Nov. 4, 2009
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara women's basketball player Jordan Franey has been selected as one of just 30 candidates nationwide for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, one of collegiate sports most prestigious awards.
The award's winner is selected based on a combination of four areas of excellence - classroom, character, community and competition while the CLASS acronym stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School. The list of candidates will be narrowed to 10 in late January and the winner of the award will be announced at the NCAA Women's Final Four in San Antonio, Texas in April.
Franey was one of just two players from the Big West to be selected as one of the 30 candidates and one of just eight players from the west coast.
Franey, a 6-foot guard/forward from San Diego was an All-Big West Honorable Mention pick last season and is the Gauchos' leading returner in points and rebounds and was selected as a candidate as much for her work on the court as in the classroom and community.
In her time at UCSB Franey has carried a 3.38 overall grade point average while working on a major in history and a minor in athletic coaching. She has made quarterly Dean's Honors in her time at the school. Helping around the Santa Barbara and Goleta communities, Franey has been an instructor for the YMCA Winter Basketball Clinic, worked in the springtime at the Family Service Agency's Children's Festival and has been part of the team's Adopt-a-Highway project on Highway 217 leading into campus.
The Big West Freshman of the Year in 2006, Franey can become the 23rd Gaucho to reach the 1,000-point plateau this season and in her three-year career at UCSB has not missed a game.
The Gauchos open their 2009-10 season tonight when they host Westmont in a 7 p.m. exhibition game at the Thunderdome. The team's regular-season opener is next Friday, Nov. 13 vs. Fresno State at the Thunderdome.
To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.
Men's and women's basketball season tickets are still available, giving fans an opportunity to catch the Gauchos all season long.
Season tickets are only $125 for men's basketball and $100 for women's basketball (35% lower than last year). Similar to the successful men's soccer family plan, a new Family Plan season ticket is now available for both men's and women's basketball. Family plans, which include five season tickets (two adults and three youth season tickets), are $300 for men's basketball, $225 for women's basketball or get the combo plan (both men's and women's) for just $400. That's just $2.66 per game! UCSB faculty/staff will also receive 50% off pricing on all season tickets.
And, purchase tickets to receive a complimentary Olé bobblehead doll! Click here to learn more about season ticket packages or to buy today!
UCSB Athletics has a new weekly radio show called Talk'n Gauchos which airs every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1490 KIST. The show is broadcast live from State & A Bar and Grill, located on the corner of State Street and Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara. Fans are encouraged to attend the show for free gear and ticket giveaways or to even e-mail a question in to one of the guests and have it read live over the air. The show also airs live online via audio streaming and fans can click here to check out the entire lineup of live audio streaming online.