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Frazee a Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Candidate
For the second season in a row, a Liberty women's basketball player is included among the list of 30 candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Senior guard/forward Megan Frazee is under consideration for the prestigious honor, which focuses on a student-athlete's attributes with regard to the "Four C's"—classroom, character, community and competition.
Frazee's (Xenia, Ohio) Lowe's Senior CLASS Award candidacy follows that of 2007-08 Lady Flame senior guard Allyson Fasnacht. Frazee is the only Big South Conference player included among this season's 30 candidates, as well as the only student-athlete hailing from a Commonwealth university.
A national media committee will trim the list of 30 candidates down to a roster of 10 finalists in February 2009. Those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote. Fan voting will be combined with votes from Division I head coaches and national media to determine the 2008-09 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner. The winner will receive a trophy during the 2009 Women's Final Four, slated for April 5 and 7 in St. Louis, Mo.
Frazee, one of seven seniors on the Liberty roster, was named the Big South Preseason Player of the Year for the third straight season. One of the Lady Flames' team captains for the second year in a row, Frazee is averaging 23.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per contest, but has been limited to two appearances this season, due to injury. The 6-3 senior sprained her ankle as she made the game-winning layup against UC Riverside in the Preseason WNIT on Nov. 21.
Frazee is coming off the best season of her collegiate career, a junior campaign which netted a considerable amount of team and individual hardware. The Buckeye State native posted 18.6 ppg and 9.5 rpg, helping the Lady Flames go 28-4, capture their 11th Big South title in 12 seasons and earn a NCAA Tournament berth. As a result, she was recognized as the 2007-08 Big South Conference Female Student-Athlete of the Year, encompassing all sports. Frazee was also tabbed the Big South Women's Basketball Player of the Year, and garnered the Big South Championship MVP award after draining the game-winner in the tournament championship contest against Radford.
A kinesiology major with a 3.92 GPA, Frazee has earned recognition for her success in the classroom. Most notably, Frazee was a second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American last season and is the nation's only returning first or second-team Academic All-American this year. The senior guard/forward has been a first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honoree two seasons in a row and was included on the 2007-08 Big South All-Academic squad for women's basketball.
Frazee has been active in the community during her four years at Liberty, both locally and internationally. This past summer, she traveled to North Africa with a team from Athletes in Action, playing several games, putting on basketball clinics for the local residents and spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Frazee has also volunteered alongside her teammates at Lynchburg's Memory Walk, which raises money to battle Alzheimer's disease, and has also assisted at area church sports camps.
The initial idea for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award was conceived by sportscaster Dick Enberg, and the award was first presented at the conclusion of the 2001-02 season. CLASS is an acronym for "Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School."
Connecticut's Sue Bird captured the inaugural award, and subsequent award winners have included notable names like Duke's Alana Beard (2004), LSU's Seimone Augustus (2006) and the reigning award winner, Stanford's Candice Wiggins (2008).
Some of the most nationally recognizable nominees for the 2009 award include Rashanda McCants of North Carolina, Renee Montgomery of Connecticut, Courtney Paris of Oklahoma, Kristi Toliver of Maryland and Abby Waner of Duke.
The 2-6 Lady Flames will look for their second straight win Saturday at 2 p.m., when they visit Winston-Salem State. Liberty's first-ever meeting with the Lady Rams will be the first leg of a four-game road swing to close out the calendar year 2008.
Lowe's Senior CLASS Award 2008-09 Women's Basketball Candidates
Demetress Adams, F, South Carolina
Nnenna Akotaobi, F, Denver
Kristi Cirone, G, Illinois State University
Dellena Criner, G, Nevada
Krystal Ellis, G, Marquette
Robyn Fairbanks, C, Utah Valley
Megan Frazee, G/F, Liberty
Jada Frazier, G, New Orleans
Rachel Galligan, F, Eastern Illinois
Amber Guffey, G, Murray State
Taylor Hardeman, G, Oklahoma State
Brooke Johnson, C/F, Western Carolina
Kelly Krumwiede, F, Bradley
Shalee Lehning, G, Kansas State
Kristi Little, G, Duquesne
Rashanda McCants, F/G, North Carolina
Renee Montgomery, G, Connecticut
Amanda Nisleit, F, Iowa State
Courtney Paris, C, Oklahoma
Jessica Pike, G, Oakland
Amy Rosenkrantz, G, Vermont
Jami Schaefer, G, Gonzaga
Lauren Schober, G/F, Bucknell
Koren Schram, G, Dartmouth
Takia Starks, G, Texas A&M
Kristi Toliver, G, Maryland
Abby Waner, G, Duke
Morgan Warburton, G, Utah
Christina Wirth, F, Vanderbilt
Shavonte Zellous, G, Pittsburgh