Tolu Omotola equaled her career high with 12 rebounds against Lipscomb on Saturday.
Game Day Central Page Note: Includes all important Game Day links (live video, live audio, live stats, etc.) Complete Game Notes Television Coverage: Provided by the Flames Sports Network Liberty Channel - Local Coverage (WTLU regionally in Lynchburg market) Game Will be Carried Live Video Streaming Coverage: Big South Network Radio Coverage: Provided by the Flames Sports Network Broadcast - Tip-Off: 7:05 p.m. vs. James Madison Broadcasting Station: The Light (90.9 FM WWMC) Today's Game Liberty (3-3) will begin a stretch where five of its next six contests will be against in-state opponents Thursday, when James Madison (4-0) visits the Vines Center for a 7 p.m. tipoff. This will be the sixth straight season that the Commonwealth foes have matched up in women's basketball, with JMU winning four of the previous five meetings. James Madison is ranked fifth in the Mid-Major Women's Top 25 poll this week, with Liberty at No. 24.
The "Starting Five" - Today's Top Storylines 1) Liberty will aim for its second all-time win against local rival James Madison, which owns a 6-1 lead in the all-time head-to-head series. The Lady Flames' first win over the Dukes came when JMU entered the game with a 6-0 record, on Dec. 4, 2007.
2) The game will match up two programs which have been extremely successful in recent years. Liberty is 104-33 since the start of the 2007-08 season, while James Madison is 104-35 over the same span.
3) Liberty has outrebounded 33 consecutive opponents, dating back to last season. That streak will be put to the test on Thursday, as James Madison ranks No. 20 nationally with a +11.0 rebound margin this year.
4) Devon Brown, who grew up about 30 miles from James Madison's campus, in Waynesboro, Va., needs 20 points to become the 14th 1,000-point scorer in Liberty women's basketball history. The redshirt junior has missed the last two games after her mother, Jennifer Brown, died on Nov. 22.
5) Reigning Big South Freshman of the Week Reagan Miller will look to continue her hot shooting, after making 50 percent (7-of-14) of her three-pointers in the last three contests. Liberty vs. James Madison At a Glance Series History Series Record: James Madison leads, 6-1. Current Streak: James Madison has won the last three meetings. Liberty's Last Victory: Liberty 79, James Madison 66 (Dec. 4, 2007 at Liberty) Series Record at Liberty: Series tied, 1-1. Current Streak at Liberty: James Madison won the last meeting. Last Meeting: James Madison 54, Liberty 51 (Dec. 5, 2010 at James Madison) Last Meeting at Liberty: James Madison 60, Liberty 50 (Dec. 1, 2009)
Coaching Matchup Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green Overall Record (Seasons): 289-97 (13th Season) Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same Record vs. James Madison: 1-4
James Madison Head Coach: Kenny Brooks Overall Record (Seasons): 202-87 (10th Season) Record at James Madison (Seasons): Same Record vs. Liberty: 4-1
Notes and Anecdotes -- Liberty's only win over James Madison came when the Dukes were undefeated. JMU entered the Vines Center with a 6-0 record on Dec. 4, 2007, but the Lady Flames handed the Dukes a 79-66 setback.
-- Liberty's Devon Brown has a number of connections with James Madison. She grew up in Waynesboro, Va., which is only about 30 miles from JMU's campus in Harrisonburg, Va. Brown also graduated from the same high school (Waynesboro High School) as James Madison head coach Kenny Brooks.
-- One of the biggest wins of Brown's high school basketball career at Waynesboro came against Turner Ashby, a 58-57 buzzer-beating victory in the 2008 Region III semifinals. Two of Turner Ashby's key players in that game were Kirby Burkholder and Nikki Newman, both of whom are now starting for James Madison.
-- Liberty and James Madison are two of the top rebounding teams in the nation. The Lady Flames rank No. 5 nationally in rebound margin (+15.2), while the Dukes check in at No. 20 (+11.0).
-- Both Liberty and JMU have racked up the victories in recent years. The Lady Flames are 104-33 since the start of the 2007-08 season, while the Dukes are 104-35. Each team has experienced postseason play for the last four years, with Liberty making three NCAA appearances and one WNIT trip and JMU going to two NCAA Tournaments and two WNITs. Liberty vs. the CAA Record vs. Current Conference Members: 24-61 Carey Green's Record vs. Current Conference Members: 10-10 Current Streak: The CAA won the last meeting. Last Meeting: VCU 52, Liberty 47 (Nov. 15, 2011 at Liberty) Liberty's Last Victory: Liberty 59, VCU 57 (Dec. 21, 2010 at VCU) Liberty in December All-Time Record in December: 83-108 Carey Green's Record in December: 38-38 Record This December (Games Remaining): 0-0 (6 games remaining) Last Five December Records: 2006-07 - 1-6 2007-08 - 5-1 2008-09 - 4-3 2009-10 - 2-3 2010-11 - 2-3
Liberty at the Vines Center All-Time Record at the Vines Center: 212-55 Carey Green's Record at the Vines Center: 141-19 Current Streak: Liberty won its last game at the Vines Center. Liberty's Last Loss at the Vines Center: VCU 52, Liberty 47 (Nov. 15, 2011) Record at the Vines Center in 2011-12: 1-1 (12 games remaining) Last Five Vines Center Records: 2006-07 - 10-3 2007-08 - 13-0 2008-09 - 10-2 2009-10 - 13-2 2010-11 - 10-1
Competing Against the Commonwealth -- Liberty is 1-1 versus Virginia opponents this season.
-- Beginning with Thursday's game, five of the Lady Flames' next six contests are against in-state opposition.
Glittering Guards -- Two of Liberty's guards have earned recognition recently.
-- Junior guard LaKendra Washington was named to the all-tournament team at the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Classic (Nov. 25-26), notching the first all-tournament nod of her career.
-- Point guard Reagan Miller became the first Lady Flame to garner a Big South Conference honor this season, as she was named Big South Freshman of the Week on Tuesday. A Look Back at the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament -- Liberty went 1-1 to finish third at its second straight in-season tournament (also the 2010 Terrapin Classic in College Park, Md.)
-- The Lady Flames' 76-45 loss to No. 12/14 Oklahoma came in their first matchup against a Top 25 team since an 81-66 setback to No. 17/17 St. John's on Dec. 28, 2010.
-- Liberty's 70-27 win over Lipscomb in the consolation game marked the first time the Lady Flames have held an opponent to fewer than 30 points since a 71-19 home win over Virginia Union on Nov. 16, 2010.
-- Liberty outrebounded both the Sooners and Lady Bisons by an average of 16.0 rebounds per contest, extending its streak to 33 straight games of winning the rebounding battle.
-- Liberty had not put three players into double figures in rebounds in the same game since Dec. 29, 2008 against North Carolina A&T before accomplishing the feat in both games at Vanderbilt. Catherine Kearney, Terika Lunsford and Avery Warley grabbed 10 rebounds apiece against Oklahoma. The next day, versus Lipscomb, Tolu Omotola grabbed 12 boards, while Danika Dale and Avery Warley added 10 caroms apiece.
-- Seniors Danika Dale and Avery Warley each posted 11 points and 10 rebounds against Lipscomb, and it was the first double-double of the season for both players. Warley now has 33 career double-doubles, while it was the first for Dale as a Lady Flame.
-- Avery Warley climbed past former teammate Megan Frazee on the Liberty and Big South career rebounding lists with 20 rebounds in the two contests at Vanderbilt. Warley now ranks third in program history and fourth in conference history with 968 career boards. Fastest to 1,000 Devon Brown needs just 20 more points to become the 14th player in program history to score 1,000 career points. She has played 63 games for the Lady Flames and has a chance to become one of the fastest Liberty players ever to reach the 1,000-point milestone. Here are the five Lady Flames who got to 1,000 points in the fewest games.
Elena Kisseleva - 47 games Brenda Gunsallus - 50 games Megan Frazee - 58 games Katie Feenstra - 64 games Sharon Wilkerson - 66 games
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