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Lady Flames Pull Out Victory With Game-Ending 8-0 Run
Liberty, which won its 27th-straight game over the Lady Chanticleers, improves to 16-9 overall and 8-2 in the Big South Conference. The Lady Flames, who won despite shooting just 19 percent (4-of-21) in the second half, remain in a three-way tie atop the conference standings with High Point and Radford.
Coastal Carolina lost for the fourth time in the last five outings and is now 14-10 overall. The Lady Chanticleers, who nearly became the first Big South team other than High Point to win at the Vines Center since Jan. 13, 2000, are now 5-5 in conference action.
Moriah Frazee won the tip for Liberty and then nailed a three-pointer on the game's opening possession, giving the Lady Flames the early advantage.
Liberty's edge stood at 5-2 before the visitors ran off eight-consecutive points. Alisha Dill hit the last two jumpers of the surge, including one at the 15:24 mark which put Coastal Carolina ahead, 10-5.
The Lady Flames bounced right back, scoring 20 of the game's next 24 points. Molly Frazee contributed 12 points to the run, and Liberty's edge was 11, 25-14, after a Frazee three-point play with 8:01 showing on the first-half clock.
The Liberty advantage hovered between seven and 11 markers for the remainder of the half. Coastal Carolina seized a bit of momentum heading into the intermission, when Lacey Lyons made a three-pointer with just four seconds left. Her long-distance connection shaved Liberty's lead to 36-29 after the opening stanza.
Molly Frazee made all five of her field goals and both of her free throws in the first half, accounting for her team-high 12 points and helping Liberty shoot 52 percent (13-of-25) from the floor. Liberty also scored half of their points in the paint during the opening half.
Jamie Feagin pulled down four rebounds, contributing to the Lady Flames' 19-13 rebounding edge before halftime.
Alisha Dill paced Coastal Carolina's balanced scoring attack during the first 20 minutes, tossing in eight points. Victoria Blanchard added four assists prior to the intermission.
Megan Frazee made a lay-up 1:29 into the second half, putting Liberty up by six, 38-32. Her basket would be Liberty's only field goal of the first 11:13 of play after halftime, though.
The visitors took advantage of the Lady Flames' struggles at the offensive end. They recorded a 14-6 surge, including seven points by Dill. Blanchard's three-pointer at the 12:12 mark reclaimed the lead for the Lady Chanticleers, 46-44.
A 5-0 Coastal Carolina burst, capped off by C.J. Ware's fast break three-point play, gave the Lady Chanticleers the first of two six-point advantages, 53-47.
Coastal Carolina's other six-point lead, 57-51, came with 4:19 showing on the second-half clock, when Dill sank a mid-range jumper. Those would be her team's last points of the game, as the Lady Chanticleers missed their last four shots and committed a pair of turnovers.
Megan Frazee nailed a three-pointer from the wing on Liberty's ensuing possession, slicing the lead in half with 3:56 left.
The Lady Chanticleer advantage was just one at the 2:35 mark, when Allyson Fasnacht sank a jumper as the shot clock was about to expire.
Roli-Ann Nikagbatse then knocked the ball away from Blanchard, setting Liberty up with another possession. It proved to be an important one, as Megan Frazee came up with an offensive rebound and drew Dill's fifth foul on the play. Dill left the game as Coastal Carolina's leading scorer with 18 points and Frazee split the pair of charity tosses to knot the game at 57 apiece with 1:45 left.
After a Blanchard missed three-pointer, Megan Frazee ripped down another offensive board on Liberty's end. Again, she split the pair of free throws, reclaiming the lead, 58-57, for the Lady Flames, at the 29.3-second mark.
Blanchard saw a shot attempt rim out on the Lady Chanticleers' next possession. Again, Frazee was there for the rebound. For the third-straight time, the sophomore made one-of-two tosses, giving Liberty a 59-57 advantage, with 8.9 seconds left.
Lyons had ended the first half with a three-pointer and she got a chance to end the game with one as well. The Coastal Carolina freshman had a good look at a game-winning triple, but saw her effort bounce off the front of the rim as the final buzzer sounded.
Megan Frazee led all players in both points (20) and rebounds (12), recording her ninth double-double of the year. She posted a double-double in the second half alone, contributing 13 points and 10 boards after halftime. Frazee made 11-of-16 free throws, setting career highs in both categories.
As a team, Liberty shot 21-of-33 (63.6 percent) from the free throw line, as opposed to just 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) for the visitors.
Molly Frazee ended up with 13 points and five rebounds to assist the Lady Flames in improving to 9-2 at home. Liberty managed only two points in the paint in the second half, although the Lady Flames recorded a 42-25 rebounding advantage for the game.
Dill was the only Coastal Carolina player to reach double figures in the scoring column, but Blanchard added an impressive all-around effort with nine points, a team-high seven boards and four assists.
Liberty head coach Carey Green is now 99-9 in Big South Conference games, tying him with former Radford coach, Luby Lichonczak atop the list for most Big South Conference victories.
Green will get a chance to record conference win number 100 and break Lichonczak's mark Monday evening at 7 p.m., when Charleston Southern visits the Vines Center for Liberty's next-to-last home game of the season.
Coastal Carolina will remain in Virginia to battle Radford, Monday evening at 7 p.m.