Quinn Nominated For Lowe's Senior CLASS Award

Jan. 18, 2007

UCLA senior guard Noelle Quinn is amongst 30 seniors nominated for the 2006-07 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. The award is presented annually to an NCAA Division I male and female senior basketball player who excel both on and off the court.

Quinn is recognized as one of the top players in the nation. Last season, she earned honorable mention All-America honors from AP and Kodak/WBCA. This season, she has been named to the pre-season Wade Watch, Naismith Award and Wooden Award watch lists and was selected one of Street & Smith's 'Terrific 10'. Quinn currently ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in scoring with an average of 16.5 points per game and second in assists with a 6.2 average. She also ranks ninth in the nation in assists per game. Quinn became just the fifth UCLA woman ever to score 1,600 points and grab 700 rebounds in her career. She has career numbers of 1,609 points, 711 rebounds and 389 assists to rank in UCLA's Top 10 in all three categories.

Quinn's accomplishments aren't limited to the court. The Bruin team co-captain is also a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic honoree and was a first-team CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District selection last year with a 3.26 GPA in Sociology.

'The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award is an award tailor-made for Noelle Quinn,' said UCLA head coach Kathy Olivier. 'Obviously her basketball speaks for itself, but her non-basketball qualities are just as good as her basketball qualities. She's a great mentor, teammate, player and role model. She's active in church and in the community, she's a great piano player, and she's a quality student who has been on the honor roll several quarters at one of the top universities in the country. Noelle takes a lot of pride in the person that she is, and she has been a dream for me to coach for four years.'

'Her signature move may be her turn-around jumper or her no-look assists, but when you think of Noelle Quinn, her real signature is her smile,' Olivier continued. 'She likes to share her joy, excitement and enthusiasm of the game with her teammates and the fans. She's highly competitive, but she always competes with class.'

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award was launched during the 2001-02 season to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who remain committed to their university and pursue the many rewards that a senior season can bring.

Sponsored by Lowe's, the award has already reached its sixth year. Finalists will be selected based on personal qualities that define a complete student athlete. These areas of excellence are identified under the categories of classroom, character and community, as well as the candidate's performance and team loyalty on the court.

The greater emphasis on the off-court achievements of the candidate reflects Lowe's commitment to helping young people build successful careers and encouraging students to use their skills to make an impact in life.

2006-07 Women's Nominees
Alison Bales, Duke; Amanda Brown, Penn State; Cori Chambers, Georgia; Jazz Covington, Louisville; Jessica Davenport, Ohio State; Dee Davis, Vanderbilt; Jessica Dickson, South Florida; Shay Doron, Maryland; Katie Gearlds, Purdue; Lindsey Harding, Duke; Kiera Hardy, Nebraska; Cameo Hicks, Washington; Kate Hobbs, Navy; Tiffany Jackson, Texas; Melanie Johnson, South Carolina; Tara King, Northern Iowa; Ivory Latta, North Carolina; Camille Little, North Carolina; Ali Mann, Bowling Green; Lyndsey Medders, Iowa State; Katie Montgomery, New Mexico; Carrie Moore, Western Michigan; Navonda Moore, Alabama; Lizanne Murphy, Hofstra; Shay Murphy, USC; Sarah Pfeifer, Arkansas; Armintie Price, Missouri; Noelle Quinn, UCLA; Jillian Roberts, Tulsa; Carla Thomas, Vanderbilt.

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