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    Dawn Evans, Jence Rhoads, Sam Quigley Named Candidates for Lowes’s Senior CLASS Award

    OVERLAND PARK, KS (November 3, 2010) – 30 NCAA® women’s basketball student-athletes, who excel both on and off the court, were selected as candidates today for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in basketball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of candidates follows this release.

    An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

    The 2011 women’s candidate class includes five players who were CoSIDA Academic All-Americans last year, 22 student-athletes with grade point averages of 3.0 or better, four players who participated in the 2010 Women’s Final Four and 15 players on the preseason watch list for the John R. Wooden Award. Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the women’s basketball Senior CLASS Award winner at the NCAA Women’s Final Four® in Indianapolis.

    The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 women’s finalists midway through the regular season, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

    “The young women who have been selected as candidates for the basketball award are shining examples of student-athletes who exercise time management every day, juggling class work and community service with practice and games,” said Tom Lamb, Lowe’s senior vice president of marketing. “The ability to balance things that are important to them will be a skill they will use throughout their lives.”

    For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.

    2010-11 Women’s Basketball Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Canidates

    Kachine Alexander, Guard, Iowa

    Erin Anthony, Forward, Army

    Angie Bjorklund, Guard/Forward, Tennessee

    Jessica Breland, Forward, North Carolina

    Victoria Dunlap, Forward, Kentucky

    Dawn Evans, Guard, James Madison

    Amber Harris, Forward, Xavier

    Ify Ibekwe, Forward, Arizona

    Amy Jaeschke, Center, Northwestern

    Alyssa Karel, Guard, Wisconsin

    Michelle Kirk, Forward, American

    Jantel Lavender, Center, Ohio State

    Maya Moore, Forward, Connecticut

    Kayla Pedersen, Forward, Stanford

    Ta’Shia Phillips, Center, Xavier

    Julie Piper, Forward, Eastern Washington

    Jeanette Pohlen, Guard, Stanford

    Lauren Prochaska, Forward, Bowling Green

    Erica Prosser, Guard, Lehigh

    Sam Quigley, Guard, DePaul

    Liz Repella, Guard, West Virginia

    Jence Rhoads, Guard, Vanderbilt

    Danielle Robinson, Guard, Oklahoma

    Jaleesa Ross, Guard, Fresno State

    Sam Schuett, Forward, Creighton

    Brittney Smith, Forward, Dartmouth

    Helena Sverrisdottir, Guard/Forward, TCU

    Kayla Tetschlag, Guard/Forward, Green Bay

    Jasmine Thomas, Guard, Duke

    Courtney Vandersloot, Guard, Gonzaga

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