Liberty boasts a trio of redshirt sophomore post players standing 6-4 or taller in Katelyn Adams (left), Ashley Rininger (middle) and Catherine Kearney (right).
As the Liberty women's basketball team prepares for its Nov. 8 season opener at Charlotte, LibertyFlames.com will provide a four-part preview of the 2013-14 season. Today's article provides a look at the Lady Flames' post players. "Our foundation will begin with very capable, competent, talented post play," Green noted. "This is a known commodity that we can depend on. Katelyn Adams, Catherine Kearney and Ashley Rininger will lead us in that foundation under the basket. "I have high expectations and believe that these three can equip us to begin our quest for another Big South championship and the opportunity to advance in the NCAA Tournament," added Green. The formidable trio of Adams, Kearney and Rininger are all redshirt sophomores who stand 6-4 or taller and have made notable contributions during the early stages of their respective careers. The 6-5 Adams made arguably her biggest impact at the defensive end last season, ranking eighth in the Big South with 1.1 blocked shots per game. She averaged 4.6 ppg and 4.3 rpg in just 14.5 minutes of action per contest and recorded a pair of double-doubles. Kearney, the tallest player of the bunch at 6-6, was limited to seven games due to injury in 2012-13 and received a medical redshirt. The previous season, the New Jersey native contributed 4.0 ppg and 3.8 rpg off the bench as a freshman. Rininger enjoyed a promising redshirt freshman campaign a year ago, as the 6-4 Buckeye Stater was a three-time Big South Freshman of the Week. She is the Lady Flames' top returning scorer from 2012-13 (6.9 ppg), while also pulling down 6.4 rpg and ranking seventh in the conference with 1.2 bpg. Senior Jasmine Gardner started the first 33 games last season before suffering a season-ending injury prior to the NCAA Tournament. Gardner, who was the Lady Flames' second-leading rebounder a year ago (7.3 rpg), will be working toward a return to the court in 2013-14 following off-season surgery. Newcomers Victoria Schuler and Mickayla Sanders will add to Liberty's depth in the post. Schuler joins the Lady Flames for her junior season after playing basketball for Kutztown in 2010-11 and competing on Liberty's lacrosse team during the 2013 season. Sanders, a versatile 6-0 freshman from Clayton, N.C., scored a school-record 2,423 points for Cary Academy. She made 60 three-pointers as a senior and was also a double-digit rebounder.
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