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Rininger Named Big South Player of the Week
After leading the Lady Flames to their first two wins of the 2013-14 season, redshirt sophomore Ashley Rininger has been honored as the Big South Conference Women's Basketball Choice Hotels Player of the Week.
Rininger, who was a three-time Big South Freshman of the Week last season, earns her first Player of the Week honor. During Liberty's 2-1 week, the Buckeye State native paced the team in scoring (19.7 ppg), rebounding (9.3 rpg) and blocked shots (1.7 bpg). She shot 65 percent (26-of-40) from the field, made her first career three-pointer and connected on all six of her free throw attempts.
Rininger got her week started by scoring a game-high 16 points and tying for game-high honors with 10 rebounds at Kutztown on Nov. 25. Her fourth straight double-double helped Liberty notch its first win of the season, 72-56 over the Golden Bears.
Matched up against reigning Mountain West champion Fresno State in the opening game of the Seton Hall Thanksgiving Classic on Friday, Rininger tallied a team-high 14 points and shared the team lead with seven rebounds.
Liberty then came from 21 points down to defeat Savannah State, 89-79, on Saturday, thanks in large part to Rininger. She scored 17 of her career-high 29 points after halftime and also paced all players in rebounds (11) and blocked shots (3). Rininger, who scored the basket which put Liberty in front for good, earned a spot on the all-tournament team.
For the season, Rininger ranks in the top 10 of six Big South statistical categories, including offensive rebounding (first, 5.0 rpg), overall rebounding (second, 10.1 rpg), field goal percentage (third, .638), scoring (fourth, 16.7 ppg), free throw percentage (seventh, .778) and defensive rebounding (ninth, 5.1 rpg).
Rininger and the Lady Flames will play a pair of home games this week, taking on Commonwealth foe Richmond Tuesday at 7 p.m. and welcoming Radford to the Vines Center for the Big South opener Saturday at 2 p.m.