Three Pac-10 Players Named Bayer Advantage Senior Class Award Nominees

Dec. 1, 2005

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Three Pac-10 players, including UCLA's Nikki Blue and Lisa Willis and ARIZONA STATE's Kristen Kovesdy, have been named 2005-06 Bayer Advantage Senior Class Award nominees.

The award, now in its fifth year, recognizes the nation's senior player of the year for NCAA Division I men's and women's basketball. UCLA was one of six schools on the women's side to have two nominees.

Blue, a three-time All-Pac-10 honoree, earned honorable mention All-America honors by the AP and WBCA in 2004-05 after she led the Bruins to a 16-12 overall record, becoming just the second player in Bruin history to record over 1,300 points and 400 assists in her career. Blue is averaging 13.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists through five games played this season.

Willis, one-third of UCLA's triple-threat, earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors a year ago after averaging 16.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game. Off to a great start in 2005-06, Willis has scored 20 points or more in three consecutive games and has been in double-figure scoring in 22 straight contests. She was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for Nov. 22-27.

Kovesdy, a two-time Pac-10 honorable mention selection, finished her junior campaign averaging 11.2 points per game on 168-of-274 shooting, setting the ASU single-season record for field goal percentage (.613). Kovesdy has guided the Sun Devils to a 4-1 record thus far, ranking fourth in the Conference with a field goal percentage of .585 (24-of-41).

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Class Award was launched during the 2001-02 season in response to the trend of college basketball players leaving college early to turn professional.

From the list of 30 nominees for each gender, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the award in February. Those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide voting process during the NCAA Tournament in March. Fan balloting will be coupled with results from voting coaches and media to determine the male and female winner.

2005-06 WOMEN'S NOMINEES

Seimone Augustus, LSU; Nikki Blue, UCLA; Melanie Boeglin, Indiana State; Lindsay Bowen, Michigan State; Tara Booth, Xavier; Monique Currie, Duke; Sakellie Daniels, Charlotte; LaToya Davis, Texas Tech; Megan Duffy, Notre Dame; Candice Dupree, Temple; Emily Faurholt, Idaho; Kari Koch, Missouri State; Kristen Kovesdy, Arizona State; Erin Grant, Texas Tech; Tamara James, Miami; Angie Janis, Creighton; Crystal Kemp, Kansas; Cappie Pondexter, Rutgers; Liz Shimek, Michigan State; Crystal Smith, Iowa; Khara Smith, DePaul; Kim Smith, Utah; Ann Strother, Connecticut; Liad Suez-Karni, Villanova; Shona Thorburn, Utah; Barbara Turner, Connecticut; Mistie Williams, Duke; Lisa Willis, UCLA; Sophia Young, Baylor; Shanna Zolman, Tennessee.

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