For the second consecutive season, Liberty redshirt junior post player Ashley Rininger has earned a spot on the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) 2014-15 University Division All-State Women's Basketball second team, it was announced on Monday.
This is the second all-state honor the Canton, Ohio native has earned this season, as she was previously named a Richmond Times-Dispatch first team all-state selection.
Rininger was also voted MVP of the 2015 VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Women's Basketball Championship after leading the Lady Flames to their 16th conference title. Additionally, she was a first team All-Big South performer for the second straight year, Big South and ECAC Division I South Player of the Week (Jan. 5) and an all-tournament team honoree at Minnesota's Subway Classic (Dec. 20-21).
Off the court, Rininger was tabbed a 2015 Capital One Academic All-America first team selection and repeated as Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's basketball. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice in May 2014, maintaining a 4.0 GPA throughout her undergraduate studies. Rininger also boasts a 4.0 graduate GPA and is on track to complete her master's degree in human services counseling (focus in crisis response and trauma) in May.
Rininger paced the Lady Flames in scoring (12.8 ppg), rebounds (8.9 rpg), blocked shots (1.6 bpg), field goal percentage (.518) and double-doubles (14). On Feb. 21, she became the 15th Lady Flame ever to eclipse the 1,000-point milestone for her career.
Rininger helped the Lady Flames finish with a 26-7 overall record and a 19-1 mark in Big South Conference play. Liberty swept the Big South regular-season and tournament titles, qualifying for its 16th NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship appearance.
James Madison garnered two of the three major awards, as Precious Hall was voted VaSID Player of the Year and Kenny Brooks repeated as VaSID Coach of the Year. Norfolk State's Kayla Roberts was honored as VaSID Rookie of the Year.
2014-15 VaSID University Division All-State Women's Basketball Team VaSID Player of the Year – Precious Hall, James Madison VaSID Rookie of the Year – Kayla Roberts, Norfolk State VaSID Coach of the Year – Kenny Brooks, James Madison
First Team Precious Hall, James Madison Malia Tate-DeFreitas, Hampton Taylor Brown, George Mason Jennie Simms, Old Dominion Lauren Okafor, James Madison
Second Team Rae Corbo, Norfolk State Ashley Rininger, Liberty Faith Randolph, Virginia Sarah Imovbioh, Virginia Angela Mickens, James Madison
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