Feb 5, 2008

Liberty leaps over high point

by Miranda Fielder
On Jan. 29 the Lady Flames beat the young team of High Point University 76-57. Throughout the first half, the Lady Flames quickly had to make adjustments to High Point’s physical play and quickness. “Through our scouting, we were expecting this to happen,” said head coach Carey Green. “We wanted to try and prepare the team to expect this.” Junior Rachel Hammond also felt like the Lady Flames were as prepared as they could have been against High Point. “We knew going into the game it was going to be pretty physical with them,” said Hammond. “We had a lot of attacking to do and getting in the paint.” Points seemed to be hard to come by as the Lady Flames only shot 11-for-36 from the floor. They were, however, successful from the charity stripe, finishing 11-for-15 as they built up a 35-22 lead off of 15 High Point turnovers. Juniors Molly Frazee and Megan Frazee each had eight points in the opening 20 minutes. Even with the Lady Flames on top of High Point going into halftime, the team was noticeably unsettled and shaky. “We wanted to win,” said Green. “Our effort was there, but we were just trying too hard. We were a little tight and playing too hard. This was the primary weakness for us.” At the start of the second half, the Lady Flames came out with a different swagger. The team was beginning to communicate and settle better. Also, the Lady Flames were making more crucial shots and completing plays to tally up points. The triplet trio of Megan, Molly and Moriah Frazee scored 53 of the 76 total points, with Megan finishing with 22, Moriah with 20 and Molly with 11 to go along with nine rebounds. Senior Courtney Watkins and junior Rebecca Lightfoot each contributed 10 rebounds in the 76-51 victory while Hammond added eight off the bench. On Feb. 2, the Lady Flames welcomed the Winthrop Lady Eagles to the Vines Center. It was expected to be a big game, due to the Lady Flames being ranked first in the conference and Winthrop coming in second. Winthrop’s defense stifled the Lady Flames halfcourt offense, but Watkins stole the show, recording two steals which led to fast break points during a crucial 7-0 run to put the Lady Flames up 23-12. Winthrop clawed back within four points after a 7-0 run of their own, but senior floor leader Allyson Fasnacht drained a three-pointer to cap off a 7-1 Lady Flame run to send the Lady Flames into the break with a slim 34-27 lead. During the first half, Moriah Frazee scored 10 points and Fasnacht contributed nine. Senior Courtney Watkins scored eight points with four rebounds. The Lady Flames caught fire in the second half as Watkins nailed a corner three-ball 15 seconds into the half, immediately putting Liberty up by 10. Liberty’s defense held Winthrop scoreless for a six-minute stretch and used that time to build up a 22-point lead. A Lightfoot three-pointer, one of five in the second half for the Lady Flames, put Liberty up by 29 with 3:06 left. The Lady Flames would cruise to a 76-51 victory, moving their record to 19-2 and 4-0 in the Big South Conference. Moriah Frazee finished the game with perfect statistics as she shot 5-for-5 from the field goals and 6-for-6 from the line foul for 16 points. Watkins and Megan Frazee each had 13 points on the game, with Watkins contributing five steals, seven rebounds and three assists. The Lady Flames will travel to in-state rival Radford University on Wednesday night for a 7 p.m. showdown with the now second-place Highlanders before Saturday night’s men’s and women’s doubleheader in the Vines Center against UNC-Asheville at 4 p.m. Contact Miranda Fielder at mbfielder@liberty.edu.
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