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Liberty Enjoys Record-Setting 99-42 Win

February 18, 2008
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Courtney Watkins tossed in four three-pointers and totaled a career-best 17 points on Monday.

Courtney Watkins tossed in four three-pointers and totaled a career-best 17 points on Monday.

The Liberty women's basketball team set program and Vines Center records, Monday evening at the Vines Center, by shooting 67.3 percent (33-of-49) from the field against Charleston Southern. The Lady Flames' proficient marksmanship propelled them to a 99-42 rout of the Lady Buccaneers.

Liberty was also hot from long range, connecting on 71.4 percent (10-of-14) of its three-point tries, while improving to 23-2 overall and 8-0 in conference action. The Lady Flames, 12-0 at home this season, have won 12-consecutive decisions overall and 22-straight meetings with Charleston Southern.

The Lady Buccaneers, by contrast, managed only 26.0 percent (13-of-50) from the floor. CSU is 7-19 overall and 2-7 in loop action, after dropping its fifth-straight contest.

Charleston Southern struck first after winning the opening tip. The Lady Buccaneers scored on two of their first three possessions, taking a 5-4 advantage when Katie Tull swished a three-pointer just 1:21 into the contest.

Liberty wasted no time in answering the visitors' opening salvo, shooting 6-for-8 during an ensuing 17-2 surge. Courtney Watkins tallied nine points during the run, including a three-pointer at 14:32, which lifted the Lady Flames to a 21-7 lead.

The Lady Flames took a 20-point lead for the first time in the contest, when Alexandria Bream sank a triple from the top of the key, 9:43 before the half. Her long-distance connection capped a quick, 5-0 burst and made the score 32-12, Liberty.

Bream's three-pointer began a string of four-consecutive Lady Flame possessions which resulted in triples. Rachel Hammond closed out the stretch with 7:29 showing on the first-half clock. Her trifecta, the Lady Flames' seventh during the early going, left Liberty in front, 41-15.

Charleston Southern responded with an 8-2 burst, which featured a pair of Whitney Wiley three-pointers. The freshman's second triple trimmed the Lady Buccaneers' deficit to 43-23 at the 4:22 mark.

Molly Frazee tallied the next four points, initiating a 10-0 Liberty surge. The Lady Flames' edge reached 30 at 53-23 on Rachel McLeod's layup at the 57-second mark. Those were Liberty's final markers of the opening 20 minutes, as the Lady Flames fell two tallies shy of the Vines Center record for points in a half. Liberty's halftime advantage was 53-24.

The Lady Flames only missed four field goals during the first half, shooting 82.6 percent (19-of-23) from the floor and 88.9 percent (8-of-9) from the three-point line. Liberty also outrebounded the Lady Buccaneers, 19-6, and turned 11 CSU turnovers into 23 points.

Charleston Southern connected on five three-pointers of its own, but shot just 33.3 percent (9-of-27) from the field before the break.

Megan Frazee paced all players with 10 points during the first half and added four of her squad's 14 assists. Molly Frazee, Moriah Frazee and Watkins added nine markers each for the Lady Flames. Moriah Frazee supplemented her offense with a half-high five rebounds.

Pam Tolbert, the Big South's second-leading scorer, led the Charleston Southern attack with eight markers during the opening 20 minutes of action.

Liberty continued its stellar shooting performance after emerging from the locker room. The Lady Flames notched nine of the second half's first 10 points, boosting their lead to 62-25. Watkins' third three-pointer of the night finished the run at 16:05.

Consecutive Molly Frazee hoops brought a 16-2 Lady Flame surge to a conclusion. The junior's second basket, coming with 12:19 left, increased her team's advantage to 80-32.

Charleston Southern countered with the next five tallies. Shaunte Small's basket made it 80-37 in favor of the white-clad home team at 11:19.

Rebecca Lightfoot's lay-up at the 8:36 mark pushed Liberty's edge to 88-39 and finished an 8-2 surge by the Lady Flames.

Moriah Frazee added a lay-up four minutes later, increasing the Lady Flames' point total to 92, the most Liberty has ever scored against a Big South Conference foe.

The Lady Flames' point tally reached 99 with 1:47 remaining, when Molly Frazee connected on two charity tosses. However, Liberty fell a single marker shy of its second 100-point effort of the season.

Head coach Carey Green's unit controlled the painted area, scoring 40 points in the paint and winning the battle of the boards by a 42-17 margin. The Lady Flames additionally notched 34 points off 20 CSU miscues during the game.

Megan Frazee headed four Liberty double-digit scorers with 21 points in just 20 minutes of work. The junior, who leads the Big South in scoring, added a game-high and career-high seven assists.

Sisters Moriah Frazee (19 points) and Molly Frazee (15 points) joined her in double figures. The duo combined to shoot 12-of-14 from the field and collected six caroms apiece.

Watkins made four three-pointers, a career high and a Liberty season high. Her strong shooting performance keyed a career-best 17-point outing.

Tolbert was the lone Charleston Southern player to score in double figures. The junior guard ended with a dozen markers. Tull added nine points, all of which came via triples. Tolbert and Tull accounted for five of the Lady Buccaneers' seven three-pointers.

Liberty will take to the road for its next three games. The Lady Flames' trip will begin Saturday at 7 p.m., when they face High Point (12-12, 4-4 Big South) at the Millis Center. Liberty will attempt to sweep the season series from the Panthers, after winning the teams' match-up in Lynchburg by a 76-57 margin on Jan. 29.

Charleston Southern will conclude a three-game road swing Saturday at 2 p.m., when the Lady Buccaneers are slated to play at UNC Asheville. CSU will seek its second win against the Bulldogs this season.