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October 31, 2013

Coley Honored

Jerica Coley Named Candidate for 2013-14 Senior CLASS Award

Senior Jerica Coley has been recognized as one of 60 men's and women's basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court were selected as candidates today for the 2013-14 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate 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 - 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 platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Of the 60 candidates, 20 have grade point averages of 3.5 or higher. There are eight CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-Americans® and seven returning All-Americans. Twenty-four of the 32 NCAA Division I basketball-playing conferences are represented as well.

The 5-foot-8 guard is the 2013-14 Conference USA Preseason Player of the Year, a John R. Wooden Award Watch List and "Wade Watch" List honoree.

Coley, who earned her second-consecutive Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention nod in 2012-13, led the nation in scoring last season with an average of 26.3 points per game. The point guard scored a single-season school record 840 points, leading FIU to its third-straight Sun Belt Conference Championship semifinal appearance and the program's second-straight Postseason WNIT berth.

A native of St. Petersburg, Fla., Coley enters her senior season with a 30-game, double-figure scoring streak. In 2012-13, Coley notched 23, 20-plus point games, including 12, 30-plus point outings, scoring a career-high 39 points on two occasions. The Capital One Academic All-District ® honoree owns a career scoring average of 21.8 points per game, tied for first all-time at FIU, and is the only player in program history to register 2,000 points, 600 rebounds, 300 assists, and 200 steals in a career.

Coley has scored 2,135 career points, a total which ranks second on the FIU all-time scoring charts. The two-time Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and WBCA All-America All-Region nominee was responsible for 42.9 percent of the Panthers' in 2012-13, and has scored 35.1 percent of FIU's total points for her career. In May 2013, Coley was named SBC Female Athlete of the Year, becoming just the second FIU student-athlete to earn the league's top honor.

An outstanding student, Coley enters her senior season with a cumulative GPA of 3.34 while majoring in dietetics and nutrition.

The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Men's Final Four® and NCAA Women's Final Four®.

Each of the 30 candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, 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 one male candidate and one female candidate.



For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.



Men's Basketball Candidates


Travis Bader, Oakland

Joe Jackson, Memphis


Jerrelle Benimon, Towson

Walt Lemon Jr., Bradley


Kyle Boswell, UC Santa Barbara

J.J. Mann, Belmont


Allan Chaney, High Point

Doug McDermott, Creighton


Aaron Craft, Ohio State

Sean McGonagill, Brown


Jordan Dykstra, South Dakota State

Travis McKie, Wake Forest


Melvin Ejim, Iowa State

Jordan McRae, Tennessee


Dwayne Evans, Saint Louis

Shabazz Napier, Connecticut


Chris Eversley, Cal Poly

Dennis Ogbe, Tennessee Tech


C.J. Fair, Syracuse

Kendrick Perry, Youngstown State


Tim Frazier, Penn State

Dwight Powell, Stanford


Jakob Gollon, Mercer

Augustine Rubit, South Alabama


Joe Harris, Virginia

Russ Smith, Louisville


Holton Hunsaker, Utah Valley

Chris Udofia, Denver


Anthony Ireland, Loyola Marymount

Patric Young, Florida




Women's Basketball Candidates


Gennifer Brandon, California

Amanda Hyde, IPFW


Heather Butler, Tennessee-Martin

Maggie Lucas, Penn State


Alyssa Charlston, Idaho

Dequesha McClanahan, Winthrop


Hallie Christofferson, Iowa State

Sarah Nelson, Creighton


Jerica Coley, FIU

Eilise O'Connor, Missouri-Kansas City


Allyson DiMagno, Cornell

Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford


Alexis Dobbs, American

Haley Peters, Duke


Stefanie Dolson, Connecticut

Theresa Plaisance, LSU


Jamierra Faulkner, Southern Mississippi

Michelle Plouffe, Utah


Ataira Franklin, Virginia

Odyssey Sims, Baylor


Chelsea Gray, Duke

Alex Smith, Holy Cross


Sarah Hansen, Florida Gulf Coast

Kacie Sowell, Seattle


Cassie Harberts, Southern California

DeNesha Stallworth, Kentucky


Jordan Hooper, Nebraska

Rachel Tecca, Akron


Natasha Howard, Florida State

Alli Wiliams, Saint Francis


FIU will host Barry in the team's final tune-up before the start 2013-2014 regular season on Friday, Nov. 1. Tip is set for 6:00 p.m. from Lime Court at U.S. Century Bank Arena.

The Panthers open the regular season at home versus Florida Gulf Coast on Friday, Nov. 8, as FIU looks for its first-ever win over the in-state rival. Game time is set for 6:00 p.m.




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