Betz-White Named One Of 30 Senior CLASS Award Candidates
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -
Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball senior Bri Betz-White has been selected as one of 30 candidates nationally for the 2017-18 Senior CLASS Award. The award honors men’s and women’s collegiate basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court.
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 athletes 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.
Betz-White, the lone representative of the Patriot League on the women’s side, will go down as one of the all-time greats at Loyola. Entering her senior season, she had played in all 93 games throughout her career and was one of just six players in program history to reach 1,000 points before entering their final year. A Patriot League All-Rookie Team selection in 2014 and a Patriot League All-Tournament Team honoree in 2015, Betz-White also earned All-Patriot League First Team accolades a year ago after ranking fourth in the Patriot League in scoring, with 15.0 points per game.
A two-time Preseason All-Patriot League Team selection, Betz-White entered this season as the League’s top point guard, but has only played in five games due to injury.
Among the 60 candidates, 30 male and 30 female, all are in excellent academic standing with 14 having grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher. Eight of this year’s candidates were 2016-17 CoSIDA Capital One Academic Al-Americans and seen returned to the court this season after receiving All-America honors for their performances a year ago. Each of the candidates volunteers their time with charitable organizations and causes while upholding a reputation for positive character on campus and in the community.
Each of the 30 candidate classes will be narrowed down to fields of 10 finalists in February, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select on male and one female candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four and NCAA Women’s Final four this spring.