SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Senior point guard Moriah Jefferson (Glenn Heights, Texas) has been named as one of 10 candidates for the 2016 Nancy Lieberman Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced on Monday. Candidates exhibit the floor leadership, play-making abilities and ball-handling skills of Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman.
Since its inception in 2000, four Huskies have taken home the award a total of seven times. UConn point guards earned the honors in the first five consecutive years of its existence, with Sue Bird earning the award its first three years (2000-2002) and Diana Taurasi receiving the accolades in the subsequent two years after Bird (2003, 2004). Renee Montgomery nabbed the honor in 2009 and Jefferson was the last Husky to net the award in 2015.
The Selection Committee for the Nancy Lieberman Award is composed of top women's college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers. The list will be narrowed down to five finalists in early March. The Lieberman Award winner will be announced during the WBCA Award Show in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Women's Final Four.
Jefferson, who is averaging 13.5 points in 30.9 minutes per game this season, has been one of the Huskies' most consistent scoring options in 2015-16. Over the last 10 games, the Glenn Heights, Texas native is averaging 13.9 points on 63.7 percent shooting (58-of-91) to go along with 5.1 assists and 3.0 steals per game. In total, she ranks first on the team in assists (118) and steals (60) and is one of seven Huskies shooting over 50.0 percent from the floor (58.9).
Jefferson's 5.6 assists game average tops the American Athletic Conference standings and she checks in second with her 2.9 steals.
Last season, she enjoyed a stellar junior campaign, starting at point in all 39 games and averaging 12.4 points per outing. The Texas native ranked fifth in the nation with a 3.1-1 assists-to-turnover ratio while leading the team with 100 steals to become only the second Husky all-time to record back-to-back years with at least 100 steals. Jefferson's precision at the helm of the offense earned her national recognition as last year's Nancy Lieberman Award recipient.
Jefferson and the Huskies own a 22-0 overall record and 12-0 mark in The American. The Husky squad boasts an impressive +41.6 average margin of victory and has won 59-straight games.