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Lady Flames Top Nation in Rebound Margin Again
Now that the 2011-12 NCAA Division I women's basketball season is complete, it is official that Liberty has finished as the national leader in rebound margin for the fourth time. In the process, the Lady Flames' +15.6 rebound margin also set new program and Big South Conference single-season records.
Liberty, which previously led the nation in rebound margin in 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2009-10, has now ranked among the top 10 for 10 consecutive seasons. The Lady Flames finished No. 1 by a wide margin, owning a 2.7 rebound/game cushion over second-place Maryland (+12.9).
The Big South champion Lady Flames, who outrebounded 31 of their 33 opponents on the season, recorded the top rebound margin by any NCAA Division I women's basketball team since 1995-96. Liberty's +15.6 rebound margin is tied with the 1987-88 Louisiana Tech team for the seventh-highest figure in NCAA Division I women's basketball history.
Liberty also finished among the nation's top 30 teams in field goal percentage defense (12th, 34.4), scoring margin (18th, +12.8), field goal percentage (21st, 43.4) and blocked shots (28th, 5.0 bpg).
Individually, redshirt senior center Avery Warley finished No. 7 in rebounding with 11.5 rpg, while setting a program record with 381 boards on the year. Warley also ranked No. 19 nationally with 15 double-doubles.