Ali Patberg Named To Nancy Lieberman Preseason Award Watch List

Indiana redshirt junior guard Ali Patberg has been named one of 20 candidates for the Nancy Lieberman Award watch list.

Patberg returns as the program’s leader in assists last season with 4.8 per game while also returning as the team’s leading scorer from the 2018-19 season. She played and started in 31 games in her first season at IU, as she helped guide Indiana to a NCAA Tournament Second Round appearance in Eugene that featured a win over Texas. The All-Big Ten Second Team selection averaged 15.8 points per game as she scored in double figures 24 times.

The Columbus, Ind. native also averaged 5.0 rebounds per game as she also shot 80.4 percent from the free throw line. She set a career-high 13 assists against Missouri State last season and dished out multiple assists in 29 games. Patberg is the only representative from the Big Ten Conference.

The Selection Committee for the Nancy Lieberman Award is composed of top women’s college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers. New to the award this season is Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies in each of the three rounds. By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2020 Lieberman Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Lieberman and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee.

New to this year’s program is the Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies. Starting on Friday, October 25, fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite players in each of the three rounds. Please help promote the fan voting to your fan base through your social media channels. The top 10 player selections from the fan vote will get an additional vote towards making the next round. 

This list will be narrowed down to 10 in mid-February and then 5 finalists will be selected in March that will be presented to Nancy Lieberman and the selection committee. New to this program, the winner of this award will be presented at the 6th annual ESPN College Basketball Awards Show live from Los Angeles, CA on Friday, April 10th. 

2020 Nancy Lieberman Point Guard of the Year Award Candidates*

Te’a CooperBaylor
Crystal DangerfieldConnecticut
Kelly CampbellDePaul
Nicole Cardano-HillaryGeorge Mason
Ali PatbergIndiana
Lauren DickersonMiami-Ohio
Cierra HooksOhio
Sabrina IonescuOregon
Destiny SlocumOregon State
Stella JohnsonRider
Tyasha HarrisSouth Carolina
Tiana EnglandSt. John’s
Sug SuttonTexas
Chennedy CarterTexas A&M
Rachael ChildressUAB
Kornelia WrightUCF
Japreece DeanUCLA
Dru GyltenUtah
Taja ColeVirginia Tech
Chloe WaninkWofford

*Players can play their way onto and off of the list at any point in the 2019-20 season

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