Three Pac-10 Players Named Lowe's Senior Class Women's Basketball Candidates
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Three Pac-10 women's basketball players were named women's basketball candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, it was announced Wednesday. ARIZONA senior forward Ify Ibekwe, and STANFORD's senior forward Kayla Pedersen and senior guard Jeanette Pohlen represent the Conference on the candidate list.
Arizona forward Ify Ibekwe (Carson, Calif.) is on pace to graduate with an undergraduate degree in psychology in May 2011. On the court, Ibekwe is a two-time All-Pac-10 and Pac-10 All-Defensive Team honoree. Last season, she set the Wildcats' single-season rebounding record with 352 grabs, entering the 2010-11 season with a career rebounding record of 10.5, tops in Arizona history. Off the court, Ibekwe participates in community service work, including weekly trips to the Tucson Boys and Girls Club and visits Tucson's University Medical Center. This season, Ibekwe and her teammates have "adopted" a young girl named Makayla, who is battling brain cancer. Makayla will be invited to events and games, and has her own team gear and locker in the Wildcat locker room.
Stanford senior forward Kayla Pedersen (Fountain Hills, Ariz.) is serving her third season as team captain for the Cardinal as they look to make a fourth-consecutive run to the NCAA Final Four. Last season, Pedersen was named to All-Pac-10 for the third time and the NCAA All-Final Four team. Pedersen has made an impact for Stanford since her freshman season, when she was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and could become the first player in school history to start every game in her career. Pedersen is on pace to become just the fourth player in Cardinal history to record 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. Off the court, the psychology and communications major has spent time at the Ronald McDonald House and has helped lead basketball clinics for young girls through the Bay Area Women's Initiative.
Cardinal guard Jeanette Pohlen (Brea, Calif), a 2010 All-Pac-10 selection, is currently 10th on the all-time Stanford three-point list with 172 made. She is also on pace to crack the top-10 all-time assists list this season, as she currently sits at 389. A communications major, Pohlen has made visits to local schools to talk to students about the importance of education, exercise, nutrition and self-esteem. Through the Adopt-a-Family program, she and her teammates have provided gifts, decorations and other items to families in need.
The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award is given to student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. 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. The 30 candidate class for women's basketball will be narrowed down to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The winner will be announced by Lowe's at the 2011 NCAA Women's Final Four in Indianapolis, Ind.
To see the full list of candidates, visit http://www.seniorclassaward.com/