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UAB's Childress named C-USA Freshman of the Year

Childress is averaging 14.7 points against Conference-USA opponents. She's connected on 90 3-point field goals, averaging a NCAA freshman best 3.1 3-pointers a game (abc3340.com)

Rachael Childress is the top freshman in Conference USA, according to the league's coaches and media.

UAB's forward earned Freshman of the Year honors one day after she was selected for the Conference USA All-Freshman Team. Childress is averaging 12.6 points per game overall and 14.7 points in C-USA games. She's connected on 90 3-point field goals, averaging a NCAA freshman best 3.1 3-pointers a game.

She set a UAB freshman record with seven 3-pointers in a win over Marshall last month.

"Rachael is a coach's kid that lives in the gym and knows what it takes to be a winner," Blazers coach Randy Norton said. "She stays late, gets there early and this accolade is a product of the work she puts in day in and day out. She is a great teammate that wants success more for her team than anything else.

"She did not break into the starting lineup until the ninth game of the season, but you would have never seen a difference in her work ethic, attitude, or positive energy from the first day of practice to today. Rachael is what UAB women's basketball is about. She does her best in everything, always does what is right and treats others the way she would want to be treated."

Childress, who attended Lawrence County High School in north Alabama, is the fourth UAB basketball player to win the Conference USA Freshman of the Year in women's basketball. She joins Deanna Jackson (1998-99), Michelle Smith (1999-00) and Jala Harris (2009-10).

UAB is the No. 9 seed for this week's Conference USA Women's Basketball Tournament, to be held in Birmingham at Bartow Arena and Legacy Arena. The Blazers play No. 8 seed North Texas on Wednesday afternoon at 12:30 at Bartow Arena.


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