SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Lipscomb women’s basketball junior Loren Cagle was one of 20 student-athletes named to the Nancy Lieberman watch list, as announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday.
The award is handed out each year to the nation’s best point guard who exhibits the floor leadership, play-making ability, and ball-handling skills of Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman.
“I’m just excited for Lo for this recognition,” Lipscomb women’s basketball head coach Greg Brown said.
“The award represents everything that Nancy stands for in a point guard, and we certainly see that in Lo as well. The point guard is a leader, a team player, unselfish, always looking out for others, and always looking for what’s in the best interest of the team.”
Cagle finished last season first in the ASUN and eighth in the nation with 6.7 assists per game. She totaled 188 assists on the year and posted a program-record 2.19 assist-to-turnover ratio.
The Nashville native compiled four double-figure assist games, including back-to-back program-best nights of 14 assists, and 15 games of seven or more assists.
Cagle joined Drake’s Caitlin Ingle, Drexel’s Meghan Creighton, and St. Francis PA’s Jessica Kovatch as one of only four players named to the watch list from mid-major program.
Other athletes named to the watch list include: Connecticut’s Kia Nurse, Baylor’s Alexis Jones, Notre Dame’s Lindsay Allen, Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell, and UCLA’s Jordan Canada among others.
“It says a lot about her to be on that list; it’s quite an honor,” Brown said. “It’s always good as a coach to see a player awarded for her attitude, effort, and hard work. It encourages us to be more excited about this season.”
Lieberman played collegiately at Old Dominion, where she was the first two-time winner of the Wade Trophy as well as a three-time All-American and an Olympic Silver Medalist.
Lieberman then played for a host of professional teams throughout the ‘80s before becoming a coach. She is currently an assistant coach for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, the first female assistant in NBA history.
“Nancy Lieberman was and continues to be a trailblazer for women in basketball,” President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame John L. Doleva said. “Before she was an assistant coach in the NBA, Nancy was an outstanding collegiate point guard, much like the tremendous student-athletes on this watch list.”
The selection committee is made up of media members, head coaches, sports information directors, and Hall of Famers from across the NCAA women’s basketball landscape.
The watch list will be narrowed down to 10 in mid-February, and then five in March before a winner is announced at the 2017 NCAA Women’s Final Four in Dallas.