Koehn finalist for Lieberman Award

Junior Laurie Koehn, K-State's three-point specialist, on watchlist for another national award. The winner will be announced during Final Four weekend.

MANHATTAN – Kansas State's Laurie Koehn has been named among an early list of candidates in consideration for the Nancy Lieberman Award, a national athletic award presented annually by the Detroit Rotary Club honoring the nation's top point guard in Division I women's basketball.

The award, that recognizes outstanding performance, is the first of its kind and is named after one of women's basketball's greatest players. A member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Lieberman holds the distinction of being the only athlete to receive the Wade Trophy Award twice. Past winners of the Nancy Lieberman Award include Connecticut's Sue Bird (2000, 2001, 2002) and Diana Taurasi (2003).

Koehn, a junior, currently ranks third nationally in three-point field goals per game (3.5 avg). An All-America candidate, she is the Wildcats' top three-point threat with 54 to her credit this season and is the team's third leading scorer averaging 14.3 points per game. This past summer, Koehn was a member of the 2003 USA Basketball Women's Pan American Games Team which won silver in the Dominican Republic.

The criterion for the award is based on floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills that personified Nancy Lieberman during her career. Sportswriters, from across the country, will nominate the finalists and eventual winner. The list of the nation's top 10 point guards will be determined by the end of January. This list is then sent out to all the  sportswriters who have until mid-March to return their final ballot. A 4,3,2,1 point system is utilized to determine the winner, who will be announced in Detroit during the NCAA Women's Final Four weekend, April 2-4, 2004.


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