Leigh Torbin | February 7, 2017
Lindsay Allen's quest to confirm her place as the nation's best point guard took another step forward on Monday as she was named one of 10 finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award. It marks the third consecutive year where Allen has been a finalist as she looks to follow in the footsteps of Notre Dame's lone previous recipient, Skylar Diggins (2012 and 2013).
Fittingly, Diggins is the next hurdle for Allen as she continues her assault on both the Notre Dame and ACC career assist leader charts. With 744 in her Irish career, Allen is looking up only at Diggins (745) and Mary Gavin (778) on an Irish chart whose top spot has remained the same since 1988. On a conference level, Allen's 744 is eclipsed just by Maryland's Kristi Toliver (751) and Virginia's Sharnee Zoll (785), leaving both marks well within Allen's reach.
Allen both leads the ACC and ranks in the top three nationally this season with her 185 assists, 7.7 assists per game and 3.49 assist-to-turnover ratio. Her 744 career assists makes her the nation's active career assist leader, one ahead of Northwestern's Ashley Deary who has 743. Allen also ranks 52nd nationally in steals (55) and 59th in minutes played (809).
Three times this year Allen has recorded 12 assists in a game -- her career-high. She recently became the first Notre Dame player since Gavin in 1988 to record at least 10 assists in three consecutive games, dishing out 11 helpers at North Carolina (Jan. 22), 12 against Duke (Jan. 26) and 10 more against Virginia (Jan. 29). The streak narrowly ended when Allen recorded nine assists in a win at Virginia Tech on Feb. 2.