Sophomore Moriah Jefferson is a finalist for the 2014 Nancy Lieberman Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Wednesday. Jefferson is the youngest of the five finalists. The winner will be announced at the Final Four in April.
Jefferson leads No. 1 UConn with 170 assists, second-best among UConn sophomores behind Taurasi's 208 from the 2001-02 season. Jefferson's assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.88, which ranks 12th in Division I, is on pace to shatter numbers some of the sophomore performances in program history, Taurasi (2.51 in 2001-02), Bird (2.00 in 1999-2000) and Montgomery (1.72 in 2006-07).
Jefferson has started each of UConn's 34 games and led the American Athletic Conference in field goal percentage (57.7), assists (5.0 per game), assist-to-turnover ratio (2.9) and ranks second in steals (2.6 per game). She was selected to the AAC's first team All-Conference and has also been a stellar defender.
Also named Lieberman finalists were Baylor's Odyssey Sims, Jerica Coley of Florida International University, Brittany Boyd of the University of California and Heather Butler of Tennssee-Martin.
Auriemma: Naismith Finalist
Geno Auriemma is a finalist for the 2014 Naismith Women's College Coach of the Year Award, as announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Wednesday. Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw, North Carolina State's Wes Moore and South Carolina's Dawn Staley join Auriemma.
Auriemma, who has led the Huskies to eight national championships in his 29 seasons, is a five-time WBCA National Coach of the Year and has won the AP Coach of the Year honor seven times. He is the 2013-14 American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, Auriemma has been selected as the conference coach of the year 11 times.
The Naismith Women's College Coach of the Year Award will be announced during the NCAA Women's Final Four in Nashville.