Gylten Named To Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – University of Utah women's basketball junior Dru Gylten has been named to the 2021 Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List, announced today by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.
The Rapid City, S.D., native is one of 20 candidates on the watch list that recognizes the top point guard in women's NCAA Division I college basketball. It is the second time in Gylten's career that she has made it on the preseason watch list, also earning the distinction last season.
"If there is a point guard in the country with better vision than Dru, I would be surprised," head coach Lynne Roberts said. "Even in practice she amazes me with some of her passing and what she can see out there. She is smart, has an acute understanding of the game, and is tough as nails. She is so deserving to be on this list and I'm looking forward to seeing her lead our team."
To be considered for the award, candidates must exhibit the floor leadership, play-making and the ball-handling skills of Class of 1996 Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman. Fan voting for the Nancy Lieberman Award begins on Friday, Nov. 13 at www.HoopHallAwards.com.
In early February, the watch list of 20 players will be narrowed to just 10 where in early March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Lieberman and the Hall of Fame's selection committee. The winner of the 2021 Nancy Lieberman Award will be presented April 9, 2021.
Gylten has cemented herself as one of the best passers in the Pac-12 and in program history in her two years on the court with the Utes. She has started 60 games for the Utes, averaging 5.4 assists per game in her career, which would rank third in program history.
In 2019-20, Gylten finished the season tied for second in the Pac-12 and 22nd in the country in total assists (159) and was third in the league and 23rd in the nation in assists per game (5.3). As a redshirt freshman in 2018-19, Gylten ranked first in the Pac-12 and the country among freshman in assists per game, averaging 5.5.
In her career as a Ute, Gylten has either led or tied for the lead in assists in 40 career games, reaching double-digit assists five times. Her career-high of 12 assists came against Arizona State last season when the Utes beat the ranked Sun Devils in the Jon M. Huntsman Center.