Johnson, Ogwumike Named Lowe's Finalists

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - OREGON forward Amanda Johnson and STANFORD forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike have been named finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in women's basketball, the award committee announced Wednesday. The two Pac-12 players have been recognized for their achievements both on and off the court.

Johnson was averaging 20.1 points and 10.7 rebounds in the Ducks' first nine games of the season before being sidelined with a thumb fracture. Johnson was named to the 2011 Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America first team last year, becoming only the second player in program history and first since 1990 to earn first team honors. She is currently earning a master's degree in Counseling Psychology and Human Services with a 4.16 GPA after graduating summa cum laude with a double major in psychology and sociology after her sophomore year in 2010. Johnson is actively involved O Heroes, the athletic department's student-run service organization. She is also practicing clinical work at a local Eugene non-profit.

Ogwumike leads the Pac-12 and ranks in the top ten nationally with 22.9 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. She became the fourth Stanford player to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds on January 7. Ogwumike has already put together one of the most decorated resumes in Stanford history. She is Stanford's seventh multiple-time WBCA Coaches' All-American, earning her second selection to the All-America team in 2011. Ogwumike was also named to the AP All-America second team in 2010 and 2011. A psychology major with a 3.12 GPA, Ogwumike is on pace to graduate in June. She and her teammates have worked with numerous community organizations, including Operation Christmas Child, St. Anthony's Church and the Ronald McDonald House.

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 commu-nities.

The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 60 candidates announced in November. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on either the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award website or the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through March 18. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner.

Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the women's Senior CLASS Award winner during the NCAA Women's Final Four, which will be held April 1 and 3 in Denver.

For more information, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.

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