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Frazees Fuel Comeback Win at George Mason
Liberty is now 2-0 on the season after defeating the Patriots for the first time in 12 tries. George Mason has begun its year at 0-2 after being limited to 17 second-half points on 25 percent shooting from the floor.
George Mason committed turnovers on each of its first four possessions, allowing the Lady Flames to take an early 7-0 lead. Megan Frazee and Moriah Frazee combined for all seven markers for the visitors and the pair would tally Liberty's first 13 points of the contest.
The Patriots responded with a 10-4 run, keyed by offensive rebounding. Nikkia Slade closed the burst with four-straight free throws, making it 11-10, Liberty with 14:39 left before halftime. George Mason pulled down a total of nine offensive boards in the first half.
The home team grabbed its first lead of the game, 16-15, when C'Vette Henson nailed a runner at the 11:37 mark.
Neither squad led by more than three points until George Mason's Henson connected from long distance and Tracy Ann Holness drained back-to-back three-pointers, lifting the home team's advantage to eight points, 33-25, 3:35 before the intermission. That trio of three-pointers capped an 11-0 surge.
Henson banked in a three-pointer from the wing five seconds before the first-half buzzer sounded, allowing the Patriots to take a 39-29 lead into the locker room. Henson led the home team with 10 first-half points.
The Frazee triplets combined to score all but two of Liberty's first-half tallies, with Megan leading all scorers with 15 points in the first 20 minutes of play.
George Mason's lead expanded to 11 points (43-32) on Jessica Smith's shot from the paint 1:40 into the second half.
Liberty then notched the next six markers, shaving the lead to five (43-38) on Megan Frazee's basket at the 16:00 mark.
The Patriots built the lead back up to eight points before the Lady Flames crafted an 11-2 burst. Liberty took its initial advantage of the second half, 53-52, on a Michelle Parker jumper with 5:20 showing on the clock.
A Megan Frazee perimeter jumper made it 57-54 with 3:02 to play. Lateisha Wade then went two-of-two at the free-throw line to cut the lead to one at the 1:52 mark.
Molly Frazee sank both ends of a one-and-one at 1:40, giving her team a 59-56 advantage. Neither team scored another point until Megan Frazee rebounded a missed three-pointer and made two free throws with 13.3 seconds left, making the final margin of victory 61-56.
The Patriots were held without a field goal for the final 9:20, recording just a quartet of free throws over that stretch.
Megan Frazee led all players with 25 points and 12 rebounds and added a trio of steals. She made all eight of her free-throw attempts on the evening on her way to a second-consecutive double-double. Moriah Frazee chipped in with 15 markers and six caroms. Molly Frazee matched her career high with 10 points.
Wade and Henson paced George Mason's attack with 10 points apiece. Wade added seven assists and three steals. Moni Akintunde and Jessica Smith grabbed 11 and nine rebounds, respectively, helping the home team claim a 36-34 edge on the glass.
The Lady Flames will now prepare for their third game in six days as they return home to host Columbia Union Thursday evening at 7 p.m.