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Second-Half Surge Pushes Liberty Past Coastal
The Lady Flames also awakened at the offensive end after a sluggish opening stanza, shooting 65.5 percent (19-of-29) from the floor during the final 20 minutes. Liberty, which remains unbeaten in 11 contests at the Vines Center this season, is 22-2 overall and 7-0 in the Big South. The Lady Flames have won 29-consecutive games in the head-to-head series against Coastal Carolina, including both contests this season.
The Chanticleers, who entered the game having won four of their last five tilts, were stifled offensively during the contest. Coastal Carolina made only four second-half field goals and shot 14.3 percent (3-of-21) from behind the three-point arc. The Chanticleers are now 15-8 overall and 3-5 in conference action.
One-half of a former Lady Flames sister duo, Katie Feenstra, was one of the season-high 2,476 fans in attendance Saturday evening. The Atlanta Dream center and member of the USA Women's National Basketball Team watched the current set of Liberty siblings get the home team off to a fast start.
Megan, Molly and Moriah Frazee scored the Lady Flames' first 13 points of the contest, including all of Liberty's tallies during a game-opening 10-2 run. Molly Frazee's layup at 14:22 capped the burst.
The Chanticleers responded with five-straight points over the next 56 seconds. Amanda Stull's jumper trimmed her team's deficit to 10-7.
Coastal Carolina also pulled to within a trio of points at 14-11 and 16-13, as both teams struggled to find the hoop. The two sides scored only six markers apiece during a seven-minute stretch of the first half.
Liberty began to build its lead as the half drew to a close. A 13-4 surge boosted the Lady Flames' advantage to 29-17, 1:30 before the intermission. Megan Frazee's second jumper of the span finished off the run.
The Chanticleers trailed by a 29-19 count at the break, after a long jumper by Jessica Noll provided the final points of the half.
Coastal Carolina actually shot a higher percentage from the field than Liberty during the first 20 minutes, 37.5 percent to 31 percent. However, the Chanticleers, who lead the Big South in three-point field goal percentage, went 0-for-9 from long distance. Liberty also took advantage of its opportunities at the foul line, sinking 9-of-11 attempts, while Coastal Carolina made its only free throw try.
Moriah Frazee and Megan Frazee combined to score the same amount of points (19) as the entire Coastal Carolina team during the first half. Moriah Frazee did not miss a shot, making all three field goals and all four foul shots during a 10-point, five-rebound half. She led all players in both categories and helped Liberty outrebound its foe, 20-17.
Megan Frazee added nine points and four boards for the Lady Flames, who got 10 points in the paint and scored seven points off 10 Coastal Carolina turnovers.
Stull starred offensively for the Chanticleers prior to the intermission, going 4-of-5 from the floor for a team-best eight markers.
Stull made another jump shot at 18:27 of the second half to keep her team within 13, 34-21. Coastal Carolina did not make another field goal for the next 14 minutes, allowing Liberty's lead to balloon as large as 40 points.
The Lady Flames' 33-5 half-opening run ended with 5:30 left in the contest. Alexandria Bream's left-handed layup extended the home team's edge to 62-24 at the end of the surge. The surge incorporated 16-0 and 10-0 bursts by Liberty.
Lori Whitaker halted her team's offensive drought with Coastal Carolina's first three-pointer of the night, coming at 4:35. The Chanticleers got no closer than 34, though, as Liberty wrapped up its seventh-straight double-digit victory in Big South play, 76-39.
Coastal Carolina entered the game ranked No. 9 in the nation, allowing only 53.6 points per game. Only North Carolina (82 points) has scored more points against the Chanticleers this season than Liberty did on Saturday.
Liberty forced 12 second-half turnovers, converting them into 19 points. The Lady Flames also owned a 24-0 edge in the points in the paint category after the intermission. Liberty ended the game with a 43-31 rebounding advantage, winning the battle of the boards for the 10th-straight outing.
All 11 Lady Flames scored at least two points on Saturday, headed by Rebecca Lightfoot's 13 tallies. Her point total, which equaled a career high, was aided by 10 second-half markers.
All three Frazees scored in double figures for the fifth time this season, as Megan and Moriah Frazee totaled 12 points each and Molly Frazee added 11. Megan and Moriah Frazee were the game's two leading rebounders, hauling in nine and seven caroms, respectively.
Stull was the lone Chanticleer to reach double figures, finishing with 10 points. Lacey Lyons chipped in with seven markers, despite shooting 2-of-10 on field goals.
Liberty will complete its three-game homestand Monday at 7 p.m., when Charleston Southern (7-18, 2-6 Big South) visits the Vines Center. The Lady Flames will attempt to complete a season sweep of the Lady Buccaneers, after defeating CSU by an 82-53 count on Jan. 19.
Coastal Carolina will remain in the Commonwealth for a Monday 7 p.m. tilt at Radford.