OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Oregon senior Amanda Johnson was named a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, it was announced today.

The 6-foot-2 forward has missed Oregon’s last 11 games with a left thumb fracture, but entered her final year in a UO uniform as one of the most exceptional seniors on and off the court in the 2012 national class.

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. The complete list of finalists follows this release.

The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in November. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on either the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award website or the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through March 18.

Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I men’s and women’s basketball head coaches’ votes to determine the winner.

Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the men’s Senior CLASS Award® winner during the 2012 NCAA Men’s Final Four®, which will be held March 31 and April 2 in New Orleans. The women’s award winner will be announced during the NCAA Women’s Final Four®, which will be held April 1 and 3 in Denver.

Johnson is the only CoSIDA Academic All-American on the list, and one of two student-athletes from the Pac-12 Conference as Stanford’s Nnemkadi Ogwumike was also named a finalist.

The native of Santa Rosa, Calif., was named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America® women’s basketball first team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America in February of 2011. With that honor, she became just the second student-athlete in Oregon women’s basketball program history and the first since 1990, to be chosen as a first team Academic All-American. In her fourth year at Oregon, Johnson is currently a graduate student earning a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Human Services with a 4.16 grade point average. She also is practicing clinical work at a local Eugene non-profit.

Johnson was awarded her undergraduate degree Summa Cum Laude, graduating in the top two percent of her class with a double major in Psychology and Sociology following her sophomore year in the summer of 2010.  In addition, Johnson is a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic First Team selection, and for the last two years has been awarded the Harry Ritchie Scholar Athlete Award, given to an Oregon women’s basketball player for her athletic and scholastic achievements.

As a student-athlete, Johnson has had many opportunities to exemplify her leadership ability.  On the team, she has begun her second year as team captain. In 2010, former University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere appointed her as the student-athlete representative on the search committee for the Director of Athletics, joining faculty and athletic department administration. She was also appointed to the Matthew Knight Arena Art Selection Committee in 2009. 

Johnson already ranks in the top 10 of four all-time statistical categories at Oregon with 797 rebounds (8th), 178 steals (6th), 142 three-pointers (7th) and 26 double-doubles (7th). Last season, Johnson became just the ninth player in UO history, and the first since 2002, to reach the 1,000-point threshold during just three years on the court. Currently her 1,327-career point total ranks 11th in UO women’s basketball history.

This season, Johnson was averaging 20.1 points and 10.7 rebounds per game before a broken left thumb sidelined her on Dec. 11. Johnson’s scoring average ranked second in the Pac-12, while her rebounding average ranked first before the injury. In nine games, Johnson produced eight double-figure scoring games and six double-doubles. Johnson is a two-time Pac-10 honorable mention selection, and she is also a three-time conference Player of the Week, and has been named the Most Valuable Player of the Oregon Thanksgiving Tournament in back-to-back seasons (2010 & 2011). 

During her Oregon career, Johnson has recorded 65 double-figure scoring games, three 30-point games, 18 20-point games, and 26 double-doubles. She has led the Ducks in scoring on 33 occasions, and in rebounding 62 times.