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Lady Flames Lead Nation in Rebound Margin

April 7, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Avery Warley was the leading rebounder on the nation's No. 1 rebounding team in 2009-10.

Avery Warley was the leading rebounder on the nation's No. 1 rebounding team in 2009-10.

For the third time in program history, the Liberty women's basketball team has finished the year as the NCAA Division I national leader in rebound margin, outrebounding opponents by an average of 13.9 boards per game in 2009-10.

The Lady Flames, who outrebounded 32 of 33 opponents this season, outdistanced undefeated national champion UConn (+12.7) and national runner-up Stanford (+11.8) atop the final NCAA statistical leaderboard. Liberty, which previously led the nation in rebound margin in 2003-04 and 2004-05, has ranked among the NCAA's top five rebounding teams for eight straight seasons.

Head coach Carey Green's Big South champion Lady Flames set a new school record with their +13.9 rebound margin, which is tied with the 1988-89 UNLV squad for 13th place on the NCAA all-time list. It was also the highest rebound margin by any NCAA Division I women's basketball team since Maryland's +14.3 figure in 2006-07.

Liberty's success on the boards was spearheaded by the duo of redshirt sophomore Avery Warley and redshirt freshman Devon Brown. Warley led the team and ranked second in the Big South Conference with 8.5 rpg. Meanwhile, Brown was the Big South's third-leading rebounder at 8.2 rpg and set the Liberty freshman rebounding record with 271 caroms.

The Lady Flames ended the season ranked among the nation's top 25 teams in eight different statistical categories, including No. 2 listings in scoring defense (50.0 ppg) and field goal percentage (48.2%). Liberty trailed only UConn in both categories.

Liberty's Notable NCAA Statistical Rankings
Rebound Margin – No. 1 (School record +13.9)
Scoring Defense – No. 2 (School record 50.0 ppg)
Field Goal Percentage – No. 2 (School record 48.2%)
Scoring Margin – No. 7 (School record +17.2)
Steals Per Game – No. 14 (11.4 spg)
Won-Lost Percentage – No. 17 (81.8%)
Field Goal Percentage Defense – No. 20 (35.4%)
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage Defense – No. 21 (28.4%)