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Game Day Central
The Liberty Lady Flames (9-7, 3-0 Big South) will conclude a quick, two-game road swing with a tilt at UNC Asheville (7-11, 4-1 Big South), Monday at 7 p.m. The game at the Justice Center. will match up the Big South's second and third-place teams.
What to Watch
Liberty and UNC Asheville are two of the Big South's hottest teams, as the Lady Flames have won eight of their last nine games and the Bulldogs are 4-1 in their last five outings.
The Lady Flames will attempt to continue a run of success at the Justice Center. Not only have the Lady Flames won their last 11 road games at UNC Asheville, but they also captured the 2008 Big South title at the facility.
Liberty senior Moriah Frazee stands just eight points shy of the 1,000-point plateau.
Lady Flames On The Air
All Lady Flames basketball games may be heard LIVE on WWMC 90.9 FM "The Light." Jamie Hall, celebrating his 15th year of broadcasting Lady Flames basketball, will once again be handling the courtside play-by-play duties for most road games. Josh Wood will serve as the primary commentator for home contests and will provide color analysis on the road.
Lady Flames On TV
Tonight's game will be televised LIVE on SportSouth. Matt Hogue will handle the play-by-play and Robin Muller will provide color analysis. The Lady Flames are scheduled to play 13 regular-season games on LIVE television this season, as all 12 of Liberty's home contests are televised by the Flames Television Network.
Scouting UNC Asheville
The UNC Asheville Bulldogs have been defying expectations through the early part of the 2008-09 season. Picked to finish fifth in the Big South standings, the Bulldogs have won four conference games in a row to take over third place. Most recently, 5-7 senior guard Ana Baker made a 12-foot jumper with 3.0 seconds left, giving UNC Asheville a 52-50 home victory over Radford on Saturday.
Baker, one of two Bulldogs averaging double figures in the scoring column, paces the team with 11.5 ppg and 4.7 apg. Chioma Okoli, a 5-7 sophomore guard, chips in with 11.1 ppg. The team's leading rebounder is 5-11 senior forward Jessica Monroe, averaging 6.3 rpg.
UNC Asheville's current three-game winning streak is its longest since taking three straight contests at the Justice Center to win the 2007 Big South title.
The Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach Carey Green is in his 10th season with the Lady Flames, and has led his team to eight Big South titles. A four-time Big South Coach of the Year, Green owns a 222-75 career record and is the all-time wins leader at Liberty and among Big South women's basketball coaches. His career winning percentage (.747) ranked 10th among active NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches at the season's outset. Green is 21-1 all-time against UNC Asheville.
Betsy Blose is 95-100 in her seventh year as UNC Asheville's head coach. The 2004 Big South Coach of the Year owns a 209-174 overall record in 14 seasons as a collegiate head coach. Blose got her start in coaching just down the road from Lynchburg, at Altavista High School (1984-87). She is 1-13 all-time versus Liberty.
Liberty-UNC Asheville Series Notes
Liberty has won 26 of its last 27 meetings with UNC Asheville, building a 36-7 advantage in the teams' head-to-head series. The Lady Flames won both contests against the Bulldogs last season, with each victory coming by exactly 14 points (69-55 at Liberty on Feb. 9, 2008 and 60-46 at UNC Asheville on March 1, 2008).
UNC Asheville's most recent victory over Liberty was a 54-51 triumph at the Vines Center on Feb. 24, 2007. The Bulldogs' last home win against the Lady Flames came on Feb. 8, 1997, by a 68-59 score.
Megan Frazee is averaging 18.5 ppg and 11.8 rpg during her career against UNCA.
New Year's Resolution
Liberty owns a 151-105 all-time record in January contests, after winning its first four contests of 2009. Head coach Carey Green has gone 67-8 with the Lady Flames during the year's opening month, including a 7-0 January last season.
The Lady Flames have won 34 straight home games during the month of January. Liberty has not lost a January contest at the Vines Center since Jan. 13, 2000, when Elon dealt the Lady Flames a 77-72 setback.
Liberty has won 13 consecutive January contests overall, since a 64-62 overtime loss at High Point on Jan. 20, 2007.
Anything You Can Do ...
Last season, Megan Frazee became the 11th player in program history to score 1,000 career points, eclipsing the magical mark at North Carolina on Dec. 30, 2007. This year, she could get some company from within her own family. Sister Moriah Frazee enters the UNC Asheville contest with 992 points, leaving her only eight points shy of 1,000.
The Frazees would not be the first sister duo to score over 1,000 points at Liberty. Sharon and Sarah Wilkerson, who graduated in 2000, totaled 1,733 and 1,331 points, respectively.
It is believed that Liberty would be first NCAA Division I women's basketball program ever to boast multiple sets of sisters who scored over 1,000 points. Moreover, the Wilkersons were twins and the Frazees are triplets.
Success at the Justice Center
Megan Frazee has been successful during her six career games at the Justice Center, posting four double-doubles and averaging 19.5 ppg and 11.7 rpg. Most memorably, she hit a shot with 0.3 seconds remaining to win the 2008 Big South championship.
Ice Water Flows Through Her Veins
Sophomore Rachel McLeod has been a clutch free throw shooter for the Lady Flames this season. Most recently, she drilled four consecutive charity tosses during the final minute of Liberty's 59-49 win at Presbyterian on Saturday.
McLeod has connected on nine of her 11 foul shot attempts during the final two minutes of games this year, good for an 81.8 percent clip.
Coach Green Versus the Big South
Liberty head coach Carey Green has enjoyed considerable success versus the Big South during his first nine seasons with the Lady Flames. His teams are 139-13 against Big South opponents, including 115-12 in the regular season and 24-1 in the Big South Championship.
Green has never lost to his alma mater, Coastal Carolina (21-0), or Charleston Southern (20-0) during his time at Liberty.
Frazee Leading the Way
Megan Frazee paced the Lady Flames with 14 points during Saturday's victory at Presbyterian. The senior guard/forward has now paced the team in scoring during all eight games she has played during the 2008-09 campaign.
Dating back to last season, Frazee has led Liberty's scoring attack 16 consecutive times. The last time a different player paced the Lady Flames in points came during the team's home win over Coastal Carolina on Feb. 16, 2008. Rebecca Lightfoot's 13 points led the way versus the Chanticleers.
Winning Streaks in Abundance
Liberty has won six consecutive games, entering tonight's game at UNC Asheville. The winning streak is the Lady Flames' longest of the season, but such streaks are nothing new for head coach Carey Green.
The Lady Flames have posted a winning streak of at least six games every season since Green took over as head coach, except for the 2006-07 campaign. Liberty's current winning skein is its 13th streak of at least six consecutive wins under Green's direction.
Clamping Down on Defense
The Lady Flames have held 67 consecutive opponents under 50 percent field goal shooting. The last Liberty foe to sink more than half of its field goal attempts was Marist, at the Maryland Terrapin Classic on Dec. 29, 2006.
Liberty is off to a good start defensively in 2008-09. Eleven of the Lady Flames' first 16 opponents, including the last six in a row, have shot below 40 percent from the floor. Liberty ranks second in the Big South with a .357 opponents field goal percentage.
The Lady Flames are 9-2 this season when their opponents shoot under 40 percent from the field, but 0-5 when their foes make at least 40 percent of their field goal tries.
Nearing a Big South Milestone
Megan Frazee has totaled 777 career rebounds, leaving her just 15 boards shy of a spot among the Big South's all-time top 10 rebounders. Frazee would become the third Lady Flame within the top 10, joining Katie Feenstra (second place) and Elena Kisseleva (sixth place).
Cranking Up the Defense
Liberty has played exceptional defense during its current six-game winning streak. The Lady Flames have held North Carolina A&T, Virginia Tech and Gardner-Webb all to season-low point totals during the stretch. Liberty's six foes have scored only 49.5 ppg against Liberty and have combined to shoot just 32.6 percent from the field.
Winning the Battle of the Boards
The Lady Flames have outrebounded 12 teams in their first 16 games of the season. Only three teams (Western Carolina, James Madison and Winthrop) have won the rebounding battle against Liberty this season, as the Lady Flames lead the Big South Conference with a +8.8 rebounding margin.
Liberty, which currently ranks No. 20 nationally for rebounding margin, has finished in the top five in the category for five consecutive seasons. The Lady Flames led the nation in rebounding margin during both the 2003-04 and 2004-05 campaigns.
Less Than a Point Per Minute
Presbyterian managed only 19 first-half points against the Lady Flames on Saturday. Liberty has held three opponents to fewer than 20 points during the opening half this season, including Gardner-Webb, which scored only 14 points prior to the break on Jan. 3.