The Award Selection Process



The criterion for the award is the floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills that personified Nancy Lieberman during her career. Sportswriters, from across the country, will nominate the finalists and eventual winner. The list of the final nominees is determined by the writers by early February. This list is sent to all the sportswriters and the writers have until early April to return their final ballot. The final ballot has the writers top point guard pick plus the three finalists. We utilize a 4,3,2,1 point system to determine the winner. All final ballots go to the accounting firm, BDO Seidman, for tabulation. The winner is announced during the Final Four weekend.



Past Winners



Notre Dame University
2013: WNBA First-Round Draft Pick (third overall - Tulsa Shock) ... Nancy Lieberman Award recipient ... Dawn Staley Award recipient ... WBCA Coaches' All-America Team ... Associated Press First-Team All-America (unanimous) ... Wooden Award All-America Team ... USBWA All-America Team ... Sports Illustrated First-Team All-America ... Senior CLASS Award First-Team All-America




Notre Dame University
2013: WNBA First-Round Draft Pick (third overall - Tulsa Shock) ... Nancy Lieberman Award recipient ... Dawn Staley Award recipient ... WBCA Coaches' All-America Team ... Associated Press First-Team All-America (unanimous) ... Wooden Award All-America Team ... USBWA All-America Team ... Sports Illustrated First-Team All-America ... Senior CLASS Award First-Team All-America




Gonzaga University
2012: Started 27 games…157 assists were fourth most in the league…Delivered career and franchise high 11 assists at Connecticut on August 26…Recorded 23 points, five rebounds and four assists at Tulsa on August 24…Also made career high five three-pointers on August 24…Posted six points, eight assists and a career high seven rebounds in July 6 loss vs. New York.




Oklahoma State
2011: Averaged 6.0 points, 1.8 assists and 1.2 rebounds in 19.0 minutes a game … Scored a career-high 20 points against San Antonio on 9/11 … Grabbed a career-high seven rebounds against Los Angeles on 9/9 … Had a career-high five steals against San Antonio on 8/6 … Played a career-high 38 minutes against Atlanta on 9/4 … Scored 10 or more points in seven of her 33 games … Started 10 of 33 games




University of Connecticut
2011 WNBA Season: Continued to emerge as one of the top young point guards in the WNBA…Started all 34 games for the first time in her career…Earned her first WNBA All-Star selection…Led the team with a career-high 167 assists…Was second on the team in scoring average with a career-best 14.6 points per game…Led the team in three-pointers for the second straight season with 61, the fourth-highest total in franchise history…Led the Sun in assists 24 times…Led the team in scoring 10 times…




Maryland
2012 (Los Angeles): Played all 34 games, starting 33 contests…Named WNBA’s Most Improved Player of the Year…Averaged career-high in points (17.5 ppg), assists (4.9 agp), rebounds (3.2 rpg) and steals (1.3 spg)…Led the Sparks in both points and assists per game…Established career-highs in field goal percentage (.491) and minutes (31.5 mpg)…Scored at least ten points in all but six games…Had an 11-game streak of double-digit scoring from July 5 - Sept. 2…Scored 20-plus points in every game played in August…




Duke
2012 (Atlanta): Played in all 34 games, including 32 starts ... Named WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the Week of Sept. 3-9 … Averaged 12.3 points, 4.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds ... Led the team and ranked eighth in the WNBA in assists ... Led the team and 20th in the WNBA in free throw percentage at a career-best 81.8 percent (90-of-110) ... Sixth in the WNBA in assist/turnover ratio at 2.19 ... Scored in double digits in each of the first five games and 22 of 34 overall ...




North Carolina
2011: Averaged 12.2 points, 3.2 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 28.5 minutes a game … Matched a career-high with 26 points at Connecticut on 6/12 … Score 20 or more points in three games and 10 or more points in 14 games … led the team in scoring five times … led the team in assists eight times … Scored her 1000th career point against Atlanta on 7/26 … Tied a career-high with six rebounds against Seattle on 7/30 … Scored a team season-high 17 points in the fourth quarter against Connecticut on 6/12 …




Louisiana State University
WNBA champion (2009)
2005 WNBA Rookie of the Year
Averaging 9.4 points, 4.7 assists, and 3.4 rebounds in two seasons with the Mercury, the best two-year span of her career




University of Connecticut
Two-time WNBA Champion (2009, 2007)
Three-time Olympic gold medalist (2012, 2008, 2004)
Five-time Euroleague Champion (2013, 2010, 2008, 2008, 2007)
2009 WNBA MVP
2009 WNBA Finals MVP




University of Connecticut
Three-time USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year (2012, 2008, 2006)
Two-time Euroleague Player of the Year (2010, 2009)
Five-time WNBA All-Star (2011, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005)… There was no All-Star game in 2004, 2008, 2010 or 2012




University of Connecticut
2011: Recorded her 19th career double-double in the season opener with 13 points and 10 assists… named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played July 5-10… fourth career award… scored a game-high 21 points on 7-of-9 from the field along with five assists in the team’s 78-61 loss at Indiana, July 5… followed with 17 points en route to a 99-80 home victory over Los Angeles, July 9… fourth time Bird has been named Western Conference Player of the Week, dating back to the 2005 season…




University of Connecticut
2010: Averaged 11.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.8 apg, 1.5 spg, and 30.5 mpg in 33 games… Lead the league in assists per turnover…Became the second player in WNBA history to reach 1,500 career-assist milestone on June 20…Started for the USA Basketball team in the 2010 WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun…Finished eighth in MVP voting…Finished tenth in Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award voting…Scored a season-high 22 points on June 5th at Los Angeles and June 18th at New York…




University of Connecticut
2009: Averaged 12.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 5.8 apg, 1.5 spg and 35.5 mpg in 31 games… Nominated by Storm Fans to the Storm All-Decade Team as part of the Seattle Storm’s 10th Anniversary…Won the 2009 WNBA Peak Performer Award for leading the league in assists…Voted as a starter to the WNBA All-Star Game for the sixth time in her career…Named WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week twice (Aug. 24-30 and July 20-26)…Reached the 3,000 career-point milestone at Sacramento on Friday, July 17, 2009…