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Kearney Tabbed Big South Player of the Week

January 25, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Catherine Kearney has been named Big South Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the first time in her career.

Catherine Kearney has been named Big South Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the first time in her career.

For the first time in her career, Liberty redshirt senior post player Catherine Kearney has been named Big South Women's Basketball Player of the Week.

Kearney is the second Lady Flame to be named Big South Player of the Week this season, following Ashley Rininger's honor on Nov. 17.

Kearney led Liberty to road victories at Coastal Carolina and Longwood, averaging 18.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 2.0 bpg while shooting 77.8 percent (14-of-18) from the field.

The native of Monroeville, N.J., scored a game-high 16 points during the Lady Flames' 65-63 victory at Coastal Carolina on Tuesday. She added 11 rebounds for her third double-double of the season and the sixth of her career.

Kearney then scored a game-high 20 points at Longwood on Sunday, contributing to the Lady Flames' 72-67 triumph. She shot 8-of-8 from the field, becoming the first Lady Flame to attempt seven or more field goals without a miss since Avery Warley went 8-for-8 from the field at North Carolina A&T on Nov. 18, 2011. In the process, Kearney moved into 50th place on Liberty's career scoring list with 566 career points.

During the eight games since Rininger's injury, Kearney is averaging 15.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg and 1.5 bpg while shooting 66.2 percent (49-of-74) from the field and 81.3 percent (26-of-32) from the foul line.

Liberty has won three straight games and seven of its last eight contests, improving to 10-8 overall and 7-2 in Big South play and moving into a four-way tie atop the conference standings.

The Lady Flames will host Big South co-leader Gardner-Webb (13-6, 7-2 Big South) Tuesday at 7 p.m., before welcoming High Point (6-12, 5-4 Big South) to the Vines Center, Saturday at 2 p.m.