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Megan and Moriah Frazee Leave Houston Seeing Double
Liberty is now 4-1 to open the 2007-08 season, after making 32 free throws, just one shy of the school record. Megan Frazee's double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds was the 25th of her career. Meanwhile, Moriah Frazee posted her first double-double, tallying 16 points and corralling a career-best 11 boards. She also equaled a career best with three blocked shots in her 23 minutes of work.
Houston is 1-5 after dropping its fifth-straight contest. The Cougars were limited to 25.7 percent (19-of-74) field goal efficiency by Liberty's pressuring defense.
Liberty opened up a 10-5 lead to start the game, with all of the points being provided by Megan Frazee and Moriah Frazee. Megan Frazee's fast break layup, off a long pass by Allyson Fasnacht, completed the early burst, just over five minutes into the game.
In total, Megan and Moriah Frazee combined to tally the Lady Flames' first 14 markers of the evening. The duo also made all six of their foul shots during the game-opening surge.
Houston came back to even the score at 10, on a three-pointer by Ryan Bradley at 14:11. Liberty quickly responded, posting 12 of the next 15 points to build a 22-13 advantage, 8:26 before halftime. Molly Frazee and Rebecca Lightfoot both sank a pair of field goals during the Lady Flames' run.
The Cougars of Conference USA limited Liberty to one made field goal for the remainder of the half. In the meantime, Houston fashioned a 16-4 run, sparked by seven Tye Jackson points. Jackson's three-pointer from the corner, 26 seconds before the intermission, gave the Cougars their first lead of the game, 29-26.
The Lady Flames' lone field goal of the stretch came on their ensuing possession, as Molly Frazee evened the count at 29 apiece heading into halftime with a triple of her own.
Both teams struggled from the field in the opening half, as Liberty shot 31 percent (8-for-26) and Houston came in at 29 percent (10-for-34). The Lady Flames did excel at the free throw line, though, sinking 12-of-13 attempts, while Houston struggled to a 7-of-14 effort from the charity stripe.
The Frazee triplets combined for 21 of Liberty's 29 opening-half points, led by Megan Frazee's eight markers. Jackson's seven points off the bench paced Houston in the first 20 minutes.
Courtney Taylor hauled in six boards for the Cougars before halftime, helping her team to a 24-23 edge on the glass. Thirteen of Houston's rebounds came at the offensive end. Meanwhile, Moriah Frazee nabbed four caroms for the Lady Flames.
As they had done in the opening half, the combo of Megan Frazee and Moriah Frazee got Liberty off to a hot start after the break. They combined to record the first 10 points of a 12-2 Lady Flame burst to inaugurate the half. Courtney Watkins' coast-to-coast layup at 14:52 pushed the Liberty lead to 41-31, prompting a Houston timeout.
Five Watkins markers in 27 seconds bumped the Lady Flames' advantage to 13 points, 48-35, with 13:03 showing on the second-half clock.
Liberty went nearly five minutes without a field goal, but still owned a 13-point edge, 55-42, when Rachel Hammond banked in a mid-range jumper at the 8:12 mark.
The Lady Flames' next six points came from the free throw stripe, and Moriah Frazee's two connections at the 4:01 mark boosted Liberty's lead to a game-high 17 points, 61-44.
The Cougars clawed their way back into the game with a 13-1 burst, cutting the Lady Flames' advantage to 62-57 when Taylor cashed out a pair of free throws with 1:15 remaining.
Liberty came right back with five points of its own, reestablishing a double-digit lead at the 48.4-second mark, after Megan Frazee's bank shot in transition.
Houston got no closer than seven the rest of the way, and the Lady Flames closed out a 70-61 decision, their second win of the weekend.
The Lady Flames turned the tables in the rebounding column after halftime, outrebounding Houston by a 33-23 margin. Both teams made their living from the free throw line in the second half as well, combining to shoot 49 charity tosses in the stanza.
Liberty finished the game shooting 32-of-44 (72.7 percent) from the free throw line, led by Megan Frazee's 9-for-10 effort. Frazee had sunk a career-best 18 foul shots in a row before misfiring late in the second half.
Watkins scored 11 of her 13 points after halftime for the Lady Flames, reaching double digits for the fourth-consecutive outing. The senior guard, playing her 100th consecutive game, also pulled down five boards and came up with three steals.
Molly Frazee added eight points, while Lightfoot added six points and eight caroms for Liberty.
Two Houston players scored 10 or more points on the evening, headed by Taylor's 11 markers. Taylor also nabbed a team-best nine boards. Center Cobilyn Hill chipped in with 10 points, seven rebounds and a trio of blocked shots for the Cougars. Twiggy McIntyre was held to four points, but was able to distribute a game-high five assists.
Liberty will return to action Sunday at 2 p.m., when the Lady Flames face Xavier (4-1) in the final game of the National City Xavier Invitational. The host Musketeers, receiving votes in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls, have also won their first two games of the weekend.