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Special hoop recognition for Stanford's Orrange, Thompson

 

Stanford senior point guard Amber Orrange was among 31 women's basketball players named to the 2015 Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List late last week.

Now in its 15th year, the award recognizes the top point guard in women's NCAA Division I college basketball. Candidates exhibit the floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills of Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman.

The selection committee for the Nancy Lieberman Award is composed of top women's college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers. The list will be narrowed down to 15 and then a final five by mid-March. The Lieberman Award winner will be announced during the WBCA Award Show in Tampa, Florida at the Women's Final Four.

The honor is the latest in a long line for Orrange, who is also on the preseason lists for all three major postseason individual awards (Wade Trophy, John R. Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy), was named to the Midseason Top 20 for the Wooden Award on Jan. 21, a candidate for the 2014-15 Senior CLASS Award® on Jan. 23 and one of 16 to the 2015 Dawn Staley Award Watch List on Jan. 30.

Meanwhile, sophomore guard Lili Thompson was selected to the 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-District Women's Basketball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Thompson now advances to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

The Academic All-District Women's Basketball Teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. The teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada with District 8 encompassing Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawai'i, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Canada.

Thompson currently has a 3.35 GPA and is planning on majoring in science, technology and society. She's one of only five Division I underclassmen in the entire country to receive recognition on their respective Academic All-District squads.

— Stanford Athletics

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