Nov 18, 2008

LadyFlames drop opening heartbreaker to VCU

by Brittany Watson

Liberty University’s women’s basketball team fought hard in a battle against VCU in the first preseason WNIT game Friday night in the Vines Center. Despite coming back to take the lead twice in the second half, the Lady Flames fell to the Ram’s 59-57 in the last two seconds.

Megan Frazee led all players, however, with 28 points and 11 rebounds. The win marked VCU’s first against Liberty since Dec. 2000.
The Rams came out swinging, dropping the first 12 points. Megan Frazee put a stop to their burst with a one-handed floater of her own.

VCU pushed forward, however, and scored the next nine points putting the score at 21-4 with 10:48 in the first half.

The Lady Flames defense held the Rams to one field goal, meanwhile going on an 11-2 burst during the final 4:20 in the first half. The last four points belonged to Megan Frazee, putting the score at 31-27 going into halftime.

Megan contributed 18 points in the first half, including all four of her free throws. Megan also had seven rebounds. Junior point guard Amber Mays appeared for the first time playing for Liberty contributing six points and two steals.

Liberty ended up outshooting VCU in the first half from the field. The Lady Flames shot 9-for-20 while the Rams shot 11-for-25. Liberty hit nine of 10 free throw shots and out rebounded the Rams 16 to 10.

Moriah Frazee opened up the second half by making both free throw shots, closing in the score to 31-29.

VCU pushed ahead before Liberty went on a 6-0 surge tying the score at 35 with a lay up by Megan. Megan then hit a three-pointer at 11:02, giving Liberty its first lead of the night.

VCU shot a jumper and surged into the lead. The Lady Flames did not get another lead until 4:30 was left in the game.
Freshman Avery Warley hit a lay up that started a 7-0 burst for the Lady Flames. Liberty was able to take a 54-51 lead with 3:11 left on the game clock.

The Rams tied up the score at 54 with free throws, leaving 2:18 to play. After a Mays lay up gave Liberty the 56-54 lead, VCU responded with a bucket with only 34 seconds left to tie.

Warley’s free throw gave the Lady Flames a 57-56 lead. However, VCU hit three free throws and Liberty was unable to make a shot with less than one second remaining.

Overall, Liberty shot 44.2 percent from the field goal to VCU’s 41.7 percent. During the second half, the Lady Flames also won the rebounding battle 36-23.

Mays contributed nine points and three assists and sophomore Rachel McLeod had a career-high eight boards and game-high six assists.

Recovering from ACL surgery, Moriah Frazee had eight points, while Warley had seven points and four boards.

Liberty’s next game and destination will be announced soon as it will be placed into one of preseason’s WNIT two four-team consolation quads for next weekend.


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