Jan. 15, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Northwestern freshman point guard Ashley Deary was named to the 2014 Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today.
The award recognizes the top point guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. Candidates exhibit the floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills of Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman.
Deary, a 5-foot-4 freshman from Flower Mound, Texas, has had a stellar first season on the court for the Wildcats, ranking 10th in NCAA Division I for assists and second in the conference with 6.8 assists per game. She has started every game for the Wildcats (11-5) and recorded her first 10+ assist game with 11 in NU’s victory over then-No. 21/20 Purdue. Deary also ranks second in the Big Ten, 52nd in the country, with 2.50 steals per game.
Deary is one of just two Big Ten point guards on this year’s watch list, along with Iowa’s Samantha Logic who narrowly leads the conference in assists (7.0 apg) over Deary.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame became the new host of the Nancy Lieberman Award in October 2013 after the Rotary Club of Detroit managed it for several years.
“We are honored to have the opportunity to award a young athlete that shows the same sort of dedication to the game of basketball as the legendary Nancy Lieberman,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “This award is our chance to recognize some truly extraordinary point guards in women’s college basketball.”
Previous winners of the Nancy Lieberman Award include last year’s recipient Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Sue Bird (Connecticut), Renee Montgomery (Connecticut), Diana Taurasi (Connecticut), Lindsey Harding (Duke), Courtney Vandersloot (Gonzaga), Temeka Johnson (LSU), Kristi Toliver (Maryland), Ivory Latta (North Carolina), and Andrea Riley (Oklahoma State).
The full 2014 Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List can be found with this link.
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