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Frazee Joins 1,000-Point Club in Liberty Win
Liberty is now 11-7 overall and is the Big South's only unbeaten team, at 5-0 in conference action. The Lady Flames' victory enabled them to extend a number of streaks. Liberty has won eight straight games overall, 15 consecutive January contests, 23 straight matchups with Charleston Southern and 35 consecutive home games during the month of January. The Lady Flames, who shot 55.2 percent (32-of-58) from the floor, are now 51-0 under head coach Carey Green when making at least 50 percent of their field goals.
Meanwhile, Charleston Southern lost for the third time in a row on its current five-game road swing. The Lady Buccaneers fall to 7-11 overall and 1-4 in the Big South.
Moriah Frazee recorded her milestone at the 14:56 mark of the second half. She drilled a pair of free throws, making her the 12th player in program history to score 1,000 career points. She joins Megan Frazee in the 1,000-point club, as the Frazees become the second set of sisters to score over 1,000 points at Liberty. Twins Sarah and Sharon Wilkerson, who graduated in 2000, both eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau as well. Moreover, Frazee's milestone point came in her 100th career start.
Megan Frazee scored 10 straight Liberty points during a game-opening 17-5 surge by the Lady Flames, over the first 6:52 of play. Frazee also contributed four rebounds and three assists during the run. The senior threaded a pass to Avery Warley, who finished off the run with a layup at the 13:08 mark.
Ali Schwagmeyer converted an old-fashioned three-point play with 12:01 left in the first half, trimming the Lady Buccaneers' deficit to 17-8. However, Hammond swished a three-pointer on Liberty's ensuing possession, and the Lady Flames led by double digits for the remainder of the opening stanza.
Liberty's advantage ballooned to 16 points, 24-8, after Kylee Beecher's close-range jumper at 9:50 capped a 7-0 burst.
Charleston Southern twice closed the gap to 10, including at the 5:28 mark, when Katie Tull's deep triple made the score 29-19, in favor of the Lady Flames.
Seniors Rebecca Lightfoot, Hammond and Frazee all connected from beyond the three-point arc during an 11-2 Liberty run, which gave the Lady Flames their largest lead of the half, 40-21, with 2:02 showing on the clock.
Liberty took a 42-26 advantage into the intermission, after scorching the nets and making 62.1 percent (18-of-29) of its field goals during the first 20-minute session. The Lady Flames exhibited extraordinary balance offensively, hitting five triples, while tallying 20 points inside the paint. Liberty also recorded 17 assists on its 18 made field goals before the break.
Meanwhile, visiting Charleston Southern shot only 32.1 percent (9-of-28) from the floor. The Lady Buccaneers stayed within striking distance by making five three-pointers, though.
Megan Frazee led the Lady Flames during the first half, posting 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Hammond added 11 points on a trio of three-pointers.
Pam Tolbert, the conference's leading scorer, paced Charleston Southern's balanced attack during the first half, tallying seven points and a pair of steals.
Liberty emerged from the locker room with a 10-2 run to start the second half. Hammond scored five of the markers, and Megan Frazee's second three-pointer of the afternoon increased the home team's advantage to 52-28 with 17:19 remaining.
A Danielle Gibson jumper with 6:10 left cut Charleston Southern's deficit to 18, at 63-45, after a 7-2 run.
Freshman Danika Dale then fueled a 6-0 spurt by the Lady Flames, enabling them to boost the advantage back to 69-45 at 3:38. Dale had two points, two rebounds, two steals and an assist during the quick Liberty offensive flurry.
The Lady Flames' lead stayed above 21 points for the remainder of the game, and Liberty finished off a 76-51 victory.
In addition to its proficient shooting, which included eight three-pointers, the Lady Flames matched a season-high with 25 assists and committed a season-low 12 turnovers. Liberty also outrebounded CSU by a 38-24 count, including 23-9 after the intermission.
Liberty held its eighth straight opponent below 40 percent field goal shooting, as the Lady Buccaneers ended the game at 33.3 percent (17-of-51). Ten of Charleston Southern's 17 made field goals came from beyond the three-point arc, and the Lady Buccaneers sank all seven of their free throw attempts.
Megan Frazee paced all players in both points (20) and rebounds (9), despite playing only 22 minutes. She also dished out a season-high five assists and blocked two Charleston Southern shots. Frazee now ranks No. 10 in Big South Conference history with 800 career rebounds.
Hammond chipped in with 16 points and four assists, making a quartet of three-pointers to tie a career high. Lightfoot, playing just her fifth game of the season, enjoyed her best offensive performance of the year with 11 points.
Liberty's defense held Tolbert four points below her season scoring average, but the senior guard led the visitors with 12 points and four assists. Tull and Kelsey Wasmer added nine points apiece, with all of their production coming from three-point range.
Liberty will play the second contest of its four-game homestand Monday at 7 p.m., when Coastal Carolina visits the Vines Center. The Lady Flames will be seeking their 30th consecutive victory over the Chanticleers.
Charleston Southern will remain in the Commonwealth for two more days. The Lady Buccaneers are slated to play at Radford, Monday evening at 7 p.m.