Kristi Little Candidate for Lowe's Award

PITTSBURGH - Duquesne University guard Kristi Little (Altoona, Pa./Altoona) has been named one of 30 candidates for the 2008-09 women's basketball Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.

The award - presented annually to an NCAA Division I student-athlete in nine sports. Based on criteria focusing on the "Four C's" of classroom, character, community and competition, the award winners will be selected by national balloting of head basketball coaches, national media and college basketball fans.

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

Little is the first-ever Duquesne women's basketball player to be nominated for the award.

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