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Lady Flames to Host George Mason on Tuesday
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Liberty (13-2, 0-0 Big South) will host in-state opponent George Mason (7-6, 1-2 CAA) in the Lady Flames' final tuneup for Big South Conference play. The Lady Flames will look to remain unbeaten at home, while the Patriots will be making their first trip to the Vines Center since Jan. 18, 1991.
The Last Time Out
Liberty ended its Jan. 8 game at East Tennessee State with a 9-2 run over the final two minutes of play, coming back from a three-point deficit to claim a 64-60 victory. Molly Frazee put the Lady Flames on top for good with an old-fashioned three-point play at the 1:05 mark. Sister Megan Frazee paced all players in points (21), rebounds (12), steals (5) and assists (4). Courtney Watkins added a dozen markers in a return trip to her home state.
Scouting George Mason
The George Mason Patriots of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) are coming off three-consecutive sub-.500 seasons, including an 8-21 campaign in 2006-07. The Patriots have nearly matched last season's win total already, as George Mason has gotten off to a 7-6 start. The Patriots have won five of seven games at the Patriot Center, including a 67-56 decision over Big South squad Winthrop on Dec. 30. George Mason's only road win came in conference play at Hofstra, by a 60-47 count on Jan. 10.
Lateisha Wade, a 5-8 senior guard, led the Patriots in scoring last season and is pacing this year's squad with 16.2 ppg. She has tallied three games of 25-plus points this season. George Mason's top rebounder is also a senior, 5-11 forward Moni Akintunde. She is collecting 6.8 rpg.
The Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach Carey Green is in his ninth season with the Lady Flames. He owns a 198-66 career record and is the all-time wins leader at Liberty and among Big South women's basketball coaches. His career winning percentage (.750) ranked 12th among active NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches at the beginning of the season. He is 1-0 against the Patriots in his coaching career.
Debbie Taneyhill is in the midst of her 11th year as George Mason's head coach and her 17th season overall on the Patriots' coaching staff. She is 142-149 for her career and was named CAA Coach of the Year in 2001, after leading George Mason to its first postseason appearance, a trip to the WNIT. She is 0-1 lifetime versus the Lady Flames as a coach, but won both meetings with Liberty as a Patriot player.
Liberty-George Mason All-Time Series
George Mason leads series, 11-1
3/2/79 N L 55-86
2/16/80 A L 37-91
2/29/80 N L 65-88
1/22/81 H L 68-75
2/12/81 A L 67-96
1/21/82 A L 61-90
2/11/82 H L 67-83
12/3/82 A L 66-89
2/22/83 H L 66-77
12/9/89 A L 56-97
1/18/91 H L 47-55
11/14/06 A W 61-56
Liberty-George Mason Series Details
George Mason was 11-0 against Liberty, before the Lady Flames came away with a 61-56 win, Nov. 14, 2006 at the Patriot Center. Liberty came back from a 39-29 halftime decision, getting 50 of its 61 points from the Frazee triplets. Megan Frazee led all players with 25 points and 12 boards. The homestanding Patriots were led by C'Vette Henson and Lateisha Wade, who tossed in 10 points apiece.
Current George Mason head coach Debbie Taneyhill tallied two points, two rebounds and two assists in the Patriots' last visit to Lynchburg, which resulted in a 55-47 George Mason victory, Jan. 18, 1991. Liberty was paced by Theresa Bream's 18 points and 12 rebounds in one of its first contests at the Vines Center.
Liberty Versus the CAA
Liberty is 22-55 all-time versus current members of the CAA. The Lady Flames are 0-1 versus Delaware, 0-2 versus Drexel, 1-11 versus George Mason, 1-3 versus James Madison, 0-1 versus Old Dominion, 4-5 versus Towson, 9-21 versus VCU and 7-11 versus William & Mary.
The Lady Flames are 1-0 against CAA opposition this season, recording a 79-66 home victory over James Madison on Dec. 4.
Win No. 200 is on the Horizon
Liberty Head Coach Carey Green is closing in on a milestone. He has compiled 198 victories during his first eight-plus seasons with the Lady Flames, leaving him just two wins shy of 200. Green would become the first women's basketball coach in Liberty and Big South Conference history to reach the milestone.
If the Lady Flames win their next two games, Green will capture victory No. 200 in Liberty's Big South opener at Charleston Southern, Jan. 19. If not, Green's next opportunities will come at his alma mater, Coastal Carolina (Jan. 21) and at home versus Presbyterian (Jan. 26).
Competing with the Commonwealth
Liberty is slated to play seven games against teams from the Commonwealth of Virginia during the 2007-08 season. The Lady Flames are 3-1 versus in-state foes so far, defeating Virginia Union (Nov. 30), James Madison (Dec. 4) and Richmond (Jan. 5) and losing at Virginia Tech (Nov. 19). Liberty will host George Mason this evening.
Later on this season, the Lady Flames are scheduled to play Radford twice (Feb. 6 and March 7). A year ago, the Lady Flames were victorious in six of 10 games against Commonwealth opposition.
Composure in Close Situations
Liberty's last three wins (UNLV, Richmond and East Tennessee State) have come by a combined 13 points. The Lady Flames are now 6-1 in games decided by 10 points or less during the 2007-08 campaign. By contrast, Liberty was only 6-10 in such games a season ago.
Junior Megan Frazee has scored in double figures in each of her last 27 games, dating back to the 2006-07 season. It is the longest such streak of her career and the longest by a Liberty player since Elena Kisseleva scored 10 or more points in 62-straight contests, a streak which began in 1996-97 and ended in 1998-99.
Frazee has only scored nine or fewer points on four occasions at Liberty, and the Ohioan has never done so in consecutive outings.
The Lady Flames' 13-2 start is their best since the 1997-98 squad won its first 28 games of the year and marks the first time Liberty has won 13 games before the start of its conference schedule. Additionally, Liberty won 11 games by the end of December for the first time in program history.