Patberg named to Lieberman Award watch list

Indiana senior guard Ali Patberg was named to the 2021 Nancy Lieberman Award preseason watch list on Monday by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

Patberg is coming off a junior season that saw her average 15.6 points, 5.3 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game while shooting 49 percent from the floor with a 2.2 assist to turnover ration en route to first team All-Big and honorable mention WBCA All-American honors. The former Indiana Miss Basketball from Columbus North was a top-10 finalist for the Lieberman Award last season, won by Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu, and one of two finalists returning from a year ago.

Patberg also earned Academic All-Big Ten and CoSIDA All-District honors last year, graduating from IU’s Kellye School of Business this past May with a degree in finance. The sixth-year senior is currently pursuing a master’s degree in recreational administration.

The award, now in its 22nd year, recognizes the top point guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. A national committee of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates, who are considered on the basis of demonstrating the floor leadership, playmaking and ballhandling skills of Hall of Fame Class of 1996 inductee Nancy Lieberman. Online fan voting will be part of three rounds for the award with the watch list narrowed to 10 players in February before five finalists are named in early March. The winner will be presented on April 9, 2021.


  1. Great representation for IU and state of Indiana that is Ali Patberg and the IU Ladies basketball team. Another great thing would be to have a full Ladies basketball season with no to hardly any glitches.

  2. Way too early but ESPN has the IU Ladies at #13 with two other B1G’s down the listing. Seems most of the schools on the list holding attendance at 15 to 25%. Can’t wait, even if only radio coverage..

  3. Thats true Ron, actually I posted the same thing on the last thread. The interesting thing about that ranking is that IU is ahead of Maryland and NW. The terps sit at 14, so is this the year that IU can finally beat the terps let alone win the conf.

  4. Steve, seems like it didn’t take her long to get comfortable and become one of the verbal confident leaders.

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