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WBB Game Day Central: Presbyterian

February 28, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Freshman Jelena Antic led all players with 14 points, the first time Liberty and Presbyterian College squared off this season.

Freshman Jelena Antic led all players with 14 points, the first time Liberty and Presbyterian College squared off this season.

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The Game

Liberty (21-5, 11-2 Big South) will play its final road game of the 2009-10 regular season at Presbyterian College (5-22, 3-10 Big South), Monday evening. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. at the Templeton Center, as the Lady Flames seek their seventh consecutive road win and a sweep of their season series with the Blue Hose.

The Lady Flames are 4-0 all-time versus the Blue Hose, in a head-to-head series which just began on Jan. 26, 2008. Liberty was victorious in its only previous trip to Clinton, S.C.

Last Time Out
Six Lady Flames scored in double figures, led by Avery Warley's 22 points, helping Liberty record a season-high point total in its 94-66 victory at UNC Asheville, Saturday afternoon. Liberty forced 28 Bulldog turnovers and converted the miscues into 42 points, as the Lady Flames completed a season sweep of UNC Asheville. The 94 points were the second most Liberty has ever scored in a Big South Conference game.

On Deck
Liberty will return home for its final two contests of the regular season, beginning with a Friday contest versus Commonwealth rival Radford at the Vines Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. for the 52nd all-time meeting between the Lady Flames and Highlanders. Liberty owns a 28-23 edge in the head-to-head series.

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 Presbyterian College
Monday evening's contest is the final home game of the year for Presbyterian College at the Templeton Center. The Blue Hose have gone 0-16 in games played away from Clinton, S.C., but have played well at home, winning five of their 11 home contests this season. However, Presbyterian College has dropped its last two home tilts as part of a current five-game losing skid.

A trio of players stand out on the Blue Hose season stat sheet, led by Mariah Pietrowski, a 6-2 freshman center. She ranks just behind the Lady Flames' Avery Warley on the Big South field goal percentage list at .589 and posts a team-high 10.8 ppg.

Next on Presbyterian College's scoring list is Amanda Mills. The 5-6 junior sharpshooter from Oregon City, Ore., has canned a team-high 44 triples and averages 8.3 ppg.

Dria David, a 5-8 freshman guard, does a little bit of everything for the Blue Hose. For example, she had 12 points, 16 rebounds and six assists in Saturday's loss to Radford. On the year, David leads the team in rebounds (5.4 rpg), assists (2.6 apg) and steals (2.2 spg).

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 258-82 career record and is the all-time wins leader at Liberty and among Big South women's basketball coaches. His career winning percentage (.759) ranked ninth all-time among NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches at the season's outset. Green is 4-0 all-time against Presbyterian College.

Ronny Fisher is 9-47 in his second year as Presbyterian's head coach. He previously spent 10 years as an assistant coach for the Blue Hose men's basketball team. A 1990 graduate of Furman, Fisher is 0-3 coaching against Liberty.

Liberty-Presbyterian College Series Notes
Liberty is 4-0 all-time versus Presbyterian College, including 1-0 at the Templeton Center.

The Lady Flames have won each of their three home matchups with the Blue Hose by at least 38 points. However, they had a more difficult time in their first-ever trip to the Templeton Center, Jan. 17, 2009. Liberty took a slim, 20-19 edge into the locker room at halftime, before finally gaining some breathing room with a 15-2 run to open the second half. The Lady Flames went on to claim a 59-49 victory, paced by Megan Frazee's 14 points and five rebounds. Amanda Mills led all players with 21 points for Presbyterian College, including four triples.

Big runs played a key role in the first Liberty-Presbyterian College contest this season as well, played on Jan. 16 at the Vines Center. The Lady Flames fashioned a pair of 15-0 surges in the opening stanza, building a 36-10 lead at the break on their way to a 73-27 triumph. Three Lady Flames scored in double figures, led by Jelena Antic with 14 points. Mariah Pieterowski's six tallies paced the visitors.

Liberty has scored an average of 72.8 points per contest all-time against the Blue Hose, but a Lady Flame has never finished with more than 15 points individually.

Marvelous in March
Liberty has gone 36-12 during the month of March under Carey Green, with nine of the setbacks coming in the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Flames are 9-2 in the regular season, 25-1 in the Big South Championship and 2-9 in the "Big Dance" during the year's third month, under his direction. Last season, the Lady Flames went 5-2 during the calendar year's third month.

The Lady Flames are 44-37 all-time in March contests and did not pick up their first victory in the month until the program's 13th season. Liberty's initial March triumph was an 82-69 win over Randolph-Macon on March 3, 1988.

Scoring Outburst
Liberty's 94 points scored at UNC Asheville on Saturday were a season high and marked the 11th time in head coach Carey Green's 11 seasons at the helm that the Lady Flames have tallied at least 90 points.

The Lady Flames' point total was their second-highest output ever in a Big South Conference game. Liberty's all-time high against a Big South foe came in a 99-42 home win over Charleston Southern on Feb. 18, 2008.

Spreading the Wealth
Six Lady Flames scored in double figures Saturday at UNC Asheville, including Avery Warley (22 points), Jelena Antic (13), Kylee Beecher (12), Devon Brown (12), LaKendra Washington (12) and Danika Dale (10). This is the second consecutive year Liberty has recorded a game with six double-digit scorers, after also accomplishing the feat versus St. Paul's in a 92-68 win on Dec. 13, 2008. Warley, Beecher and Dale were also part of the double-digit parade in that contest.

Prior to last season, Liberty had not tallied six double-digit scorers in a game since Jan. 19, 1987 against Ferrum.

70 is the Magic Number
Liberty is 9-0 this season when scoring at least 70 points in a game, extending a lengthy streak. The Lady Flames have now won 91 consecutive games when reaching the 70-point plateau offensively.

No. 24 Boston College was the most recent team to defeat Liberty when the Lady Flames tallied 70 points. The Eagles dealt the Lady Flames a 74-70 overtime loss, Dec. 6, 2003 at the Brown Classic.

Liberty has not dropped a game when scoring 70 points in regulation since Dec. 4, 2002. That day, the Lady Flames fell at Richmond by an 88-74 count.

Road Winning Streak
Liberty enters Monday's tilt on a six-game road winning streak. The Lady Flames have not lost a game away from the Vines Center since Jan. 2, when they lost, 70-65, at Gardner-Webb.

During the streak, Liberty has outscored its opponents by an average of 20.8 points per game and Avery Warley is averaging a double-double (14.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg).

Wanted for Theft
Liberty has employed an aggressive, trapping defense this season, helping the Lady Flames pace the Big South with 11.5 steals per contest. Liberty has tallied double-digit steals 19 times in its first 26 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 60 of the Lady Flames' 298 thefts.