Key Players to Watch During the NCAA Tournament
The 2005 Women's Tournament is finally here. During the next three weeks the next group of WNBA stars will emerge and a champion will be named while WNBA general managers and coaches prepare for the WNBA Draft.
Over the past five months, members of the Silver Stars basketball operations staff have been racking up their frequent flyer miles scouring the country scouting this year's senior class. They've spent countless hours watching games trying to find the key players that will best be able to help the Silver Stars succeed on and off the court. Now they turn their attention to the final 32 games of the season to make final evaluations and determine who to select in the draft.
While the Class of 2005 doesn't have the name recognition as the Class of 2004, there are still some great players that are sure to be make any team better. The Silver Stars have a great chance of landing some future WNBA stars with the fourth and fourteenth picks in the draft.
We'e been watching the top college prospects all season long and have recapped their seasons for you. Take a look.
Jacqueline Batteast | 6-2 | Power Forward | Notre Dame
Named the 2004-05 Big East Player of the Year after leading the league in points, rebounds, blocks and double-doubles ...averaging 17.1 points and 6.5 rebounds and has posted six double-doubles for the Irish...named a finalist for the 2005 Bayer Advantage® Senior CLASS Award and the Wooden Award.
Tanisha Wright | 5-11 | Shooting Guard | Penn State
Named the Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year for the third consecutive season?averaging 19.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists this season for the Nittany Lions...named a finalist for the 2005 Bayer Advantage Senior CLASS Award and the Wooden Award.
Jamie Carey | 5-6 | Point Guard | Texas
Selected to the All Big-12 First Team?averaging 12.2 points and 2.5 assists per game for Texas...has recorded 17 games in double-figure scoring.
Tan White | 5-11 | Shooting Guard | Mississippi State
Leads the nation in scoring averaging 23.6 points per game...in addition she averages 7.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.9 steals for her club...named the All-SEC Team for the third consecutive season...has recorded 39 consecutive double-figure scoring games...named a finalist for the 2005 Bayer Advantage Senior CLASS Award and the Wooden Award.
Shyra Ely | 6-2 | Small Forward | Tennessee
Selected to the All-SEC First Team for the second consecutive season...averaging 14.5 points and 6.9 rebounds for Tennessee...led the Vols in scoring in 15 games...named a finalist for the 2005 Bayer Advantage Senior CLASS Award.
Dee Dee Wheeler | 5-6 | Point Guard | Arizona
Named to the All-Pac 10 First Team...leads the Pac-10 in scoring averaging 17.9 points along with 4.4 assists and 2.9 steals per game.
Sandora Irvin | 6-3 | Power Forward | TCU
Named Conference USA?s Player of the Year...averaging 20.1 points, 12.0 rebounds (2nd in nation) and 4.5 blocks per game...set the NCAA record for most career blocks as well as the record for most blocks in a game with 16 on January 16 vs. UAB...named a finalist for the 2005 Bayer Advantage Senior CLASS Award and the Wooden Award.
Kendra Wecker | 5-11 | Small Forward | Kansas State
Big 12 Conference Player of the Year...averaging 21 points and 10.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.8 steals for the Wildcats...is the first Kansas State player to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds and recently broke the Big 12 all-time career scoring record...named a finalist for the 2005 Bayer Advantage Senior CLASS Award and the Wooden Award.
Dionnah Johnson | 5-9 | Shooting Guard | Oklahoma
Named to the All-Big 12 First Team ...averaging 14.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 5.7 assists for the Sooners.
Heather Schreiber | 6-2 | Small Forward | Texas
Has started every game in her four-year career at UT...averaging 10.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game for her club.
Temeka Johnson | 5-3 | Point Guard | LSU
A first-team All-SEC selection...ranks second in the nation in assists per game (7.5) to go along with her 10.0 points per game...tied her career-high 15 assists on February 27 vs. Florida...named a finalist for the Wooden Award.
Janel McCarville | 6-2 | Center | Minnesota
Named to the All-Big 10 First Team ...averaging 16.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 2.0 blocks per game and has recorded 11 doubles on the season...posted a career-high 33 points vs. Wisconsin on 2/20...named a finalist for the 2005 Bayer Advantage Senior CLASS Award and the Wooden Award.
Caity Matter | 5-9 | Guard | Ohio State
Named to the All-Big Ten Second Team...is the Buckeye's second leading scorer averaging 13.8 points per game...is the Big Ten's top shooter from 3-point territory with a 45.4 average (64-of-141) and the league's best free throw shooter with a 90.5 mark (67-of-74)...named a finalist for the 2005 Bayer Advantage Senior CLASS Award.
Steffanie Blackmon | 6-2 | Forward | Baylor
A first-team All-Big 12 selection?averaging 15.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game for the Bears...named a finalist for the 2005 Bayer Advantage Senior CLASS Award and the Wooden Award.