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Frazier and Gardner Sign with Lady Flames

November 19, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Emily Frazier and Jasmine Gardner will join Head Coach Carey Green and the Lady Flames for the 2010-11 season.

Emily Frazier and Jasmine Gardner will join Head Coach Carey Green and the Lady Flames for the 2010-11 season.

As the 2009-10 women's basketball season gets underway, the Liberty Lady Flames have received commitments from two players for the future. Emily Frazier and Jasmine Gardner have both signed to join the Lady Flames for the 2010-11 campaign.

Frazier (5-7, G, Magnolia, Texas) will actually enroll at Liberty for the spring 2010 semester, but will not begin playing until next season. A point guard, Frazier is home schooled and played for the same Homeschool Christian Youth Association (HCYA) basketball team which produced current Lady Flame Rachel McLeod (Jr., G, Houston, Texas). Last season, she served as a team captain for the Lady Warriors during their 33-10 season. Frazier's per-game averages as a junior included 15.0 points, 7.6 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 4.3 steals. She earned National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championship (NCHBC) first team All-America honors as a junior, after helping HCYA finish as national runner-up.

"Emily is a great floor general who has outstanding court vision and understanding of the game," commented Liberty head coach Carey Green. "She has excellent ball-handling skills, and we look forward to adding her skills and talents at the point guard position. She comes from a very competitive AAU program from a hotbed of basketball in the Houston area, as well as a well-coached HCYA team which has competed on the national level."

"Emily has a great nose for the ball on defense, as evidenced by the number of rebounds and steals she has totaled from the point guard position," added HCYA Lady Warriors Basketball Program Director and former head coach Terry Hester. "She has a passion for God, loves to worship and has the character and intensity that make for a great leader, both on and off the basketball court. She will be a great fit at Liberty, where honoring Christ and a winning basketball tradition go hand in hand."

Gardner (6-2, F) comes to Liberty from Mitchell High School in Memphis, Tenn. She averaged a double-double (10 ppg, 12 rpg) as a junior and possesses the versatility to play either the 3, 4 or 5 positions, if necessary. Gardner has helped Mitchell win three straight district championships and back-to-back city titles in 2006-07 and 2007-08. As a junior, she was named regional MVP. Gardner is also a standout in the classroom, earning a place on the Distinguished Honor Roll as a freshman, sophomore and junior.

"Jasmine epitomizes the term student-athlete, as she maintains a 3.9 GPA and is an extraordinary athlete," stated Green. "She is a small forward who is aggressive on the boards and an excellent defensive player. We have high expectations for her to develop into an excellent swing player in the mold of some of our most recent swing players like Rebecca Lightfoot, Megan Frazee and Molly Frazee. We are excited to have Jasmine join our team, because she fulfills a definite need on our team and is a missing piece of the puzzle.

"I am very excited with this recruiting class," summarized Green. "Emily and Jasmine will have a major impact on the success of our program."

The Lady Flames, winners of 12 of the last 13 Big South Conference titles, are off to a 2-0 start this season. They will travel to Annapolis, Md., for this weekend's Navy Classic. Liberty will face Tulane in the opening round, scheduled for a 4:45 p.m. tipoff Friday afternoon.