Lindsey Pluimer Nominated For Lowe's Senior CLASS Award

Dec. 7, 2007

UCLA senior forward Lindsey Pluimer is amongst 30 seniors nominated for the 2007-08 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for women's basketball. The award is presented annually in eight NCAA Division I sports to a senior student-athlete who excels both on and off the court. While the on-the-court performance during their collegiate basketball careers is a factor in determining candidates and the eventual winner, their personal character and off-the-field achievements in the classroom and community are major areas of focus.

Pluimer, who hails from San Clemente, CA, is the epitome of a true student-athlete - an all-conference performer who has started every game of her collegiate career, a two-time co-captain and a two-time first-team Pac-10 All-Academic and CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine All-District honoree. In her career, she has averaged 12.4 points and 6.0 rebounds while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of over 3.7 in Communication Studies, which is one of the most difficult majors to be accepted into at UCLA. After next week's finals, she will have already fulfilled the requirements needed to graduate after just three years and one quarter.

'Lindsey is well-deserving of an honor like this,' said UCLA head coach Kathy Olivier. 'She is someone who takes so much pride in being a great basketball player and an excellent student. She is a mentor to her teammates, a team captain and she does not underestimate her academics while accomplishing her basketball goals. Lindsey is all about balance, and she excels in every area of her life.'

CLASSROOM: Pluimer's academic achievements are numerous. She has been on the Dean's List and Director's Honor Roll every quarter and will graduate at least Cum Laude in March of 2008. With a current grade point average of 3.706, she is one of the top student-athletes on campus and was named to the 2007 and 2006 All-Pac-10 first team, the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District second team in 2007 and third team in 2006, and the 2007 UCLA Athletics All-Academic Team. She is also a two-time winner of her team's Academic Award.

CHARACTER: Ever since her freshman season, Pluimer has been a positive role model for her teammates. Unfailingly disciplined and prepared for everything, whether it be schoolwork or basketball, she lives up to the high standards she sets for herself. Education is one of her main priorities, and she is working towards graduate school and becoming a college professor in Communication Studies or Women's Studies. Pluimer is the only senior on a team with 10 underclassmen, including six freshmen. Now in her second year as team co-captain, Pluimer has actively embraced a leadership role for a very young and impressionable team and has provided a great example for her younger teammates both on and off the court. As good a player as she is, Pluimer is always working hard to improve her game, and is known for being the first one in the gym shooting baskets before practice, shoot-around and games.

COMMUNITY: Pluimer has volunteered her time to many basketball clinics and camps, participating in, among others, the charity event Hoop Love 2K, a basketball camp uniting the communities of Long Beach, Torrance, Carson and Los Angeles; the Pac-10 Tournament girls basketball clinic for two years; the Lisa Willis basketball camp; and the UCLA basketball camp. She has volunteered for Marathon Kids and AIDS Project Los Angeles and donated to Out of the Closet, which helps raise funds for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. She also aided in relief efforts with donations for canned food drives and clothing drives. For four years, she has volunteered for the I'm Going To College program, a collegiate community outreach effort by the UCLA Athletic Department. She has also participated in the Adopt-A-Classroom program and went above and beyond the usual duties of writing letters to a classroom by going to the school and speaking to the students. In addition, she and her team formulated a community service project promoting and encouraging physical fitness at a local elementary school this fall.

COMPETITION: Pluimer is UCLA's leading scorer and rebounder after seven games in 2007-08, averaging 15.4 points and 8.1 rebounds. She currently ranks in the Top 6 in both categories in the Pac-10. Pluimer is the top returning scorer for UCLA after averaging 15.5 points and 5.7 rebounds in 2007. Last season, she earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors after ranking in the Top 10 in the conference in six statistical categories: 9th in scoring (15.5), 5th in free throw percentage (.817), 9th in offensive rebounds (2.44), 10th in field goal percentage (.488), 10th in blocked shots (0.84) and 6th in minutes played (35.8). She had five 20-point games and scored in double digits in 29 of the 32 games and had two double-doubles on the year. Last year, she became the 23rd UCLA player ever to record 1,000 career points and the 16th to total 500 career rebounds. As a sophomore, she had 20 double-digit scoring games and tied for fourth in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.795) and was eighth in field goal percentage (.485). In her rookie campaign, she was selected to the Pac-10 All-Freshman first team and scored in double figures in 14 games, including 10 in conference play. She has started every game of her UCLA career, 99 consecutive heading into Saturday's game against San Diego.

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 placed 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 male and female recipients.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASSAward honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: classroom, community, 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 that a senior season can bring. Now in its seventh year for basketball, the award has developed into the nation's premier tribute for college seniors.

2007--08 Women's Basketball Senior CLASS Award Nominees
Nkolika Anosike, F/C, Tennessee
Tahnee Balerio, G, Missouri State
Essence Carson, F, Rutgers
Meagan Cowher, F, Princeton
Julie DeMuth, F, Ball State
Sarah Elliott, C, Kentucky
Cara Enright, G, United States Military Academy
Allyson Fasnacht, G, Liberty
Emily Florence, G, Washington
Hope Foster, F, Bucknell
Sylvia Fowles, C, Louisiana State
A'Quonesia Franklin, G, Texas A&M
Carlene Hightower, F, La Salle
Tasha Humphrey, F, Georgia
Tyeisha Jackson, G, Houston
Kyra Kaylor, F, William & Mary
Crystal Langhorne, C/F, Maryland
Sarah Jo Lawrence, G, George Washington
Karlyle Lim, G, Pittsburgh
Samantha Mahoney, G, Kentucky
Jackie McFarland, F, Colorado
Rebekah Parker, G/F, Evansville
Lindsey Pluimer, F UCLA
Laura Rodophi, C, Indiana State
Sydney Scott, F, Dartmouth
Andrea Sitton, F, Nevada
Sara Stutz, G/F, Northwestern
Kristi Veltkamp, F/C, Maryland Eastern Shore
Lindsey Whorton, G, Drake
Candice Wiggins, G, Stanford

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