Cirone Named Final Nominee For Nancy Lieberman Award
Feb. 25, 2009
DETROIT - For the second-consecutive year, Illinois State senior Kristi Cirone has been named a final nominee for the Nancy Lieberman Award, as announced by the award committee Feb. 23. Cirone is among a pool of 13 final nominees for the award that is given to the nation's best point guard.
Cirone is averaging 18.3 points, 6.1 assists and 2.2 steals per game for the 22-4 Redbirds. A four-time Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week, Cirone ranks in the top-five in the conference in scoring, assists, steals, field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage. Cirone leads the nation with a 2.52 assist-to-turnover ratio, a statistic she led the nation in last year. She became Illinois State's all-time leader in assists (637) and three-pointers (217) this year and moved into second place in scoring (1,958).
She is also a nominee for the Wade Trophy and the John R. Wooden Award, which are presented to the best player in Division I.
The award is a national project of the Rotary Club of Detroit honoring the nation's top collegiate point guard in women's Division I basketball. The criteria for the award are the floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills that personified Hall of Famer, Nancy Lieberman during her career. Sportswriters from across the country have determined this final nominee list. They will select three finalists from this list and one winner at the beginning of April 2009. The announcement of the three finalists and one winner will be made during the Final Four weekend (April 5-7, 2009) in St. Louis.
The 12 other final nominees are Whitney Boddie (Auburn), Sha Brooks (Florida), Cetera DeGraffenreid (North Carolina), Dawn Evans (James Madison), Shalee Lehning (Kansas State), Renee Montgomery (Connecticut), Samantha Prahalis (Ohio State), Epiphany Prince (Rutgers), Andrea Riley (Oklahoma State), Danielle Robinson (Oklahoma), Kristi Tolliver (Maryland), Courtney Vandersloot (Gonzaga).