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Hammond Named Big South Player of the Week

February 2, 2009
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Rachel Hammond, coming off of the best offensive performance of her career, was tabbed the Big South Women's Basketball Player of the Week.

Rachel Hammond, coming off of the best offensive performance of her career, was tabbed the Big South Women's Basketball Player of the Week.

After burning up the Vines Center nets during a pair of Liberty victories, senior guard Rachel Hammond has been recognized as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Women's Basketball Player of the Week.

Hammond's (Clearwater, Fla.) first career Big South Player of the Week distinction comes as a result of her stellar play against Coastal Carolina and High Point. Aided by the Floridian's contributions at both ends of the floor, the Lady Flames posted 20-plus point victories versus both conference foes, strengthening their grip on first place in the Big South standings. For the week, Hammond averaged a team-high 16.5 ppg, pulled down 5.0 rpg and shot 77.8 percent from three-point range (7-of-9).

The defining performance of Hammond's week came on Saturday, when Liberty faced second-place High Point. The senior exploded for a career-high 25 points and drilled five triples for the first time in her career. Hammond, who also collected seven rebounds against the Panthers, became the first Lady Flame to make five three-pointers in a game since Daina Staugaitiene sank five treys at Hampton on Dec. 15, 2001.

Hammond hit both of her three-pointers against Coastal Carolina, in her first contest of the week, Jan. 26. The senior finished with eight points and added a pair of steals. She also played a key role in limiting the Chanticleers to their lowest offensive output of the season, 40 points.

Spanning three games (Jan. 24-31), Hammond made nine consecutive three-pointers without a miss, representing the longest such streak of her career. She has connected on 15 of her last 23 three-point tries (65.2 percent) and is now tied for 14th on Liberty's career three-pointer list with 67 triples.

Hammond is the second straight Lady Flame to capture the Big South Women's Basketball Player of the Week distinction. Classmate Megan Frazee (G/F, Xenia, Ohio) garnered her third player of the week plaudit this season on Jan. 26.

Hammond and the Lady Flames will close out a four-game homestand this evening at 7 p.m., when Radford (6-12, 5-2 Big South) visits the Vines Center. Liberty (13-7, 7-0 Big South) will attempt to extend its winning streak to 11 games and finish the first round of Big South competition unbeaten.