Five-time Big South Freshman of the Week Ashtyn Baker
For the second week in a row and the fifth time this season, Liberty's Ashtyn Baker has been recognized as Big South Women's Basketball Freshman of the Week.
Baker, who was previously honored on Nov. 13, Dec. 4, Dec. 27 and Feb. 19, is now tied with Michelle Fricke (1999-2000) for the second-most Big South Freshman of the Week awards in program history. Only Keyen Green (8 in 2016-17) has won the award more often among Lady Flames.
The native of Nesbit, Miss., scored a team-high 16.5 ppg during the Lady Flames' road wins at Winthrop and Charleston Southern last week. She shot 92.9 percent (13-of-14) from the field, while making all of her three-point attempts (3-of-3) and free throws (4-of-4).
Baker paced the Lady Flames with 15 points during their 73-53 triumph at Winthrop on Tuesday. Eleven of her tallies came during a 22-1 third-quarter run which turned a two-point deficit into a 19-point lead. Baker shot 7-of-7 from the floor against the Eagles, while grabbing four rebounds and coming up with three steals.
On Saturday at Charleston Southern, Baker helped the Lady Flames post season highs for points (95) and margin of victory (38) in a Big South game. She poured in a team-high 18 points, shooting 6-of-7 from the floor, 2-of-2 from three-point range and 4-of-4 at the foul line.
For the season, Baker ranks fourth in the Big South for assists (3.2 apg), fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.1) and seventh in steals (1.5 spg). She paces Big South freshmen in scoring (7.6 ppg), assists and steals.
This week, Big South leader Liberty (19-9, 14-2 Big South) will wrap up the regular season with home games against Longwood (Tuesday, 7 p.m.) and High Point (Saturday, 2 p.m.)
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