INDIANAPOLIS -- Two Longhorn women's basketball player wore their burnt orange and white for the final time this past weekend for the Texas program, and fans also got a glimpse of two incoming basketball standouts during the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Senior All-Star Challenge and High School All-American Games held during the NCAA Women's Final Four festivities in Indianapolis.
Senior guard Jamie Carey (Thornton, Colo./Horizon HS) and senior forward Heather Schreiber (Windthorst, Texas/Windthorst HS) both participated in the WBCA All-Star Challenge where the top 20 seniors (from Division I, II and III) competed in a friendly competition at the University of Indianapolis' Nicoson Hall.
This year's teams were named the Indy 500's and the Brickyard 400's, commemorating the city of Indianapolis. Schreiber and Carey were members of the Brickyard 400's which dropped an 82-72 decision to the Indy 500's.
Schreiber started for the 500's, while Carey, battling strep throat all weekend long, came off the bench. Schreiber played 24 minutes, scoring seven points (on 3-7 shooting) and had two rebounds. Carey did not score and had two assists, two steals and a rebound in 22 minutes of action.
Kansas State guard Kendra Wecker earned MVP honors for the 500's with 18 points, while TCU post Sandora Irvin (14 points, 6 rebounds) was selected MVP of the 400's.
Carey and Schreiber now turn their attention to 2005 WNBA Draft preparation. This year's WNBA Draft will be held Saturday, April 16 beginning at 11 a.m. (Central time) at the NBA Entertainment Studios in Secaucus, N.J. All three rounds of the 2005 draft will be televised live; the opening round will air on ESPN2 and the final two rounds to be shown on NBATV.
In the WBCA High School All-America Game, presented by Nike, Texas signees 5-10 guard Erika Arriaran (Norco, Calif./Norco HS) and 6-0 forward Earnesia Williams (Sapulpa, Okla./Sapulpa HS) played at Nicoson Hall in the game which preceded the Senior All-Star Challenge. This game featured the top 20 seniors in the nation. Both Arriaran and Williams played on the Red Team which was edged by the White Team, 92-88.
Arriaran, who picked up the 2005 WBCA/State Farm National Player of the Year award on April 4 in Indianapolis, had nine points (4-13 shooting) to go with four assists and two steals in 18 minutes of play. Her Red teammate Williams added seven points (3-3 in shooting) with three boards and a steals while also playing 18 minutes.