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Three Lady Flames Academic All-District Picks
Megan Frazee (Xenia, Ohio) made the first team for the second-consecutive season, while the award was the first of Moriah Frazee's (Xenia, Ohio) career. The sister duo now advances to the ballot for the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America team, which will be announced later this month.
Fasnacht (Salem, Va.), herself a first-team selection in 2007, garnered second-team recognition as a senior. Kristal Tharp is the only other player in program history ever to earn inclusion on the Academic All-District first-team roster, doing so three-straight times (2003-04-05).
Liberty was one of five teams in the nation with a pair of first-team honorees, joining Minnesota, Portland State, Tennessee and Wyoming. Minnesota and Wyoming were the only other squads to have at least three players recognized on the Academic All-District rosters.
Megan Frazee, a kinesiology major, was one of three Lady Flames to post a 4.0 GPA during the fall 2007 semester, boosting her cumulative average to 3.91. She was a member of the Big South All-Academic team last season and is a two-time member of the Big South Presidential Honor Roll.
Frazee is enjoying a stellar junior season on the court as well, as she currently leads the Big South in scoring (17.9 ppg) and free throw percentage (.875) and is second in rebounding (9.0 rpg). The Big South Preseason Player of the Year, she has captured a conference-high three Big South Player of the Week distinctions. The Ohio native was tabbed MVP of the National City Xavier Invitational and UNLV's Lady Rebel Christmas Classic, helping the Lady Flames capture both event titles.
Moriah Frazee, one of three nursing majors on the Liberty roster, owns a 3.74 GPA. She has made the Big South Presidential Honor Roll during both of her first two years at Liberty.
Frazee is in the midst of a breakthrough season on the hardwood, providing head coach Carey Green a consistent low-post threat. The conference leader in field goal percentage (.559), Frazee is sixth in scoring at 13.0 ppg. The junior is the reigning Big South Player of the Week, one of two times she has won the conference award this year. Frazee made the all-tournament team at both the National City Xavier Invitational and the Lady Rebel Christmas Classic.
Fasnacht, who graduated last year with a bachelor's degree in sport management, is currently enrolled in Liberty's MBA program. She earned a 3.66 GPA her first semester, after wrapping up her undergraduate work at 3.88. Fasnacht is one of 30 national candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and was included on the 2006 Big South All-Academic team. The senior has garnered a trio of Big South Presidential Honor Roll recognitions during her career.
On the court, Fasnacht has started every game this season at point guard and paces the Big South with a 1.78 assist-to-turnover ratio. She is sixth in the conference with 3.3 assists per outing. Her best game of the season came during the title game of the Lady Rebel Christmas Classic on Dec. 21. Fasnacht totaled a team-high 19 points and seven assists, and made six free throws in the final 32.5 seconds, helping the Lady Flames claim a 70-68 victory over host UNLV.
These three student-athletes have helped Liberty gain recognition as one of the top academic teams in the nation. Most recently, the Lady Flames ranked No. 7 on the 2007 WBCA NCAA Division I Academic Top 25 Honor Roll, as a result of their 3.508 team GPA last season.
Megan Frazee, Moriah Frazee and Fasnacht have also played a key role in Liberty's 20-2 start to the 2007-08 season. The Lady Flames, on a nine-game winning streak, own a 5-0 Big South record and lead the conference standings by two games. They are also receiving votes in the AP Top 25 Poll and the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches' Poll.
The Lady Flames will open a three-game homestand Saturday at 4 p.m., when UNC Asheville visits the Vines Center. The game will serve as Liberty's "Think Pink" recognition, part of a nation-wide program among collegiate and high school women's basketball teams, meant to promote breast cancer awareness.
ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District
District 3 University Division Winners
Brittany Cook, Virginia Tech, Jr., 3.75, Health, Nutrition, Foods and Exercise
Megan Frazee, Liberty, Jr., 3.91, Kinesiology
Moriah Frazee, Liberty, Jr., 3.74, Nursing
Sabrina Gregory, Charlotte, Sr., 3.74, Mathematics for Business
Abby Waner, Duke, Jr., 3.35, English
Jasmine Dixon, UNC Greensboro, Sr., 3.85 (grad), African-American Studies/Communications
Allyson Fasnacht, Liberty, Sr., 3.66 (grad), MBA
Mara Freshour, Florida State, Jr., 3.62, Sport Management
Laura Haskins, Virginia Tech, Jr., 3.98, Management
Brooke Johnson, Western Carolina, Jr., 3.95, Sport Management