West Virginia women’s basketball senior Liz Repella has been voted on as one of the 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. The Award is given yearly to not only the most outstanding basketball player during the year, but also includes community service, classroom performance and character.
The story became intriguing because of the simple fact that only 10 players in the entire nation are finalists for this award. If Mountaineer fans can remember correctly, WVU men’s basketball senior Da’Sean Butler won the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award a season ago. If a basketball player from WVU is to win the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award two years in the a row, on the men’s side and now the women’s, that would make for an unbelievable story.
When I went out to shoot this story, it wasn’t too difficult. I went to the WVU Coliseum on Tuesday night (2/8/11) for the West Virginia vs. Connecticut game to shoot video of Repella. She actually played the entire 40 minutes in the contest, and scored 13 points in the loss to the no. 2 Huskies.
Setting up interviews for this story was not too bad either. I contacted Associate Sports Information Director Katie Kane in advance to schedule an interview with Repella, which wasn’t too tough to do. I was able to interview Repella following the loss to Connecticut, but I was hoping for a WVU win so the interview wouldn’t lag or sound bad. But Repella was a true professional and still took the time to answer my questions after a tough loss to the no. 2 ranked team in the country.
While at the game against UConn, I wanted to interview a fan about Repella’s importance to the team throughout her four years at WVU. I found a fan who had a “Liz will you be my valentine” poster in the second row right behind the basket. He was a great interview and offered a lot of excitement about how much Repella means to the WVU women’s basketball program.
The Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award is given out each year to one NCAA division one men’s basketball player and women’s player. The award is actually one of the more prestigious awards to win in college basketball, but you have to be a senior in order to be eligible for the award.
Repella has maintained a 3.96 GPA throughout her four years at WVU, as well as countless community service hours at the Ruby Memorial Children’s Hospital, volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club and takes part in the Suncrest and Westover Middle School Read Aloud program, to name a few.
As much as Repella has meant to WVU on the court, she has also meant a whole lot in the community as well. Besides Repella, Army’s Erin Anthony, Tennessee’s Angie Bjorklund, James Madison’s Dawn Evans, Xavier’s Amber Harris, UConn’s Mya Moore, Stanford’s Kayla Pedersen, DePaul’s Sam Quigley, Oklahoma’s Danielle Robinson and Duke’s Jasmine Thomas are also finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
Repella has averaged 11.9 points per game while at West Virginia and plans to enroll in Law School following graduation in May 2011.