Ashley Rininger is the third CoSIDA Academic All-American in program history.
Capital One Academic All-America Women's Basketball Team Liberty women's basketball redshirt junior post player Ashley Rininger has been voted to the 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-America ® NCAA Division I women's basketball first team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) earlier today.
Rininger is the third player in women's basketball program history to be named to a CoSIDA Academic All-America ® team and the second to receive first-team honors. The CoSIDA Academic All-America ® team is the highest collegiate academic team in the country.
The Lady Flames' previous CoSIDA Academic All-America ® honorees include Megan Frazee (first team in 2009, second team in 2008) and Kristal Tharp (second team in 2005).
Rininger becomes the 26th Liberty student-athlete to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America ® honors in Liberty's Division I history and the second to do so this year. Mitch Hanson of the Liberty football team was named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America ® Division I football first team in December.
After just three years on campus, Rininger graduated with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice in May 2014, maintaining a 4.0 GPA. The Canton, Ohio native currently boasts a 4.0 graduate GPA as she pursues a master's degree in human services counseling with a focus in crisis response and trauma. Rininger, who aspires to be an FBI agent, is on track to graduate with her master's degree this May.
Last season, Rininger was tabbed the 2014 Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's basketball while also earning a place on the Big South All-Academic Team.
On the hardwood, Rininger is a key player for the Lady Flames, who have clinched the Big South regular-season title for the 15th time in 18 seasons. She is Liberty's team leader in scoring (12.4 ppg), rebounding (8.5 rpg), blocked shots (46), field goal percentage (.513) and double-doubles (10).
Rininger was named the Big South and ECAC Division I Player of the Week on Jan. 5 and made the all-tournament team at Minnesota's Subway Classic (Dec. 20-21). On Saturday against Charleston Southern, Rininger became the 15th 1,000-point scorer in program history.
Liberty will wrap up the regular season Saturday at 1 p.m., when the Lady Flames travel to Campbell. Liberty will then enter the 2015 VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Women's Basketball Championship as the No. 1 seed. The tournament will take place at The HTC Center in Conway, S.C., March 3-8.
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