Today UConn All-American Sr. C Stefanie Dolson was selected as the 2013-14 Senior CLASS Award winner in NCAA Division I women's basketball. The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I women's basketball coaches, national basketball media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I women's basketball. 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 - classroom, community, 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 platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Dolson is majoring in communication science and plans to graduate in May. She has been named to the Director of Athletics Honor Roll four times. Over her college career, Dolson and her team have visited the Connecticut Children's Hospital and participated in the Walk for Autism. She played a key role in helping raise more than $30,000 for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. She is fourth in Connecticut history in field goal percentage and blocked shots. She is one of only five players in Connecticut history to reach 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. She is one of only three Huskies all-time to register a triple-double. With a start on Sunday in the Final Four against Stanford, Dolson would break Stanford's Kayla Pedersen's NCAA DI record for career starts (150). Currently, they are tied at 150. Dolson has started 150 of a possible 152 games in which she has played in during her four year UConn career. She has only not played in ONE game (food poisoning) during her Husky tenure.
"I'm extremely honored and I know my family will be so proud and excited," Dolson said. "This award is special because it recognizes more than just basketball and celebrates what student-athletes also do in the classroom and in the community. I take a lot of pride in being a leader on this team, so I'm very happy to be recognized."
"I don't think there is a better representative of what a student-athlete and person should be than Stefanie," UConn Head Coach Geno Auriemma said. "I've coached at UConn for many years and have coached great players and people. But over the last four years, Stefanie has been as good a teammate, player and representative of the university as anyone could ever hope someone could be. I'm sure there are other people as deserving of this