OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Senior Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team was named one of 30 candidates for the 2011-12 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, announced Friday afternoon.
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 – community, classroom, character and competition.
A senior co-captain, Beliveau has proven to an exceptional all-around player for the Wildcats throughout her career. Beliveau was named to the America East All-Conference Second Team last season after she led the team in both scoring (12.9 ppg) and rebounding (8.9 rpg). She finished the year ranking in the top 10 in rebounding (2nd), free throw percentage (5th), 3-pointers made (7th), scoring (8th) and 3-point percentage (10th) in the America East. Beliveau posted a conference-best 11 double-doubles last winter and enters the upcoming season 58 points shy of 1,000 in her career. She was also named to the America East All-Rookie Team and was named the America East Rookie of the Year as a freshman.
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 women's basketball candidate class includes one CoSIDA Academic All-American, two Associated Press All-Americans and 12 players whose teams are ranked in the Associated Press preseason top 25. Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the women's Senior CLASS Award® winner during the NCAA Women's Final Four®, which will be held April 1 and 3 in Denver.
The 30 candidates will be narrowed 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, Division I women's coaches and fans who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
Women's Basketball Candidates
LaSondra Barrett, Forward, LSU
Denise Beliveau, Forward, New Hampshire
Brogan Berry, Guard, Harvard
Cierra Bravard, Forward, Florida State
Kaitlyn Burke, Guard, Nebraska
Brittany Carter, Guard, Memphis
Jalana Childs, Forward, Kansas State
Lauren Edwards, Guard, Princeton
Adaora Elonu, Forward, Texas A&M
Briana Gilbreath, Guard, Southern California
Keisha Hampton, Forward, DePaul
Jericka Jenkins, Guard, Hampton
Amanda Johnson, Forward, Oregon
Emilie Johnson, Guard, UC Santa Barbara
Glory Johnson, Forward, Tennessee
Shenise Johnson, Guard, Miami (Florida)
Michelle Kurowski, Guard, UMBC
Kristen McCarthy, Guard, Temple
Natalie Novosel, Guard, Notre Dame
Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Forward, Stanford
Chelsea Pickering, Guard, Idaho State
Abby Plucker, Forward, North Dakota State
Justine Raterman, Forward, Dayton
Brittany Rayburn, Purdue
Monique Reid, Forward, Louisville
Ericka Russell, Guard, Alabama
Naama Shafir, Guard, Toledo
Da'Shena Stevens, Forward, St. John's (N.Y.)
Whiquitta Tobar, Guard, Alabama A&M
Corielle Yarde, Guard, Marist