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Balanced Scoring Attack Leads Liberty Past Loyola, 70-63
Megan Frazee's ninth double-double and Liberty's balanced scoring attack led the Lady Flames to a 70-63 non-conference win over Loyola, Tuesday evening, in the Vines Center.
Liberty (8-4) got off to a quick start, thanks to Megan Frazee (Fr., G/F, Xenia, Ohio), as she accounted for five of the Lady Flames' first seven points to put the home team up, 7-0, but Loyola (8-5) responded, scoring nine of the next 13 points to cut the lead to two, 11-9.
Both team traded baskets over the next seven minutes until the Greyhounds' Lauren Troupe connected on a jumper to bring Loyola to within one, 23-22.
However, that would be the visitors last bucket until 23 seconds left to go in the first half as Liberty's defense stifled the Greyhounds and took a 30-24 lead into the half.
A 7-1 run coming out of halftime by Loyola tied things up at 31 apiece, but the Lady Flames' 10-0 run over the next four minutes gave the home team a 41-31 advantage with 11:39 to go.
Krystle Harrington finally broke the drought when she made 1-of-2 shots from the line, but Roli-Ann Nikagbatse (So., G/F, Berlin, Germany) made a layup and connected on her free throw to finish off an old fashion three-point play to give Liberty a 12-point cushion, 46-34.
The lead hovered around double-digits over the next five minutes and Egle Smigelskaite's (So., F, Klaipeda, Lithuania) jumper at the 4:01 mark gave the Lady Flames their largest lead of the game, 14 (62-48).
Loyola showed fight as they battled back and reeled off a 12-6 run to get to within eight (68-60), but that's as close as the Greyhounds would get, falling to Liberty, 70-63.
Once again the Lady Flames proved to be too much on the boards as they outrebounded Loyola, 47-22. It marked the third-straight game that Liberty has collected 20 or more boards more then its opponent.
For the first time this season, the Lady Flames placed four players in double figures. Megan Frazee led the way with a game-high 24 points and 13 rebounds for her Big South best eighth double-double. Karolina Piotrkiewicz (Jr., F, Calais, France) just missed out on her third-straight double-double as she collected 14 points and nine rebounds. Nikagbatse and Molly Frazee (Fr., G/F, Xenia, Ohio) both had 10 points apiece, a season-high for Molly, while Allyson Fasnacht (So., G, Salem, Va.) tied a career-high as she dished out eight assists.
Harrington paced the Greyhounds as she recorded 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Troupe followed with 14 points and four assists, while Brittany Dunn was Loyola's only other double-digit scorer with 11.
Liberty will be back in action this Saturday when they start conference play, seeking its ninth-straight Big South regular season title, when they host the Buccaneers of Charleston Southern at 7 p.m. in the Vines Center.