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Green Ties History, Liberty Cruises to Victory

February 13, 2006  Charleston, S.C.  RSS
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Liberty University built a 39-19 halftime lead and went on to defeat the Charleston Southern Lady Buccaneers, 63-49, in Big South Conference women's basketball action at the CSU Field house on Monday night.

Liberty improves to 17-5 overall, 8-1 in conference play while CSU drops to 6-16 overall, 0-9 in conference play.

The two teams kept it close over the first six minutes as the Lady Flames were only able to muster a four point lead, 10-6, as they looked to win their 21-straight game against the Lady Buccaneers, but a three-pointer by Michelle Parker (Jr., G, Miami, Fla.) sparked an 11-0 run and gave Liberty a comfortable 15-point cushion with 11:37 to go in the first.

Liberty reeled off its second big run of the opening half as Molly Frazee (Fr., G/F, Xenia, Ohio) knocked down a three to give the Lady Flames their largest lead of the half at 24 (37-13) as they cruised to a 39-19 halftime lead.

Charleston Southern came out of the half and quickly cut into the lead as Shaunte Small connected on a jumper and Pam Tolbert hit a three to cut Liberty's lead to 15, 39-24.

However, Moriah Frazee (Fr., G/F, Xenia, Ohio) scored four of the Lady Flames' next six points to increase their lead back to 20 (45-25) and it would prove to be insurmountable as Liberty gave head coach Carey Green his 158th career win, tying him with former Radford coach, Luby Lichonczak, as the winnegest coaches in Big South history.

Moriah Frazee was the only Liberty player in double figures with 11 points but the Flames put 11 players overall in the scoring column. Liberty dominated play on the boards, out-rebounding CSU, 52-22, with 21 offensive rebounds.

Senior forward Erica McCoy paced CSU with 13 points and five boards while Tolbert added 12 points. Guard Deborah Cherry finished with seven assists and three steals.

Liberty shot 41.4 percent from the field, hitting 11-of-14 free throws. CSU shot only 26.1 percent from the field in the first half but finished the game at 31.4 percent.

Liberty returns to action next Saturday night as they try to avenge its only Big South loss on the season in a battle for first place when they host the Panthers of High Point at 7 p.m. in the Vines Center.