Women's Basketball Columns

Frank Lombardo

Parity for Players

by Frank Lombardo March 23, 2020 in Women's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Women's Basketball

Every young athlete dreams of lifting a trophy at the end of a championship game. It takes years of hard work, dedication, and determination to prepare themselves to have that opportunity. Only a few are able to fulfill that ultimate dream. The NCAA has made the responsible and correct decision to cancel all remaining winter and spring championships. It was, and still is, unprecedented territory for all of us. They were left with no other choice, as the health and safety of everyone involved… Continue Reading

Gary Heise

Just Do The Right Thing

by Gary Heise February 11, 2020 in Women's Basketball

All of us are faced from time to time with difficult decisions or confronted with situations that require action that will be scrutinized. In many cases, not everyone will agree with our resolution. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that when we encounter these types of circumstances, there’s only one way to approach it: assess carefully and then just do the right thing. Regardless of the potential backlash, just get it right. A few days ago, we announced the ten women’s… Continue Reading

Jeremy Bohnert

Senior CLASS Award Winners Use Their Platforms to Make a Difference

by Jeremy Bohnert April 11, 2019 in Women's Basketball, Women's Basketball

As a recent college graduate myself, I can recall seeing student-athletes at every turn, all around campus and in my classes. Some would turn more heads than others as the stars of their respective teams. But it’s the stars that shine from a different light that I have really come to appreciate. All collegiate student-athletes have a platform that provides them the opportunity to be heard and to make a difference. Some embrace that opportunity more than others, and that is what excites me… Continue Reading

Jill Lee

2017-18 Senior CLASS Award Highlights

by Jill Lee June 14, 2018 in Women's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Women's Basketball

Another year. Another 10 outstanding student-athletes honored as Senior CLASS Award winners. We love it! From fall to spring, the 2017-18 academic year gave us some incredibly memorable winners. So, to recap this season, we’d like to recount three of our internal highlights from this Senior CLASS Award year. Take a look! 1. Okay, let’s be honest here. Football winner Shaquem Griffin had one of the most amazing stories in all of sports this year, and we were thrilled to be able to honor… Continue Reading

Jill Lee

Senior CLASS Award Year in Review

by Jill Lee June 29, 2017 in Women's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Women's Basketball

Every spring when the academic year comes to a close, we get a chance to look back on the “year that was” in the world of the Senior CLASS Award (SCA). It’s always inspiring to remember the student-athletes who were honored and recall what they’d done to deserve the honor. This year was certainly one to remember for the SCA staff, as it featured several firsts in award history. We saw our first set of twins make it to the round of finalists when Minnesota volleyball stars Paige and… Continue Reading

Laurie Bollig

Loyalty never an issue with Delle Donne and Hulls

by Laurie Bollig April 08, 2013 in Women's Basketball

Delaware All-American Elena Delle Donne considered leaving her home state for the bright lights of a much bigger women’s college basketball stage. Indiana guard Jordan Hulls committed to his hometown team in the midst of a monumental rebuilding period. Delle Donne signed with Connecticut out of high school, but after two days on campus, she longed to be closer to her family, including a sister with whom she shares an unbreakable bond. The easy choice would have been for her to remain at… Continue Reading

Debbie Antonelli

Princeton chose Edwards for a reason

by Debbie Antonelli November 28, 2011 in Women's Basketball

Lauren Edwards is a basketball player at Princeton and a candidate for the 2012 Lowe’s Senior Class Award. If you are on this list of 30 finalists, you project the 4 Cs that are by definition, the criteria. Given Lauren’s exemplary background and service over her four years at Princeton, it’s difficult to choose just one of the 4 Cs – character, class, community or competition – because she excels in each category. Princeton chose Lauren and she chose them right back.   If the… Continue Reading

Kirk Wessler

Fredette, Moore accomplish what few others can because they were seniors

by Kirk Wessler April 06, 2011 in Women's Basketball, Women's Basketball

Maya Moore led Connecticut to 150 victories and two NCAA women’s basketball championships.  Jimmer Fredette led Brigham Young to 114 victories, four NCAA bids and the school’s first Sweet 16 appearance in 30 years. Two players, 264 victories. When it comes to intercollegiate competition, only seniors have a chance to pile up numbers like those. And few who have the chance are able to achieve such a level of team success, but when they do, other accolades aren’t far behind. Moore and… Continue Reading

Donna Noonan

Character counts in the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award

by Donna Noonan February 21, 2011 in Women's Basketball

Every year there are countless awards recognizing outstanding achievement on the playing field, as well as in the classroom.  And while those are two very important aspects of being a student-athlete, they do not tell the whole story.  One of the things I love about the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award is that it not only takes into account what a person does, it also considers who they are.  Character is one of the four Cs of excellence considered by the award and in my experience it is the hardest… Continue Reading

Brenda VanLengen

Danielle Robinson’s stats just a small part of her contribution to her university

by Brenda VanLengen February 07, 2011 in Women's Basketball

Danielle Robinson exudes joy.  Whether she is delivering Meals on Wheels to seniors in and around Norman, Oklahoma, finishing an exciting play through the lane on the basketball court or ministering to orphans in Haiti, Danielle flashes that effervescent smile and invites those around her to feel her passion and joy for life. She gives much of the credit to her mom. “My mom is my best friend and I trust her word.  She’s a great woman of faith and she has inspired me.  I want to represent… Continue Reading

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