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CHARLOTTESVILLE – Virginia’s preseason All-American and senior guard Monica Wright has been selected as a candidate for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. In all, 30 women’s basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court were tabbed.

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 – classroom, character, community and competition. 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 Woodbridge, Va., native led the ACC in scoring last season (20.5 points per game) and was recently named an Associated Press Preseason All-American and the ACC Preseason Player of the Year. A candidate for the Wade and Naismith Trophy as well as the Wooden Award, Wright is active in the Cavaliers’ community service efforts as well as being successful in the classroom.

The list of 30 women’s basketball candidates will be narrowed down to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 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 classroom, character, community and competition.

“Lowe’s is proud to be associated with the nominees for the Senior CLASS AwardTM in men’s and women’s basketball,” said Tom Lamb, Lowe’s senior vice president of marketing. “Each of the student-athletes has shown tremendous commitment to their studies during their college careers. They have also demonstrated great character and a passion for community service.”

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2009-10 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award
Women’s Basketball Candidates (In Alphabetical Order)
Name Position School
Jayne Appel Center Stanford University
Miranda Ayim Forward/Center Pepperdine University
Amy Beggin Guard University of New Mexico
Joy Cheek Forward/Guard Duke University
Alysha Clark Forward Middle Tennessee State University
Allyssa DeHaan Center Michigan State University
Claire Faucher Guard Portland State University
Kristen Feemster Forward Western Carolina University
Jordan Franey Guard/Forward University of California, Santa Barbara
Tyra Grant Guard Pennsylvania State University
Alexis Gray-Lawson Guard University of California, Berkeley
Kelsey Griffin Forward University of Nebraska
Lisa Helmers Guard Loyola Marymount University
Allison Hightower Guard Louisiana State University
Ashley Houts Guard University of Georgia
May Kotsopoulos Guard University of Vermont
Maggie Krick Guard Illinois State University
Kelsey Luna Guard Indiana State University
Joy McCorvey Forward St. John’s University
Danielle McCray Guard/Forward University of Kansas
Jessica Mooney Guard Vanderbilt University
Jené Morris Guard San Diego State University
Deirdre Naughton Guard DePaul University
Lauren Sims Guard Long Beach State University
Jenna Smith Center University of Illinois
Ashley Sweat Forward Kansas State University
Bianca Thomas Guard University of Mississippi
Amanda Thompson Forward University of Oklahoma
Jenny Van Kirk Forward Bradley University
Monica Wright Guard University of Virginia

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