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Liberty Women's Basketball Team Ranks Seventh Nationally With 3.508 GPA

July 16, 2007
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The 2006-07 Lady Flames ranked No. 7 nationally with their 3.508 team GPA.

The 2006-07 Lady Flames ranked No. 7 nationally with their 3.508 team GPA.

The Liberty University women's basketball team posted a 3.508 team GPA during the 2006-07 academic year, earning a No. 7 ranking on the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division I Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll. The national ranking and GPA both rate as the highest in program history.

Head coach Carey Green's Lady Flames are included on the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for the fourth time overall, and the third time during his eight years at the helm. Liberty ranked No. 12 in 1998-99, No. 13 in 1999-2000 (Green's first season) and tied for No. 14 a year ago.

"The achievements of the young women in our basketball program continue to distinguish them from the world of NCAA Division I basketball," remarked Green. "To accomplish such a high level of academic achievement is evidence of a premier program."

Nine of the 14 players on the 2006-07 team roster earned recognition as part of the Big South Conference Presidential Honor Roll. Senior Karolina Piotrkiewicz (F, Calais, France), juniors Allyson Fasnacht (G, Salem, Va.) and Courtney Watkins (G, Bristol, Tenn.) and sophomores Alexandria Bream (G, Elizabethtown, Pa.), Megan Frazee (G/F, Xenia, Ohio), Molly Frazee (G/F, Xenia, Ohio), Moriah Frazee (F, Xenia, Ohio), Rachel Hammond (G, Clearwater, Fla.) and Rebecca Lightfoot (G/F, Duluth, Ga.) each recorded a GPA of 3.0 or higher to merit inclusion.

Fasnacht and Megan Frazee both garnered ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District first-team recognition during the season, making Liberty one of six teams in the nation to feature multiple first-team honorees. Frazee also made the Big South All-Academic team for the first time.

Hammond, a government major, owns the highest GPA on the team. She has maintained a perfect 4.0 through her first four semesters at Liberty.

"Our players have embraced the University's mission statement, glorifying God as they strive for excellence in all areas of life," Green continued. "Evidence supports the fact that the Liberty Lady Flames basketball program as a whole must be considered one of the nation's elite. I am honored to be associated with such a group of motivated high achievers."

The Lady Flames were the only Big South Conference team listed on the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll, as well as the only program from the Commonwealth of Virginia. South Dakota State led the way for the second straight year, compiling a 3.693 team GPA. The complete Top 25 is included below.

2006-07 WBCA NCAA Division I Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll

    School (Head Coach) - Team GPA
1) South Dakota State (Aaron Johnston) - 3.693
2) Northern Iowa (Tanya Warren) - 3.624
3) Saint Bonaventure (Jim Crowley) - 3.594
4) Montana State-Bozeman (Tricia Binford) - 3.557
5) Brown (Jean Marie Burr) - 3.517
6) Oakland (Beckie Francis) - 3.515
7) Liberty (Carey Green) - 3.508
8) Eastern Washington (Wendy Schuller) - 3.471
9) Niagara (William Agronin) - 3.457
10) Eastern Illinois (Brady Sallee) - 3.442
11) Villanova (Harry Perretta) - 3.432
12) Valparaiso (Keith Freeman) - 3.419
13) Indiana State (Jim Wiedie) - 3.398
14) Marist (Brian Giorgis) - 3.389
15) Western Carolina (Kellie Harper) - 3.387
16) San Francisco (Tanya Haave) - 3.382
17) Saint Louis (Shimmy Gray-Miller) - 3.336
18) Wisconsin-Green Bay (Matthew Bollant) - 3.334
19) Southern Illinois (Dana Eikenberg) - 3.318
20) Evansville (Tricia Cullop) - 3.313
21) Cleveland State (Kate Peterson) - 3.310
22) Northern Arizona (Laurie Kelly) - 3.307
23) Bowling Green (Curt Miller) - 3.300
24) Utah Valley State (Cathy Nixon) - 3.298
25) DePaul (Douglas Bruno) - 3.294