Nov. 4, 2011
OVERLAND, Kan. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State senior center Cierra Bravard captured another preseason honor on Friday, as she was selected as one of 30 candidates for the 2011-12 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
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.
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.
Bravard has also been named to the Wade Award and Wooden Award Watch Lists and captured Sporting News Preseason All-America First Team and Preseason All-ACC First Team honors.
The 6-4 post from Sandusky, Ohio, led the Noles to a 24-8 record in 2010-11 and a seventh straight NCAA Tournament appearance. She paced FSU in scoring (15.0 ppg) and rebounding (7.8 rpg) a year ago en route to honorable mention State Farm All-America and First Team All-ACC accolades.
She is one of three returning starters for Florida State, who opened the season ranked No. 13 in the preseason USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ Poll and No. 14 in the AP poll.
FSU kicks off the season with a “Fan Day” exhibition contest against Florida Southern on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Fla. Admission is free and players and coaches will sign autographs after the game.
The Lowe’s candidate class includes one CoSIDA Academic All-American, two Associated Press All-Americans and 12 players whose teams are ranked in the Associated Press preseason top 25.
The women’s award winner will be announced during the NCAA Women’s Final Four®, which will be held April 1 and 3 in Denver.
The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists in midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, Division I men’s and women’s coaches and fans who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
Women’s Basketball Candidates
LaSondra Barrett, Forward, LSU
Denise Beliveau, Forward, New Hampshire
Brogan Berry, Guard, Harvard
Cierra Bravard, Forward, Florida State
Kaitlyn Burke, Guard, Nebraska
Brittany Carter, Guard, Memphis
Jalana Childs, Forward, Kansas State
Lauren Edwards, Guard, Princeton
Adaora Elonu, Forward, Texas A&M
Briana Gilbreath, Guard, Southern California
Keisha Hampton, Forward, DePaul
Jericka Jenkins, Guard, Hampton
Amanda Johnson, Forward, Oregon
Emilie Johnson, Guard, UC Santa Barbara
Glory Johnson, Forward, Tennessee
Shenise Johnson, Guard, Miami (Florida)
Michelle Kurowski, Guard, UMBC
Kristen McCarthy, Guard, Temple
Natalie Novosel, Guard, Notre Dame
Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Forward, Stanford
Chelsea Pickering, Guard, Idaho State
Abby Plucker, Forward, North Dakota State
Justine Raterman, Forward, Dayton
Brittany Rayburn, Purdue
Monique Reid, Forward, Louisville
Ericka Russell, Guard, Alabama
Naama Shafir, Guard, Toledo
Da’Shena Stevens, Forward, St. John’s (N.Y.)
Whiquitta Tobar, Guard, Alabama A&M
Corielle Yarde, Guard, Marist