INDIANAPOLIS – While the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team gets set for its ninth-straight Final Four appearance, senior point guard Moriah Jefferson (Glenn Heights, Texas) was chosen as the winner of the 2016 Nancy Lieberman Award, as announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame selection committee on Sunday.
Now in its 16th year, the award recognizes the top point guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. This is the second-straight year that Jefferson has been honored and she is only the fourth Husky player to win the award.
On Saturday, Jefferson became the second Husky to ever be named the WBCA Defensive Player of the Year, joining Stefanie Dolson, who received the honor in 2013-14.
The point guard became the sixth-ever Husky to be chosen as the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year when she earned the accolade on March 3. The Associated Press All-America First Team selection has enjoyed a stellar senior campaign, averaging 12.6 points in 30.5 minutes per game. In total, she leads the team in assists (192) and steals (93) and is one of six Huskies shooting over 50.0 percent from the floor (55.2). During Connecticut’s four-game NCAA Tournament run, Jefferson has averaged 13.0 points, 6.3 assists and 2.5 steals while shooting 55.9 percent from the field.
Jefferson was also tabbed as a USBWA, WBCA and Senior CLASS Award All-American earlier this week.
The Glenn Heights, Texas native joined Jennifer Rizzotti as the only Huskies to tally 600 career assists and 300 career steals on Feb. 27. She notched her third consecutive season with at least 150 assists on her way to helping UConn win its third-straight American Athletic Conference Championship.
With 647 career assists, Jefferson is just two helpers shy of passing Diana Taurasi (648) to become the all-time leader in program history.
Jefferson and the Huskies will compete in their ninth-straight Final Four when they challenge Oregon State at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Sunday, April 3 at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN.
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