Nancy Lieberman Award

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Nancy Lieberman Award
Awarded for The nation's top female point guard in NCAA Division I basketball
Country United States
Presented by Rotary Club of Detroit
First awarded 2000
Currently held by Moriah Jefferson, Connecticut
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The Nancy Lieberman Award, named for Basketball Hall of Fame legend Nancy Lieberman, was given annually by the Rotary Club of Detroit in the Award's first 14 years to the nation's top collegiate point guard in women's Division I basketball.[1] Sue Bird won the inaugural award in 2000—her first of an unmatched three Lieberman Awards.

The award is given to a player who exemplifies "the floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills that personified Nancy Lieberman during her career".[2] The selection is performed by sportswriters from around the country. The announcement of the winner has coincided with the Final Four weekend, with an award ceremony the following Wednesday hosted by the Detroit Rotary Club at the Detroit Athletic Club.[2] Beginning with the 2014 award to Odyssey Sims of Baylor University, the Nancy Lieberman Award has been presented by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Final Four proceedings.


* Awarded, in addition, a national Player of the Year award:
the Naismith College Player of the Year, Wade Trophy or the John R. Wooden Award
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has been awarded the Nancy Lieberman Award


Connecticut's Sue Bird (with ball) is the only player to have won the Nancy Lieberman Award on three occasions.
Season Player School Class
1999–00 Bird, SueSue Bird Connecticut Sophomore
2000–01 Bird, SueSue Bird (2) Connecticut Junior
2001–02 Bird, SueSue Bird* (3) Connecticut Senior
2002–03 Taurasi, DianaDiana Taurasi* Connecticut Junior
2003–04 Taurasi, DianaDiana Taurasi* (2) Connecticut Senior
2004–05 Johnson, TemekaTemeka Johnson LSU Senior
2005–06 Latta, IvoryIvory Latta North Carolina Junior
2006–07 Harding, LindseyLindsey Harding* Duke Senior
2007–08 Toliver, KristiKristi Toliver Maryland Junior
2008–09 Montgomery, ReneeRenee Montgomery Connecticut Senior
2009–10 Riley, AndreaAndrea Riley Oklahoma State Senior
2010–11 Vandersloot, CourtneyCourtney Vandersloot Gonzaga Senior
2011–12 Diggins, SkylarSkylar Diggins Notre Dame Junior
2012–13 Diggins, SkylarSkylar Diggins (2) Notre Dame Senior
2013–14 Sims, OdysseyOdyssey Sims* Baylor Senior
2014–15 Jefferson, MoriahMoriah Jefferson Connecticut Junior

Winners by school[edit]

School Winners Years
Connecticut 7 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2015
Notre Dame 2 2012, 2013
Baylor 1 2014
Duke 1 2007
Gonzaga 1 2011
LSU 1 2005
Maryland 1 2008
North Carolina 1 2006
Oklahoma State 1 2010

See also[edit]

  • Bob Cousy Award – the counterpart to the Lieberman Award; given to the best men's NCAA point guard


  1. ^ "History". Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  2. ^ a b "The Award Selection Process". Retrieved 2009-07-06.