Ashtyn Baker

Ashtyn Baker, freshman guard for Liberty University, drives for a layup against Houston earlier in the season. Baker, a former Northpoint Christian School state champion and Miss Tennessee Basketball, was Tuesday named Big South Conference Freshman of the Year.  

Photo credit: Brian Foley|Liberty Univ.

Big South Conference regular season champion Liberty University swept the Player of the Year (sophomore Keyen Green) and Freshman of the Year (Ashtyn Baker) honors on Tuesday, as voted upon by head coaches.

This is just the second time Liberty has ever swept the Big South Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors.

Baker, a former two-time Tennessee Division II-A state champion and Miss Tennessee Basketball at Northpoint Christian School, is the Lady Flames’ sixth Big South Freshman of the Year all-time and the second in a row, following Green’s honor a year ago.

Liberty won back-to-back Big South Freshman of the Year awards for the first time in program history.     

Baker was a clear choice as Freshman of the Year, claiming seven first-place votes and 36 total points to the one first-place nod and 26 total points of Winthrop’s Anika Riley. Baker garnered a conference-high five Big South Freshman of the Week honors this season, tied for the second most in program history. A point guard from Nesbit, Baker leads Big South freshmen in scoring, assists and steals, while ranking fifth overall on the conference assist leaders list and eighth in steals.

Top-seeded Liberty will open play in the Big South Conference tournament’s quarterfinal round Friday afternoon against either Charleston Southern or Longwood.

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