Zuzi Klimesova Selected to WBCA All-Star Team WBCA All-Star Challenge to Feature Nation's Premier Senior Collegiate Players 3/5/02

Vanderbilt senior forward Zuzi Klimesova is one of 20 senior collegiate players selected to the WBCA All-Star Team. Zuzi is coming off a Most Valuable Player performance at the 2002 Southeastern Conference Tournament where she helped lead the Commodores to the tournament title.

The All-Stars will take on the USA National Team March 30 (Saturday) as part of the NCAA Final Four festivities. The game will be played at the Convocation Center on the campus of University of Texas at San Antonio. Tipoff is set for 4 pm CT. The All-Star Challenge Roster could change if any of the players' teams make the Final Four. In that case, they will not be able to participate in the contest.

The WBCA All-Star team is comprised top 17 senior NCAA Division I players, voted on by Division I Head Coaches, and the NCAA Division II, III and NAIA Players of the Year.

Klimesova is joined by Connecticut's Sue Bird, Swin Cash and Tamika Williams; Oklahoma's Stacey Dales and La'Neishea Caufield; Baylor's Sheila Lambert and Danielle Cockrom; Florida's Brandi McCain and North Carolina's Nikki Teasley. Also joining the team are UNLV's Linda Frohlich; South Carolina's Shaunzinski Gortman; Purdue's Kelly Komara; Stanford's Lindsey Yamasaki; Tennessee's Michelle Snow, Louisiana Tech's Ayana Walker and Iowa State's Angie Welle.

Team USA will be coached by Van Chancellor (Houston Comets) and feature Olympians Chamique Holdsclaw (Washington Mystics); Sheryl Swoopes (Houston Comets); Lisa Leslie (Los Angeles Sparks); DeLisha Milton (Los Angeles Sparks); Dawn Staley (Charlotte Sting); and Natalie Williams (Utah Starzz).

"The WBCA and USA Basketball are extremely pleased to bring the best women's basketball players in the world together for this special game," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. "This will be the only game in which USA Basketball takes on collegiate players during its Spring Training schedule. What better time and place than in San Antonio when the Women's Final Four is happening? The All-Star Challenge has traditionally been a fan favorite. But USA Basketball's participation will clearly strengthen the appeal of this year's game.

For ticket information, please contact the UTSA ticket office at 210/458-UTSA (8872). All tickets are non-refundable. Last year's WBCA All-Star Challenge at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., was a sellout.

Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game in all of its aspects as an amateur sport for women and girls. For more information about the WBCA please check our website www.wbca.org.


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