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November 4, 2011

Harvard's Berry, Princeton's Edwards Selected as 2011-12 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Candidates

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.

Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the men's Senior CLASS Award® winner during the 2012 NCAA Men's Final Four®, which will be held March 31 and April 2 in New Orleans. The women's award winner will be announced during the NCAA Women's Final Four®, which will be held April 1 and 3 in Denver.
The 60 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists in both men's and women's basketball 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 men's and 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 www.seniorCLASSaward.com.