Leigh Torbin | October 24, 2016
Perhaps the top point guard in the nation as she enters her senior year at Notre Dame, Lindsay Allen took the first step towards receiving formal recognition as such by the end of the year as she was one of 20 players named on Monday to the watch list for the Nancy Lieberman Award.
In both 2015 and 2016, Allen was a finalist for the accolade, presented annually by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the country's best point guard. Allen will have ample opportunity to stake a claim to the honor this winter as she goes head-to-head against five other watch list members during the regular season alone (Connecticut's Kia Nurse, DePaul's Jessica January, Duke's Lexie Brown, Miami's Adrienne Motley and Syracuse's Alexis Peterson). The Irish could also face Washington and Kelsey Plum depending on how the Preseason WNIT's 16-team bracket progresses.
Allen claimed honorable mention All-America honors in 2015-16 after dishing out 5.8 assists per game with a 2.52 assist/turnover ratio. Allen led the ACC in assists for the second straight season and, in 2016, was one of four players in Power Five conferences to rank in the top 20 nationally for both assists and assist/turnover ratio. Allen is second among all active players nationally in career assists (559) and fourth in career assists per game (4.99).