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WBB Game Day Central: Charleston Southern

February 21, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Avery Warley totaled 18 points and 16 rebounds during the Lady Flames' first meeting with Charleston Southern this season.

Avery Warley totaled 18 points and 16 rebounds during the Lady Flames' first meeting with Charleston Southern this season.

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The Game
Liberty (19-5, 9-2 Big South) will play host to Charleston Southern (15-10, 7-5 Big South) in a battle between two of the Big South Conference's hottest teams, Monday at 7 p.m. at the Vines Center. The Lady Flames have won 12 of their last 13 games, while the Buccaneers are 6-1 in their last seven outings.

Last Time Out
Liberty won its 33th consecutive meeting with Coastal Carolina, Saturday at the Vines Center, but had to withstand a late comeback attempt by the Chanticleers. Coastal Carolina trimmed the Lady Flames' 11-point lead to two, but Liberty came up with a defensive stop on the game's final possession to preserve a 57-55 victory.

On Deck
The Lady Flames will begin their final road trip of the regular season Saturday at 2 p.m., when they visit UNC Asheville. Liberty has defeated the Bulldogs 12 straight times at the Justice Center.

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.

Lady Flames On TV
All 15 of Liberty's home women's basketball games will be televised in 2009-10, including 14 on the Flames Sports Network (FSN) and one on SportSouth/MASN. The FSN broadcasting team consists of Ray Jones on play-by-play and Jamie Hall on color.

Scouting Charleston Southern
Charleston Southern is enjoying one of its best seasons in program history. The Buccaneers' 15 wins equal their second-highest victory total and their seven Big South wins are just one shy of their most conference triumphs in a single season.

CSU canned 11 three-pointers during its 84-78 win at Radford on Saturday, extending its current winning streak to four. The Buccaneers' prolific outside shooting is nothing new, as Charleston Southern ranks No. 4 nationally with 8.8 made triples per contest. In fact, CSU has made more three-pointers this season (221) than Liberty has attempted (207).

The leaders of the Buccaneers' three-point barrage are 5-9 junior guard Katie Tull and 5-10 redshirt junior guard Kelsey Wasmer. Tull ranks second in the nation with 90 three-pointers and sits second in the Big South with a team-high 16.0 ppg.

Meanwhile, Wasmer averages 12.9 ppg and has connected on 52 trifectas. Wasmer has been the Buccaneers' hottest player of late, averaging 23.4 ppg in her last five outings, including a career-high 33-point outburst at Radford on Saturday.

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 256-82 career record and is the all-time wins leader at Liberty and among Big South women's basketball coaches. His career winning percentage (.757) ranked ninth all-time among NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches at the season's outset. Green is 24-0 against Charleston Southern.

Julie Goodenough is 45-70 in her fourth season at Charleston Southern and 255-185 in her 16th overall season as a collegiate head coach. Previous to her time with the Lady Buccaneers, Goodenough was Oklahoma State's head coach for three seasons (2003-05). She is 0-8 all-time versus Liberty.

Liberty-Charleston Southern Series Notes
Liberty is 41-5 all-time versus Charleston Southern, after winning its last 26 consecutive meetings with the Buccaneers by an average of 23.8 ppg.

The Lady Flames have recorded 15 straight wins over the Buccaneers at the Vines Center, since a 65-64 CSU victory on Jan. 20, 1996. The Buccaneers' Chrissy Kelly scored four of her seven points in the final 42 seconds, including the game-winning jumper with just five ticks remaining. Michelle Wyms led the Lady Flames with 21 points and eight boards.

Charleston Southern's most recent triumph over Liberty was a 66-60 decision, Jan. 18, 1999 at the CSU Field House. In that game, CSU overcame a 14-point first-half deficit and Sharon Wilkerson's eight triples and 26 points for the Lady Flames.

Liberty won its first matchup with the Buccaneers this season, claiming a 65-52 victory at the CSU Field House. Avery Warley led all players in both points (18) and rebounds (16), helping head coach Carey Green win career game No. 250. Helen Terry paced CSU with 14 points, but the Lady Flames were able to hold the duo of Katie Tull and Kelsey Wasmer in check. The two junior sharpshooters combined for 19 points on 6-of-20 shooting from the floor.

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 236-69 (.774) all-time against Big South opponents, including 200-63 in regular-season matchups and 36-6 in Big South Championship tilts. During Carey Green's tenure as head coach, the Lady Flames are 163-16 (.911) when facing Big South foes.

Fabulous in February
Liberty has won 95 of its last 101 games played during the month of February, dating back to the 1997 Big South Championship. The only teams to defeat the Lady Flames in February since then are High Point (three times), Gardner-Webb, UNC Asheville and Winthrop.

The Lady Flames own a 176-122 all-time mark during the year's second month, including a 76-6 record under Carey Green. Liberty, which went 6-0 in February a season ago and is 4-1 this February, has seven games scheduled this month.

Battle of Strengths
Monday's game will match up Charleston Southern, one of the nation's most prolific three-point shooting teams, with Liberty, one of the nation's best at defending the triple. Through games played on Feb. 18, the Buccaneers ranked No. 4 in the NCAA with 8.8 made three-pointers per contest. Meanwhile, the Lady Flames checked in at No. 9 for three-point field goal percentage defense (.265).

In the teams' first meeting of the season on Jan. 23, CSU connected on just eight of its 30 long-distance attempts (.267).

Trying for 20
At 19-5, the Lady Flames need just one more victory to reach the 20-win mark for the 12th time. Prior to the 1996-97 season, Liberty's school record for victories was 16. Since then, the Lady Flames have recorded 20 wins or more 11 times in the last 13 seasons.

Coming Through in a Close One
Liberty's 57-55 victory over Coastal Carolina was only the Lady Flames' second win this season in a game decided by 10 or fewer points. Liberty had lost five of its first six close contests this year.

The win also marked the Lady Flames' first triumph in a game decided by five or fewer points since a 51-50 win over Gardner-Webb in the title game of the 2009 Big South Championship, March 15, 2009 at High Point's Millis Center.

Bench Bunch
The Lady Flames' reserves have outscored their opponents' bench performers in each of the team's last three victories, averaging 19.3 ppg in those contests.

Bolstered by the return of Jelena Antic from injury, Liberty's bench outscored Coastal Carolina's non-starters by a 17-5 margin Saturday, playing a key role in the Lady Flames' 57-55 win.

Danika Dale has provided a spark off the bench recently, averaging 9.3 ppg in her last four outings, including a career-high 15 points against North Carolina Central on Feb. 4.

The Game is Decided by the Opening Tip
In a bit of a statistical oddity, Liberty is a perfect 14-0 when Avery Warley wins the opening tip this season. When the opponent takes the jump ball, however, the Lady Flames are only 5-5.

No Triples? No Problem
Liberty did not make any three-pointers during its win over Coastal Carolina on Saturday, shooting 0-5 from behind the arc. It was the eighth time this season that the Lady Flames have connected on either zero or one triples in a contest. Liberty is 7-1 in those games, despite its lack of three-point shooting.

Wanted for Theft
Liberty has employed an aggressive, trapping defense this season, helping the Lady Flames pace the Big South with 11.3 steals per contest. Liberty has tallied double-digit steals 17 times in its first 24 games of the year, after doing so only nine times during the entire 2008-09 campaign. Leading the way is senior Amber Mays, who has accounted for 56 of the Lady Flames' 271 thefts.

Turning Up the Heat in the Furnace
The 2009-10 campaign is the 18th season the Liberty women's basketball team has called the Vines Center its full-time home. The "Furnace" has served as a favorable venue for the Lady Flames over the years. Liberty is 198-53 (.789) all-time at the Vines Center, including 10-2 last season.

The Lady Flames are 10-2 to start this year's 15-game home schedule and are 106-11 in their last 116 home games, dating back to the 2001-02 season.