Mitchell Named A Nancy Lieberman Award Finalist

Feb. 23, 2015


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  • COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State freshman Kelsey Mitchell was named a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award as announced by The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday.

    Now in its fifteenth year, the award recognizes the top point guard in women's NCAA Division I college basketball. The original watch list of 30 candidates was narrowed down to the below list of 15 by a national committee.

    "These 15 candidates exhibit floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills similar to those of Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman. We are pleased to be recognizing them for their commitment to the game," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. 

    A premier Selection Committee made up of top college basketball personnel including Hall of Famers, media members, head coaches and sports information directors was appointed by the Hall of Fame to review the candidates. The list will be narrowed down to a final five by mid-March with the Lieberman Award winner announced during the WBCA Award Show in Tampa, Florida at the Women's Final Four.

    Mitchell has been in the top-3 in scoring in the country since mid-December at nearly 25 points per game. She has set OSU's freshman scoring and three-point records for a single-season and is on the verge of setting the overall school-record in both. Her 104 three-pointers are tops in the country. Mitchell has been named B1G Player of the Week two times this season and Freshman of the Week six times.

    2015 Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List

    Niya Johnson, Baylor University
    Brittany Boyd, University of California
    Damika Martinez, Iona College
    Samantha Logic, University of Iowa
    Nikki Moody, Iowa State University
    Angela Mickens, James Madison University
    Almesha Jones, Morehead State
    Lindsay Allen, University of Notre Dame
    Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State University
    Sydney Wiese, Oregon State University
    Brianna Kiesel, University of Pittsburgh
    Syessense Davis, Rutgers University
    Natasha Cloud, Saint Joseph's University
    Moriah Jefferson, University of Connecticut
    Tay'ler Mingo, Wright State University