Jan. 15, 2014
For the third straight season, Odyssey Sims is on the watch list of candidates for the 2014 Nancy Lieberman Award. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is the new host of the Nancy Lieberman Award and announced the list today.
The award recognizes the top point guard in women's NCAA Division I college basketball. Candidates exhibit the floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills of Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman.
Sims, a senior, averages a nation's-leading 31.1 points and dishes out 4.4 assists per game while committing only 2.3 turnovers a contest. In addition, she hauls down 4.1 rebounds an outing and is shooting 49.0 percent from the floor.
"We are honored to have the opportunity to award a young athlete that shows the same sort of dedication to the game of basketball as the legendary Nancy Lieberman," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. "This award is our chance to recognize some truly extraordinary point guards in women's college basketball."
The Hall of Fame appointed a premier Selection Committee made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers to review the candidates. The list will be narrowed down to a final 20 in February, then final five by March. The Lieberman Award winner will be announced during Final Four weekend activities.
"It's amazing to be able to have my name associated with some of the best point guards and most well-rounded female athletes at the college level," Lieberman said. "This is the first year the award is hosted by the Hall of Fame and I think candidates will be even more aware of how prestigious this honor is."
2014 Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List
Player - School
Kacie Cassell - University of Akron
Calli Berna - University of Arkansas
Odyssey Sims - Baylor University
Brittany Boyd - University of California
Bria Hartley - University of Connecticut
Senee Shearer - University of Detroit Mercy
Chelsea Gray - Duke University
Jerica Coley - Florida International University
Yashira Delgado - Florida State University
Damika Martinez - Iona College
Samantha Logic - University of Iowa
Lexie Brown - University of Maryland
Valencia McFarland - University of Mississippi
Ashley Deary - Northwestern University
Tiffany Bias - Oklahoma State University
Fantasia Hilliard - Sacramento State University
Keena Mays - Southern Methodist University
Amber Orrange - Stanford University
Natasha Cloud - Saint Joseph's University
Jamierra Faulkner - University of Southern Mississippi
Ariel Massengale - University of Tennessee
Jennifer Newsome - University of Tennessee at Martin
Jordan Jones - Texas A&M University
Andola Dortch - University of Toledo
Joanna Harden - Troy University
Jennifer Schlott - Utah State University
Chelsea Douglas - Wake Forest University
Rebecca Henricson - Western Illinois University
Dequesha McClanahan - Winthrop University