NORMAN – Oklahoma women’s basketball senior center Vionise Pierre-Louis is one of 30 candidates for the 2017-18 Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced this week.
To be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must be classified as a 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 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.
Pierre-Louis leads the Sooners in scoring (14.6 points per game) and rebounding (8.3 rebounds per game) through 14 contests. The senior scored her 1,000th career point in Thursday’s win over TCU. Pierre-Louis appeared on the Lisa Leslie Watch List and was a 2017 Preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention selection earlier this year.
As a junior, Pierre-Louis was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team and won the Big 12’s Sixth Man of the Year award during her sophomore season. In the classroom, Pierre-Louis is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 selection.
The list of 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists in February, 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 Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the NCAA Women’s Final Four this spring. For more information on each of the candidates, visit here.