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Omotola, Rininger Sweep BSC Weekly Honors
After a 2-0 week for the Lady Flames, Liberty post players Tolu Omotola and Ashley Rininger have been honored as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Women's Basketball Player of the Week and The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week, respectively.
This is the third straight week a Lady Flame has been tabbed Big South Player of the Week, following Omotola's honor on Nov. 19 and Devon Brown's award on Nov. 26. Liberty had not won three consecutive Big South Player of the Week awards since Megan Frazee did so on Feb. 16, Feb. 23 and March 2, 2009.
Omotola and Rininger helped Liberty defeat UNCG by a 76-56 score, last Tuesday at the Vines Center. The Lady Flames then opened Big South Conference play with a come-from-behind 67-65 win at Radford on Saturday.
For the week, Omotola averaged 14.5 ppg, while pacing the team in both rebounds (11.5 rpg) and blocked shots (2.5 bpg). She shot 70 percent from the field, making 14 of her 20 attempts, and now tops the Big South with a 58.8 field goal percentage on the year.
Omotola recorded her second career double-double against UNCG, falling just one point shy of her career high with 21 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. She also equaled her career high with three blocked shots against the Spartans. Omotola was at her best in the second half, shooting 8-of-8 from the field and scoring 17 points.
At Radford, Omotola scored the game-winning hoop with 43.1 seconds remaining and then blocked a Highlander shot attempt on the ensuing possession to help preserve the victory. During the game, she totaled eight points and a career-high 13 rebounds.
Rininger earned the first Big South Freshman of the Week nod of her young career, largely based upon her performance against UNCG. She tallied six points and a career-high 10 rebounds, tying Omotola for game-high honors on the boards. The Canton, Ohio native then grabbed three rebounds during Saturday's victory at Radford.
Liberty (4-3) will be back in action tomorrow at 7 p.m., when the Lady Flames travel to James Madison (3-4). Liberty will be in search of its first-ever victory at the JMU Convocation Center.
The Lady Flames will then tip off a four-game homestand Saturday at 7 p.m., with their first-ever game against UNC Wilmington.