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Lady Flames Top NCAA in Rebound Margin Again
For the second straight season and the fifth time overall, the Liberty women's basketball team has finished the 2012-13 campaign as the NCAA Division I national leader in rebound margin. The Lady Flames' +16.9 rebound margin set new program and Big South Conference single-season records.
Liberty, which previously topped the nation in rebound margin in 2003-04, 2004-05, 2009-10 and 2011-12, has now ranked among the nation's top 10 in the category for 11 straight seasons. The Lady Flames finished well ahead of second-place Maryland, which outrebounded opponents by 13.7 boards per contest.
Head coach Carey Green's squad recorded the top rebound margin by any NCAA Division I squad since the 1995-96 season, and the Lady Flames' +16.9 margin ranks No. 5 in NCAA Division I women's basketball history for a single season.
Liberty's rebounding proficiency was a true team effort in 2012-13, led by the quartet of Tolu Omotola (7.6 rpg), Jasmine Gardner (7.3 rpg), Ashley Rininger (6.4 rpg) and Devon Brown (6.1 rpg).
Liberty also finished among the nation's leaders in field goal percentage defense (No. 8, .337), scoring margin (No. 14, +16.0) and scoring offense (No. 23, 71.1 ppg).
Individually, redshirt senior Omotola ranked No. 15 nationally in field goal percentage (.530).