Sharpshooter Frye aiming for post-season success

After making her mark in the Central Region, former Thomas Dale standout Alyssa Frye accepted a scholarship to play basketball at the College of Charleston (CofC). Nearly three seasons later, Frye has broken the CofC record for three-pointers made in a single season and in a single game. Also, Frye has an opportunity to set a couple of other marks in the future.

“Her shooting technique and form are great,” said CofC head coach Natasha Adair. “Alyssa [Frye] is a great all-around player, that’s something we set out to do this season, to help her improve across the board.”

The 2012-2013 season is Adair’s first at CofC and she stated that Frye came into the coaching change with “great intangibles, a great work ethic and an increased ‘toughness meter.’”

After a slow start to her high school career, Frye was able to rebound from a torn ACL that required knee surgery and become a member of Thomas Dale’s 1,000 point club under head coach Kevin Coffey. She shared a backcourt with two other stellar guards in Ka’lia Johnson (Duke) and Andrea Hobbs (Christopher Newport). Shoulder surgery after her sophomore season at CofC was also a concern, especially with Frye being a top shooting threat on the roster.

“Whatever they did to fix it, it worked,” Adair chuckled.  

On December 17 against East Carolina, Frye broke the single game record with seven three-pointers made. Since then, the junior tied her own record twice. Frye also eclipsed the single season CofC mark of 63 three-pointers made in a season on January 28 against Furman. Frye currently has 80 three-pointers made with three regular season games to go as of press time.

“She’s always been a perfectionist,” said Clinton Frye, Alyssa’s father. “When she makes mistakes she always wants to come back and play a better game.”

The Frye family is an athletic one as dad Clinton played high school basketball and mother Allison played college basketball at St. Augustine University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Frye’s older sister Latosha (class of 2005) lettered at Dale in basketball, and former Dale gridiron standout and younger brother Desmond Frye is finishing up his freshman year at Virginia Tech where he logged time on special teams this season.

“My family has been my biggest influence to succeed,” explained Frye. “I’ve always looked up to my older sister and wanted to set a good example for my younger brother,” she continued. “My mom and dad are my biggest support system; I’m very grateful to have them.”

Since arriving, Frye as been a starter at CofC. She is averaging 13 points per game as a junior and has seen her numbers go up across the board in several other categories. Last year, she finished with 25 assists; this year she has 46. Last year she scored 198 points; this year she’s scored 337. The junior has scored double figures over her last ten games, and is just 12 three-pointers away from the Southern Conference single season record.

“She’s got the green light in our offense,” said Adair. “Shooters will get in slumps and the best way to get out of those is to keep shooting and keep practicing.”

As of press time, the Cougars are fighting for position in the upcoming Southern Conference tournament. At the Division I level, the winner of each conference tournament earns a bid to the NCAA tournament. CofC thus far has played to a 12-14 overall record, and an 8-9 conference record. A big part of the team’s successes this season can certainly be attributed to Frye’s improved play and leadership.

“We’ve come so far as a team, and we’ve worked so hard,” said Frye. “This is our year; we have to show that all of our efforts has paid off.”

With the success through her unfinished junior season thus far, Frye has another year to build on her success at the college level and to add to the ever-growing success of the Thomas Dale girls’ basketball program.

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