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Warley Named Big South Player of the Week
Liberty redshirt junior center Avery Warley has been named the Choice Hotels Big South Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the conference-best fourth time this season.
Warley, previously honored on Dec. 7, Jan. 25 and Feb. 15, is the only conference player who has earned four Big South Player of the Week honors in 2010-11. For her career, the Washington, D.C. native is now a six-time Big South Player of the Week.
Warley helped Liberty close out a 20-win regular season with a 72-58 victory over UNC Asheville and a 49-40 triumph over Presbyterian College. In the two games, she averaged 17.0 ppg, a team-high 9.5 rpg and 1.5 bpg while shooting 77.8 percent (14-of-18) from the field.
Her week got started with a 24-point, 11-rebound outburst during Friday's matchup with UNC Asheville. Warley's point total was a season high, while her 11 boards paced all players in the game. She hit 10 of her 12 field goals for an 83.3 percent clip.
In limited action last night against Presbyterian College, Warley finished with 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds. She also rejected two Blue Hose shot attempts and helped Liberty limit the visitors to 34.2 percent shooting from the field.
This past week, Warley also moved into the Big South Conference's top 10 for career rebounds. She currently sits at No. 10 on the list with 847 career boards.
Warley enters the Advance Auto Parts Big South Women's Basketball Championship as the conference leader in rebounds (10.7 rpg), field goal percentage (.605) and double-doubles (16). She ranks No. 13 nationally for double-doubles and No. 18 for rebounding.
Warley and the No. 1 seed Lady Flames will battle No. 8 seed Coastal Carolina in the first game of the Advance Auto Parts Big South Women's Basketball Championship Friday at noon. The entire tournament will take place inside the Millis Center in High Point, N.C.