OVERLAND PARK, Kan.- In the midst of her finest season in a UConn uniform, senior center Kiah Stokes (Marion, Iowa) was selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2014-15 Senior Class Award in women’s basketball, as announced on Thursday.
To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be classified as NCAA Division I seniors and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
Three former Husky greats, Sue Bird in 2002 and Maya Moore in 2011, and Stefanie Dolson in 2014, have been honored as the Senior CLASS Award winner.
A 2013-14 American Athletic Conference Second Team member, Stokes has enjoyed a stellar senior campaign, ranking third in the nation in blocks per game (4.5). On the offensive end of the court, she is one of seven Huskies shooting over 50.0 percent from the field (53.2) and averages a team-best 7.5 rebounds in 19.8 minutes per game. On Jan. 28, Stokes recorded UConn’s fourth-ever triple-double, notching 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks in the Huskies’ 87-32 victory over East Carolina.
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 athletic platforms to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
The finalists were chosen by national media from the list of 30 men’s candidates and 30 women’s candidates announced in October. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner, and fans are encouraged to submit votes online at the Senior CLASS Award website through March 23. Fan votes will be combined with those of the media and Division I head coaches to determine the winners. The Senior CLASS Award recipients will be announced during the 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four® and NCAA Women’s Final Four®.
For more information on each of the finalists, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
Women’s Basketball Finalists
Sunejiro Agbuke, Baylor
Samantha Logic, Iowa
Nneka Enemkpali, Texas
Amber Orrange, Stanford
Isabelle Harrison, Tennessee
Megan Rogowski, DePaul
Alexa Hayward, Saint Francis
Kiah Stokes, Connecticut
Jamie Kaplan, Tulane
Elizabeth Williams, Duke