OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – With the 2013-14 women’s basketball season quickly approaching, FGCU senior standout Sarah Hansen has been recognized as one of the nation’s top student-athletes. Hansen was named as one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, as announced by the national organization on Wednesday.
Sixty NCAA men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court were selected as candidates Wednesday for the 2013-14 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. The complete list of candidates follows this release.
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 platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Of the 60 candidates, 20 have grade point averages of 3.5 or higher. There are eight CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-Americans and seven returning All-Americans. In addition to the Atlantic Sun, 23 the 32 NCAA Division I basketball-playing conferences are represented.
The class of 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, with those 10 names placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four categories of community, classroom, character and competition.
The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Final Four.
Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane High School) has positively represented FGCU in each of the four categories during her time in Fort Myers.
As a chemistry major, mathematics minor and honors student, Hansen currently holds a cumulative grade point average of 3.92. The fifth-year student-athlete has received a perfect 4.0 in four semesters at FGCU and earned Dean’s list or higher distinction in every semester of her academic career.
Outside the classroom, Hansen has compiled over 120 hours of service learning experience during her time at FGCU and has dedicated her time to organizations that serve youth programs in the local Fort Myers area.
Hansen has served as the captain of the FGCU women’s basketball team for three years and as this year’s only senior strives to set a good example, on and off the court. On the court she is one of FGCU’s most decorated athletes. She currently stands as the all-time program leader with 1,439 career points and ranks among the top three in 15 career statistical categories. Hansen earned Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year and College Sports Madness Player of the Year awards after a phenomenal junior year and was selected by both polls as the Preseason Player of the Year to begin the 2013-14 campaign.
In addition to the Player of the Year awards, Hansen’s junior year ended with an abundance of local and national accolades. The awards include a Full Court Mid-Major All-American Honorable Mention, a position on the 2013 Capital one All-District-4 First-Team and her second-consecutive FGCU Most Outstanding Student-Athlete Award.
Hansen returns for her final season with the Green and Blue with an improved shot and a continued sense of leadership for the team. She will lead the Eagles as they open the season on Friday, Nov. 8 at FIU.
More information on all candidates and the award can be found by visiting seniorCLASSaward.com
2013-14 women’s basketball season tickets are selling quickly. Fans can reserve their seat(s) by visiting the Alico Arena Ticket Office, calling 239-590-7145 or logging on to FGCUAthletics.com/Tickets.
Women's Basketball Candidates
Gennifer Brandon, California
Heather Butler, Tennessee-Martin
Alyssa Charlston, Idaho
Hallie Christofferson, Iowa State
Jerica Coley, Florida International
Allyson DiMagno, Cornell
Alexis Dobbs, American
Stefanie Dolson, Connecticut
Jamierra Faulkner, Southern Mississippi
Ataira Franklin, Virginia
Chelsea Gray, Duke
Sarah Hansen, Florida Gulf Coast
Cassie Harberts, Southern California
Jordan Hooper, Nebraska
Natasha Howard, Florida State
Amanda Hyde, IPFW
Maggie Lucas, Penn State
Dequesha McClanahan, Winthrop
Sarah Nelson, Creighton
Eilise O’Connor, Missouri-Kansas City
Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford
Haley Peters, Duke
Theresa Plaisance, LSU
Michelle Plouffe, Utah
Odyssey Sims, Baylor
Alex Smith, Holy Cross
Kacie Sowell, Seattle
DeNesha Stallworth, Kentucky
Rachel Tecca, Akron
Alli Wiliams, Saint Francis