Feb. 21, 2012
WACO, Texas -
Baylor standout Odyssey Sims has been named one of eight nominees for the Nancy Lieberman Award, which honors the nation's top collegiate point guard in women's Division I basketball.
The criteria for the award are the floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills that personified Hall of Famer, Nancy Lieberman during her career. Sportswriters from across the country have determined this final nominee list.
Other nominees include Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Angel Goodrich (Kansas), Chelsea Gray (Duke) Bria Hartley (Connecticut), Lindsey Moore (Nebraska), Samantha Prahalis (Ohio State), and Haley Steed (BYU).
Sims, a native of Irving, Texas, currently leads the Big 12 Conference in 3-point field goal percentage and steals and ranks No. 5 in both assists and free throw percentage (.833) and No. 7 in scoring. In addition, she ranks No. 11 nationally in steals and among the top 50 in assists, free throw percentage and assist/turnover ratio (1.7).
On the year, the 5-8 Sims is averaging 14.8 points, 4.8 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 3.3 steals. She is hitting 41.3 percent from the floor and is an impressive 39.6 percent from 3-point range for the top-ranked Lady Bears.
They will select three finalists from this list and one winner at the beginning of April 2012. The announcement of the three finalists and one winner will be made during the Final Four Weekend (April 1-3, 2012).
This year's award will be presented at a noon luncheon at The Detroit Athletic Club on April 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.