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Lady Flames Explode for 92 Points in Victory Over McNeese State
The Lady Flames are now 3-1 on the season, after posting a season-high point total and draining a season-best eight three-pointers. McNeese State, playing the third leg of a week-long five-game road trip, drops to 0-6.
Liberty made its first three shot attempts of the evening, culminating with a fast break layup by Rebecca Lightfoot at 17:35, which put the Lady Flames on top by a 6-0 count.
After Marcy Robinson got McNeese State on the scoreboard with a mid-range jumper at the 16:18 mark, Liberty answered with 14-consecutive points. The Lady Flames' run included a trio of three-pointers, and the Liberty advantage ballooned to 20-2 when Molly Frazee sank a pair of free throws with 11:53 showing on the clock.
The Liberty lead reached 40 points, 55-15, 1:09 before the half, when Moriah Frazee made a basket in the paint to cap a 7-0 burst. The Lady Flames took a 57-18 lead into the locker room at halftime, after connecting on 64.5 percent (20-of-31) of their field goals and six three-pointers during the opening 20 minutes.
Ten players got into the scorebook for Liberty in the opening half, led by Megan Frazee's 11 markers. Defensively, the Lady Flames limited McNeese State to four made field goals and 12.1 percent (4-of-33) field goal shooting.
Molly Frazee hauled in seven first-half rebounds, helping her team to a 27-13 advantage on the glass. Liberty also recorded 14 assists on their 20 field goals, including three from Allyson Fasnacht.
The Cowgirls scored four of the first five points to start the second half, closing the gap to 58-22 on Marcy Robinson's hoop with 18:33 remaining in the contest.
Alexandria Bream recorded seven-straight Liberty points near the middle of the second half, the last two of which increased the Lady Flame lead to 82-35 at 9:03.
A trio of three-pointers helped McNeese State shave its deficit to 89-50 with 2:38 left. Liberty then broke the 90-point barrier on its next possession, for only the sixth time in Carey Green's nine seasons as head coach. The Lady Flames' final margin of victory was 40 points, 92-52.
Liberty ended the game with a 50-24 rebounding edge, led by Molly Frazee's eight caroms. Every Liberty player corralled at least two boards. The Lady Flames also held the Cowgirls to 25 percent (15-of-60) field goal shooting for the contest.
Megan Frazee finished with a Liberty season-high 21 points and seven rebounds in just 16 minutes of work, in a return to her home state of Ohio. Lightfoot matched a career high with 13 points for the victors.
For the third-straight game, both Moriah Frazee and Courtney Watkins scored in double digits for the Lady Flames. Frazee totaled a dozen points and Watkins chipped in with 10. Additionally, Bream set new career highs for both points (9) and rebounds (4).
Starting guards Ne'Aisha Anderson and Lenissa Lopez totaled 11 points apiece for McNeese State. The duo combined for five of the Cowgirls' six triples. Joanna Klutarich pulled down a team-best four rebounds.
Liberty will play its second of three games at the National City Xavier Invitational, Saturday at 6 p.m. against Houston. The Lady Flames and the Cougars of Conference USA will be meeting for the first time on the hardwood.