Jamie Carey a finalist for National Point Guard of Year
DETROIT -- Ten players, including University of Texas 5-6 senior Jamie Carey (Thornton, Colo./Horizon HS) have been named finalists for the 2005 Nancy Lieberman Point Guard of the Year Award, as announced by the Rotary Club of Detroit which sponsors the award.
This is the second year in a row that Carey (12.3 ppg, 2.8 apg, 55 3-pointers) has been a finalist for this national award. Three of the 10 nominees include players from the Big 12 Conference: Carey, Texas Tech junior Erin Grant and Oklahoma senior Dionnah Jackson.
The 10 finalists include four of the nation's top five assists leaders, led by West Virginia's Yolanda Paige, who leads the country with 9.0 assists per game and Maryland's Anesia Smith (7.1 apg, second in nation).
The nominees also include DePaul's Jenni Dant, LSU's Temeka Johnson, North Carolina's Ivory Latta, Rutgers' Cappie Pondexter and Penn State's Jess Strom.
The award, named after former all-American guard Nancy Lieberman, is given annually to the nation's best point guard based on floor leadership, play-making ability and ball-handling skills. The award is selected by sports writers from around the nation.
The list of 10 will be cut to three finalists and one winner during the week of the Final Four in early April.