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December 18, 2011  Richmond, Va.  RSS
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Freshman Catherine Kearney equaled her career high with 11 points against Virginia Union on Thursday, and also set new career highs in both blocked shots (3) and steals (3).

Freshman Catherine Kearney equaled her career high with 11 points against Virginia Union on Thursday, and also set new career highs in both blocked shots (3) and steals (3).

Game Day Central

Complete Game Notes

Radio Coverage:

Provided by the Flames Sports Network

Broadcast - Tip-Off:
4 p.m. at Richmond

Broadcasting Station:
The Light (90.9 FM WWMC)

Today's Game
Liberty (5-5) will play its final non-conference game of the 2011-12 regular season and its last pre-Christmas contest Tuesday at 4 p.m., when the Lady Flames travel to Richmond (8-2). Tipoff inside the Robins Center is set for 4 p.m., as the Commonwealth rivals face off for the first time since Jan. 5, 2008.

The "Starting Five" - Today's Top Storylines
1) Liberty won its most recent matchup against Richmond, notching a 45-38 win inside the Vines Center on Jan. 5, 2008. However, the Lady Flames have traditionally struggled against the Spiders, who own a 19-3 advantage in the all-time series. Liberty's only win at Richmond in program history, a 94-75 decision on Dec. 4, 1999, was Carey Green's first road triumph as Liberty's head coach.

2) The Lady Flames have traditionally fared well in their final game before the start of Big South Conference play. Under head coach Carey Green, Liberty is 10-2 in such contests, including a 73-53 win over Atlantic 10 foe La Salle last season, on Dec. 29, 2010.

3) Tuesday's game will be Liberty's sixth contest against a Virginia opponent in its first 11 outings of the 2011-12 season. It will also be the Lady Flames' third matchup with a Richmond-based squad (also VCU and Virginia Union). Moreover, it will be the second straight year Liberty has played in Richmond on the Tuesday before Christmas. Last year, the Lady Flames recorded a 59-57 win at VCU on Dec. 21, 2010.

4) Both teams have noteworthy stats regarding free throws. Liberty attempted a program and Vines Center-record 51 foul shots in its 82-37 win over Virginia Union on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Spiders lead the nation in free throw percentage at 82.6 percent.

5) With a huge game, Avery Warley could become Liberty's all-time rebounding leader on Tuesday. The redshirt senior has 1,012 career boards, leaving her 22 caroms shy of eclipsing Katie Feenstra's mark. Warley's career high is 21 rebounds, set on Feb. 28, 2011 at Charleston Southern.

Liberty vs. Richmond At a Glance
Series History
Series Record:
Richmond leads, 19-3.
Current Streak: Liberty won the last meeting.
Richmond's Last Victory: Richmond 65, Liberty 45 (Nov. 22, 2004 at Liberty)
Series Record at Richmond: Richmond leads, 10-1.
Current Streak at Richmond: Richmond has won three straight meetings.
Liberty's Last Victory at Richmond: Liberty 94, Richmond 75 (Dec. 4, 1999)
Last Meeting: Liberty 45, Richmond 38 (Jan. 5, 2008 at Liberty)
Last Meeting at Richmond: Richmond 82, Liberty 68 (Dec. 14, 2003)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 291-99 (13th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Richmond: 2-5

Richmond Head Coach: Michael Shafer
Overall Record (Seasons): 110-88 (Seventh Season)
Record at Richmond (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 0-1

Notes and Anecdotes
-- Liberty and Richmond have played three common opponents this season--UNC Greensboro, VCU and Virginia. Liberty is 1-2 in those contests (win vs. UNC Greensboro), while the Spiders are 2-1 (wins vs. UNC Greensboro and VCU).

-- This will be the third game Liberty has played against a team from Richmond in 2011-12, including its second contest in a row. The Lady Flames just beat Virginia Union on Thursday, 82-37. On Nov. 15, Liberty dropped a 52-47 home decision to VCU.

-- Liberty and Richmond have not faced off in women's basketball since Jan. 5, 2008. None of either team's current players appeared in that game. However, about two months later, Hidden Valley defeated Waynesboro, 59-45, in the 2008 VHSL Group AA state championship game. Hidden Valley was coached by current Richmond assistant Mike McGuire, and Spiders senior guard Abby Oliver tallied 16 points for the Titans. Liberty redshirt junior Devon Brown paced Waynesboro with 19 points and 12 rebounds.

-- Richmond sophomore guard Becca Wann is an All-American in soccer and has faced the Lady Flames on the soccer pitch. This season, she assisted on the Spiders' game-winning goal in their 1-0 victory over Liberty on Sept. 11.

-- Liberty's only road victory against Richmond in program history came on Dec. 4, 1999, a 94-75 win in the opening round of the Wachovia Women's Invitational. That was Carey Green's first road triumph as the Lady Flames' head coach.

Liberty vs. the Atlantic 10
Record vs. Current Conference Members:
Carey Green's Record vs. Current Conference Members: 5-7
Current Streak: The Atlantic 10 won the last meeting.
Last Meeting: Charlotte 62, Liberty 56 (March 16, 2011 at Charlotte)
Liberty's Last Victory: Liberty 73, La Salle 53 (Dec. 29, 2010 at Maryland)

Competing Against the Commonwealth
-- Liberty is 2-3 versus Virginia opponents this season, including victories over Virginia Union and Virginia-Wise and losses to VCU, James Madison and Virginia.

-- Tuesday's game continues a stretch of three straight contests against in-state opponents to close out the calendar year 2011. The Lady Flames will close out the year with their Big South Conference opener at Radford on Dec. 31.

-- Liberty will not travel outside the Commonwealth of Virginia again until Jan. 14, 2012, when the Lady Flames play a Big South game at Coastal Carolina.

Final Tune-Up for Conference Play
-- Tuesday's game is Liberty's last non-conference contest before the Lady Flames tip off their Big South Conference schedule Dec. 31 at Radford.

-- The Lady Flames have traditionally fared well in their final tune-up for conference play. Liberty is 10-2 in its last game before its Big South opener under head coach Carey Green.

-- Last year, the Lady Flames defeated an Atlantic 10 opponent (La Salle) by a 73-53 score in the consolation game of the Terrapin Classic, Dec. 29, 2010 in College Park, Md. Five days later, Liberty opened Big South play at High Point.

Deja Vu?
-- This will be the second straight season Liberty has played in the city of Richmond the Tuesday before Christmas.

-- Last year, the Lady Flames notched a 59-57 victory at VCU, Dec. 21, 2010 at the Verizon Wireless Arena. Emily Frazier and Jelena Antic paced Liberty's balanced offensive attack with 12 points apiece against the Rams.

A Look Back at Thursday's Home Win over Virginia Union
-- Liberty's 82 points against Virginia Union gave the Lady Flames an average of 99.0 ppg in their back-to-back home wins over Glenville State and Virginia Union.

-- The Lady Flames broke the program and Vines Center records with 51 free throw attempts, making 29 of them (56.9 percent). The previous mark (49 attempts) was set Feb. 27, 1997 in Liberty's 71-61 Big South Championship first-round win over Coastal Carolina at the Vines Center.

-- Liberty went over the 60-rebound mark for the second game in a row, nearly doubling up Virginia Union in the category, 68-35.

-- The Lady Flames collected a season-high 34 offensive rebounds, helping them outrebound their 37th straight opponent.

-- Avery Warley led the Lady Flames in both points (season-high 22) and rebounds (11), recording her third double-double of the season and the 35th of her career.

-- Warley also moved up to a tie for third place on the Big South's career rebounding list (1,012 rebounds) and entered eighth place on Liberty's career scoring list (1,163 points).

-- Devon Brown tallied 13 points, scoring in double figures for the 11th straight game, dating back to last season.

-- Jasmine Gardner had only scored in double digits once in her first 31 college contests. After notching 14 points against Virginia Union, she has now done so in back-to-back outings.

-- Freshman Catherine Kearney equaled her career high with 11 points.

-- Reagan Miller finished with a game-high seven assists and zero turnovers. The rookie has now tallied 15 assists in her last two contests.

-- The game was the 100th of senior Danika Dale's career.

Milestone Watch
Avery Warley is getting within striking distance of Liberty's career rebounding record, Katie Feenstra's total of 1,033 rebounds.

Warley's Career Rebounding Total: 1,012 rebounds
Rebounds Needed to Pass Feenstra: 22 rebounds
When Warley Would Break the Record at Her 2011-12 Rebounding Pace (11.1 rpg):
Dec. 31, 2011 - Road game at Radford
When Warley Would Break the Record at Her Career Rebounding Pace (9.3 rpg):
Jan. 7, 2012 - Home game vs. High Point