Women's Basketball signee Raven strong in McDonald's All-America Game
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- University of Texas women's basketball signee Brittainey Raven collected eight points and five rebounds to help the West squad defeat the East team, 80-76, on Wednesday night (March 29) in the 2006 McDonald's All-America High School Game. The All-Star game was played at San Diego State University's Cox Arena.
The game will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on Thursday, April 6 on ESPN2 (noon Central).
Using its height advantage -- five players were 6-foot-3 or taller -- the East was in control but never pulled away. A close, back-and-forth game continued until the final five minutes of action. After Raven (Fort Worth, Texas/North Crowley HS) tied the score at 69-69 with a short jumper with 4:46 remaining, the West took the lead for good with a 12-2 run over three minutes.
Dymond Simon, a 5-5 guard from Phoenix scored a game-high 14 points for the West, while 6-4 post Jayne Appel of Carondelet High (Calif.) was named the John Wooden Most Valuable Player with 12 points and seven rebounds. Monica Wright of Forest Park (Va.) led the East with 13 points and eight steals.
The West went 16-of-22 in free throws, while the East was hurt by poor free throw shooting (15-of-28).
Raven went four-for-nine from the floor and added three assists in 21 minutes of action.
Raven next plays in the upcoming WBCA High School All-America Game, presented by Nike, during the 2006 NCAA Women's Final Four in Boston. Raven is one of 20 high school standouts chosen for that game, which is part of a special Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) "Night of All-Stars" event taking place on Saturday, April 1. The WBCA Night of All-Stars is a double-header event, featuring the WBCA High School All-America Game followed by the WBCA All-Star Challenge. The WBCA All-Star Challenge showcases 20 of the top senior collegiate players in the nation who are not playing in the NCAA® Women's Final Four®.
The games are scheduled for Saturday, April 1 at Matthews Arena on Northeastern University's campus in Boston, Mass. The High School All-America Game is scheduled to tip-off at 3:30 p.m. (Central time) followed by the WBCA All-Star Challenge.
Fans can order tickets by visiting WBCA.org. Tickets for the "WBCA Night of All-Stars" start at $15.00 for general admission and $25.00 for reserved seating.