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Notre Dame senior guard/co-captain Skylar Diggins when she was selected for the second consecutive season as the recipient of the Nancy Lieberman Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top NCAA Division I point guard by the Rotary Club of Detroit.
Diggins, who is the first Notre Dame player chosen for the honor that debuted in 2000, joins former Connecticut guards Sue Bird (2000-02) and Diana Taurasi (2003-04) as the only two-time recipients of the Lieberman Award.
The award is presented to the player who best exhibits the traits of floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills that personified Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman during her legendary playing career. The three players named as finalists for the award besides Diggins were (in alphabetical order): Alex Bentley (Penn State), Lindsey Moore (Nebraska) and Odyssey Sims (Baylor).
Diggins already is a unanimous choice as an Associated Press first-team All-American, in addition to earning All-America plaudits from the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), John R. Wooden Award and Senior CLASS Award (the latter honor also being announced on Friday). She also recently was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Norfolk Regional, becoming the first Notre Dame player ever to earn that award in three consecutive seasons (also Dayton in 2011 and Raleigh in 2012).
Diggins has started all 36 games this season and leads the BIG EAST in assists (6.0 apg.), while ranking fourth in scoring (17.3 ppg.) and third in steals (3.1 spg.; school record 110 steals overall) and fourth in free throw percentage (.810). She also is among the conference's best in three-point percentage (5th - .371) and assist/turnover ratio (6th - 1.68), and she leads the team with 33 double-figure scoring games (giving her a school-record 120 for her career, three more than the previous Notre Dame record held by current Fighting Irish associate coach Beth (Morgan) Cunningham from 1993-97).
For her career, Diggins is Notre Dame's all-time leader in points (2,347), steals (377), games started (143) and minutes played (4,601), in addition to her mark for career double-figure scoring games. She also ranks second with 737 career assists (41 behind Mary Gavin's mark set from 1984-88) and 149 games played (two behind Brittany Mallory's record set last year).
Congrats, well deserved.
Two time Poster of The Week, 2011 and 2013.
We are fortunate to have such an exceptional young women at Notre Dame.
She represents her University and the South Bend community so well.
We will be there to cheer her on in the NCAA Finals tomorrow.
Geaux Skylar and the Irish women's basketball team !!!!
UCONN women -----
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