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Brown, Omotola Named 1st Team All-Big South

March 4, 2013
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Devon Brown (L) and Tolu Omotola (R) both earned spots on the first-team All-Big South squad.

Liberty redshirt seniors Devon Brown and Tolu Omotola were both included on the first-team All-Big South roster, as announced today by the conference office. Meanwhile, Ashley Rininger made the All-Freshman Team and Brittany Campbell was included on the All-Academic Team.

Winthrop's Dequesha McClanahan was voted Big South Player of the Year for the second year in a row, while teammate Schaquilla Nunn was tabbed Big South Freshman of the Year. Cheyenne Parker of High Point repeated as Big South Defensive Player of the Year while Presbyterian College took home two major awards. Ronny Fisher was named Big South Coach of the Year and Karlee Taylor was recognized as Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Liberty was the only conference school to place a pair of players on the first-team All-Big South roster. This is the fourth straight year and the 11th time in program history that the Lady Flames have done so.

Brown joins Elena Kisseleva (1997-2000) and Sharon Wilkerson (1997-2000) as the only Lady Flames ever to earn four first-team All-Big South honors. The Waynesboro, Va., native earned three Big South Player of the Week honors this season (Nov. 26, Dec. 10 and Jan. 2), tying her with Omotola for the most among conference players.

Brown ranks second in the Big South in free throw percentage (.833), third in scoring (16.2 ppg), ninth in field goal percentage (.408) and 10th in three-pointers made/game (1.43). She has moved up to second place in program history and fourth in Big South annals with 1,927 career points.

Omotola garnered her first all-conference recognition after being named Big South Player of the Week three times this year (Nov. 19, Dec. 3 and Feb. 4) and averaging career-high totals for points (13.4 ppg) and rebounds (7.6 rpg).

Omotola sits second in the conference and No. 14 nationally in field goal percentage (.554). The native of Houston, Texas, also ranks among the conference's top 10 in rebounding (seventh) and scoring (ninth) and has notched a team-high seven double-doubles in 2012-13.

Rininger, who finished second to Nunn in the voting for Big South Freshman of the Year, gives the Lady Flames a representative on the All-Freshman Team for the fifth season in a row. The Buckeye State native was a three-time Big South Freshman of the Week this season (Dec. 3, Jan. 14 and Feb. 18).

Rininger, who averages 7.3 ppg, ranks second among Big South freshmen in both rebounds (6.3 rpg) and blocked shots (1.2 bpg). She scored in double figures during eight conference games, highlighted by a career-best 17-point outing against UNC Asheville on Jan. 5.

Campbell made the Big South All-Academic Team for the first time, thanks to a 3.66 GPA during her undergraduate studies as a psychology major and a 3.90 GPA during her current pursuit of a master's degree in professional counseling. She is on track to graduate with her master's degree in December.

On the court, Campbell has started all 30 games for the Lady Flames this season, posting 5.4 ppg and leading the team by making 41.1 percent of her three-point tries. The redshirt senior scored a career-high 19 points during a win over Longwood on Jan. 26.

Liberty (24-6, 16-2 Big South) won its 14th Big South regular-season title and enters this week's Big South Women's Basketball Championship as the No. 1 seed. The Lady Flames will face either No. 8 seed Coastal Carolina or No. 9 seed Gardner-Webb in the quarterfinal round, Friday at 8 p.m. at The HTC Center in Conway, S.C.

2012-13 Big South Conference Women's Basketball Award Winners

First-Team All-Conference
Dequesha McClanahan, Winthrop
Cheyenne Parker, High Point
Devon Brown, Liberty
Tonisha Baker, Campbell
Tolu Omotola, Liberty

Second-Team All-Conference
Mariah Pietrowski, Presbyterian College
Diana Choibekova, Winthrop
Lakeitha Alston, Charleston Southern
Kiera Gaines, Campbell
Ashley Buckhannon, Radford

All-Freshman Team
Schaquilla Nunn, Winthrop
Ashley Rininger, Liberty
Aliyah Kilpatrick, Winthrop
Daeisha Brown, Longwood
Candace Brown, Gardner-Webb

Academic All-Conference
Karlee Taylor, Presbyterian College
Grace Blaylock, UNC Asheville
Brittany Campbell, Liberty
Dequesha McClanahan, Winthrop
AJ Jordan, Coastal Carolina
Casey Elliott, Campbell
Erin Neal, Longwood
Katherine Brockett, Radford
Chariah Harris, Gardner-Webb
Carra Coy, Charleston Southern

Player of the Year
Dequesha McClanahan, Winthrop

Defensive Player of the Year
Cheyenne Parker, High Point

Freshman of the Year
Schaquilla Nunn, Winthrop

Coach of the Year
Ronny Fisher, Presbyterian College

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Karlee Taylor, Presbyterian College