Florence Named Candidate For Lowe's Senior CLASS Award

Dec. 5, 2007

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Washington point guard Emily Florence has been named one of 30 candidates for the 2007-08 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for women's basketball.

The award is presented annually to the NCAA Division I student-athlete of the year in eight sports and focuses on the 'Four C's' of classroom, character, community and competition. Lowe's will award both the men's and women's basketball winners with trophies during their respective NCAA Final Four weekends.

Florence, a Husky co-captain, is Washington's leader both on and off the court. The 5-5 point guard has started the last 90-straight games dating back to her freshman year and is known for her non-stop hustle and tenacious play on both ends of the floor. Florence has helped lead the Huskies to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances the last two years, while being tabbed the squad's top defensive player the last three-straight seasons.

As a junior, she led the Pac-10 in steals and was second in assist-turnover ratio, while leading the Huskies in assists (3.9 apg) and steals (2.2 spg), and shared team-high honors in rebounding (5.2 rpg). This year as a senior, Florence leads Washington in rebounding (7.1 rpg) and assists (2.1 apg), and is tied for second in steals (1.4 spg).

Florence has also excelled in the classroom, twice earning Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention honors. She has a 3.41 cumulative grade point average and is majoring in communications.

Florence is one of three Pac-10 players to earn a spot on the list including UCLA forward Lindsey Pluimer and Stanford guard Candice Wiggins.

From the list of 30 nominees for each gender, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in January 2008. Those 10 names will be place on the official ballot for a nationwide vote during the NCAA Tournament in March. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the winners.

Previous winners of the women's award include Sue Bird (Connecticut, 2002), LaToya Thomas (Mississippi State, 2003), Alana Beard (Duke, 2004), Kendra Wecker (Kansas State, 2005), Seimone Augustus (LSU, 2006) and Alison Bales (Duke, 2007).

This year marks the second-straight year a Husky women's basketball player has been selected as a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, as Cameo Hicks was selected as a candidate for the 2006-07 honor.

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