Childs Named Candidate for Senior CLASS Award

Jalana Childs was named as one of the 30 candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award on Friday.

Nov. 4, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State senior forward Jalana Childs earned her first preseason national honor on Friday, as she was named a candidate for the 2011-12 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Childs is one of 30 NCAA Division I women’s basketball players selected to the candidates list, and one of just two players from the Big 12 Conference. For a complete list of candidates, please visit seniorCLASSaward.com.

Childs, an All-Big 12 second team recipient in 2010-11, finished the season as K-State’s second-leading scorer and ranked 19th in the Big 12 in the category with a career-high 12.8 points per game (411 points). The product of Orlando, Fla., finished 15th in the Big 12 in field goal percentage (.454). During the 2010-11 season, Childs surpassed her season career-highs in six statistical categories including: points (411), assists (33), steals (22) and field goals made (168) and attempted (370). Entering the 2011-12 season, Childs was named a preseason honorable mention All-Big 12 selection by the league’s coaches.

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.

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.

From the list of 30 nominees, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award midway through the regular season. Those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide voting system to media, Division I women’s coaches and fans who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four C’s of community, classroom, character and competition. For more information, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.

The Wildcats have had four finalists in the history of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, as Nicole Ohlde (2004), Kendra Wecker (2005), Shalee Lehning (2009) and Ashley Sweat (2010) were recognized by the organization. Wecker was recognized with the national award, while Ohlde, Lehning and Sweat were named to the senior All-American team.

K-State will play its final exhibition game on Tuesday, as the Wildcats host Washburn at 7 p.m. K-State opens the 2011-12 regular season on Saturday, Nov. 12 against Dartmouth. To purchase tickets, fans can contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visit kstatesports.com/tickets.