AUSTIN, Texas -- University of Texas women's basketball standout senior guard Jamie Carey (Thornton, Colo./Horizon HS) has been invited to participate in the 17th annual Mountain Dew Three-Point Shooting Championship contest which is being held on Thursday evening, March 31 during NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four week in St. Louis.
Carey will compete with five other women's players and six male players for the 3-point shooting title. The 3-point contest and the annual Slam Dunk competition begin at 6:30 p.m. (Central) on Thursday evening. The events air on ESPN and ESPN2 (see schedule below), with Brad Nessler as host and Steve Lavin and Mark Jones as analysts covering the competitions.
"I think it will be a lot of fun to compete against some of the best shooters in the country," noted Carey, a two-time All-Big 12 First Team standout who finished her senior campaign with a 12.2 ppg average and team-high 70 three-pointers. "This will be a busy and fun week for me. I arrive in St. Louis on Wednesday, compete in the shooting contest on Thursday night, and then I'll leave St. Louis Friday and travel to Indianapolis to play in the WBCA Senior All-Star Game. I really look forward to that, since I'll be playing alongside my teammate Heather (Schreiber). Naturally, both of us would rather be playing in the Final Four with our teammates, but it's a honor to be chosen for both the 3-point competition and the Senior All-Star Game."
Carey finished her Longhorn career ranked No. 2 in all-time UT three-pointers made (with 193), despite playing just three of her four seasons at Texas. Carey also had 81 treys as a freshman at Stanford in 1999-2000, and finished her collegiate career with a total of 274 treys. This year, Carey was 70-for-163 in 3-pointers (team-high .429). That .429 shooting percentage ranks Carey No. 15 nationally this week.
Four of the six female 3-point shooters are from the Big 12 Conference - Carey, Kansas State's Kendra Wecker and Laurie Koehn and Anne O'Neill from Iowa State. Jenni Dandt (DePaul) and Leah Metcalf (North Carolina) round out the women's field.
The NCAA men's basketball Final Four semifinals will be held Saturday, April 2 and the championship game is Monday, April 4 in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. The NCAA Women's Final Four takes place this weekend at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. The semifinals are Sunday, April 3 with the title game taking place on Tuesday, April 5 (all on ESPN).
Prior to the NCAA Women's Final Four games, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) presents the "WBCA Night of All-Stars" doubleheader on Saturday, April 2 from the University of Indianapolis' Nicoson Hall. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., the WBCA High School All-America Game, presented by Nike, takes place, followed by the WBCA Senior All-Star Challenge in which Carey and Schreiber will participate.
17th Annual Mountain Dew College Slam Dunk and Three-Point Championships
Where: Washington University Field House St. Louis, Mo.
When: Thursday, March 31, 2005
Time: 6:30 p.m. (Central)
Tickets: $10 - adults, $8 - students or youth 18 & under. Tickets available at the Washington University Edison Theatre box office, all MetroTix locations, charge by phone at (314) 534-1111 or online at metrotix.com
Event Host: Brad Nessler
Event Analysts: Steve Lavin, Mark Jones
Judges: Torry Holt (STL Rams), Issac Bruce (STL Rams), Steven Jackson (STL Rams), Spud Webb (former NBA player), Jackie Joyner Kersee (track & field Olympic & world champion)
Tape-Delay TV Schedule (All Times Central)
ESPN: Thur., March 31 - 8 p.m.; Sat., April 1-2 p.m.; Thur., April 7 - 1 p.m.
ESPN2: Sun., April 3 - 11:30 a.m.; Sun., April 3 - 1:30 p.m.
WOMEN'S THREE-POINT SHOOTING COMPETITORS
Jamie Carey - Texas
Jenni Dandt - DePaul University
Laurie Koehn - Kansas State
Leah Metcalf - North Carolina
Anne O'Neil - Iowa State
Kendra Wecker - Kansas State
MEN'S THREE POINT SHOOTING COMPETITORS
Drake Diener - DePaul
Travis Diener - Marquette
Daniel Ewing - Duke
John Lucas - Oklahoma State
Tre Simmons - University of Washington
T.J. Sorrentine - Vermont
SLAM DUNK COMPETITORS
Wesley Duke - Mercer University
Joey Graham - Oklahoma State
Chuck Hayes - Kentucky
Mindaugas Ketelynas - Tennessee-Chattanooga
Rawle Marshall - Oakland University
Ed McCants - Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Daniel McGaffeny - West Virginia Tech
Jameel Pugh - Sacramento State