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Lady Flames Return to Academic Top 25
Liberty is listed among the top 25 academic teams for the fifth time overall and for the fourth time in head coach Carey Green's nine seasons with the Lady Flames. A season ago, the Lady Flames were ranked a program-best No. 7. Liberty was also listed No. 12 in 1998-99, No. 13 in 1999-2000 (Green's first season) and tied for No. 14 in 2005-06.
The Lady Flames are one of only nine NCAA Division I teams to be included in the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll each of the past three seasons, joining Eastern Washington, Indiana State, Montana State, Northern Iowa, Oakland, St. Bonaventure, South Dakota State and Valparaiso. South Dakota State took home the No. 1 overall spot for the third year in a row, with a 3.669 team GPA.
The only Big South institution to make the list, as well as the only university from the Commonwealth of Virginia, Liberty was just one of three Academic Top 25 honorees to participate in the 2008 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament. Kansas State and New Mexico were the other two teams to achieve such a high level of success both on the court and in the classroom this past season.
The Lady Flames' ranking was truly a team accomplishment. Ten players maintained a GPA of 3.0 higher last year, including seniors Allyson Fasnacht (Salem, Va.) and Courtney Watkins (Bristol, Tenn.), juniors Alexandria Bream (Elizabethtown, Pa.), Megan Frazee (Xenia, Ohio), Molly Frazee (Xenia, Ohio), Moriah Frazee (Xenia, Ohio) and Rachel Hammond (Clearwater, Fla.) and freshmen Kittery Maine (Bonaire, Ga.), Rachel McLeod (Houston, Texas) and Heather Smith (Mahtomedi, Minn.).
Megan Frazee, Moriah Frazee and Fasnacht were each included on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District roster, making Liberty one of only three teams in the nation (also Minnesota and Wyoming) with at least three honorees. Megan and Moriah Frazee were first-team selections, while Fasnacht made the second team.
Megan Frazee, a kinesiology major who maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA for the 2007-08 academic year, went on to become a second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American.
Fasnacht, who began working toward a MBA degree during the year, was tabbed the Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's basketball. Additionally the Big South Woman of the Year, the senior point guard nabbed the Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award, Liberty's highest athletics honor.
2007-08 WBCA NCAA Division I Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll
School (Head Coach) – Team GPA
1) South Dakota State (Aaron Johnston) – 3.669
2) Kansas State (Debbie Patterson) – 3.652
3) Indiana State (Jim Wiedie) – 3.591
4) Eastern Washington (Wendy Schuller) – 3.584
5) Western Carolina (Kellie J. Harper) – 3.543
6) Northern Iowa (Tanya E. Warren) – 3.535
7) Eastern Illinois (Brady Sallee) – 3.475
8) Manhattan (Myndi Hill) – 3.430
9) Utah Valley State (Cathy Nixon) – 3.419
10) Northern Colorado (Jaime White) – 3.414
11) Montana State (Tricia L. Binford) – 3.392
12) Southern Illinois (Dana Eikenberg) – 3.371
13) Niagara (Kendra Faustin) – 3.361
14) Liberty (Carey Green) – 3.354
15) St. Bonaventure (Jim Crowley) – 3.352
16) Maine (Cindy Blodgett) – 3.345
17) American (Melissa McFerrin) – 3.342
18T) Canisius (Terrence E. Zeh) – 3.326
18T) North Dakota State (Amy Ruley) – 3.326
20) Oakland (Beckie Francis) – 3.312
21) Dartmouth (Christina Wielgus) – 3.311
22) New Mexico (Don Flanagan) – 3.308
23) Wichita State (Jane Albright) – 3.289
24) Valparaiso (Keith Freeman) – 3.286
25) Columbia (Paul E. Nixon) – 3.278