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Liberty Takes Sasser Cup Lead Following Winter Season

April 3, 2013
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Women's basketball was one of three Liberty programs to claim a Big South title during the winter season.

2012-13 Big South Sasser Cup standings (after winter season)

Following a winter season where Liberty claimed three out of four Big South titles, Liberty has moved into the lead in the race for the 2012-13 Big South Sasser Cup chase, as announced by the Big South Conference office earlier today.

During the winter, Liberty's women's basketball team claimed both the regular season and conference championship titles, while an upstart men's basketball team became the first in tournament history to win four games at its annual championship event and claim the title.

The women's basketball title was the program's 15th in the last 17 seasons, while the men's team captured their third Big South title in program history and first since 2004.

Liberty's men's track & field program continued its dominance in indoor track, winning its unprecedented 16th consecutive title in February. Liberty has won the Big South men's indoor title each year the conference has sponsored indoor track & field as a championship sport.

The women's team had its run of three-straight Big South indoor track & field championship halted by Coastal Carolina, finishing second to the Chanticleers.

Following one of the most successful winter seasons in athletics department history, Liberty now holds a 1.24 point advantage over High Point in the latest Big South Sasser Cup standings.

During the 2012-13 athletics season, Liberty has claimed Big South titles in seven of the 10 sports the Big South sponsors.

Liberty has claimed Big South regular season titles in volleyball and women's basketball and tournament championship titles in volleyball, women's basketball and men's basketball.

Liberty's men's and women's cross country programs swept titles in October, while football claimed its fifth Big South title in the last six seasons with a share of this year's conference crown.

Entering the spring season, Liberty now stands atop the listing for this year's Sasser Cup title with 14.80 average points (148 points in 10 sports).

High Point is in second place with 13.56 average points (122 points in nine sports), followed by Coastal Carolina's 12.50 average points (112.5 points in nine sports). Winthrop is in a distance fourth with 9.86 average points (88.75 points in nine sports).

Liberty also holds a sizeable lead in the Women's All-Sports standings with 16.20 average points (81 points in five sports). Coastal Carolina (12.90 average points) and High Point (12.60 average points) rank second and third, respectively, the women's listings.

Liberty currently ranks second on the Men's All-Sport standings with 13.40 average points (67 points in five sports). High Point leads the list with 14.75 average points; while Coastal Carolina is 1.40 points behind the Flames (12.00 average points).

Nine additional Big South titles will be up for grabs during the spring, including the first-ever Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship title.

With a strong showing during the spring semester, Liberty will be looking to capture its unparalleled sixth-straight Big South Sasser Cup title. Liberty became the first program in Big South history to win five Sasser Cup titles in a row last year and the Flames lead all Big South member institutions with 11 overall Sasser Cup titles.

Liberty also claimed the Men's All-Sport and Women's All-Sports trophies during the 2011-12 season, becoming the second athletics program in Big South Conference history to sweep its major awards in the same season.

The Sasser Cup trophy, named for former Big South Commissioner Buddy Sasser, is awarded to the Big South member institution with the most successful year athletically based on an average points system. Points are awarded based on both regular-season and tournament finishes in each of the league's 18 championships, based on the number of teams participating in the regular-season and tournament, respectively.

A school must be eligible to participate in a specific sport championship to receive Sasser Cup points in the sport. There is a weighted factor of 1.5 for those sports which only participate in regular-season play (football) or a tournament (cross country, track and golf), but not both.  Teams tied in regular-season or tournament play split the points earned.

Annual Sasser Cup Champions
1985-86 – Winthrop
1986-87 – Winthrop
1987-88 – Coastal Carolina
1988-89 – Coastal Carolina
1989-90 – Coastal Carolina
1990-91 – Coastal Carolina
1991-92 – Campbell
1992-93 – Campbell
1993-94 – Campbell
1994-95 – UNC Greensboro
1995-96 – UNC Greensboro
1996-97 – UNC Greensboro
1997-98 – Liberty
1998-99 – Liberty
1999-00 – Liberty

2000-01 – Coastal Carolina
2001-02 – Liberty
2002-03 – Liberty

2003-04 – Coastal Carolina
2004-05 – Coastal Carolina
2005-06 – Coastal Carolina
2006-07 – Coastal Carolina
2007-08 – Liberty
2008-09 – Liberty
2009-10 – Liberty
2010-11 – Liberty
2011-12 – Liberty

Women's All-Sports Award
2003-04 – Coastal Carolina
2004-05 – Coastal Carolina
2005-06 – Coastal Carolina
2006-07 – Coastal Carolina
2007-08 – Liberty
2008-09 – Coastal Carolina
2009-10 – Liberty
2010-11 – Liberty
2011-12 – Liberty

Men's All-Sports Award
2003-04 – Liberty
2004-05 – Liberty

2005-06 – Coastal Carolina
2006-07 – Winthrop
2007-08 – Liberty
2008-09 – Liberty

2009-10 – Coastal Carolina
2010-11 – Coastal Carolina
2011-12 – Liberty