Nov. 3, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma's Danielle Robinson was selected Wednesday as one of 30 candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in women's basketball.
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.
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.
Robinson, a sociology senior who carries a 3.5 GPA, was a State Farm Coaches' All-American last season and member of the NCAA Women's Final Four All-Tournament Team. A captain this year, Robinson has been a fixture in the local community, serving with her teammates at East Main Place, a non-profit transitional housing program for homeless and individuals barely surviving in the Norman community. Among many other services, Robinson also has an adopted elementary school class where she serves as a role model and visits at least once weekly.
The 2011 women's candidate class includes five players who were CoSIDA Academic All-Americans last year, 22 student-athletes with grade point averages of 3.0 or better, four players who participated in the 2010 Women's Final Four and 15 players on the preseason watch list for the John R. Wooden Award.
The candidate class will be narrowed 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 finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
The women's basketball Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced at the NCAA Women's Final Four® in Indianapolis.
Oklahoma's Courtney Paris was the award's recipient in 2009.
The Sooner women's basketball team begins its season Thursday, Nov. 4, with an exhibition game against Oklahoma Christian. Tip-off at the Lloyd Noble Center is 7 p.m.
Tickets are available for purchase online at SoonerSports.com or by calling 1-800-456-GoOU.