All-American Hightower Graduates from LSU
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BATON ROUGE -- It has been a banner year and career for Allison Hightower. From State Farm and Lowe's Senior CLASS All-American to earning a spot on the Connecticut Sun's WNBA roster, Hightower has achieved nearly everything possible during her time at LSU.
On Friday, she added another achievement to the list - LSU graduate. Hightower earned her degree in Arts and Sciences with a concentration in general studies and she is one of 36 student-athletes who received their undergraduate degrees.
Hightower was not able to participate in the commencement ceremony because she is currently with the Sun who play at the Atlanta Dream on Friday night. Hightower made the Sun's roster as a rookie after being selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft.
However, the university has granted her permission to take part in commencement ceremonies in December after the completion of the season.
"This is a tremendous honor to graduate from LSU," Hightower said. "From my time on the court to the classroom, LSU has been home to me. Getting a degree is what it is all about and I thank everyone who had an impact on my time at LSU."
"First of all, it speaks volumes about Allison Hightower and what she has achieved during her time at LSU," said LSU head coach Van Chancellor. "She's been an All-SEC player, an All-American and she is still going to graduate. She's a great person away from basketball as well. It speaks well for the LSU program too. We are about educating our players, helping them reach their goals academically as well as winning on the floor. I am very proud of Allison."
Hightower was LSU's most valuable player the past two seasons, leading the Lady Tigers to back-to-back NCAA tournament second round appearances. She was a member of Final Four teams as a freshman and sophomore and she won 101 games during her career. She finished as the 13th all-time leading scorer in LSU history with 1,509 points.
Hightower was also a standout in the community during her four seasons. She was a finalist for the 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which is the highest community and academic honor for Division I basketball players.
Ashley Thomas, a member of four NCAA Final Four teams from 2005-08, received her Master's degree in business administration. Thomas started 92 games during her career and was a four-time Academic All-Southeastern Conference selection. She served as a graduate assistant on the 2009-10 Lady Tiger team.
Hightower continues an LSU women's basketball legacy that has seen the program graduate its most prominent WNBA stars. Seimone Augustus, Temeka Johnson, Marie Ferdinand, Quianna and Elaine Powell have all walked away from LSU with academic degrees. Sylvia Fowles and Erica White most recently earned their degrees in May 2009.
Chancellor has coached 11 seniors during his three-year tenure at LSU and all 11 of them have graduated from the university.