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Liberty Defeats SMU; Inducts Feenstra, Tharp into the Hall of Fame
Liberty battled back from a seven-point halftime deficit to beat a tough SMU team, 71-61, on an evening that saw the Lady Flames' induct Katie Feenstra and Kristal Tharp into the Liberty University Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Lady Flames (4-3) jumped out to an early 11-2 lead as Megan Frazee, Karolina Piotrkiewicz and Leslie Jones each knocked down a three-pointer to give Liberty a quick nine point lead.
SMU (3-6) battled back, outscoring Liberty 17-8 to tie things up at 19 with 7:25 remaining in the first half on a Sarah Davis three-pointer.
The Mustangs built their lead to as much as 10 points behind the hot hand of Davis and Kendall Shead as they combined to scored 10 of SMU's next 16 points to go up 35-25, but the Lady Flames would connect on 3-of-4 free throws to cut into the lead and head into the half down, 35-28.
Coming out of the half Shead's hot shooting continued as she took a Joslyn Greenard pass and drilled a three to put SMU back up by 10; however, Liberty responded, reeling off a 25-5 run to swap deficits and give the Lady Flames a 10-point lead, 53-43, on a Megan Frazee put-back with 7:51 remaining.
The Mustangs battled back to get to within five on two different occasions, but Liberty was just to much as they picked up their third home victory on the season.
For the seventh-consecutive game the Lady Flames were led by Megan Frazee as she posted a game-high 25 points and 11 rebounds and four assists, giving her five double-doubles on the year. For the second time this season, Moriah Frazee hit double-digits in points with 10, while Piotrkiewicz recorded 10 points and eight rebounds.
SMU was led by Shead as she scored 14 points and dished out a game-high seven assists. Davis was the Mustangs only other player to reach double-digits as she collected 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from behind the arc – all coming in the first half.
At halftime, Liberty honored Feenstra and Tharp for all of their hardwork and dedication to the program for four years as both helped lead the Lady Flames to 100 victories, two NCAA Tournament wins and an appearance in the Sweet 16.
Liberty will be back in action this Monday as they head east to Norfolk, Va., to take on the Spartans of Norfolk State at 7 p.m. from Echols Hall.