TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Women’s Basketball redshirt senior AJ Alix has been named a Top 10 candidate for the Nancy Lieberman Award given to the nation’s best point guard, announced on Monday by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The award, now in its 19th year, recognizes candidates who exhibit the floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills of 1996 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Nancy Lieberman.
Alix’s impact in what is a one-year role as the team’s point guard has been enormous. The native of Houston, Texas, and TCU graduate transfer leads the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 2.4 assist/turnover ratio. In her 20 games played, Alix has 18 games with a positive assist/turnover ratio and just one in the negatives.
For the season, she is averaging 12.0 points, 7.1 assists and shooting 45.2 percent from the floor, including 36.6 percent from 3-point range. Alix is second in the conference in assists and also has four games with 10+ assists this season, also second-most.
Alix has proven her scoring ability as well with 13 double-figure games, highlighted by a season-high 26 points (9-of-13; 6-of-10 from long range) in an 84-54 rout at Florida on Nov. 17. She also had 21 points at Texas, and one of her double-digit assist performances came against a quality opponent in Arizona State (11) on Dec. 10.
Nationally, Alix ranks in the Top 10 in assists per 40 minutes (sixth – 9.4), total assists (T-8th – 141) and assists per game (ninth).
The winner of the 2018 Nancy Lieberman Point Guard Award will be announced during ESPN2’s telecast of the national semifinal games in the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, March 30.
Previous winners of the Nancy Lieberman Award include Kelsey Plum, Washington (2017), Moriah Jefferson, Connecticut (2015-16), Odyssey Sims, Baylor (2014), Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame (2012-13), Courtney Vandersloot, Gonzaga (2011), Andrea Riley, Oklahoma State (2010), Renee Montgomery, Connecticut (2009), Kristi Toliver, Maryland (2008), Lindsey Harding, Duke (2007), Ivory Latta, North Carolina (2006), Temeka Johnson, LSU (2005), Diana Taurasi, Connecticut (2003-04), and Sue Bird, Connecticut (2000-02).
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. 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 finalists to determine the Naismith Starting 5 at www.hoophallawards.com.
Fellow ACC point guards Lexie Brown (Duke) and Tiana Mangakahia (Syracuse) were named to the Top 10 list.
2018 Nancy Lieberman Award Candidates
Kia Nurse, Connecticut
Lexie Brown, Duke
AJ Alix, Florida St.
Katelynn Flaherty, Michigan
Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio St.
Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon
Jessica Kovatch, St. Francis (PA)
Tiana Mangakahia, Syracuse
Brooke McCarty, Texas
Jordin Canada, UCLA
*Players can play their way onto and off of the list at any point in the 2017-18 season*