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Frazee's 37 Points Lead Liberty To 75-71 Win At Virginia
Frazee, who posted the third-highest single-game scoring performance in program history, also matched a career high with 15 rebounds. The Lady Flames are now 4-0 for just the second time in school history. Only the 1997-98 Liberty squad, which finished the regular season 28-0, had started its year with four-successive triumphs.
Virginia suffered its first setback of the year and drops to 3-1.
The host Cavaliers scored the first seven points of the contest, including four by Siedah Williams. Liberty remained scoreless until Moriah Frazee split a pair of free throws to make the score, 7-1 in favor of Virginia at the 16:28 mark of the first half.
Virginia extended its lead to 13 points, 14-1, on a steal and lay-up by Paulisha Kellum at 13:17.
Liberty's first two field goals, a three-pointer by Rebecca Lightfoot and a jumper from inside the paint by Megan Frazee, narrowed the gap to 15-6 with 12:17 remaining before the intermission.
The Lady Flames' third triplet, Molly Frazee, got into the act during a 7-0 burst midway through the opening half, scoring five points. Frazee's three-point play at the 9:33 mark capped the run and cut the Cavalier advantage to 19-13.
After a Sharnee Zoll three-pointer, Liberty fashioned another run. The Lady Flames scored 13 of the game's next 17 points, tying the score at 26 on a Molly Frazee three-pointer at 4:29.
Liberty took its first lead, 32-30, with 2:44 showing on the first half clock, when Michelle Parker scored on a fast break lay-up. Parker's hoop was the third of three-consecutive transition buckets for the Lady Flames, generated by Liberty's pressure defense.
Virginia then scored the final four points of the first half, reclaiming the advantage, 34-32 at 1:14 on a basket by Kellum.
Molly Frazee led a balanced scoring attack for the visitors, tossing in eight first-half markers. Liberty's bench totaled 23 of the Lady Flames' 32 first-half points. Roli-Ann Nikagbatse and Megan Frazee grabbed six boards apiece in the first half, helping Liberty achieve a 26-16 advantage on the glass.
Williams was Virginia's leading scorer in the opening 20 minutes, tallying nine points. Kellum came up with three steals and played a significant role in forcing 13 first-half miscues by the Lady Flames.
Megan Frazee, who scored Liberty's first 19 points of the second half, hit a jumper that allowed Liberty to briefly retake the lead at 38-36 with 18:24 left in the game.
The homestanding Cavaliers bounced back with a 12-5 burst, taking a 48-43 lead on a bucket by Lyndra Littles at 14:19.
The Lady Flames tied the score at 48 on another Megan Frazee hoop, before the Cavaliers went on a 9-0 run. Zoll scored the last two baskets of that burst, lifting her team to a 57-48 edge with 10:03 remaining.
Liberty came back to take the lead at 60-59 on a jumper by Megan Frazee at 5:07. Moriah Frazee then connected on both ends of a one-and-one at 2:34, making the score, 66-60, to cap an 18-3 run. Virginia was limited to just one field goal during the extended run, a Williams lay-up at the 6:33 mark.
The two teams exchanged baskets before Monica Wright completed a four-point play at 1:20 to cut the Liberty lead to two at 68-66.
Megan Frazee hit a shot from the paint as the shot clock wound down, rebuilding the Lady Flame advantage to four, 70-66, with 55 seconds left in the game.
Virginia had several chances to halve the advantage in the final minute, but Megan Frazee rejected a Williams shot from point-blank range. After Frazee missed a free throw, Zoll went coast-to-coast for a lay-up with 17 seconds on the clock, shaving Liberty's lead back to two points at 70-68.
Megan Frazee gained a measure of redemption with 15.9 seconds left by sinking a pair of foul shots to rebuild the Liberty edge to 72-68. However, Zoll and the Cavaliers were not done yet. The junior guard fashioned a three-point play with 11.2 seconds remaining to pull the home team within a single point, 72-71.
Those points would be Virginia's last of the evening as Parker split a pair of free throws and Megan Frazee made two more from the charity stripe to make the final margin 75-71. The setback was Virginia's first in three games at the John Paul Jones Arena.
Molly Frazee tallied a career-best 11 points for the Lady Flames and matched her personal high with five caroms. Parker came off the bench to contribute nine points and four assists. Nikagbatse added nine boards and four assists of her own.
Zoll scored 13 of her 20 points after the intermission to pace Virginia. Williams added 17 markers for the Cavaliers.
For the game, Liberty held the rebounded advantaged over Virginia by a 48-34 count. The foul line also played a significant role in the Lady Flames' victory as Liberty drilled 17-of-20 from the charity stripe in the contest.
Liberty will continue its three-game road trip on Saturday when the Lady Flames visit Binghamton. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Virginia will head to The Bahamas for a pair of games at the Junkanoo Jam. The Cavaliers will meet South Dakota State on Friday at 1 p.m.