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.
In 2007-08, Kristi Little became the first-ever Duquesne women's basketball student-athlete to be named Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year. Additionally, she was named to the A-10's All-Defensive team and Third Team All-Conference. Little finished the 2007-08 season as the Atlantic 10's fourth leading scorer as well as being first in steals and second in assists. The two-year captain led the Dukes to their second-best turnaround in program history last season by improving by 6.5 games. Little also set a school record last season by making 156 foul shots.
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 each of the two lists of 30 nominees, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in February 2009. Those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote. In addition to voting by Division I head basketball coaches and national media, college basketball fans will also be able to submit ballots by text voting or online at www.seniorclassaward.com.
Little is the first-ever Duquesne women's basketball player to be nominated for the award.