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Fasnacht a Lowe's Senior CLASS Candidate
The Salem, Va., native is the only Big South Conference player among the 30 nominees and one of only two players from a Virginia university (Kyra Kaylor of William & Mary) on the list. The award, in its seventh year of existence, will be presented during the NCAA Women's Final Four weekend. Past winners include UConn's Sue Bird, Duke's Alana Beard and LSU's Seimone Augustus.
Fasnacht is averaging 5.6 points and a team-high 3.3 assists per game, and has helped the Lady Flames win seven of their first eight games. Most recently, the senior contributed 10 points, six rebounds and six assists to Liberty's 79-66 triumph over James Madison on Tuesday, which served as the Dukes' first loss of the year. Fasnacht also serves as one of Liberty's three team captains.
In May, Fasnacht graduated with a 3.89 GPA in sport management. She is currently pursuing an MBA, working toward a desired front office job for a professional baseball or basketball franchise. Fasnacht is also considering working and coaching at the collegiate level.
Fasnacht has been recognized on several occasions for her work in the classroom. Last season, she was an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District first-team selection. As a sophomore, the guard made the Big South All-Academic Team. Three times, Fasnacht has been a Big South Presidential Honor Roll member. She also helped the Lady Flames rank No. 7 nationally in team GPA this past year.
Fasnacht is the women's basketball team's representative to Liberty's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and serves as the organization's secretary of communications. As a junior, she helped organize a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
The list of 30 nominees will be pared to 10 finalists by a national media committee, in January. The 10 finalists will then be placed on a ballot for a nationwide vote during the NCAA Tournament in March. Fan voting will be combined with votes from coaches and media members to determine the 2007-08 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award recipient.
Fasnacht and the Lady Flames will play the third contest of their current four-game homestand Saturday at 1 p.m., when Binghamton visits the Vines Center.
Lowe's Senior Class Award 2007-08 Women's Candidates
Nkolika Anosike, F/C, Tennessee
Tahnee Balerio, G, Missouri State
Essence Carson, F, Rutgers
Meagan Cowher, F, Princeton
Julie DeMuth, F, Ball State
Sarah Elliott, C, Kentucky
Cara Enright, G, Army
Allyson Fasnacht, G, Liberty
Emily Florence, G, Washington
Hope Foster, F, Bucknell
Sylvia Fowles, C, LSU
A'Quonesia Franklin, G, Texas A&M
Carlene Hightower, F, La Salle
Tasha Humphrey, F, Georgia
Tyeisha Jackson, G, Houston
Kyra Kaylor, F, William & Mary
Crystal Langhorne, C/F, Maryland
Sarah Jo Lawrence, G, George Washington
Karlyle Lim, G, Pittsburgh
Samantha Mahoney, G, Kentucky
Jackie McFarland, F, Colorado
Rebekah Parker, G/F, Evansville
Lindsey Pluimer, F, UCLA
Laura Rodophi, C, Indiana State
Sydney Scott, F, Dartmouth
Andrea Sitton, F, Nevada
Sara Stutz, G/F, Northwestern
Kristi Veltkamp, F/C, Maryland Eastern Shore
Lindsey Whorton, G, Drake
Candace Wiggins, G, Stanford