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Whitney Hand announced as Senior CLASS candidate

by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: November 1, 2012
Oklahoma Sooners' Whitney Hand (25) points to a teammate after an assist as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) play the St. John's Red Storm in the second round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship Tournament at the Lloyd Noble Center on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma Sooners' Whitney Hand (25) points to a teammate after an assist as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) play the St. John's Red Storm in the second round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship Tournament at the Lloyd Noble Center on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma senior Whitney Hand is one of 30 women’s basketball candidates for the Senior CLASS award.

Per the release, CLASS is “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.

“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.”

Hand is one of seven returners to this year’s women’s basketball. She is a fifth-year senior from Fort Worth, Texas who is in her fourth straight year as a co-captain.

Hand was named as an All-Big 12 Tournament Team and All-Big 12 First Team member last season. She also earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.

Former Sooner Courtney Paris won the award in 2009 and Danielle Robison was one of the five finalists in 2011.

The women’s Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Women’s Final Four in New Orleans, April 7 and 9.

Women’s Candidates
Kayla Alexander, Syracuse
Anne Marie Armstrong, Georgia
Alex Bentley, Penn State
Brittany Chambers, Kansas State
Layshia Clarendon, California
Tiffany Clarke, Vanderbilt
Elena Delle Donne, Delaware
Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame
Caroline Durbin, New Mexico
Shante Evans, Hofstra
Jennifer George, Florida
Angel Goodrich, Kansas
Lily Grenci, Siena
Brittney Griner, Baylor
Whitney Hand, Oklahoma
Tayler Hill, Ohio State
Jacqui Kalin, Northern Iowa
Marissa Kastanek, North Carolina State
Kevi Luper, Oral Roberts
Anna Martin, DePaul
A’dia Mathies, Kentucky
Victoria McGowan, Stetson
Drey Mingo, Purdue
Ta’Kenya Nixon, Eastern Illinois
Kaela Oakes, Idaho State
Chelsea Poppens, Iowa State
Jaime Printy, Iowa
Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown
Rachel Semansky, Montana State
Naama Shafir, Toledo

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by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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