Nancy I. Lieberman
Playing hoops on the rough-and-tumble Harlem courts, Brooklyn-bred Nancy Lieberman learned to play a physical, aggressive style of basketball unlike other women of her time. As a 5-foot-10 point guard, Lieberman was taller than many of her opponents, and her ability to drive to the hoop, dish out assists, and grab hard-fought rebounds served her well during her stellar career. Lieberman led Old Dominion University to back-to-back AIAW National Championships in 1979 and 1980. She was twice named as the Wade Trophy winner - a basketball history first. As the nation's top female athlete during those two seasons, Lieberman was the two-time winner of the Broderick Cup. Lieberman played professionally in the Women's Professional Basketball League, Women's American Basketball Association, United States Basketball League, Women's National Basketball Association and with the Washington Generals. Earning WBL MVP honors with the Dallas Diamonds in 1981, she led the team to the 1984 WABA Championship.