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Liberty Shoots Well in Sixth-Straight Win

December 8, 2007
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Junior Rachel Hammond made all five of her field goals Saturday, on her way to a season-high 13 points.

Junior Rachel Hammond made all five of her field goals Saturday, on her way to a season-high 13 points.

For the third-straight game on its current homestand, the Liberty women's basketball team shot 52 percent or higher, connecting on 62.8 percent of its field goals Saturday afternoon versus Binghamton. The Lady Flames' shooting efficiency propelled them to their sixth-consecutive win, a 76-40 triumph over the Bearcats.

Four Liberty players reached double figures in the scoring column, headed by Moriah Frazee's 17, as the Lady Flames improve to 8-1. Meanwhile, Binghamton, limited to 13 first-half points, leaves with a 1-7 mark, after its first-ever visit to the Vines Center.

Megan Frazee nailed a jumper on Liberty's opening possession of the game, initiating a game-opening 6-0 burst. The visiting Bearcats did not score until the 16:40 mark, when Erica Carter made a jump shot.

Liberty made four of its five field goal attempts during an 8-0 burst, giving the Lady Flames their first double-digit advantage. Courtney Watkins wrapped up the surge with a layup off a Kittery Maine steal, pushing the Liberty edge to 18-6 at the 10:34 mark.

Binghamton tossed in the game's next three points, trimming the deficit to nine on Brianna Thompson's free throw with 9:04 showing on the first-half clock.

The Bearcats were still within 10 at 7:54, before experiencing a 6:24 scoring drought. During the stretch, Liberty ran off 15-consecutive points. Moriah Frazee and Rachel Hammond each contributed six markers to the run. Hammond's steal and fast break layup capped off the surge with Liberty on top, 36-11, 1:57 before the break.

The Lady Flames owned a 40-13 advantage at halftime, after shooting 63 percent (17-of-27) from the field during the opening 20 minutes.

Moriah Frazee paced all players in first-half points (10) and rebounds (6), while Hammond chipped in nine points, sinking all four of her shot attempts.

Binghamton shot just 27.3 percent (6-of-22) during the opening half, but Juta Jahilo came off the bench to make both of her field goals. She totaled a team-best four points and two rebounds prior to the intermission.

The Bearcats scored four of the first six points after halftime, cutting the Liberty lead to 42-17 on Jaki Goldner's hoop with 17:10 left. That's as close as Binghamton would get the rest of the afternoon, however.

Liberty tallied the next five points, including a Watkins three-pointer at 15:47, which put the Lady Flames in front by 30 for the first time, 47-17.

Later in the second half, Liberty fashioned a 12-0 run, featuring five Rachel McLeod points. Hammond provided the Lady Flames with their largest lead of the day, 66-27, by connecting on a pair of charity tosses with 5:59 remaining.

From that point on, Liberty cruised to a 76-40 decision, as all 11 players registered their names in the scorebook. The Lady Flames were nearly as proficient from the field in the second half as they had been in the first, making 62.5 percent (10-of-16) of their attempts. Liberty also hit 86.7 percent (13-of-15) of its free throws after the intermission and finished at 89.5 percent (17-of-19) for the game.

In addition to pacing all players in scoring, Moriah Frazee hauled in a game-high six rebounds, aiding in her team's 31-23 advantage on the glass. Frazee also shot 7-of-8 from the field and has now connected on 23 of her last 26 field goals.

Hammond did not miss a shot all afternoon, making all five of her field goals, including a three-pointer, as well as both of her foul shots. The end result was 13 points, a new season-high for the junior guard. Liberty's other Rachel, freshman point guard McLeod, tallied a career-best 10 points, all of which came after halftime.

Megan Frazee totaled 10 points and a team-high four assists in 20 minutes of action. She has now scored in double figures 21-straight times, dating back to last year.

Goldner and Muffy Sadler posted eight points apiece for the visitors, with Sadler connecting on both of her team's three-pointers. Darryll Peterson came off the bench for a team-high three caroms. Laura Sario led Binghamton in both assists (4) and steals (2).

Liberty will attempt to complete a perfect 4-0 homestand next Saturday (Dec. 15) at 2 p.m., when Glenville State visits the Vines Center for the first time in program history. The Pioneers are ranked No. 13 in NCAA Division II.