SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Senior ETSU guard Tianna Tarter and senior Mercer guard Sydni Means have been named to the 2018 Nancy Lieberman Watch List Award. Tarter and Means are one of the 20 watch list candidates the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today.
“The Basketball Hall of Fame is proud to annually present the Nancy Lieberman Award to the top female point guard in the college game,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “This year, we’re excited to announce the addition of four more positional awards. Like Ms. Lieberman, these student-athletes have worked tirelessly to achieve their goals and are very deserving of our recognition.”
Tarter is coming off of a very impressive 2016-17 season. She became the first Buccaneer in program history to win three consecutive conference player of the week awards, while becoming the first ETSU player to garner five player of the week honors. She became the 23rd member of ETSU’s 1,000-point club and became the first ETSU player since 2010 to score 500 points in a season. Tarter is also the only player in the NCAA to record a stat line of 35 points, five rebounds, five assist, and five steals. She did so against Vanderbilt on December 8, 2016.
Means has emerged as one of the league’s premier point guards, finishing last season with averages of 10.9 points and 6.8 assists per game. Means finished the season with a 3.54 assist-to-turnover ratio, ranking third in the NCAA. The Stone Mountain, Ga., native returns as the nation’s leader in assist-to-turnover ratio. Means was also named to the 2018 SoCon Preseason All-Conference Team on Oct. 25.
The Selection Committee for the Nancy Lieberman Award is composed of top women’s college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers. By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2018 Lieberman Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Lieberman and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. Fans will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite finalist at www.hoophallawards.com.
The winner of the 2018 Lieberman Award will be announced at an inaugural awards ceremony hosted by the Basketball Hall of Fame, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, and ESPN at the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Columbus, Ohio. ESPN broadcast information will be released at a later date.