Thursday, July 12, 2012

Liberty to visit Texas A&M; ODU Las Vegas-bound

Thanks to the just-released Texas A&M non-conference schedule, we now know that Liberty has a date with the powerful Aggies on Nov. 20 in College Station. It will be the Lady Flames' second visit to A&M in three years. On No. 20, 2010, Texas A&M rolled up Liberty 81-49. The 32-point margin of defeat was the Lady Flames' largest in four years. That is, until two nights later, when they lost at Baylor by 39.

Still, it's easy to see why Liberty schedules these trips to Texas. Four Lady Flames - Tolu Omotola, Reagan Miller, Emily Frazier and incoming freshman Sadalia Ellis - all hail from the Lone Star State. But hey, coach Carey Green, Texas has schools that aren't in the Top 25, too, you know?

The game against Liberty will be A&M's fourth of the season, following contests at Louisville and against Penn State and UConn. All are potential Top-10 teams - UConn will almost certainly start out ranked No. 2 - so there's a fair chance the Aggies will be 0-3 and downright ornery when Liberty comes to town.

As for Liberty, the Lady Flames will open the season on Nov. 9 in the 16-team Preseason WNIT, an event that also includes defending CAA champion Delaware. The first-round pairings will be announced next week.

   - Also courtesy of A&M's schedule, Old Dominion will be one of six teams competing in the Duel in the Desert Dec. 19-21 in Las Vegas. The Lady Monarchs will play three games in a field that includes the Aggies, Notre Dame, Kansas State, UNLV and a sixth team still to be determined.

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