Stanford's Jayne Appel Among 10 Finalists For Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Feb. 3, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - Senior center Jayne Appel was named as a finalist for yet another postseason award Wednesday as she was tabbed among the 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in Division I Women's Basketball. Fan voting for the award begins today, Feb. 3, and runs through March 22, and will be combined with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.
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 communities. The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 women's candidates who were announced in October.
Nationwide balloting begins immediately to determine the winner. Lowe's an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award winner during the 2010 Women's Final Four in early April. Fans can vote by visiting http://www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/womens_basketball_2009.
Appel, a 2009 State Farm Coaches' All-America selection, has continued to be a focal point of second-ranked Stanford's success both on and off the court in 2009-10. Through the season's first 20 games, Appel is averaging 12.6 points per game and shooting 50.8 percent from the field while grabbing 9.3 rebounds per game, passing out 2.95 assists and blocking 1.80 shots per game. Despite facing heavy double-teams and plenty of attention from opponents on the offensive end, Appel has continued to be a catalyst for the Cardinal offense with her scoring as well as with her passing, which has provided the opportunity for forwards Nnemkadi Ogwumike (19.3 ppg, 64.7 FG pct.) and Kayla Pedersen (17.7 ppg, 40.0 3-pt. FG pct.) to have career years.
Already this season, Appel has been named to the State Farm Wade Watch List for the Wade Trophy Player of the Year, as well as to the midseason watch list for the John R. Wooden Award.
Appel will be attempting to become Stanford's second recipient of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, following Candice Wiggins claiming the award in 2008.
Stanford, ranked second in the nation and with a 19-1 overall record, is currently in first place in the Pac-10 with a 9-0 conference mark. The Cardinal will host second-place UCLA (14-6, 7-2 Pac-10) and USC (13-7, 7-2 Pac-10) this weekend at Maples Pavilion.
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