OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Mercer senior guard Sydni Means and ETSU senior guard Tianna Tarter have been selected as a candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. Means and Tarter are two of only 30 women’s basketball student-athletes in NCAA Division I to be named a candidates for the Senior CLASS Award.
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. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as a senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists in February, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four® this spring.
Means, a Georgia native, is off to a strong start for the Bears, averaging 8.9 points and 8.1 assists per game. Means’ posted a career night against North Carolina on Dec. 28, recording 16 assists and just one turnover. Means currently ranks top five in the NCAA in total assists (129), assists per game (8.1) and assist-to-turnover ratio (4.03).
Tarter has already earned many awards this season. She was previously named to the 2018 Nancy Lieberman Watch List, as well as the Citizen Naismith Trophy Watch List. During the week of November 20, she was named the College Sports Madness Player of the Week and the Southern Conference Player of the Week. She was just named the First Bank and Trust Company Athlete of the Month for December. Tarter is ranked 12th nationally in steals and 15th in steals per game. She has had 13 double-digit performances so far this year and will be starting and playing in her 100th career basketball game tonight (Thursday, Jan. 4). She is also tied with five other Division I basketball players for recording 11 steals in a single-game.