McFarland Lieberman Award Finalist

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM McFarland represents the SEC as a 2014 Lieberman Award Finalist.
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McFarland represents the SEC as a 2014 Lieberman Award Finalist.
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Feb. 24, 2014

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Ole Miss senior point guard Valencia McFarland has been named a finalist for the 2014 Nancy Lieberman Award it was announced by the Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday (Feb. 24).  McFarland, who was one of four players from the SEC to be named to the watch list in January, is the lone SEC player to be named a finalist.

“This is such an honor,” said McFarland. “To be considered among many great players that are on this list, really is an accomplishment. I’d like to give credit to my coaches and teammates for helping me to achieve such recognition.”

The award sponsored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and named after the Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman, recognizes the top point 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 and will be trimmed to five finalists in March. The Lieberman Award winner will be announced during Final Four weekend activities.

“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.”

McFarland has etched her name in Ole Miss women’s basketball history. The Edwards, Miss., native became the 16th 1,000-point scorer during her junior year and currently has 1,568 career points. She currently ranks No. 6 on Ole Miss’ all-time scoring list. She is on her way to becoming one of just three players in school history with 1,000 points and 500 assists and is just 55 assists away from joining former Rebel greats Carol Ross and Glenda Springfield as the only players in program history to hit those marks.

Through her career, McFarland has dished out 445 assists and has topped 100 assists in each of her seasons in Oxford. For her career, she has posted seven games of double-figure assists and set a career-best with 12 assists against Baylor earlier this season.  Not only does McFarland score and dish out assists, she is also poised to become just the second player in program history to lead her team in steals all four years, joining Ole Miss great Armintie Price-Herrington. To date, McFarland has 152 steals and has posted 48 steals this season to lead the Rebels.

Previous winners of the Nancy Lieberman Award include last year’s recipient Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Sue Bird (Connecticut), Renee Montgomery (Connecticut), Diana Taurasi (Connecticut), Lindsey Harding (Duke), Courtney Vandersloot (Gonzaga), Temeka Johnson (LSU), Kristi Toliver (Maryland), Ivory Latta (North Carolina), and Andrea Riley (Oklahoma State).

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2014 Nancy Lieberman Award Finalists:
Player Name School Name

Odyssey Sims Baylor University
Jerica Coley Florida International University
Yashira Delgado Florida State University
Damika Martinez Iona College
Ashley Deary Northwestern University
Tiffany Bias Oklahoma State University
Fantasia Hilliard Sacramento State University
Amber Orrange Stanford University
Natasha Cloud St. Joseph’s University
Joanna Harden Troy University
Brittany Boyd University of California, Berkeley
Bria Hartley University of Connecticut
Moriah Jefferson University of Connecticut
Samantha Logic University of Iowa
Valencia McFarland University of Mississippi

Lindsay Allen University of Notre Dame
Jamierra Faulkner University of Southern Mississippi
Heather Butler University of Tennessee at Martin
Jennifer Newsome University of Tennessee at Martin
Andola Dortch University of Toledo
Jennifer Schlott Utah State University
Dequesha McClanahan Winthrop University

Ole Miss will close out the regular season this week. The Rebels will travel to Missouri on Thursday for a televised contest on Fox Sports Midwest that will air locally on Sports South. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. CT from Missouri’s Mizzou Arena.  The Rebels return home on Sunday (March 2) to take on Auburn in the regular season finale. Ole Miss will honor seniors Valencia McFarland, Kenyotta Jenkins and Diara Moore. Tip is set for 2 p.m. For women’s basketball ticket information, go to OleMissTix.com or call the Ole Miss Ticket Office at 1-888-REB-TKTS (732-8587).

For all Ole Miss women’s basketball news and information, go to OleMissSports.com, and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissWBB, Facebook at Ole Miss WBB and on Instagram at Ole Miss_WBB.   Fans can also follow Ole Miss women’s basketball head coach Matt Insell on Twitter at @minsell

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