SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – For the second season in a row, Lipscomb women’s basketball senior 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.
Cagle finished last season first in the ASUN with 5.2 assists per game. She totaled 176 assists on the year, upping her program record for career assists to 387, nearly 100 assists higher than the second-place mark.
The Nashville native dished out 4 or more assists 15 times, grabbed more rebounds per game than any other guard in the conference, and led the team in rebounds seven times.
She is also the only returning player in the conference to finish in the top-22 for points (8.9), rebounds (5.2), assists (5.9), steals (1.4), and blocks (0.4).
Cagle and St. Francis PA’s Jessica Kovatch were the only players from mid-major programs to be named to the list in each of the past two seasons.
Other athletes named to the watch list include: Connecticut’s Kia Nurse, Duke’s Lexie Brown, Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell, and UCLA’s Jordan Canada among others.
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.
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 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four in Columbus, Ohio.