LSU's Barrett on LOWE's senior list

Lady Tigers' star is recognized for her efforts on and off court.

LSU women's basketball senior forward LaSondra Barrett is one of 30 players from across the nation selected Friday as candidates for the 2011-12 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which recognizes excellence on both the court and in the classroom.

A native of Jackson, Miss., is one of three SEC student-athletes on the list, joining Alabama's Erica Russell and Tennessee's Glory Johnson. Barrett is also a candidate for the State Farm Wade Trophy and the John Wooden Award, both which are presented to college basketball's national player of the year at the end of the season.

To be eligible for the Lowe's Senior CLASS 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 Lowe's 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.

The women's award winner will be announced during the NCAA Women's Final Four, April 1-3 in Denver. The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists in both midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot.

Barrett has been not only been a leader on the court but in the classroom and community as well during her entire LSU career. A three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient, she has maintained a 3.4 grade point average.

Barrett heads into her senior season as the 23rd all-time leading scorer in LSU history with 1,118 points, and she is one of 17 players in school history with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. For her career, Barrett has averaged 12.2 points and 6.2 boards. She will lead an LSU squad this season that is ranked 21st and 22nd, respectively in the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches' polls.

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