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Frazee, Green Win Major Big South Awards

March 12, 2009  High Point, N.C.  RSS
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Liberty's seven seniors (L-R): Rebecca Lightfoot, Megan Frazee, Rachel Hammond, Molly Frazee, Jessica Nelson, Moriah Frazee and Alexandria Bream pose with the Big South regular-season championship trophy.

Liberty's seven seniors (L-R): Rebecca Lightfoot, Megan Frazee, Rachel Hammond, Molly Frazee, Jessica Nelson, Moriah Frazee and Alexandria Bream pose with the Big South regular-season championship trophy.

Liberty captured three of the five major awards distributed at tonight's Big South Conference Women's Basketball Awards Banquet, held at the Hotel High Point in High Point, N.C. Senior guard/forward Megan Frazee was tabbed both Big South Women's Basketball Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while head coach Carey Green was voted Big South Coach of the Year.

The Lady Flames, who received the Big South regular-season championship trophy after winning a record 15 conference games, also had one more individual recognized Thursday evening. Forward Kylee Beecher (Roanoke, Va.) earned a spot on the Big South All-Freshman team.

The evening's other two major award winners included High Point's Shamia Brown, named Big South Freshman of the Year, and Radford's Johnette Walker, tabbed Big South Defensive Player of the Year.

Frazee (Xenia, Ohio) became Liberty's eighth conference player of the year in the last 12 seasons and the fifth player in conference history to capture the award in back-to-back seasons. Also recognized as a first-team all-conference selection for the third year in a row, Frazee was named Big South Player of the Week a conference-high six times this season. For her career, she won a Big South-record 18 player of the week honors. Frazee, averaging 20.1 ppg and 9.9 rpg, has scored in double figures in a school-record 65 straight games, the nation's longest active streak at the NCAA Division I level.

A kinesiology major with a 3.91 cumulative GPA, Frazee is the second straight Lady Flame to be voted Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year, following Allyson Fasnacht's selection a year ago. The Buckeye State native is the first Big South player to double up as Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year since Coastal Carolina's Brooke Weisbrod in 2000-01.

Frazee became the first Liberty women's basketball player ever to make the first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America squad, earlier this season, earning her second Academic All-America distinction in a row. Frazee was a part of the Big South All-Academic team for the second time in her career, following her inclusion in 2006-07.

Green took home his conference-record fifth Big South Coach of the Year award and his second consecutive honor, after leading the Lady Flames to their ninth Big South regular-season title in his 10 seasons as head coach. He is only the second women's basketball coach in conference history to win Big South Coach of the Year laurels in back-to-back seasons. Rick Reeves was voted Big South Coach of the Year in both 1996-97 and 1997-98, when he served as the Lady Flames' head coach.

Green guided Liberty to the regular-season crown by five games over second-place High Point, despite having four seniors miss a combined 79 games due to injury. The Lady Flames rank in the top 10 nationally in four different statistical categories, including No. 1 in rebound margin (+12.3), No. 3 in scoring defense (52.1 ppg), No. 4 in field goal percentage defense (.340) and No. 7 in field goal percentage (.462).

Beecher is the Lady Flames' first Big South All-Freshman team member since current senior Moriah Frazee (F, Xenia, Ohio) earned a spot on the team in 2005-06. Beecher, named Big South Freshman of the Week on Dec. 15, ranks fourth among conference freshmen, with 4.7 rpg. The Commonwealth native scored a career-high 18 points against Saint Paul's on Dec. 13 and recorded a trio of double-digit rebounding efforts on the season.

Liberty enters the Advance Auto Parts Women's Basketball Championship as the No. 1 seed for the 11th time in program history. The Lady Flames will face No. 8 seed Charleston Southern in the first game of the three-day tournament, Friday at noon, at High Point's Millis Center.

2008-09 Big South Conference Women's Basketball Award Winners

First Team All-Conference
Megan Frazee, Liberty
Ashley Fann, Winthrop
Taleia Moton, Radford
Jurica Hargraves, High Point
Ana Baker, UNC Asheville

Second Team All-Conference
Pam Tolbert, Charleston Southern
Mackenzie Maier, High Point
Margaret Roundtree, Gardner-Webb
Sydnei Moss, Coastal Carolina
Laura Povilonyte, Gardner-Webb

All-Freshman Team
Shamia Brown, High Point
Ali Schwagmeyer, Charleston Southern
Linda Aughburns, UNC Asheville
Kiki Rutledge, Charleston Southern
Kylee Beecher, Liberty

Academic All-Conference
Megan Frazee, Liberty
Amanda Stull, Coastal Carolina
Laura Povilonyte, Gardner-Webb
Mackenzie Maier, High Point
Tina DeCarvalho, Charleston Southern
Johnette Walker, Radford
Ashley Fann, Winthrop
Lindsey Montgomery, UNC Asheville
Amanda Mills, Presbyterian

Player of the Year
Megan Frazee, Liberty

Defensive Player of the Year
Johnette Walker, Radford

Freshman of the Year
Shamia Brown, High Point

Coach of the Year
Carey Green, Liberty

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Megan Frazee, Liberty