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    March 2, 2022 Lynchburg, Va. RSS |

    Liberty’s Mya Berkman earned the team’s first-ever ASUN Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and a spot on the ASUN All-Academic Team, as announced on Wednesday. Berkman and fellow post player Bridgette Rettstatt were each named to the ASUN First Team All-Conference squad, giving the Lady Flames a pair of first team honorees for the second year in a row.

    A native of Marble Falls, Texas, Berkman graduated in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, maintaining a 3.80 GPA during her undergraduate studies. She currently owns a 3.93 GPA as she pursues a master’s degree in accounting. Last month, she was voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team® for the first time, and the center is currently in the running for CoSIDA Academic All-America Team® recognition.

    Berkman is the Lady Flames’ first conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year since Ashley Rininger won the award in the Big South in 2016. She becomes Liberty’s first three-time ASUN All-Academic Team member, having previously earned the honor in 2020 and 2021.

    On the court, Berkman collects her first career all-conference award after leading the Lady Flames in scoring (12.6 ppg) and rebounding (7.3 rpg) while ranking No. 2 nationally in field goal percentage (67.6). The Navy Classic’s co-MVP, Berkman scored in double figures during 22 of 29 games, including a pair of 20-point efforts. She posted five double-doubles and pulled down 10+ rebounds six times overall.

    Rettstatt becomes the first Lady Flame to make the ASUN All-Conference Team twice in her career, after being named to the second team during Liberty’s first season in the league (2018-19). The Galena, Ohio native was a two-time ASUN Player of the Week (Dec. 20 and Feb. 21). Rettstatt, who averages 11.4 ppg and 6.5 rpg, reached double figures in the scoring column in 18 of 27 games with two 20-point outings. She recorded four double-doubles and joined the 1,000-point club during a Dec. 18 meeting with UTRGV.

    Liberty (26-3, 14-2 ASUN) set a program record for ASUN victories and tied the program record for regular-season victories this season. The No. 2 seed in the ASUN East Division, the Lady Flames will host an ASUN Women’s Basketball Championship quarterfinal Sunday at 2 p.m. inside Liberty Arena. Liberty will face the winner of tonight’s No. 6E seed Kennesaw State at No. 3W seed Eastern Kentucky game.