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Princeton's Edwards Selected as Finalist for the 2011-12 Lowes Senior CLASS Award

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Courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Princeton senior co-captain Lauren Edwards has been named one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. The honor recognizes student-athlete's achievements both on-and-off the court.

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. The complete list of finalists follows this release.

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.

Edwards, the most recent Princeton finalist since Meagan Cowher in 2008, has been an integral part in the Tiger's 13-4 overall, 3-0 Ivy League record and currently is averaging 10.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. The two-time All-Ivy League First Team and Academic All-Ivy League selection, reached the 1,000-point scoring milestone this fall and has been part of back-to-back Ivy League Champion teams.

The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in November. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I women's basketball head coaches' votes to determine the winner.

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.

Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Finalists
Denise Beliveau - New Hampshire
Brittany Carter - Memphis
Lauren Edwards - Princeton
Amanda Johnson - Oregon
Emilie Johnson - UC Santa Barbara
Michell Kurowski - UMBC
Natalie Novosel - Notre Dame
Nnemkadi Ogwumike - Stanford
Justine Raterman - Dayton
Brittany Rayburn - Purdue

ABOUT THE AWARD
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring. The award is sponsored by Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, and is managed by Premier Sports Management. 

ABOUT LOWE'S
With fiscal year 2010 sales of $48.8 billion, Lowe's Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE® 50 company that serves approximately 15 million customers a week at more than 1,725 home improvement stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe's is the second largest home improvement retailer in the world. Lowe's is an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA.

ABOUT THE NCAA
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletics opportunities for more than 400,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit NCAA.org and NCAA.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes.

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