Jan 20, 2009
winning streak reaches six
by Jonathon Thompson
The Lady Flames claimed a pair of victories over the week as they defeated the Lady Bucs of East Tennessee State and then overpowered The Presbyterian Blue Hose.
Liberty’s sixth straight victory came on Tuesday night at the Vines Center against East Tennessee State.
Freshman Avery Warley jump-started Liberty, sinking a jumper with less than one minute off the clock. TaRonda Wiles knotted the game with a layup early in the contest.
Turnovers, blocked shots and missed layups led to a 5-2 advantage for East Tennessee State at 15:40 on a three point jumper by Gwen Washington.
Latisha Belcher stretched the lead to seven points with two quick layups towards the halfway point of the opening half as the Lady Bucs held their largest lead of the game. The rest of the half went back and forth with six lead changes over the next 10 minutes, leaving the score tied at 24 after a sophomore Rachel McCleod three-point field goal.
With 3:30 left in the half Liberty began to pull away. Five different players contributed to an 11-0 run putting the Lady Flames up at the half 35-24.
Senior Megan Frazee led the Lady Flames with eight points at the half, while East Tennessee State’s TaRonda Whiles paced all players with 11 first half points.
The Lady Bucs came out firing in the second half, getting three-pointers from Wiles and Washington, but baskets by Warley and Megan Frazee were able to keep the Flames on top by eight. Baskets by Belcher and Wiles pulled the Lady Bucs within six, but that was as close as they would get to the Lady Flames.
The winning basket came via another Mays steal that was taken coast-to-coast with 8:21 left in the game.
From then on Liberty went into cruise control to pick up their fifth victory in a row, 64-54.
Wiles led all players with 18 points, while Megan Frazee paced the Lady Flames with 16 points and 13 rebounds while Mays had eight steals in a game that was marred by 52 turnovers, 29 for the Lady Flames and 23 for the Lady Bucs.
Liberty dominated the glass with 45 rebounds to East Tennessee’s 31. Moriah Frazee added 10 points for Liberty and moved within nineteen of being the 12th player in Lady Flames’ history to eclipse 1,000 points.
Liberty began conference play with a road contest against Big South newcomer Presbyterian on Saturday.
Liberty got off to a quick start with a Mays three-pointer and a Megan Frazee jumper.
The Blue Hose fought back to within one after four straight free throws, compliments of early fouls by Mays and senior Rachel Hammond before Liberty then claimed a seven-point lead after consecutive baskets by Moriah and Megan Frazee and Mays.
Presbyterian’s first field goal would come at 11:41 compliments of Katlin Moore moving the score to 11-6 as Presbyterian kept the game close through the entire first half, thanks to three three-pointers and entered halftime trailing 20-19.
Moore led all players at the half with 10 points, while Moriah Frazee led Liberty with seven points. Megan Frazee pulled down five rebounds for the Lady Flames, who dominated the glass in the first half with a 20 -6 advantage.
A 15-2 run by Liberty opened up the second half, capped by two Hammond treys and points from Megan Frazee, Warley and Mays.
Presbyterian pulled within six on seven points by Amanda Mills, as well as shots from Brittany Brown and Moore.
Frazee and Co. made sure that six was as close as the Blue Hose would get, as Megan added another three and Moriah tallied four more points.
Warley and freshman Kylee Beecher added points for Liberty, and McCleod finished off the scoring by sinking four straight free throws.
Mills would add six more points to end with a game high 21 points. But her superb effort could not overpower Liberty, which went on to a 59-49 victory, claiming their seventh win in a row.
Megan Frazee led Liberty with 14 points and Moriah Frazee added 11 points leaving her eight shy of 1,000 career points.
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