Nikki Blue Selected To Play In WBCA All-Star Challenge

March 8, 2006

UCLA senior guard and Pac-10 assists leader Nikki Blue (Bakersfield, Calif.) has been selected to play in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-Star Challenge on April 1 at Matthews Arena on Northeastern University's campus. Blue is one of 20 senior players who will participate in the event.

The capstone event tips-off the 25th Annual WBCA National Convention, which takes place in Boston, at the site of this year's NCAA Women's Final Four. The WBCA All-Star Challenge game will be the second of a doubleheader event featured during the 'WBCA Night of All-Stars.' Fans will have an opportunity to watch and collect autographs from the future WNBA stars, as well as see the WBCA High School All-America Game, presented by Nike, which tips off at 4:30 pm ET.

The WBCA All-Star Challenge features 17 of the top senior NCAA Division I players, voted on by Division I WBCA-member head coaches. The remaining three players are the top senior vote getters in the State Farm/WBCA Player of the Year ballots. They are selected from the NCAA Division II, III and NAIA levels. Those names will be released at a later date.

The 2006 Roster could change if any of the players' teams are participating in the women's Final Four. In that case, alternates have been chosen based on voting results.

Blue, who is averaging 12.5 points, 5.9 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game, became the fifth woman to earn first-team All-Pac-10 honors all four years and the first to earn Pac-10 All-Tournament acclaim four times. She is a finalist for the Lieberman Award, which honors the nation's top point guard, and a mid-season nominee for the Naismith Trophy.

2006 Roster:
La'Tangela Atkinson, North Carolina, Guard/Forward
Seimone Augustus, LSU, Guard/Forward
Sherill Baker, Georgia, Guard/Forward
Nikki Blue, UCLA, Guard
Lindsay Bowen, Michigan State, Guard
Monique Currie, Duke, Guard/Forward
Megan Duffy, Notre Dame, Guard
Candice Dupree, Temple, Forward
Erin Grant, Texas Tech, Guard
Alexis Kendrick, Georgia, Guard
Cappie Pondexter, Rutgers, Guard
Liz Shimek, Michigan State, ForwardAnn Strother, Connecticut, Guard/Forward
Barbara Turner, Connecticut, Forward
Mistie Williams, Duke, Forward
Sophia Young, Baylor, Forward
Shanna Zolman, Tennessee, Guard/Forward
NCAA DII POY (highest senior vote getter)
NCAA DIII POY (highest senior vote getter)
NCAA NAIA POY (highest senior vote getter)