OVERLAND PARK, Kansas - After being selected as one of 30 candidates for the 2020-21 Senior CLASS Award earlier this month, Cleveland State women's basketball senior Mariah White has now been named one of 10 finalists for the award.
The Senior CLASS Award takes into account a student-athletes achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character, and competition.
After being one of 16 mid-major players to make the top-30 candidate list, White is now one of just four mid-major players to be named a finalist. White was also the only representative from the Horizon League to earn a spot on the top-30 candidate list.
On the court, White has been Cleveland State's leading scorer during the 2020-21 campaign, averaging 19.4 points per game, which is also tops in the Horizon League. White is currently ranked 17th on the CSU All-Time Scoring List with 1,199 points, while she is also in the top-10 on the CSU Career Steals List with 209 takeaways.
Last weekend, White helped the Vikings earn the No. 6 seed in the upcoming Horizon League Tournament, as Cleveland State will now host a postseason game for the second straight year.
In the classroom, White carries a 3.64 GPA pursuing a degree in Math Education and is on track to graduate Magna Cum Laude. White has earned a spot on the Cleveland State University Dean's List five times and is an annual recipient of Horizon League Honor Roll accolades.
In the community, White is currently serving as the Cleveland State SAAC Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Chair, and is an active participant in the Horizon League's #OneHL Working Group – which was created to bring about meaningful change and action to social issues across the league. White is also a member of the Cleveland State Athletics Diversity, Equity & Inclusion committee, serving as the student-athlete representative.
The 10 finalists were chosen by a selection committee, while a nationwide fan vote will begin immediately to help select the Senior CLASS Award winner. Fans can submit votes online at the Senior CLASS Award Website through March 22. Fan votes will be combined with those of the media and Division I head coaches to determine the winner, which will be announced during the 2021 NCAA Women's Final Four.