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February 4, 2008
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Head coach Carey Green and the Lady Flames will

Head coach Carey Green and the Lady Flames will "Think Pink" during Saturday's game versus UNC Asheville.

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Liberty's school colors are still red, white and blue, but the Lady Flames will be thinking pink during Saturday's women's basketball game against UNC Asheville, slated for a 4 p.m. tip-off at the Vines Center. Head coach Carey Green and the Lady Flames will be joining the other Big South Conference institutions participating in the WBCA's "Think Pink" initiative, designed to promote breast cancer awareness.

The Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) "Think Pink" initiative, in its second year of existence, is a global, unified effort for the WBCA's nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The Lady Flames are one of over 800 women's basketball teams who will be participating in this year's event.

The Lady Flames will wear pink t-shirts during warm-ups and will sport pink shoelaces during the game. Green and his staff will also get involved, as they will wear pink Crocs shoes on the sideline. Sparky and the Liberty cheerleaders plan to wear the special pink t-shirts as well.

Spectators are urged to "Think Pink," as anyone wearing pink to the game will receive a $5 ticket. Pink ribbons will also be distributed as fans enter the Vines Center. Throughout the game, spectators in attendance will be able to view breast cancer facts and statistics on the video screens. Additionally, the American Cancer Society and Breast Friends will have informational booths set up on the concourse.

The game will mark the first half of a women's/men's basketball doubleheader at the Vines Center. Following the women's contest, the Liberty men's basketball team will play host to UNC Asheville at 7 p.m.

The Game
The Liberty Lady Flames (20-2, 5-0 Big South) will tip off a three-game homestand Saturday at 4 p.m., when defending Big South Champion UNC Asheville (10-12, 1-4 Big South) visits the Vines Center. The opener of a doubleheader with the Liberty men's team will serve as Liberty's first annual "Think Pink" contest, part of the WBCA's national campaign of breast cancer awareness.

The Last Time Out
Liberty outrebounded Radford 30-8 in the second half of Wednesday's game at the Dedmon Center and limited the Highlanders to 27.6 percent shooting from the field. The Lady Flames held off several late rallies to claim a 63-50 road victory and take a two-game lead in the Big South standings. Megan Frazee scored a game-high 26 points and added a career-best 18 boards for the Lady Flames. Her sister Molly Frazee, making her second start of the year, contributed a career-high 11 boards and three blocks.

Lady Flames On The Air
All Lady Flames basketball games can be heard LIVE on WWMC 90.9 FM "The Light." Jamie Hall, who is celebrating his 14th year of broadcasting Lady Flames basketball, will once again be handling the courtside play-by-play duties for most road games. Due to Hall's television responsibilities, Jerod Brooks will serve as the primary commentator for home games.

Lady Flames On TV
For the fifth year in a row, the Flames Television Network (FTN) plans to broadcast all 13 home women's basketball games. FTN's regular announcing team consists of Ray Jones on play-by-play and Jamie Hall on color.

Scouting UNC Asheville
UNC Asheville enjoyed its best season as a Division I program in 2006-07, winning 21 games and capturing its first Big South Championship. The Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time, where they lost to LSU.

Three starters graduated from last year's squad and the returnees have been decimated by injuries. A trio of players, including 2006-07 Big South Freshman of the Year Kyla Jones, have been sidelined for extended periods of time. Only six Bulldogs suited up for their Wednesday evening contest against Winthrop, a 75-54 setback.

A pair of seniors headline the healthy UNC Asheville players. Ashton Barton, a 5-8 guard, is fourth in the conference at 13.4 ppg. Classmate Stacy Shepard, who stands 6-3, paces Big South players with 9.9 rpg. Three freshmen are seeing regular playing time for coach Betsy Blose's unit. The top scorer among them is 5-7 guard Chima Okoli. She is tallying 7.9 ppg.

The Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach Carey Green is in his ninth season with the Lady Flames. He owns a 205-66 career record and is the all-time wins leader at Liberty and among Big South women's basketball coaches. His career winning percentage (.756) ranked 12th among active NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches at the beginning of the season. Green is 19-1 versus the Bulldogs in his coaching career.

Betsy Blose is 86-83 at UNC Asheville in six seasons as head coach. For her career, the 2004 Big South Coach of the Year is 200-160. Blose started out as Shepherd's head women's basketball coach for seven seasons. She picked up career win No. 200 on Jan. 26, against Coastal Carolina. Blose owns a 1-11 record against Liberty.

Liberty-UNC Asheville Series Notes
Liberty is 34-7 all-time against UNC Asheville, and had won 24-straight match-ups with the Bulldogs before UNCA took a 54-51 decision at the Vines Center on Feb. 24, 2007. The game was the Bulldogs' first win at Liberty since Feb. 12, 1990. The Lady Flames are 16-1 against Asheville at the Vines Center.

The teams' two meetings were decided by a combined seven points last season. In both cases, the road team was victorious. Liberty held off UNC Asheville for a 66-62 triumph at the Justice Center on Feb. 3. Three weeks later, the Bulldogs claimed the aforementioned three-point victory at the Vines Center.

Megan Frazee excelled in her first two meetings with UNC Asheville, averaging 18.0 ppg and 10.5 rpg. Allyson Fasnacht has also enjoyed some success against the Bulldogs in her career. One of her two career-best 19-point efforts came during a home win over UNC Asheville on Feb. 7, 2006.

Liberty in Big South Home Contests
After winning their first two home games against Big South foes this season, the Lady Flames are now 92-22 (.807) all-time in Big South Conference home games. Since Carey Green took over as head coach in 1999-2000, Liberty is 53-5 (.914) at the Vines Center.

Liberty has posted a home conference record of .500 or better 15 times in 16 seasons as a Big South member. The only exception was a 2-5 home ledger in 1995-96.

Fabulous in February
Liberty has won 81 of its last 85 games played during the month of February, dating back to the 1997 Big South Championship. The only teams to defeat the Lady Flames during February since then are High Point (three times) and UNC Asheville (one time).

Liberty owns a 162-120 all-time mark during the year's second month, including a 62-4 record under Carey Green's direction. The Lady Flames, 6-2 in February a year ago, have seven February contests on the schedule in 2007-08. They have opened the month with a 2-0 record.

First Since ...
Megan Frazee accomplished a pair of feats against Radford on Wednesday which had not been done by a Lady Flame for quite some time.

She went 9-for-9 from the free throw line against the Highlanders. It was the first time a Liberty player has made that many foul shots in a single game without a miss since Michelle Wyms shot 14-for-14 on Feb. 3, 1996, at home versus Radford.

Frazee also grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds, the most by a Lady Flame since Katie Feenstra's 19 boards against UNC Asheville on Feb. 12, 2005.

Out of the Gate Quickly
Liberty is 5-0 to open conference play for the fifth time in 17 seasons as a Big South member and for the first time since the 2004-05 campaign. The Lady Flames went on to win the Big South title on each of the previous four occasions.

The Lady Flames have been dominant in their first five conference match-ups, outscoring opponents by an average margin of 73.6-51.0. Liberty is winning the battle of the boards, 44.6 to 28.6. The Lady Flames are additionally tallying 10.8 steals per contest.

Twenty and Counting
Liberty's 63-50 decision over Radford on Wednesday was the Lady Flames' 20th win of the season. The Lady Flames have now posted 10 20-win seasons, all of which have come during the last 12 years. Head coach Carey Green has led Liberty to seven 20-win campaigns in nine years at the helm.

Scorching the Nets Inside the Furnace
The Lady Flames shot 51.0 percent from the field against Winthrop on Feb. 2, the fifth time in nine home games Liberty has shot over 50 percent. For the year, the Lady Flames are sinking 50.2 percent of their field goal tries at the Vines Center.

Triple the Trouble
Liberty sports the only set of triplets currently playing for the same NCAA Division I women's basketball team--juniors Megan, Molly and Moriah Frazee. Through 22 games, the Frazees are averaging 38.4 points and 19.4 rebounds per outing, good for 53.3 percent of the Lady Flames' scoring output and 46.2 percent of the team's boards. Collectively, the Frazee triplets have totaled 2,423 career points and 1,289 career rebounds.

Megan, Molly and Moriah Frazee started together at Radford on Wednesday for the second time this season and for the 10th time in their career.

One of the Frazees has led Liberty in scoring in 21 of this season's first 22 games. Allyson Fasnacht notched a team-high 19 markers at UNLV, Dec. 21.

Winning Streaks
The Lady Flames are currently on their second nine-game winning streak of the season, as they have not dropped a decision since an 88-67 setback at North Carolina on Dec. 30.

Through the games of Feb. 6, Liberty is tied with LSU and UC-Santa Barbara for the eighth-longest active streak in the nation. The Lady Flames have also equaled the ninth-longest streak in program history.

Interestingly, three Liberty opponents are also on extended winning streaks through Feb. 6. Houston and North Carolina A&T have both won eight-consecutive games, while Xavier has taken six-straight decisions.

Below are the Lady Flames' 10 longest winning skeins.
1) 28 games (Nov. 21, 1997 - Feb. 28, 1998)
2) 22 games (Dec. 21, 2002 - March 9, 2003)
3) 19 games (Jan. 6, 2004 - March 13, 2004)
4) 14 games (Jan. 28, 2006 - March 11, 2006)
5) 13 games (Jan. 24, 2002 - March 2, 2002)
6T) 12 games (Jan. 23,1999 - Feb. 27, 1999)
6T) 12 games (Jan. 15, 2005 - Feb. 21, 2005)
8) 11 games (Feb. 3, 2000 - March 4, 2000)
9T) 9 games (Jan. 5, 2008 - Feb. 6, 2008)
9T) 9 games (Nov. 23, 2007 - Dec. 21, 2007)

Academic Honors
Juniors Megan Frazee and Moriah Frazee both earned places on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District first-team roster, making Liberty one of five teams in the nation with multiple first-team selections. For Megan Frazee, it was the second-straight year she has been so honored.

Senior Allyson Fasnacht, a first-team selection a year ago, made the second team this season.

Player Notes and Trends
#4 Courtney Watkins ranks 37th on Liberty's career scoring list with 587 points ... sits 48th on the program's all-time rebounding list with 279 caroms ... has collected 23 rebounds in her last three outings.

#10 Allyson Fasnacht is listed 32nd on Liberty's all-time scoring list with 616 points ... sits third on Liberty's career free throw percentage list (.780) ... is shooting 18-of-21 (.857) from the free throw line during the final minute of games this season.

#12 Heather Smith has dished out 10 assists on the season, as opposed to three turnovers.

#22 Rachel Hammond has compiled 21 assists and only 10 turnovers during her last seven games, all Liberty wins.

#25 Rebecca Lightfoot sits 50th on Liberty's all-time rebounding list with 273 boards.

#40 Megan Frazee has posted 31 career double-doubles, nine of which have come this season ... has scored in double figures in 63-of-67 games at Liberty, including the last 34 in succession ... sits fifth on the Lady Flames' all-time scoring list with 1,185 points ... ranks sixth in school history for rebounding, with 598 career caroms ... ranks as the program's career free throw percentage leader (.796) and is fourth in career field goal percentage (.494) ... is one of six Lady Flames with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds ... has made nine of her last 18 three-pointers after starting the season 4-of-22 from long range ... is on a streak of 10-straight made free throws.

#42 Moriah Frazee ranks 21st on Liberty's all-time scoring list with 766 points ... is tied for 29th on Liberty's career rebounding list with 423 caroms.