For the third straight season, Odyssey Sims is on the watch list of candidates for the 2014 Nancy Lieberman Award. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is the new host of the Nancy Lieberman Award and announced the list 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.
Sims, a senior, averages a nation's-leading 31.1 points and dishes out 4.4 assists per game while committing only 2.3 turnovers a contest. In addition, she hauls down 4.1 rebounds an outing and is shooting 49.0 percent from the floor.
“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.”
The Hall of Fame appointed a premier Selection Committee made up of top college basketball
personnel including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of
Famers to review the candidates. The list will be narrowed down to a final 20 in February, then
final five by March. The Lieberman Award winner will be announced during Final Four weekend
“It’s amazing to be able to have my name associated with some of the best point guards and
most well-rounded female athletes at the college level,” Lieberman said. “This is the first year
the award is hosted by the Hall of Fame and I think candidates will be even more aware of how