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Frazee Repeats as Big South Preseason Player of the Year; Lady Flames Picked Second
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For the second-straight year, Liberty junior Megan Frazee has been voted the Big South Conference Women's Basketball Preseason Player of the Year, it was announced at Tuesday's 2007-08 Basketball Tip-Off Media Luncheon, held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Concord, N.C. In addition, the Lady Flames were picked to finish second, behind in-state rival Radford, in the conference preseason poll.
Frazee (G/F, Xenia, Ohio) was a first-team All-Big South selection a season ago, after leading the conference in rebounding (8.5 rpg), free throw percentage (.772) and three-point field goal percentage (.410). The junior ranked second among Big South players with her 17.2 ppg and posted a conference-high 13 double-doubles. At season's end, Frazee was voted to the Big South All-Tournament team.
Also named a first-team all-state honoree by both the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) and the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Frazee was the lone Big South player invited to the USA Basketball Women's National Team Trials, this past May in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Frazee is joined on the preseason all-conference roster by Radford senior teammates Kelli Darden and Corrie Fertitta, UNC Asheville senior guard Ashton Barton and Winthrop junior forward Ashley Fann.
Darden and Fertitta helped the Highlanders win two out of three meetings with the Lady Flames last season, including a 57-55 decision in the semifinals of the Big South Championship. These factors helped Radford edge Liberty for the top spot in the preseason conference poll, by a margin of six votes, 162-156.
Head coach Carey Green's Lady Flames fashioned their 11th-consecutive winning season in 2006-07, finishing at 19-12 overall and 10-4 in Big South action. Nine letterwinners, including a trio of starters—Allyson Fasnacht (Sr., G, Salem, Va.), Frazee and Moriah Frazee (Jr., F., Xenia, Ohio)—return to the fold this season.
UNC Asheville, the reigning Big South Championship titlist, finished third in the poll, 43 points behind Liberty. Voters, which included the conference head coaches, sports information directors and members of the media, experienced a difficult time separating the next three teams.
High Point, the 2006-07 Big South regular-season champion, was listed fourth with 81 points, while Winthrop was tabbed fifth with 80 markers and Coastal Carolina is picked sixth with 77 points. Charleston Southern was voted seventh, tallying the remaining 31 points.
Liberty is slated to play a home exhibition game versus Athletes in Action, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. The Lady Flames will then take to the road for six-consecutive outings away from the Vines Center to tip off the 2007-08 campaign, including the Nov. 13 lid-lifter at UNC Greensboro.
UNC Asheville will host the Big South Women's Basketball Championship for the second-straight season. The tournament is scheduled for March 14-16 at the Justice Center.
2007-08 Big South Conference Women's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team
Megan Frazee, Liberty, Jr., G/F, 6-3 – Preseason Player of the Year
Kelli Darden, Radford, Sr., C, 6-3
Corrie Fertitta, Radford, Sr., F, 6-1
Ashton Barton, UNC Asheville, Sr., G, 5-8
Ashley Fann, Winthrop, Jr., F, 6-0
2007-08 Big South Conference Preseason Poll (First-Place Votes) - Total Points
1. Radford (16) – 162
2. Liberty (9) – 156
3. UNC Asheville – 113
4. High Point – 81
5. Winthrop – 80
6. Coastal Carolina – 77
7. Charleston Southern – 31