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Feb. 17, 2003

Ohio State women’s basketball player Courtney Coleman was named one of the 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award by a national committee of sportswriters and sportscasters today. The Senior CLASS Award – an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School – is given to the outstanding male and female senior NCAA Division I basketball player annually and originated from the award’s Honorary Chairman, CBS sportscaster Dick Enberg.

Coleman has led the country all season in the category of field-goal percentage and as of the NCAA’s last rankings, Coleman’s shooting mark also placed her above all Division I men. The senior forward is currently the best shooter in Ohio State history with a .609 (558-918) career percentage from the field. Coleman’s 1,442 points ranks 11th in Buckeye history and her 710 rebounds places her seventh among Ohio State leaders. Additionally, Coleman is tied for sixth place with 326 free throws made and ranks 10th with 558 field goals drained. Coleman is averaging 14.7 points per game this season and 6.3 boards, which leads her team. Ohio State is 17-7 overall, 8-5 in the Big Ten and a perfect 12-0 at home for the first time since the 1992-93 season, when the team acquired a perfect 16-0 home mark.

The selection of the award will be based on a total of three ballots, coming from a national media committee, Division I college basketball coaches and nationwide fan voting via the award’s official web site, www.seniorclassaward.com. The winner will be announced by the Kansas City Club during the 2003 NCAA Final Four.

Last year, the recipients of the inaugural Senior CLASS award were Juan Dixon of Maryland and Sue Bird of Connecticut, who both led their respective teams to the national championship. Duke’s Shane Battier, who inspired the creation of the award, received an Honorary Senior CLASS Award last year.