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Liberty Wins Lady Rebel Christmas Classic

December 21, 2007
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Allyson Fasnacht's 19 points and seven assists sparked Liberty to a tough road win at UNLV, Friday evening.

Allyson Fasnacht's 19 points and seven assists sparked Liberty to a tough road win at UNLV, Friday evening.

Liberty senior point guard Allyson Fasnacht made all six of her free throws in the final 32.5 seconds, Friday evening at the Cox Pavilion, enabling her team to hold off host UNLV's late rally and claim a hard-fought 70-68 victory. With the win, the Lady Flames won the inaugural Lady Rebel Christmas Classic title.

Fasnacht tied a career high with 19 points and added seven assists, leading Liberty to its ninth-consecutive win. The Lady Flames, now 11-1 overall, were represented on the all-tournament team by MVP Megan Frazee and sister Moriah Frazee.

Meanwhile, UNLV drops to 4-7 despite getting 29 second-half points from its all-tournament duo of Shamela Hampton and Sequoia Holmes.

Moriah Frazee tallied the evening's first three points, on a free throw and layup, before the Lady Rebels knotted the score twice in the early going.

Liberty took a four-point lead, 9-5, on a pair of free throws by Megan Frazee at 15:35. The markers were Frazee's fifth and sixth-straight points for the Lady Flames. Her foul shot connections extended her career-long streak to 19-straight made charity tosses.

UNLV responded with an 8-2 run, claiming a 13-11 advantage on Allison Holiday's three-pointer from the top of the key, 13:57 before halftime. Holiday scored six points during the Lady Rebel surge.

Liberty continued the see-saw scoring pattern by putting together an 11-2 spurt. Five Lady Flames contributed points to the run, which concluded with the visitors holding a 22-15 edge after Moriah Frazee's basket at the 9:05 mark.

The Lady Flames' lead was short-lived, though, as the Lady Rebels scored the next seven points, leveling the score at 22-all with 5:39 showing on the first-half clock. Holmes closed out the surge with her second three-pointer of the opening half.

The teams were tied at 25-apiece before Molly Frazee drilled Liberty's first three-pointer of the night, starting a 12-2 Liberty surge. The triple also allowed the Lady Flames to set a school record, as they have now made a three-pointer in 83-consecutive games, dating back to Feb. 26, 2005.

Subsequent three-pointers by Courtney Watkins and Fasnacht highlighted the extended Liberty run, which ended with the Lady Flames holding their first double-digit lead of the game. Megan Frazee's field goal closed out the surge, putting her team on top by a 37-27 margin, 1:00 before the break.
UNLV trimmed the gap to six with four quick points, but Liberty owned a 39-31 halftime edge.

The Lady Flames shot the ball well during the opening 20 minutes of action, making half (13-of-26) of their field goals. All eight Liberty players who saw action scored, paced by Megan Frazee and Fasnacht, who tossed in nine markers each.

Megan and Moriah Frazee evenly divided eight rebounds before the intermission, but UNLV owned a slim, 18-17 edge on the glass during the opening half.

Liberty limited UNLV to 34.5 percent (10-of-29) shooting prior to the intermission, but the Lady Rebels sank five three-pointers and made all but one (6-of-7) of their free throw attempts.

The Lady Rebels' Holmes, ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring with a 21.2 ppg average, notched only six points in the first half on 2-of-9 shooting. However, Holiday picked up some of the slack with eight markers.

Consecutive baskets by UNLV center Hampton trimmed her team's deficit to six, 41-35, just 58 seconds into the second half.

Liberty's lead ballooned to 47-36 points at the 17:13 mark, after a 6-1 burst. Fasnacht found Rebecca Lightfoot for a fast break layup to cap the Lady Flame run.

Hampton held her team within striking distance by scoring UNLV's first nine points of the second half. However, Megan Frazee's first three-pointer of the game kept Liberty on top by a 50-40 score, at the 14:13 mark.

Holmes began to find her range for the Lady Rebels, and her back-to-back triples finished a 9-2 Lady Rebel run. The burst trimmed Liberty's lead to 54-52 with 8:22 to play.

Liberty's advantage bounced between two and four points before Holmes evened the score, 58-58, with 5:35 left in the second half, on a shot from the paint.

Moriah Frazee scored the next four points for the Lady Flames, enabling her team to reclaim the lead, 62-58, at 4:36. Sister Megan Frazee also hauled in her 500th career rebound during the stretch.

Holmes answered right back with four points of her own, tying the score at 62 on a baseline jumper with 2:29 on the clock.

Neither team scored again until Megan Frazee sank a jumper in transition with 56 seconds left, giving Liberty the lead for good, 64-62.

After a missed shot by the Lady Rebels, Fasnacht connected on two free throws at the 32.5-second mark, leaving Liberty in front by a 66-62 count. Two more Fasnacht charity tosses at 21.9 seconds bumped the Lady Flames' edge to six points.

UNLV was not finished, however. Shannon Oberg and Holmes made three-pointers on their next two-possessions, sandwiching another two Fasnacht foul shots and cutting the deficit to 70-68 with six seconds remaining. Liberty was then able to run out the clock, hanging on for a two-point win and the Lady Rebel Christmas Classic title.

Fasnacht made 10-of-13 free throws and all four of her field goals and also matched a season high with her seven assists.

Megan and Moriah Frazee notched 14 points apiece for Liberty. Megan Frazee, now eight points short of 1,000 for her career, also contributed a team-best nine rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals. Moriah Frazee chipped in with eight caroms.

Holmes finished with a double-double, leading all players in both points (24) and rebounds (10). Her rebounding work helped UNLV become the first team in the last nine games to win the glass battle against Liberty, 36-35.

Hampton contributed 18 points and seven rebounds, six of which came at the offensive end.
Liberty ended the game shooting 46.2 percent (24-of-52) from the field, compared with 40.4 percent (23-of-57) for the homestanding Lady Rebels. UNLV drained 50 percent of their three-point attempts, finishing with 10 long-distance connections.

After a few days off for Christmas, the Lady Flames will return to the road for a contest at No. 3 North Carolina (12-1) on Dec. 30. Tip-off at Carmichael Auditorium is set for 2 p.m.

Lady Rebel Christmas Classic Champion: Liberty (2-0)

All-Tournament Team
Megan Frazee, Liberty (MVP)
Moriah Frazee, Liberty

Shamela Hampton, UNLV
Sequoia Holmes, UNLV
Porchia Green, Ball State
Amber Bacon, Austin Peay