Jamie Carey places second at sold-out three-point shooting contest
ST. LOUIS -- University of Texas senior guard Jamie Carey (Thornton, Colo./Horizon HS) made a strong showing at the annual national Mountain Dew Three-Point Shooting Championships Thursday night, finishing second in the women's contest. The event was held in conjunction with the men's 3-point shooting contest and the slam dunk competition at the sold-out Washington University Field House in St. Louis - this year's site for the NCAA men's basketball Final Four.
Carey, who led the first two rounds of the three in the 3-point shooting competition, advanced to the finals to face Ohio State senior guard Caity Matter, and Matter posted a 24-17 win.
The 3-point shooting setup is five stations with five balls per rack. The first four balls are worth one point. The last one -- the red, white and blue "money ball" -- is worth two points. A perfect score in each round was a 30.
In the first two rounds, Carey netted 26 and 20 points, respectively, to lead all eight women's contestants. The top two shooters advanced to the finals. Matter registered 22 and 19 points, respectively, in the first two rounds.
The men's 3-point shooting champion was Drake Diener of DePaul. The men's and women's winners then squared off for the event champion title, with Diener winning that matchup over Matter, 22-11.
A three-time All-Big 12 standout and National Player of the Year candidate this year, Carey now travels to Indianapolis - the site of the 2005 NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four. She and fellow Longhorn senior Heather Schreiber (Windthorst, Texas/Windthorst HS) will play in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Senior All-Star Challenge on Saturday, April 2 at the University of Indianapolis. The Senior All-Star Game is the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday, with the first game being the WBCA High School All-America Game, presented by Nike. In that game, two UT signees for 2005-06 (Erika Arriaran of Norco, Calif., the 2005 State Farm/WBCA National HS Player of the Year, and Earneisa Williams) will participate.
Mountain Dew Women's 3-Point Shooting Championship
Men's 3-Point Winner vs. Women's 3-Point Winner
* DENOTES EVENT CHAMPION