Women's Basketball Columns

Frank Lombardo

Looking Back on the 2020-21 Senior CLASS Award®

by Frank Lombardo July 02, 2021 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

In an extremely challenging year for most, it meant so much for us to honor all of the special seniors during the 2020-21 academic school year - even more so because last year was incomplete. We knew there would need to be a change to our program with student-athletes being granted the option of an additional year of eligibility, and we welcomed the opportunity to be proactive. We encouraged all senior student-athletes, who would have normally exhausted their eligibility at the conclusion of… Continue Reading

Matt Gasper

Nominations for Seniors in 2020-21 Will Proceed

by Matt Gasper December 07, 2020 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

As the Senior CLASS Award continues to evolve and maneuver through the COVID-19 pandemic, it has always been our goal to recognize and honor the well-deserving senior student-athletes who represent their prestigious universities during the 2020-21 academic school year. Nominations for the various Senior CLASS Award sports are beginning to open up and we wanted to take this opportunity to clarify how the award process will be conducted during this ever-changing time and address a frequently… Continue Reading

Gary Heise

We’re Honoring Seniors in 2020-21 - Just on a Revised Timeline

by Gary Heise October 16, 2020 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

The Senior CLASS Award has proudly honored the nation’s top senior student-athletes for 18 years. We’ve presented awards to many amazing young stars, some of which have gone on to professional sports careers and others who have been just as successful pursuing other paths in life. The award launched in 2002 with the inspiring story of Shane Battier, the urging of the late, great Dick Enberg and a group of executives who moved forward with the idea. It has grown immensely into an ever-popular… Continue Reading

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

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