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Three Lady Flames Named Academic All-District

February 5, 2009
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(L-R): Moriah Frazee, Megan Frazee and Rachel Hammond all earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District recognition on Thursday.

(L-R): Moriah Frazee, Megan Frazee and Rachel Hammond all earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District recognition on Thursday.

For the second season in a row, a trio of Liberty women's basketball players have garnered ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District recognition. Senior Megan Frazee earned first-team recognition for the third time in her career, while classmates Moriah Frazee and Rachel Hammond both made the second team.

Liberty, coached by Carey Green, was one of only three Division I women's basketball teams in the nation to place three players on the Academic All-District roster, joining No. 14/18 Kansas State and Portland State.

Megan Frazee (G/F, Xenia, Ohio) now advances to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America ballot, giving her a chance to become the first two-time Academic All-American in Liberty women's basketball history. Last season, Frazee was a second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American. The Academic All-America teams will be announced Feb. 24.

Frazee's third consecutive first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District nod ties her with 2005 graduate Kristal Tharp for the most first-team Academic All-District selections in program history. Tharp is the Lady Flames' only other Academic All-American at the Division I level, making the second team as a senior in 2005.

A kinesiology major, Frazee sports a 3.91 cumulative GPA and has been recognized for her academic prowess on numerous occasions throughout her career. She was included on the 2008 VaSID Academic All-State team, as well as the 2007 Big South All-Academic team for women's basketball. Frazee is also a three-time Big South Presidential Honor Roll member.

Frazee is in the midst of a stellar season campaign and has led the Lady Flames to 11 consecutive wins since returning from an ankle injury on Dec. 29. A three-time Big South Player of the Week, Frazee is averaging a career-high 19.0 ppg and 9.6 rpg. She is also shooting a career-high 51.1 percent from the field, including 46.2 percent from beyond the three-point arc. On Dec. 30, Frazee hit the game-winning shot in Liberty's first-ever victory over Virginia Tech, giving the Lady Flames the Hokie Hardwood Classic title.

Sister Moriah Frazee (F, Xenia, Ohio), one of three nursing majors on the Liberty roster, owns a 3.64 cumulative GPA. Her second-team Academic All-District selection comes after she made the first team a season ago. She was a 2008 VaSID Academic All-State selection and has made three appearances on the Big South Presidential Honor Roll.

On the hardwood, Frazee ranks second on the team in scoring, with 10.1 ppg, and pulls down 4.7 rpg. On Jan. 24, Frazee became the 12th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone for her career. She is one of only seven Lady Flames ever to surpass 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds.

Hammond (G, Clearwater, Fla.), who owns the team's highest GPA at 3.95, is a social science major. A first-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District member, she has made the Big South Presidential Honor Roll each of her first three seasons at Liberty.

Hammond, the reigning Big South Player of the Week, is enjoying the best statistical season of her career and currently ranks among the Big South's top 10 performers in three statistical categories. She is seventh in steals (1.7 spg), ninth in three-point field goal percentage (.318) and ninth in three-pointers made (1.29/game). Hammond has been scorching the nets from three-point range recently, making 60 percent (15-of-25) of her attempts in the last six games, including a program-record streak of nine straight made triples.

The three seniors have helped the Lady Flames, both on and off the court, during their time at Liberty. All three players rank among the top 40 scorers in program history, and the Lady Flames are 86-29 since they arrived on campus. Liberty has captured a pair of Big South titles with Frazee, Frazee and Hammond on the roster, and currently leads the 2008-09 conference standings by two games.

Academically, the trio has led Liberty to three consecutive listings in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division I Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll. The Lady Flames tied for the nation's 14th-highest team GPA in 2005-06, were listed a program-high No. 7 in 2006-07 and checked in at No. 14 last season.

The Lady Flames, currently 14-7 overall and 8-0 in Big South action, will play at Gardner-Webb for the first time in program history, Monday at 7 p.m. Liberty is attempting to complete a season sweep of its new conference foe.

ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District
District 3 University Division Winners

First Team
Brionna Dickerson, South Carolina, Sr., 3.78, International Business/Marketing
Megan Frazee, Liberty, 3.91, Kinesiology
Laura Haskins, Virginia Tech, Sr., 3.99 (grad), Business Administration (MBA)
Brooke Johnson, Western Carolina, Sr., 3.90, Criminal Justice
Amanda Stull, Coastal Carolina, Jr., 3.94, Biology

Second Team
Moriah Frazee, Liberty, Sr., 3.64, Nursing

Mara Freshour, Florida State, Sr., 3.65, Sport Management
Rachel Hammond, Liberty, Sr., 3.95, Social Science
Adrianne McNally, Florida Gulf Coast, Jr., 3.46, Pre-Nursing
Jasmine Thomas, Duke, So., 3.39, Undeclared