After a turbulent freshman year, during which Lieberman averaged 20.9 points a game but managed to alienate much of Tidewater Virginia with her mouth, and after Coach Parsons left ODU, things settled down. Lieberman began to grow up, and the on-court combination of the flashy redhead at forward and the cool Dane at center began to work. "We've always had individual talent, but last year we used it individually," said Lieberman. "Now we're working as a unit."
The battle in the final game between the two big centers, Nissen and Griffin, may not have decided once and for all which is the best, but it did serve to point up the absurdity of the Kodak All-America team that was announced on the day before the final, a team that excluded both. From the top two teams in the country only Lieberman was picked. Sonja Hogg, head coach at Louisiana Tech, had her say at the press conference called to announce the team. "You don't get to the finals of the national championships and not have any All-Americas. I'm not a super-coach. The players make the coach."
Fortunately, both Nissen and Griffin have another chance. So does Lieberman, who must have sent chills down a few backs when she burbled, "And just think. We've got all five starters coming back next year!"