Lieberman To Be Inducted Into Hampton Roads Sports Hall Of Fame

May 06, 2008
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

May 6, 2008

NORFOLK, VA-- Nancy Lieberman ('80), who led the Lady Monarchs to an astounding 72-2 record during ODU's back-to-back National Championships will be inducted into the inaugural class of the newly formed Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame.

The class consists of football legends Bruce Smith, Clarence "Ace" Parker, basketball coaches Charles "Lefty" Driesell, and Marcellus "Boo" Williams, baseball executive Dave Rosenfield, and wrestling coach Billy Martin, Sr.

A 19-person committee, with input from fans through online surveys, made the selections: coaches, players, or administrators who left a lasting impact on the community were eligible for election.

A banquet is planned for this summer at the Hits at the Park restaurant at Harbor Park in Norfolk, VA. to formally induct this first class. No date has been set.

Lieberman's impact on the sport of women's basketball is immeasurable. "Lady Magic," as she was known in the media during her days at Old Dominion, helped her Lady Monarch teams collect an astounding 72-2 record during their back-to-back championship seasons.

She never backed down from a challenge...not even from the 7-2, 280-pound Russian center Uljana Semjonova. In the 1976 Montreal Olympics, the 16-year-old Lieberman courageously took a charge from the towering Semjonova and things were never the same.

The feisty attitude has crowned her as one of basketball's trailblazers and ambassadors. The three-time Kodak All-American remains Old Dominion University's leader in career assists (961) while standing second in all-time steals (512). She also holds several single-game and single season records. Lieberman scored 2,430 career points and hauled in 1,167 career rebounds. In 134 career games, she averaged 18.1 points, 8.7 assists and 3.8 steals per game.

Lieberman led the Lady Monarchs in assists four straight years, with her best coming in 1977-78 at 8.9. She averaged 20.9 points in 1976-77 and 8.8 steals in 1979-80. She also led the team in free throw percentage in 1976-77 and 1977-78. Her single game assist high was 19 against Radford in 1977. In 1977-78 she performed a triple-double against crosstown rival Norfolk State with 40 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists.

Lieberman is the only two-time winner of the Wade Trophy (1978-79 and 1979-80). Those same two seasons, Old Dominion captured the AIAW National Championship. For her efforts and dedication to the game, Lieberman was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996, and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999. She and teammate Anne Donovan are a select group of 11 women in the Hall. Lieberman is also a member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

In 1980 Lieberman was chosen as the top pick by the Dallas Diamonds of the WBL. In 1986 she became the first women ever to play in a men's professional league. She played for Springfield in the USBL, then with the Washington Generals. In 1996 she played for Phoenix in the WNBA. She later served as coach and general manager of the WNBA's Detroit Shock club.

On May 6, 2000, the Far Rockaway, NY native earned her degree from Old Dominion University in interdisciplinary studies.