Oct. 31, 2012
OVERLAND PARK, KS. - University of New Mexico women's basketball senior Caroline Durbin has been named a candidate for the Senior CLASS award. The award is an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School. It focuses on the total student-athlete experience and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Durbin is one of thirty NCAA Division I women's basketball student-athletes to be nominated for this award and is UNM's first candidate since Amy Beggin in the 2009-10 season. She is the only player from the Mountain West represented among the nominees.
Durbin has become a leader for the Lobos on and off the court. New Mexico's leading scorer a year ago was also the program's first-ever Academic All-American. She is one of just seven Academic All-Americans among the pool of 30 candidates. The Austin, Texas native was also named to the Mountain West's 2012-13 Preseason All-Conference Team last week.
The 2011-12 season was a banner year for Caroline Durbin. She finished second in the conference in scoring after nearly tripling her scoring output from the previous season. Durbin received First Team All-Mountain West honors as well as Academic All-District and Academic All-American accolades.
Durbin, and the rest of the New Mexico women's basketball program, are active leaders in the Albuquerque community. The team's community service projects include visits to the UNM Children's Hospital, reading sessions at elementary schools and assisting with youth basketball clinics among many others.
The candidates will be narrowed down to ten finalists mid-season before this year's award winner is announced during the NCAA Women's Final Four® in New Orleans in early April.