Nov 11, 2008

Lady Flames ready for Friday showdown with VCU

by Brittany Watson

Liberty’s women’s basketball team is preparing for another successful season with its opening game on Friday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Vines Center against in-state rival Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

The Lady Flames finished 28-4 last season, tying both the Big South Conference and Liberty’s record for victories in a single season.

The Lady Flames also took home their 11th Big South Championship title in the last 12 seasons and went on to play in the NCAA Tournament, losing to Old Dominion in the first round.

In addition, head coach Carey Green won his 200th career game and was named Big South Conference Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his seven years at Liberty.

Liberty has a strong roster this season with six seniors, (Alexandria Bream, Megan Frazee, Molly Frazee, Moriah Frazee, Rachel Hammond and Rebecca Lightfoot), two sophomores (Kittery Maine and Rachel McLeod) and six freshmen (Kylee Beecher, Devon Brown, Brittany Campbell, Danika Dale, DeAnna Fuqua and Avery Warley).

Despite several injured players, Coach Carey Green and the team is confident they will still have an excellent season. “They all are winners; they all played on great high school programs or in the NCAA. With the talent we’ve got we can compete and be successful,” Coach Green said. “They are all accepting the roles. They may be injured but they may be the best cheerleader on the sideline, they may be the best encourager.”

“I still think it will be a good season. It will just be good to get this first one under the belt and see how we all react,” 2007-2008 first team All-Big South Player Moriah Frazee said.

Senior Rachel Hammond is expecting this to be a successful year.

“It’s my senior year, so that is the only way to look at it,” Hammond said. “We have a bond that will be carried over to the floor this year.”

“We have six seniors with great leadership and experience. Our long range goals are to win another championship and get into the NCAA and advance,” Green added. “We feel like this is going to be a good year, and we are looking forward to getting things started.”
When asked about the team’s strongest strength for this season, Green said, “I am hoping for great execution and communication and support and encouragement to one another.”

Green’s desire is not only to coach basketball, but also to “coach the heart, to help the team grow in Christ. And when they do that, they are going to be the best ball players they can be.”

“We are going to work hard on our rebounding, and we are going to work hard on our defensive execution and we want to take care of the ball and not turn it over. We have been able to be pretty successful on a national level just in certain categories and those things should never change,” Coach Green said.

When asked about the one thing they will carry from last season, both Hammond and Moriah Frazee spoke of not taking anything for granted.

“Last year we had Moriah Frazee and Rebecca Lightfoot go down with ACL tears, so nothing is a given. It’s really just learning to not have expectations and learning to not take anything for granted,” Hammond said.

“You can’t take being able to play for granted, so enjoy the time you have and make the most of it,” Moriah Frazee said.

“We have a theme this year, ‘Earn It.’ I don’t care what conference you are in or who you are playing, if you come unprepared and not respecting your opponent, you can easily lose. So just realizing that every game and practice is important,” Hammond said.

Hammond is really looking forward to “playing with all my teammates and the road trips and honestly just being able to enjoy the game of basketball and embracing it all because I know this is the last year I will get to play.”

“It’s my senior year, so I’m going out there and having some fun and enjoying the time I have and just giving the season to God and seeing how things work out,” Moriah Frazee said.


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