K-State's Sweat Finalist for CLASS Award

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State senior forward Ashley Sweat has been named a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in an announcement by the organization on Wednesday. Sweat is now one of 10 national finalists for the honor, which marks the second straight season K-State has had a finalist for the honor.

This announcement launches a nationwide balloting process to determine the 2010 award winner. Lowe's, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, will present the winners with trophies during the weekends of the respective NCAA Men's and Women's Final Four.

The 10 finalists will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote beginning today and concluding March 22. Votes from coaches and media will be coupled with fan balloting to determine the recipient of the award. Fans can vote online during this time period at www.seniorClassaward.com. Text voting will also be available during the voting period. To vote via text, fans can text WBBALL to 74567.

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.

Sweat becomes the fourth finalist for this honor in school history, joining Nicole Ohlde (2004), Kendra Wecker (2005) and Shalee Lehning (2009). Wecker captured the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in her season of eligibility.

The 6-2 forward from McPherson, Kan., leads the Wildcats in scoring (18.1 ppg), rebounding (5.7 rpg) and free throws made (93), free throws attempted (107) and free throw percentage (.869). She also leads the Big 12 in three-point field goal percentage (.500).

During her senior campaign, Sweat has boosted her career scoring total to 1,652 to rank seventh in school history. She also ranks in the top-10 in career blocks with 66 and among the top-20 in career rebounds with 554. She is the third player in school history to record 1,500 points, 500 rebounds and 50 blocks for a career.

Kansas State is in action on Wednesday night, as the Wildcats host Baylor at 7 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum.

Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Finalists
Jayne Appel, Stanford
Amy Beggin, New Mexico
Joy Cheek, Duke
Alysha Clark, Middle Tennessee State
Tyra Grant, Penn State
Kelsey Griffin, Nebraska
Allison Hightower, LSU
Ashley Houts, Georgia
Ashley Sweat, Kansas State
Bianca Thomas, Mississippi