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Fasnacht and Frazee Named to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team

February 8, 2007
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Allyson Fasnacht was one of two Lady Flames to receive ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District first-team recognition.

Allyson Fasnacht was one of two Lady Flames to receive ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District first-team recognition.

Liberty junior guard Allyson Fasnacht and sophomore guard/forward Megan Frazee have both been named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District first-team District III selections, as voted upon by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). 

Fasnacht (Salem, Va.) and Frazee (Xenia, Ohio) are the second and third Lady Flames to ever receive this distinction, joining three-time honoree Kristal Tharp (2003-05), and now advance to the Academic All-America ballot. Tharp was an Academic All-America second-team honoree as a senior in 2005. 

Liberty is one of only six Division I women's basketball teams which sported multiple first-team selections. George Washington, Gonzaga, Maryland, Southern Miss and Tennessee are also included on the exclusive list. 

For Fasnacht, who owns a 3.92 GPA as a sport management major, this is the latest entry in a list of academic accolades the point guard has garnered in her two-plus years at Liberty. She was a member of the 2006 Big South All-Academic Team for women's basketball. Fasnacht has also been included on the Big South Presidential Honor Roll twice and earned a spot on the Liberty University Dean's List five times. 

On the court, Fasnacht, a 2006-07 Big South Preseason All-Conference Team selection, currently leads the Lady Flames in free throw percentage (.806) and ranks second in assists (1.8 apg). She has nearly doubled her point production since the start of conference play as the junior aims to lead her team to an 11th-consecutive Big South title. 

Fasnacht played an instrumental role in Liberty's 10th-straight conference tournament crown a season ago, nailing the jumper which sealed her team's victory over High Point in the Big South Championship game and winning the Big South Championship MVP award. She was additionally a member of the Big South All-Conference first team last season. 

Frazee is one of just seven Division I sophomores in the nation to advance to the Academic All-America ballot, joining Tennessee's Candace Parker and Duke's Abby Waner on the short list. A kinesiology major, she holds a 3.86 GPA. Frazee was a part of the Big South Presidential Honor Roll as a freshman and is a three-time member of the Liberty University Dean's List. 

Fully recovered from a torn ACL which sidelined her for the final 17 games of her freshman season, Frazee is enjoying a stellar sophomore campaign. She has been named Big South Women's Basketball Player of the Week four times this season and ranks in the top five of six different conference statistical categories. Frazee has recorded seven double-doubles this year, highlighted by a 37-point, 15-rebound effort in Liberty's 75-71 win at Virginia on Nov. 20. 

Frazee was a 2006 Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID) All-State second-team selection as a freshman, after averaging 18.5 ppg and 9.8 rpg in 14 games. She is tied for 28th on Liberty's all-time scoring list after only 36 career appearances. 

Fasnacht and Frazee had previously helped the Lady Flames achieve the 14th-best team GPA (3.338) among the nation's Division I women's basketball teams for the 2005-06 academic year. 

The Lady Flames are preparing for a Saturday 3:30 p.m. contest against Big South co-leader High Point at the Vines Center. The key conference match-up will be the second game of a doubleheader, as the Liberty men's basketball team hosts Charleston Southern at 1 p.m. 

ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Teams
District III (University Division)
First Team
Leslie Cook, High Point University, Sr., High Point, N.C., 4.0, Business Administration
Abby Waner, Duke University, So., Highlands Ranch, Colo., 3.3, English
Megan Frazee, Liberty University, So., Xenia, Ohio, 3.86, Kinesiology
Sabrina Gregory, Charlotte, Jr., Fayetteville, N.C., 3.75, Math
Allyson Fasnacht, Liberty University, Jr., Salem, Va., 3.92, Sport Management
Nikki Anthony, Florida State University, Sr., Pickens, S.C., 3.85, Physical Education

Second Team
Alicia Gladden, Florida State University, Sr., Orange Park, Fla., 3.37, Sport Management
Lesley Dickinson, James Madison University, Sr., Queens Village, N.Y., 3.40, Psychology
Lasma Jekabsone, Florida International University, Sr., Riga, Latvia, 3.63, Int'l Business
Rebecca Rowsey, University of Georgia, Jr., Henderson, Tenn., 3.70, Biology (Pre-Med)