flames are outscoring opponents by an average score of 36.6-25.3 during the final 20 minutes of play, thus far this season.

Liberty is shooting .519 from the field after halftime, while limiting opponents to a .319 second-half field goal percentage.

National Leader
Liberty, which has outrebounded 17 of its 18 opponents this season, ranks as the nation's No. 1 team in rebound margin, including games played through Jan. 24. The Lady Flames, who own a +15.8 rebound margin, have ranked among the nation's top five rebounding squads for six consecutive seasons. Liberty led the nation in rebound margin in back-to-back years, 2003-04 and 2004-05.

102 and Counting
The Lady Flames limited UNC Asheville to 27.5 percent shooting from the floor Jan. 18, marking the 100th consecutive time Liberty has held its opponent under 50 percent field goal shooting. The Lady Flames' streak now stands at 102 games. The last Liberty foe to sink half of its field goal attempts was Marist, at the Maryland Terrapin Classic on Dec. 29, 2006.

A Whole Lot of Winning Streaks
The Lady Flames have won a season-high seven consecutive games, which marks their second winning streak of at least five games so far this season.

Liberty has now enjoyed 18 winning streaks of at least five games during Carey Green's 11 seasons as head coach.

Lack of Overtime
Liberty has played only one overtime game in its last 197 outings, a 64-62 setback at High Point on Jan. 20, 2007. Since that contest at the Millis Center, the Lady Flames have played 96 consecutive games without needing extra time.

The Lady Flames' most recent overtime victory came on Jan. 6, 2004, when Liberty defeated American, 76-72, on the road in double overtime. No current Lady Flame has won an overtime contest in college.

Liberty's most recent overtime contest at the Vines Center was a memorable one. The Lady Flames defeated Virginia, 77-69, in overtime on Nov. 26, 2002, to claim their first-ever win over the Cavaliers. It also marked Liberty's first win over a ranked opponent, as Virginia entered the game with a No. 25 national ranking.

Darlings of Defense
Strong defense has been a staple of all Carey Green-coached teams at Liberty, but this year's team has been one of his best defensive squads. Below is a comparison between the 2009-10 Lady Flames' defensive statistics and the existing school records.

Statistic: 2009-10 average (school record)
Opponent Points per Game: 48.2 ppg (52.6 ppg in 2008-09)
Opponent Field Goal Percentage: .330 (.328 in 2004-05)
Steals: 210/11.7 per game (347/11.2 per game in 1999-2000)