Sabrina Ionescu has defended her title as the nation’s top point guard…again.
Ionescu has just been named winner of the Nancy Lieberman award for a third-straight year. The award recognizes the top point guard in women’s Division I college basketball. To be considered for this prestigious award, candidates exhibit the floor leadership, playmaking and ball-handling skills of Class of 1996 Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman.
Another 3-peat 👑— Oregon Women’s Basketball (@OregonWBB) April 6, 2020
Sabrina Ionescu is once again the Nancy Lieberman Award winner as the national point guard of the year, joining Sue Bird as the only players to win the award THREE times 🐐#GoDucks | @sabrina_i20 pic.twitter.com/PTUA1WscUn
Ionescu joins Sue Bird (2000-2002) as the second player in women’s NCAA history to win the award on three occasions.
The Oregon star guard beat out UConn’s Crystal Dangerfield, South Carolina’s Tyasha Harris, Baylor’s Te’a Cooper and Rider’s Stella Johnson for the nod. This is Ionescu’s third season taking home the Lieberman award. She was also the recipient during the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Behind Ionescu’s 17.5 points, 8.6. rebounds and 9.1 assists per game, the Ducks won the Pac-12 regular season and conference tournament. Oregon was poised for another deep postseason run before its season came to a halt, as the NCAA announced it would suspend the March Madness tournament due to coronavirus concerns.
Ionescu finished her career at Oregon with 2,562 points, 1,091 assists and 1,040 rebounds along with 26 career triple-doubles. She is expected to be the first pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft this month.