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Lady Flames Rout Virginia Union, 100-29
Liberty is off to its best start since its undefeated regular season of 1997-98 at 6-1. The Lady Flames hit 11 three-pointers, equaling their most ever at the Vines Center, and scored 100 points for the first time in Carey Green's nine seasons at the helm. Liberty has now won four games in a row. Meanwhile, NCAA Division II Virginia Union is still seeking its first win of the 2007-08 season, as the Panthers drop to 0-3.
Both teams were extremely efficient at the offensive end to open the game. The Lady Flames and Panthers combined to score on their first seven possessions of the game. Liberty owned a 9-6 advantage after the barrage, which featured a pair of hoops by Moriah Frazee.
The Lady Flames then tightened up their defense and found their range from behind the three-point arc. Liberty held Virginia Union to a single field goal over a 12-and-a-half minute span. During the stretch, the Lady Flames ripped off a 34-2 run. Liberty connected on six triples during the extended surge, two apiece by Alexandria Bream and Allyson Fasnacht, taking a 41-8 lead.
A Dashia Chandler three-point play kick-started an ensuing 5-0 Virginia Union surge. However, Liberty tallied eight of the half's final 10 markers to claim a 49-15 halftime edge.
All 11 Lady Flames played at least seven minutes and tallied at least two points during the opening half, and the squad connected on 7-of-11 three-pointers (63.6 percent). Megan Frazee paced all players with nine points during the opening 20 minutes.
Rachel Hammond hauled in five first-half boards, contributing to Liberty's 30-14 advantage on the glass. Fasnacht dished out a trio of assists before the half.
Virginia Union, held to 21.2 percent field goal shooting (7-of-33) before the half, was led offensively by Katchona Johnson's six markers.
Liberty shot well in the first half, but the Lady Flames were even better after the break, connecting on 76.7 percent (23-of-30) of their field goal tries, including 82.6 percent (19-of-23) from two-point range.
The Lady Flames posted 28 of the second half's first 32 points, taking a 77-19 lead on Rebecca Lightfoot's layup with 11:17 left. Moriah Frazee posted 11 tallies during the stretch.
Liberty then cruised to victory the rest of the way, leaving just one question in the minds of the 978 fans in attendance at the Vines Center, "Would the Lady Flames reach 100 points?" Freshman Kittery Maine answered the question affirmatively with her layup with 20 seconds remaining. Her basket put Liberty at the 100-point plateau for the first time since a 103-61 triumph over Cedarville on Dec. 13, 1997, when Maine was still in third grade.
Five Lady Flames reached double figures in the points column, including all three Frazee triplets. Moriah Frazee led all players with a season-high 18 points, sinking all eight of her field goals. Sisters Molly Frazee and Megan Frazee contributed 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Courtney Watkins continued her solid start to the 2007-08 season, tossing in a dozen points. Bream recorded a career high point total for the second time in eight days, making all three of her three-pointers on her way to 11 points. Bream's long-distance shooting helped Liberty total 11 three-pointers, which equals the most the Lady Flames have ever made at the Vines Center.
Fasnacht finished with a season-best seven assists, enabling Liberty to total 33 helpers, its most ever as a Division I program. Megan Frazee matched a career high with half a dozen assists.
Liberty also enjoyed success rebounding the ball, collecting 52 caroms to the Panthers' 29. Hammond nearly doubled her previous career best of five rebounds, as the 5-9 guard corralled a game-high nine boards in just 19 minutes of action.
Virginia Union never did find its shooting touch and finished the game making 18.8 percent from the field (12-of-64) and just one of its 16 three-pointers. Starting backcourt mates Chandler and Ciara Alston evenly split 14 points to lead the Panthers. Chandler also pulled down a team-high six rebounds.
Liberty will play its second of four-consecutive home games, Tuesday at 6 p.m., when the Lady Flames welcome unbeaten James Madison (6-0) to the Vines Center. The tilt will be the front end of a basketball doubleheader, which will wrap up with a Liberty men's basketball contest versus Presbyterian at 8:15 p.m.