Feb 12, 2008

Winning streak reaches 10 as lady Flames defeat Radford

by Thomas Lourdeau
With a pair of wins this week against Radford on the road and back home against UNC-Asheville, the Lady Flames’ bolstered their winning streak to 10 games, placing further distance between themselves and the rest of the Big South competition.

The Flames won a thriller against preseason favorite Radford 63-50 behind Megan Frazee’s career-high 18 rebounds and 26 points, handing Radford just their second defeat at the Dedmon Center.

Despite over a 20-point difference in field goal percentage in the first half, (44 percent to Radford’s 19.4 percent) the Flames still clung to a 24-15 lead due to multiple first-half turnovers that spoiled would-be scoring chances.

Thanks to multiple runs in the second half, Radford trimmed the lead to 35-31 before Liberty scored 10 straight points. From there, the Lady Flames did not look back.

Liberty secured their tenth straight win of the season in the first game of a women’s and men’s basketball doubleheader against UNC-Asheville on Saturday, knocking off the Bulldogs 69-55. The win avenged a home defeat the Lady Flames suffered at the hands of UNC-Asheville last season.

The Lady Flames opened against the Bulldogs with an 11-2 run, holding the Bulldogs without a field goal for nearly four minutes. The Flames never trailed in the contest and led by as many as 19 points in the second half.

“It was important that we started strong. We controlled the tempo. It’s always important to start strong,” said head coach Carey Green, whose Lady Flames stand alone atop the Big South Conference.

The Flames spread the ball evenly on offense as three players (Megan Frazee, Moriah Frazee and Allyson Fasnacht) were all in double figures with 15, 11 and 10 points, respectively. The Flames shot 42 percent from the floor while holding the Bulldogs to 35 percent.

“We knew that we were going to have to come out and play like we have been playing,” said Megan Frazee. Green was impressed with his team but acknowledged its shortcomings in the second half. While shooting 50 percent from the floor in the first half, Liberty dropped to 30 percent in the second, including a one-for-six stretch from beyond the arc. He also acknowledged that the team did not play its best game defensively.

“There was a period of time that we didn’t execute very well,” said Green. “Some of the things that we did were not so much a result of their defense, but we’re shooting ourselves in the foot.”

Despite the Flames’ dominance of the competition thus far this season, Frazee insists that the team is staying focused. “We realize that right now our record might show that we’re on top, but on any given night a team can come out and take it from you,” Frazee said. Coach Green echoed those statements.

“We’re just taking it one game at a time,” he said. “We needed to prepare and give some respect to get some respect.” The Lady Flames donned pink warm-ups in an effort to raise breast cancer awareness in conjunction with the Women’s College Basketball Association’s “Think Pink” campaign. Players also wore pink shoelaces during the game.

Liberty will play the second game of a three-game home stand on Saturday, Feb. 16 when they host Coastal Carolina at 7 p.m. The Lady Flames will then play host to Charleston Southern on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Contact Thomas Lourdeau at tlourdeau@liberty.edu.
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