The Liberty women's basketball team recently wrapped up another successful season with its 16th visit to the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship in 19 years. The Lady Flames finished 26-7 overall and 19-1 in conference play, sweeping the Big South Conference regular-season and tournament titles. Below is a summary of some of the Lady Flames' most notable achievements this season.
Team Accomplishments • For the 16th time in 19 seasons, Liberty captured the Big South Women's Basketball Championship title, earning a berth in the 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship.
• The Lady Flames went 19-1 in conference games, setting a new Big South record for conference victories in a season and winning the Big South regular-season title by five games. It was Liberty's 15th Big South regular-season championship in 18 years.
• Liberty recorded its eighth straight 20-win season and its 17th 20-win campaign in the last 19 years.
• The Lady Flames enjoyed their 16th consecutive season with 10 or more Big South wins.
• Liberty finished with a winning record for the 19th season in a row.
• The Lady Flames went 12-1 at the Vines Center, recording double-digit home victories for the 13th straight season.
• Liberty won the GSU Thanksgiving Tournament title for its first regular-season tournament championship since the 2009 Navy Classic.
• The Lady Flames recorded a 14-game winning streak between Jan. 24-March 8, tying for the fifth-longest winning streak in program history.
• Liberty set a program single-season free throw percentage record, sinking 74.5 percent from the foul line.
• The Lady Flames held all 33 opponents below 50 percent field goal shooting, extending their streak to 64 games in a row.
• Through games played on March 28, Liberty ranks No. 9 nationally in rebound margin at +10.2. If the Lady Flames end the season in the top 10, it will mark the 13th consecutive year the Lady Flames have ranked among the nation's top 10 teams in rebound margin.
• Liberty placed a player on the first team All-Big South roster (Ashley Rininger) for the 19th straight season.
Individual Accomplishments #1 Mickayla Sanders • Through two seasons, Sanders is tied for 17th in program history with 76 three-pointers made.
#3 Sadalia Ellis • Ellis' team-high and career-high 135 assists were the most by a Lady Flame since Sarah Wilkerson had 149 assists in 1997-98.
• Ellis' team-best and career-best 74 steals were the most by a Liberty player since Amber Mays had 77 thefts in 2009-10.
• Prior to this season, Sharon Wilkerson (Feb. 26-March 2, 2000) was the last Lady Flame to record five or more steals in consecutive games. Ellis did so twice in 2014-15 (Dec. 6-13 and Feb. 2-5).
• Ellis ranks No. 49 on Liberty's all-time scoring list with 558 career points.
#10 Jaymee Fisher-Davis • Fisher-Davis has made a program-record 26 consecutive free throws, dating back to her freshman season (March 10, 2013). That broke the previous record of 22, previously set by Jennifer Fairfax in 1991 and Karly Buer this season.
• Fisher-Davis ranks No. 14 in program history with 79 career three-pointers made.
#14 Karly Buer • Second team All-Big South
• Big South Player of the Week on Dec. 1
• MVP of the GSU Thanksgiving Tournament
• Buer scored her 1,000th collegiate point on Jan. 24 against Campbell and finished her career with 1,133 points.
• Buer tied Jennifer Fairfax's program record by making 22 straight free throws between Dec. 30- Feb. 17. Teammate Jaymee Fisher-Davis then broke the record three weeks later.
• Buer posted the fifth-highest single-season free throw percentage (81.9 percent) in program history.
• She scored 10 or more points in each of her first eight games at Liberty, becoming the first player since Megan Frazee in 2005-06 to score in double figures in her first eight contests as a Lady Flame.
#15 Simone Brown • All-tournament team member at the GSU Thanksgiving Tournament
#21 Emily Frazier • Frazier made the all-tournament team at the Big South Championship.
• Frazier led the Big South in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.79.
• Frazier finished her career ranked No. 5 in program history for assists (423), tied for No. 15 in three-pointers made (77), tied for No. 35 in points (669) and No. 49 in rebounds (348).
#24 Jasmine Gardner • Gardner wrapped up her career ranked No. 11 in program history with 604 career rebounds.
#34 Katelyn Adams • Adams ranks No. 6 in program history for blocked shots (111), No. 17 for rebounds (574) and No. 47 for points (564).
#44 Catherine Kearney • Kearney ended the season at No. 44 in program history with 377 career rebounds.
#55 Ashley Rininger • First team Capital One Academic All-American
• Repeated as Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year
• Big South Championship MVP
• First team All-Big South
• First team Richmond Times-Dispatch all-state
• Big South and ECAC Division I South Player of the Week on Jan. 5
• Rininger made the all-tournament team at the Subway Classic.
• Rininger became the 15th Lady Flame ever to score 1,000 career points, reaching the milestone on Feb. 21 against Charleston Southern.
• Rininger broke the program single-game field goal percentage record by shooting 92.9 percent (13-of-14) against Campbell on Jan. 24.
• Rininger blocked six shots against No. 1/1 South Carolina on Dec. 21, which marked the most rejections by a Lady Flame since Katie Feenstra blocked six Winthrop shots on Feb. 28, 2005.
• Rininger's career-high 20 rebounds against High Point on Jan. 3 were the most boards by a Lady Flame since Avery Warley had 22 versus Charleston Southern on March 10, 2012.
• She recorded 14 double-doubles for the season and now ranks No. 4 in program history with 33 career double-doubles.
• Rininger ranks No. 4 in program history for blocked shots (137), No. 8 in rebounds (792) and No. 13 in points (1,111).
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