SPRINGFIELD, MA - Iona College women's basketball junior guard Damika Martinez is one of 22 finalists for the 2014 Nancy Lieberman Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today.
Named after Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman, the award recognizes the top guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. The original watch list of candidates was narrowed down to the below list of 22 by a nationally based committee.
“We are honored to be recognizing these 22 athletes for their strengths, skills and commitment to the game of basketball and are excited to move forward in the selection process,” Lieberman said. “All of these young women deserve to be on the list for this well-respected award and deserve recognition for their determination.”
Martinez is the nation's sixth leading scorer, averaging a MAAC best 24.9 points per game this season and is sixth in points scored with 647. She is third in the nation in three point field goals per game, with an average of 3.46 per outing. Her 90 three point field goals are the fourth most in the country, and an Iona single season record. Martinez has already established a new single season mark in points scored and sits second in field goals (226) and field goal attempts (490).
She has earned five MAAC Player of the Week recognitions, and after her standout 46 point effort against Rider, is one of only six players in the country with two 40-plus point efforts this season.
A premiere Selection Committee made up of top college basketball personnel including Hall of Famers, media members, head coaches and sports information directors was appointed by the Hall of Fame to review the candidates. The list will be narrowed down to a final five by March and the winner will be announced during Final Four weekend activities.
The Gaels complete the regular season this weekend with a pair of games, beginning Thursday at 6:00 pm when they travel to Hamden, CT for a matchup with Quinnipiac. Iona then hosts Marist on Sunday, Mar. 2 at 12:00 pm. Both games will be televised on ESPN3.