OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Harvard senior guard Brogan Berry and Princeton senior guard Lauren Edwards were among 30 women's basketball seniors selected as candidates for the 2011-12 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, the company announced Friday. 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.
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.
Berry is a three-time All-Ivy League performer, including first-team honors as a junior. She was named Rookie of the Year after scoring 11.7 points per game as a freshman and last year she averaged 13.9 points and 4.6 assists per contest. Berry will serve as co-captain for the 2011-12 campaign. Off the court, Berry has held a position on the university's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for three years and served as the committee's community service co-chair during the 2009-10 academic year. Berry has involved herself in several community service projects centered around the Cambridge community and she is also a member of Athletes in Action.
Edwards has been a starter for the Tigers since Day 1, and she has led Princeton to a 50-8 overall record, 27-1 in the Ivy League, the last two years, both of which saw Princeton win the Ivy title and reach the NCAA tournament. She is a two-time first-team All-Ivy player and Academic All-Ivy selection honoree. Edwards will graduate with a degree in economics with a certificate in political economy. She spent the summer before her junior year in Cambodia where she taught English in the Kampong Tralach Village. She also helped to build a self-sustainability English/hospitality school.
The 2011-12 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.