SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Senior point guard Kia Nurse (Hamilton, Ontario) of No. 1 University of Connecticut basketball team was named to the 2018 Nancy Lieberman Award watch list as announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday afternoon.
The award recognizes the top point guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball that exhibits the floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills of Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman.
The winner of the 2018 Lieberman Award will be announced at an inaugural awards ceremony hosted by the Basketball Hall of Fame, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, and ESPN at the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Columbus, Ohio. ESPN broadcast information will be released at a later date.
Nurse is coming off a 12.7 point per game junior year that landed her 2017 American Athletic Conference Second Team honors. The Hamilton, Ontario native led the league in three-point field goal percentage (46.2) and free throw percentage (85.5). She scored double-figured 20 times and posted a career-high 33 points in only 27 minutes in a win against No. 14/15 DePaul on December 1. With an impactful performance in the NCAA tournament, Nurse established a new record for a single NCAA Tournament with 22 made three-point field goals.
In its 20-year history, four Huskies have taken home the award a total of eight times. UConn point guards earned the honors in the first five consecutive years of its existence, withSue BirdDiana TaurasiRenee Montgomery
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. By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2018 Lieberman Award will be narrowed to a field of 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Lieberman and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. Fans will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite finalist at www.hoophallawards.com.