Sportswriters from across the country selected Diggins from a group of eight final nominees, with the award presented to the player who best exhibits the traits of floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills that personified Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman during her legendary playing career. Lieberman, a 1996 inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, was on hand to present her namesake award to Diggins, while others in attendance included Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw, associate coach Carol Owens, and assistant coach Niele Ivey (herself a finalist for the 2001 Lieberman Award after leading the Fighting Irish to their first NCAA national championship).
Diggins was a consensus first-team All-America selection and a finalist for every major national player-of-the-year award in 2011-12. She also was chosen as the BIG EAST Player of the Year (the third Notre Dame player to be so honored and the first since 2005) and a two-time unanimous first-team all-conference selection.
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