Lawrence Named Finalist for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Senior Among 10 National Finalists; Go Online to Vote for Sarah-Jo
Feb. 7, 2008
KANSAS CITY, MO - George Washington senior guard Sarah-Jo Lawrence has been named one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in women's basketball. The award is presented annually to an NCAA Division I senior women's basketball player who exemplifies being a total student-athlete.
Lawrence now enters Lowe's Senior CLASS Award ballot for a nationwide vote beginning Feb. 6 and concluding March 21. Fan balloting, available on the award's official website www.seniorclassaward.com, will be combined with votes from coaches, media and sponsors to determine the recipient for the award. Fans can vote daily for up to three players on the ballot.
A second team All-Atlantic 10 performer in 2007, Lawrence was named an ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District II selection for the second straight year on Feb. 7, and is in the running to become the GW women's basketball program's third national Academic All-American.
GW's leading scorer the past two seasons, Lawrence is third on the team and 15th in the Atlantic 10 with an average of 13.3 points through 22 games this season. She also ranks fourth in the league and 40th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.84) and fifth in the A-10 in assists (4.18 apg) and eighth in steals (1.73 spg). She was named A-10 Co-Player of the Week on Dec. 24, after scoring a career-high 29 points to lead GW to an upset of then-10th ranked Texas A&M on Dec. 20. Lawrence also became the 24th player in program history to score 1,000 career points in a victory over Western Kentucky on Nov. 24, and now ranks 16th all-time with 1,231 points.
The communications and sociology major has twice been named an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar, is a six-time Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll recipient and was named to the 2007 Division I-AAA Athletic Directors' Scholar-Athlete Team. Off the court and outside the classroom, Lawrence is active in a number of on-campus organizations including Athletes in Action, Student-Athlete Advisory Council and the Jackie Robinson Society. She has also participated in volunteer events such as Adopt-A-Family, March for Darfur and Walk Now! To Cure Autism.
The award - presented annually to both the men's and women's NCAA Division I Student-Athlete of the Year in eight sports - focuses on the "Four C's" of classroom, character, community and competition. Winners will be announced during the NCAA Women's Final Four, scheduled for April 6-8, in Tampa, FL. The Lowe's All-Senior All-America Team will also be recognized.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award was launched during the 2001-02 season to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who remain committed to their university and pursue the many rewards that a senior season and complete college education brings.
2008 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Finalists - Women's Basketball
Meagan Cowher, Princeton
Sarah Elliott, Kentucky
Sylvia Fowles, LSU
Carlene Hightower, La Salle
Tasha Humphrey, Georgia
Crystal Langhorne, Maryland
Sarah-Jo Lawrence, GW
Jackie McFarland, Colorado
Rebekah Parker, Evansville
Candice Wiggins, Stanford
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