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Liberty Hosts UNC Asheville on Senior Night

February 26, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Rebecca Lightfoot will be one of seven seniors honored prior to Saturday night's game at UNC Asheville, which is slated for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

Rebecca Lightfoot will be one of seven seniors honored prior to Saturday night's game at UNC Asheville, which is slated for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

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The Game
The Liberty Lady Flames (18-7, 12-0 Big South) return to the Vines Center for their final two-game homestand of the regular season. UNC Asheville (10-16, 7-6 Big South) will battle the Lady Flames on Senior Night, with tip-off slated for Saturday at 7 p.m.

What to Watch
Seven Liberty seniors (Alexandria Bream, Megan Frazee, Molly Frazee, Moriah Frazee, Rachel Hammond, Rebecca Lightfoot and Jessica Nelson) will be recognized prior to tip-off Saturday. The Lady Flames are 90-29 over the past four seasons.

Liberty has clinched the Big South regular-season title and the No. 1 seed for the Big South Championship. However, UNC Asheville still has plenty at stake. The Bulldogs are just one-half game out of second place in the conference standings.

The Lady Flames will attempt to extend several winning streaks. Liberty has won eight straight home games, 15 straight games overall and 16 straight games versus conference foes. The Lady Flames will also look to close out an unbeaten month of February.

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 commentator for home contests and will provide color analysis on the road.

Lady Flames On TV
For the sixth season in a row, the Flames Television Network (FTN) plans to broadcast all 12 home women's basketball games. FTN's regular announcing team will consist of Ray Jones on play-by-play and Jamie Hall on color.

Scouting UNC Asheville
UNC Asheville, coming off of a big, 68-59 home win over High Point on Feb. 21, finds itself in a tie for third place in the Big South standings. The Bulldogs are deadlocked with Radford, just one-half game behind High Point.

Lindsey Montgomery, a 5-10 sophomore forward, has posted back-to-back double-doubles. She is averaging 19.5 ppg and 11.5 rpg in the Bulldogs' last two games, including a career-high 28-point outburst at Gardner-Webb on Feb. 16.

Ana Baker, a 5-7 senior guard, has been a consistent producer for UNC Asheville all season. Baker has rarely left the court, averaging 35.8 minutes played per contest. She ranks third in the Big South in both scoring (13.0 ppg) and assists (4.6 apg) and sits second in steals (2.5 spg).

The Bulldogs will close the regular season with a trio of road contests. UNC Asheville is only 2-7 on the road this season, with its two victories away from the Justice Center coming at Charleston Southern and Presbyterian.

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 231-75 career record and is the all-time wins leader at Liberty and among Big South women's basketball coaches. His career winning percentage (.755) ranked 10th among active NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches at the season's outset. Green is 22-1 all-time against UNC Asheville.

Betsy Blose is 98-105 in her seventh year as UNC Asheville's head coach. The 2004 Big South Coach of the Year owns a 212-182 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 1-14 all-time versus Liberty.

Liberty-UNC Asheville Series Notes
Liberty has been victorious in 27 of its last 28 meetings with UNC Asheville, increasing its lead in the all-time head-to-head series to 37-7. The Lady Flames have won three straight games against the Bulldogs.

The Lady Flames claimed a 75-48 victory over UNC Asheville in the teams' first matchup this season, Jan. 19 at the Justice Center. Megan Frazee paced all players in both points (22) and rebounds (14), boosting her career averages against UNC Asheville to 19.2 ppg and 12.2 rpg. Amber Mays chipped in with 13 points and a game-high seven assists for the Lady Flames. Kendall Shepard starred for the home team, tossing in 17 points.

UNC Asheville's most recent win over Liberty came on the Lady Flames' Senior Night two seasons ago. The Bulldogs defeated Liberty by a 54-51 score, Feb. 24, 2007 at the Vines Center. UNC Asheville snapped a 24-game losing streak against the Lady Flames, as Amanda Elder scored a team-high 13 points and Ana Baker pulled down a team-best seven boards. Their performance helped offset a 20-point, 14-rebound game by Megan Frazee. The victory helped propel the Bulldogs to the Big South title, two weeks later.

Fabulous in February
Liberty has won 90 of its last 95 games played during the month of February, dating back to the 1997 Big South Championship. The only teams to defeat the Lady Flames in February since then are High Point (three times), UNC Asheville and Winthrop.

Liberty owns a 171-121 all-time mark during the year's second month, including a 71-5 record under Carey Green. The Lady Flames went 6-1 in February last season and have six February contests on the schedule in 2008-09. Liberty is 5-0 so far this month.

Special Seniors
The Lady Flames will be recognizing a special group of seven seniors as part of Senior Night festivities, prior to tip-off. Alexandria Bream, Megan Frazee, Molly Frazee, Moriah Frazee, Rachel Hammond, Rebecca Lightfoot and the newest addition to the class, Jessica Nelson, have teamed up to go 90-29 since arriving on campus.

The group has played a role in three Big South regular-season titles (five, if you include the two Nelson won in volleyball). Included in the class are four of the top 50 scorers in program history and four of the top 50 rebounders in Liberty annals.

We Are the (Regular-Season) Champions!
Liberty's 81-59 win at Charleston Southern on Monday not only kept the Lady Flames unbeaten in conference play, but it clinched the outright Big South regular-season title. Liberty has now captured 11 conference regular-season crowns in the last 12 years.

In a Class All Her Own
Megan Frazee repeated as Big South Women's Basketball Player of the Week on Monday, marking her fifth conference weekly honor this season. She extends her Big South record to 17 career Big South Women's Basketball Player of the Week plaudits. Former Liberty standout Katie Feenstra previously held the record, with 15 awards.

Recipe For Success
Liberty has won 15 consecutive games, and the following are a few keys the Lady Flames' success.

-- All 15 opponents have been held below 60 points.

-- All 15 opponents have shot below 45 percent from the field.

-- Liberty has outrebounded 13 of 15 opponents by 11 boards or more.

-- Megan Frazee has averaged 19.4 ppg and 9.7 rpg, since returning from an ankle injury which sidelined her for eight games.

-- Liberty is shooting 38.5 percent from three-point range and averaging 4.1 triples per contest, as compared with 27.5 percent and 2.8 triples per game before the streak.

-- Liberty is scoring 15.5 more points in the paint than its opponents, on average.

Accurate Avery
Avery Warley made 11 consecutive field goal attempts, between Feb. 9 and Feb. 21. The Big South field goal percentage leader at 62.0 percent, Warley has connected on 19 of her last 20 field goals (95 percent). She is currently on a streak of eight consecutive made field goals, after shooting five-for-five at Charleston Southern on Monday.

Katie Feenstra (2003-04 and 2004-05) and Annetta Paraham (1987-88) are the only two Lady Flames to shoot over 60 percent from the field for a full season.

A Star On the Court and In the Classroom
Megan Frazee, a kinesiology major with a 3.91 cumulative GPA, was recognized on Monday as a first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American. A second team Academic All-American last season, Frazee is the first Lady Flame ever to earn first-team status. She is Liberty's sixth first-team honoree at the Division I level, in all sports. Frazee is also the fourth individual in school history to earn multiple Academic All-America honors.

Turning Up the Heat in the Furnace
The 2008-09 campaign is the 17th season the Liberty University women's basketball team has called the Vines Center its full-time home. Liberty's first-ever contest at the Vines Center was an 86-74 loss to East Tennessee State, on Dec. 7, 1990, but the "Furnace" has served as a favorable venue for the Lady Flames over the years. Liberty is 186-51 (.785) all-time at the Vines Center, including 13-0 last season. The Lady Flames, 8-2 at the Vines Center in 2008-09, have 12 home games scheduled this season.

Winning Streaks
The Lady Flames are currently on an 15-game winning streak, as they have not lost a game since falling at No. 19/20 Vanderbilt on Dec. 22.

The streak is the fourth longest in program history. Here is a look at the Lady Flames' longest winning streaks, eight of which have come with Carey Green as head coach.

1) 28 games (Nov. 21, 1997 - Feb. 28, 1998)
2) 22 games (Dec. 21, 2002 - March 9, 2003)
3) 19 games (Jan. 6, 2004 - March 13, 2004)
4) 15 games (Dec. 29, 2008 - Present)
5) 14 games (Jan. 28, 2006 - March 11, 2006)
6T) 13 games (Jan. 5, 2008 - Feb. 23, 2008)
6T) 13 games (Jan. 24, 2002 - March 2, 2002)
8T) 12 games (Jan. 15, 2005 - Feb. 21, 2005)
8T) 12 games (Jan. 23, 1999 - Feb. 27, 1999)
10) 11 games (Feb. 3, 2000 - March 4, 2000)

Nation's Longest Winning Streaks
Liberty has won 15 games in a row, which was tied for the fourth-longest current winning streak among NCAA Division I women's basketball games, through Wednesday.

No. 1 Connecticut has won a nation-best 28 consecutive games.

Liberty in the National Rankings
During Liberty's winning streak, the Lady Flames have been surging upward in the NCAA national statistical rankings. Liberty now ranks in the top 10 nationally in three statistical categories. The Lady Flames are listed No. 2 in rebounding margin (+12.2), No. 5 in field goal percentage defense (.341) and No. 7 in scoring defense (52.7 ppg).

Liberty and No. 13 Xavier are the only two teams in the nation which rank in the top 10 of all three of those categories.

The Container is Half Full
Liberty connected on a school-record 70.2 percent (33-of-47) of its field goal attempts at Charleston Southern on Monday, shooting over 50 percent for the sixth time in the last eight games. The Lady Flames are 7-0 this year, when making more than half of their field goals. Liberty is now 56-0 in such contests under head coach Carey Green.

Burning Up the Nets
Liberty not only enjoyed warmer temperatures outdoors during its annual South Carolina "Beach Trip," but the Lady Flames also scorched the nets at both Kimbel Arena and CSU Field House over the weekend.

Liberty combined to shoot 68.5 percent (61-of-89) from the floor during the pair of victories, including a program-record 70.2 percent (33-of-47) at Charleston Southern on Monday. The Lady Flames had set the previous single-game field goal percentage standard, 67.3 percent, versus the Lady Buccaneers on Jan. 19, 2008.

Triple the Trouble
Liberty sports the only set of triplets currently playing for the same NCAA Division I women's basketball team--seniors Megan, Molly and Moriah Frazee. Career totals of 1,000 points and 500 rebounds represent a very solid collegiate performer. The Frazee triplets have averaged more than 1,000 points and 500 rebounds between them.

During Liberty's Jan. 3 victory over Gardner-Webb, the triplets exceeded the 3,000-career point total. Megan, Molly and Moriah Frazee have totaled 3,364 points and 1,750 rebounds during their time at Liberty. Those figures represent more than 40 percent of the Lady Flames' points and more than a third of the team's rebounds since they arrived on campus.

Miss Consistency
Megan Frazee has scored in double figures in each of her last 61 games, dating back to Jan. 27, 2007. It is the longest such streak of her career and the second longest ever by a Liberty player. Frazee's next double-digit scoring effort will tie the existing Liberty record.

Elena Kisseleva owns the program record, tallying 10 or more points in 62 straight contests, spanning the 1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons.

Miss Consistency, Part 2
Megan Frazee's streak of 61 straight games scoring in double figures is the second-longest active streak in the nation, among Division I women's basketball players. Robyn Fairbanks of Utah Valley State tops the list, as the nation's leading scorer has reached double digits in 76 consecutive outings.

Chasing Another Record
Megan Frazee has posted nine double-doubles this season, including one in five of her last six outings, pushing her career total to 45. Katie Feenstra owns the program record, with 49 career double-doubles.

Clamping Down on Defense
The Lady Flames have held 76 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. Nineteen of the Lady Flames' first 25 opponents have shot below 40 percent from the floor. Liberty leads the Big South and ranks No. 5 nationally with a .341 opponents field goal percentage.

Playing with a Lead
Liberty has not trailed often during its last 10 games. The Lady Flames led six of those contests from wire to wire, and their opponents have held the lead for only 7:18 of the last 400 minutes of action.

Winning the Battle of the Boards
The Lady Flames have outrebounded 21 teams in their first 25 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 +12.3 rebounding margin.

Liberty, which currently ranks No. 2 nationally for rebounding margin, has finished in the top five nationally 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.

Liberty Triumvirate
Megan Frazee now ranks No. 9 all-time in the Big South for points (1,724) and No. 7 for rebounds (870). She is one of three players to rank in the top 10 of both categories. The other two include former Liberty standouts, Katie Feenstra and Elena Kisseleva.