BERKELEY – California junior All-American candidate Brittany Boyd has been named as one of five finalists for the 2014 Nancy Lieberman Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Wednesday. 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.
Boyd, who has also been a candidate for the Wade Trophy, Wooden Award, Dawn Staley Award and Naismith Trophy this season, is averaging 14.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.9 steals per game for the Golden Bears. A First Team All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 All-Defensive team selection by the coaches and media, she leads the conference in steals and assists while ranking 12th in the NCAA in steals per game.
In her last regular season game, Boyd registered just the second triple-double in California history and the 18th in Pac-12 history when she put up 13 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists against Washington State. She enters the postseason as one of just three players in the country averaging at least 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
“We are thrilled about this list of five deserving women and cannot wait to announce the winner at the Final Four,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “It was not an easy process narrowing down this list, but we are confident each of these players has earned her way to being recognized for their skills and dedication.”
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).
2014 Nancy Lieberman Award Final Five
Odyssey Sims, Baylor University
Jerica Coley, Florida International University
Brittany Boyd, University of California
Moriah Jefferson, University of Connecticut
Heather Butler, University of Tennessee at Martin