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Oakes Named Senior CLASS Award Finalist
Senior guard Kaela Oakes is one of 60 DI female women’s basketball players to be selected
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Senior guard Kaela Oakes has been named a 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award finalist. Oakes is one of 60 women’s basketball players from the Division I level to be selected.
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.
Oakes, a nursing major, spends numerous hours a week at the local hospital putting in clinical hours while balancing classes, practices and games as well. She has been named a Big Sky Conference All-Academic honoree all three years of her career and was named an Academic All-America in her sophomore season.
Last season, Oakes helped lead Idaho State to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007. Oakes averaged 11.3 points per game, 2.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 steals per game. She shot 38 percent from the field, 32.8 from the 3-point line and 76.8 from the free throw line. Oakes was first on the team in total points (362) and led the Big Sky in 3-point percentage shooting at 41.3 percent from beyond the arc. Oakes was selected Big Sky All- Conference First Team as well as to the Big Sky All-Tournament team. She was named team MVP and selected Big Sky player of the week on January 9th, College Sports Madness player of the week on December 5th, and to the Air Force Classic All-Tournament team. As a sophomore, she was named all-conference honorable mention and was selected tournament MVP at the UTEP Thanksgiving Tournament.
With 985 career points, Oakes is 15 points away from recording her 1,000th career point. If she meets the mark, Oakes would become the 16th player in program history to meet the achievement.
Oakes is currently seventh in program history in career free throw percentage (80.0) and 3-point field goals made (111). She is eighth in assist to turnover ratio (1.21). She is also ninth in career assists with 280 and career free throws with 240.
Oakes is currently leading the Big Sky Conference in free throw percentage (87.5) and is 19th in the country in the same category.
The 2012-13 candidate classes include seven men’s players and seven women’s players who were recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America as 2012 Capital One Academic All-Americans. Five men and 10 women were Associated Press All-Americans. Twenty men’s candidates and 18 women’s candidates have cumulative grade point averages above 3.0. The men’s Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Final Four® in Atlanta April 6 and 8, while the women’s winner will be announced during the NCAA Women’s Final Four® in New Orleans April 7 and 9.
The candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 men’s and 10 women’s finalists midway through the regular season, and those 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 men’s finalist and one women’s finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.