Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Haley Steed brings the ball up the court in Saturday's game. The BYU point guard leads the nation in assists.

BYU point guard Haley Steed is a finalist for the 14th Annual Nancy Lieberman Award. The award is a national project of the Rotary Club of Detroit honoring the nation’s top collegiate point guard in women’s Division I basketball.

This is the second time that Steed has been a finalist for the award. She was on last year’s list.

The criteria for the award are the floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills that personified Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman during her career. Sportswriters from across the country have determined this final nominee list. They will select three finalists from this list and one winner at the beginning of April 2013. The announcement of the three finalists and one winner will be made during the Final Four weekend, April 7-9, 2013.

Steed currently leads the nation in assists averaging 7.8 assists per game. She is BYU’s all-time career assist leader. During the 2011-12 season, Steed broke the all-time single season record for assists with 237.

Final nominee list (in alphabetical order): Alex Bentley – Penn State; Skylar Diggins – Notre Dame; Angel Goodrich – Kansas; Chelsea Gray – Duke; Lindsey Moore – Nebraska; Odyssey Sims – Baylor; Haley Steed – BYU.

Norma Collett is the athletic communications director for the BYU women's basketball team. She can be reached at 801-422-4908 or at