OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Three BIG EAST women’s basketball seniors top the 10-player list of finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award presented annually to the nation’s top senior. Connecticut’s Maya Moore, DePaul’s Sam Quigley and West Virginia’s Liz Repella were each on the list.
Moore leads the league in scoring, averaging 24.2 points per game. She also is the nation’s active career scoring leader with 2,628 points and is UConn’s all-time leading scorer. The senior has helped the No. 2/2 Huskies to an 18-1 record, 7-0 BIG EAST play.
Quigley has started every game for the Blue Demons and averages 10.9 points per contest. As the team’s point guard, the senior has tallied 97 assists, along with 30 steals. She has helped the No. 12/17 Blue Demons post a 20-2 record this year, including a program-best 7-0 mark in BIG EAST play. DePaul also is the first team in the country to reach the 20-win plateau this season.
Repella has started every game for the Mountaineers and leads the team averaging 14.0 points. Totaling 5.4 rebounds, along with 46 assists and 45 steals, Repella has helped West Virginia extend its current home court winning streak to 30 games. The No. 8/8 Mountaineers (19-2, 5-2 BIG EAST) return to action at DePaul on Jan. 30 at 4 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
The three finalists from the BIG EAST are more than any other conference.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring.
Sportscaster Dick Enberg, honorary chair of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, first conceived the idea of an award for seniors in 2001 in response to the growing trend of men's basketball players leaving school early for the NBA. The award program has expanded from men's and women's basketball to include 10 NCAA Division I sports
2010-11 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Women's Basketball Finalists
Name, Position, School
Erin Anthony, Forward, Army
Angie Bjorklund, Guard/Forward, Tennessee
Dawn Evans, Guard, James Madison
Amber Harris, Forward, Xavier
Maya Moore, Forward, Connecticut
Kayla Pedersen, Forward, Stanford
Sam Quigley, Guard, DePaul
Liz Repella, Guard, West Virginia
Danielle Robinson, Guard, Oklahoma
Jasmine Thomas, Guard, Duke