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DURHAM, N.C. – The “Splash Sister” dynamic duo of Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell of the Duke women’s basketball team were named finalists for the 2017-18 Senior CLASS Award Thursday. To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be classified as NCAA Division I seniors and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
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 athletic platforms to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Along with the Duke duo, others selected finalists include Ariel Atkins (Texas), Tyra Buss (Indiana), Emily Clemens (Western Illinois), Delaney Hodgins (Eastern Washington), Kaylee Jensen (Oklahoma State), Jackie Kemph (Saint Louis), Victoria Vivians (Mississippi State) and Gabby Williams (UConn).
A native of Suwanee, Ga., Brown currently leads the ACC in both points (20.4) and steals (3.6), while also averaging 4.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists. The 5-9 guard is one of the best all-around players in NCAA Division I and is the only player in NCAA power five conferences averaging 20.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 steals and hitting over 40.0 percent from three-point land. Her streak of 24 straight games with a three-pointer currently ranks third among power five conferences. Brown was a 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America and ACC Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
A two-time All-ACC selection, Greenwell is Duke’s all-time leader in three-point field goals with 274, while ranking sixth on the ACC all-time charts. Greenwell has averaged 12.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.5 assists on the season. The 6-1 guard has drained 46 three-pointers on the season for a 45.1 percentage, which ranks second in the ACC and 15th nationally. Greenwell is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District and three-time All-ACC Academic Team honoree.
The finalists were chosen by national media from the list of 30 women’s candidates announced in January.
Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner, and fans are encouraged to submit votes online at the Senior CLASS Award website through March 19. Fan votes will be combined with those of the media and Division I head coaches to determine the winners.
Duke has featured two winners of the Senior CLASS Award with Alison Bales (2007) and Alana Beard (2004) earning honors. The Blue Devil duo became the ninth and 10th finalists over the last 15 years.
The Senior CLASS Award recipient will be announced during the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four®. For more information on each of the finalists, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.