Jan 27, 2009

Moriah Frazee Scores 1000th

by Jordan LoSasso, Sports Reporter

Liberty’s Moriah Frazee scored her 1,000th career point in Liberty’s dominating 76-51 win against conference opponent Charleston Southern in the Vines Center on Saturday to remain undefeated in conference play.

The senior’s 1,000th point came after making a pair of free throws with 14:56 left in the second half accompanied by cheers from the crowd acknowledging the feat. Frazee is now the 12th Lady Flame to score 1,000 career points.

“It is a neat accomplishment,” Moriah Frazee said.

“As a basketball player, Moriah has tremendous skills, and I’m very pleased she reached this milestone. She has worked very hard and she deserves it,” Coach Carey Green said.

Liberty captured the lead with a Rachel Hammond layup off the opening tip. Hammond finished the game with 16 points and torched the Lady Bucs shooting 6-7 from the field and an impressive 4-5 from beyond the arc.

Senior Megan Frazee sparked the Lady Flames early with 10 points, four rebounds and a steal that led to a fast-break layup in the first six minutes of the half. Frazee finished the game with team highs 20 points and nine rebounds.

Liberty’s early run gave the Lady Flames a 24-8 lead with 9:50 to go in the first half. Kylee Beecher capped off the run with a jumper in the paint.

Charleston Southern climbed within 10 points with 5:28 left in the first half, making it a contest until senior Rebecca Lightfoot hit a 3-pointer off of a turnover.

Turnovers were a large part of the game for the Lady Flames. Liberty only turned the ball over 12 times, after averaging over 20 per game, and scored 24 points off 15 Lady Bucs turnovers.

“We have struggled with turnovers, so it’s good to see us get more disciplined,” Megan Frazee said.

Liberty continued to melt down the Lady Bucs in the second half. The Lady Flames increased the lead to 25 points with 13:27 left in the half with a layup by Megan Frazee to make the score 57-32.

Freshman Danika Dale led the Lady Flames in the second half coming off the bench. Her six rebounds, two steals and two assists maintained Liberty’s lead.

Liberty’s defense performed well, forcing 15 turnovers and holding Charleston Southern to 33 percent shooting. Big South leading scorer Pam Tolbert was kept in check, scoring only 12 points. The defense was anchored by redshirt freshman Avery Warley, who accumulated six rebounds.

The win improves Liberty’s record to 5-0 in the Big South and 11-7 overall. It is also the team’s eighth victory in a row and extended their win streak against Charleston Southern to 23 games. The Lady Bucs fell to 1-4 in the Big South and 7-11 overall.

“It is a good matchup and it’s a confidence factor. When we play them we are confident,” Coach Green said.

Earlier in the week, the Lady Flames defeated UNC Asheville 75-48 on the road, giving them sole possession of first place in the Big South Conference standings.

Megan Frazee got Liberty going early with eight points during an 11-4 run to start the game. A three-point play by the senior ended the surge with 15:18 remaining in the half.

After having their lead cut to four, the Lady Flames scored 13 straight points, extending the lead to 24-7. Rachel Hammond converted a three-point play of her own to end the run at the 10:43 mark.

The Bulldogs held Liberty scoreless for over four minutes, pulling within 11 points, 28-17, until the Lady Flames went on a 14-0 surge.
The run was led by five Rebecca Lightfoot points.

Liberty went to halftime with a 42-19 advantage.

At the start of the second half the Bulldogs put together two small spurts, trimming the lead to 50-30. The Lady Flames quickly answered with a five-minute 9-0 run that bolstered their lead to 29 points with 10:27 left in regulation.

Liberty took their biggest lead of the night with 1:31 to play when Rachel McLeod hit a three to push the advantage to 31 points.

The game ended with a 75-48 victory for the Lady Flames. Megan Frazee led all players with 22 points and 14 rebounds. It was her 4th double-double of the season. Avery Warley scored 10 points, added eight rebounds and blocked two shots.

The Lady Fames will continue their four game homestand against Coastal Carolina Monday at 7 p.m. in the Vines Center.

Contact Jordan LoSasso at
jlosasso@liberty.edu.

 


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