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Megan Frazee Named Tournament MVP As Lady Flames Fall To N.C. State
Freshman and tournament MVP Megan Frazee led all players with 29 points as the Liberty Lady Flames led by as many as 13 in the first half and 11 in the second half, only to have the North Carolina State Wolfpack rally with a run of their own in the second half, lifting N.C. State to an 83-69 victory over the Lady Flames to claim the championship trophy of its own tournament, Sunday afternoon at Reynolds Coliseum.
Visiting Liberty jumped out to a nine-point lead just five minutes into the game and eventually extended to 13 with nine minutes to go in the first half. Forcing three N.C. State turnovers early,the Flames built a point cushion early on.
In a game of runs, the Wolfpack used a 15-2 run over a span of seven minutes to take its first lead of the contest. Senior Billie McDowell, hit her first of the game to close out the run and give N.C. State the lead at 36-33 with just under two minutes left in the half.
Liberty regained the lead at the end of the half behind three free throws from freshman Moriah Frazee (F, Xenia, Ohio). Her effort gave the Lady Flames a 37-36 advantage at intermission. Megan Frazee (F, Xenia, Ohio) led all scorers with 15 points at half.
Liberty scored all of its points in the opening four minutes of the
second half using five three-pointers, which included three from Megan
N.C. State junior Marquetta Dickens ended the Liberty offensive strike with a jumper with 15:36 to go to cut the lead to nine, 56-47.
Behind Tiffany Stansbury , who scored 15 points in the second half, the Wolfpack then went on an 11-0 run to tie the game at 56 with 11:41 left. Junior Keisha Brown had a jumper, a steal and a deflection to pace the Pack's offense and defense during the run.
After a couple of easy baskets from Liberty, NC State broke away for good when Stansbury hit a pair of free throws at the 9:17 mark. Brown hit a lay up at 5:42 to give the Pack the field goal it needed to wrap up the tournament championship.
The win pushes the Pack to 5-2 on the year, while Liberty drops to 3-2.
The Lady Flames' Megan Frazee led the all players in the game with 29 points and had a team-high seven rebounds as she was named the tournament MVP. Moriah Frazee followed her sister with nine points and was also named to the all-tournament team for Liberty.
Stansbury led the N.C. State effort with a season-best 21 points and was named to the all-tournament team. Brown followed with 13 points, while teammate Khadijah Whittington chipped in nine points and had a team-high nine rebounds for the Wolfpack.
Liberty next travels to over the mountains to Blacksburg, Va. to square off with the Virginia Tech Hokies this coming Saturday, December 10. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
North Carolina State All-Tournament Team
Kitara McMoore, Elon
Ashley Boehnel, Southern Miss
Tiffany Stansbury, NC State
Khadijah Whittington, NC State
Moriah Frazee, Liberty