Women's Basketball Columns

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

Debbie Antonelli

Erin Anthony set to put her education to good use after graduating from Army

by Debbie Antonelli January 03, 2011 in Women's Basketball

Senior center Erin Anthony is a CoSIDA Academic All-American at Army.  She carries the dual title of captain of the basketball team and cadet-level captain at West Point.  The two-time Patriot League Scholar Athlete of the Year grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania – famous for its steel and concrete industry.  “Concrete” describes Erin at the core of her value system and her rebounding efforts in the lane are as strong as “steel.”  Of the seven Army values, she lists selfless service… Continue Reading

Ken Davis

Butler, Griffin find homes away from home during standout basketball careers

by Ken Davis April 05, 2010 in Women's Basketball, Women's Basketball

Da’Sean Butler left his home in New Jersey to become a West Virginia Mountaineer. Kelsey Griffin journeyed far from Alaska when she decided to attend Nebraska. They both found perfect locations to excel as basketball players and to continue their educations, but they really found much more than that. Griffin and Butler found new places to call home. Put together all the pieces and it’s easy to understand why Butler and Griffin were voted the men’s and women’s basketball winners of the… Continue Reading

Debbie Antonelli

Nebraska’s Kelsey Griffin making a statement on and off the court

by Debbie Antonelli February 01, 2010 in Women's Basketball

Kelsey Griffin’s versatility on the basketball floor defies a position.  The 6-2 senior for the University of Nebraska just plays. . . all facets of the game.  Kelsey’s an All-American candidate for the top-10 ranked Huskers, which has emerged as one of the best teams and best stories in all of college basketball this season.  Kelsey is a “sure thing,” playing the game she loves and a “can’t miss” when it comes to the future. It’s hard to predict championship and leadership… Continue Reading

Mel Greenberg

Balancing the 4 C’s

by Mel Greenberg March 10, 2009 in Women's Basketball

When the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award was created in the 2001-02 season, it was more suited for collegiate men’s basketball than women’s basketball. Male players were leaving schools at a growing rate to pursue their NBA dream and the envisioned windfall of dollars that come with signing pro contracts. The women, on the other hand, had no reason to depart before receiving their diplomas.  In fact, it was the diplomas themselves that were their real pro contracts despite the rise of the… Continue Reading

Stacey Dales

The Extraordinary Senior Leader

by Stacey Dales February 13, 2009 in Women's Basketball

Four years later.  For some, like it was for me, five and feeling ancient, even though at times, still just a baby.  You’re a senior in college, and a great one at that.  Why are you great?  You’re great because you’ve got that special something.  You’ve become the one that others looks up to when they need guidance, and the one they look down on when things don’t go as planned.  You’ve earned that responsibility.  Get used to it—you should have by now.  You, are a senior in… Continue Reading

Mechelle Voepel


by Mechelle Voepel January 17, 2009 in Women's Basketball

There’s a difference between just being a senior and actually acting like one. Part of the role of a truly successful senior is understanding that things you do can impact your program even after you’re gone. That’s a less talked about but important element of leadership – what you do today may affect someone tomorrow.  A good example is 2007 Senior CLASS Award finalist Katie Gearlds of Purdue’s women’s basketball program. In her final season with the Boilermakers, Gearlds had the… Continue Reading

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