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Lady Flames Open up Season With 74-49 Win

November 18, 2005  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty ushered in the start of the 2005-06 season with a solid 74-59 victory over Virginia Union, Friday evening, in the Vines center.

The new look Lady Flames (1-0) jumped out to an early 10-point lead as Egle Smigelskaite (So., F, Klaipeda, Lithuania) took a Michelle Parker (Jr., G, Miami, Fla.) pass and knocked down a three pointer to put Liberty up 19-9 with 11:09 to go in the first half.

Virginia Union (0-1) responded, as LaToya Green hit a three of her own; however, Liberty's defense would stifle the Lady Panthers, allowing only one basket over the next 5 minutes.

Liberty capitalized on the poor shooting of Virginia Union as Molly Frazee (Fr., G/F, Xenia, Ohio) connected on two of her four first half free throws to extend the lead to 29-14, capping off a 10-5 run.

The Lady Flames would push the halftime margin to 17 as Moriah Frazee's (Fr., G, Xenia, Ohio) lay-up would send the home team into the locker room up, 40-23.

Liberty's offense came alive at the beginning of the second half, reeling off a 14-3 run to start off the second half as Courtney Watkins (So., G/F, Bristol, Tenn.) connected on two free throws to give them their largest lead of the night of 27.

The Lady Panthers responded as a Shanell Roberts' jumper capped off a 10-0 run to pull them to within 17.

Unfortunately that would be their last basket over the next seven minutes as the Lady Flames' defense clamped down and Liberty was able to open the deficit up to 25, cruising to an 74-49 victory.

Leading the way for Liberty was Megan Frazee as she posted her first career double-double with a game-high 17 points and 10 rebounds, while dishing out five assists. Watkins was Liberty's only other double-digit score as she collected 12 points on two-of-four shooting from behind the arc. Karolina Piotriewicz (Jr., F, Calais, France) collected 10 boards.

For Virginia Union, Roberts scored 11 points and had five assists, while Green also had 11 points, going seven-of-nine from the free throw line.

The Lady Flames will be back in action on Monday as they travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., to take on No. 8 North Carolina in the Carmichael Auditorium. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.