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Liberty Leads the Nation in Rebound Margin Again

April 9, 2014  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Ashley Rininger was the top rebounder on the nation's No. 1-ranked rebounding team in 2013-14.

Ashley Rininger was the top rebounder on the nation's No. 1-ranked rebounding team in 2013-14.

For the third consecutive season and the sixth time overall, the Liberty women's basketball team has finished the 2013-14 season as the NCAA Division I national leader in rebound margin. The Lady Flames outrebounded opponents by an average of 15.2 boards per game, which ranks 13th in NCAA Division I history.

Liberty, which previously topped the nation in rebound margin in 2003-04, 2004-05, 2009-10, 2011-12 and 2012-13, has now ranked among the nation's top 10 in the category for 12 straight seasons. The Lady Flames finished well ahead of second-place Marquette, which finished with a rebound margin of +13.0.

The Lady Flames are only the second NCAA Division I women's basketball team to rank No. 1 nationally for rebound margin in three or more consecutive seasons. Louisiana Tech accomplished the feat for four straight years between 1986-87 and 1989-90. The Lady Techsters are also the only team which has led the nation in rebound margin more often than Liberty, doing so on nine occasions to the Lady Flames' six.

The redshirt sophomore duo of Ashley Rininger (9.0 rpg) and Katelyn Adams (8.3 rpg) topped Liberty's rebounding chart in 2013-14, helping the Lady Flames outrebound 29 of 31 opponents.

Liberty held all 31 opponents to below 50 percent field goal shooting, enabling the Lady Flames to finish the season ranked No. 8 nationally for field goal percentage defense at .350. This is the fourth straight season that Liberty has finished among the nation's top 15 teams for field goal percentage defense.

Individually, Rininger tied for 24th place nationally with her program sophomore-class record 16 double-doubles. She also ranked 35th in field goal percentage (.542).