April 3, 2005
INDIANAPOLIS – The past and future of Notre Dame women’s basketball crossed paths Saturday when departing senior forward Jacqueline Batteast (South Bend, Ind./Washington HS) and incoming freshman guard Lindsay Schrader (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett HS) took part in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Night of All-Stars on Saturday evening at Nicoson Hall on the campus of the University of Indianapolis. The doubleheader event — which featured both high school and college all-star games — was held in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Final Four, which also is being contested in Indianapolis.
Schrader played in the opening game of the night, the WBCA High School All-America Game, which featured 20 of the top prep seniors in the country. The 6-0 guard was one of five players on the Red Team to score in double figures, tallying 10 points in 22 minutes of action and burying a key three-pointer in the second half. However, it wasn’t enough as her Red Team lost to the White Team, 92-88.
Schrader was the fourth incoming Irish player to compete in the WBCA High School All-America Game, which began in 1992. In 1999, Alicia Ratay scored eight points as her White Team defeated the Red Team, 100-82. In 2001, Katy Flecky had three points for the Red Team in a 111-80 loss. Most recently in 2002, current Irish junior forward Courtney LaVere scored 15 points to help lead her Red Team to a 94-66 rout of the White Team.
Batteast then stepped in to compete in the nightcap, the WBCA All-Star Challenge, which showcased 20 of the country’s top senior college players. Batteast was one of three players on the Indy 500’s team to score in double figures, collecting 11 points, five rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes of court time. She also helped spark a second-half comeback with seven points, as the Indy 500’s rallied from a two-point halftime deficit to defeat the Brickyard 400’s, 82-72.
Batteast was the second departing Notre Dame senior to take part in the WBCA All-Star Challenge, which started in 1998. Ratay played in the 2003 contest, scoring four points for the Stars Team in an 83-75 loss to the Stripes Team. Former Irish All-America center Ruth Riley also appeared in the 2002 game, playing (but not scoring) for the U.S. Women’s National Team in a 100-59 victory over the WBCA College All-Stars.
Batteast now turns her attention to preparing for the 2005 WNBA Draft, which will be held Saturday, April 16 beginning at noon EDT (11 a.m. in South Bend) at the NBA Entertainment Studios in Secaucus, N.J. All three rounds of the draft will be televised live — the opening round will air on ESPN2, with the final two rounds to be shown on NBATV.
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