Lords of the wing

Updated: November 13, 2004, 11:22 AM ET
ESPN.com

When it came to naming the nation's top wings, we just started at the top.

A for Augustus. B for Batteast. C for Currie.

Of course, we only had five spots, and the skills of a certain Texas Longhorn and a Utah Ute helped wrap up our take on the nation's top five wings (listed alphabetically, with 2003-04 stats):

ESPN.COM'S TOP FIVE
Seimone Augustus, LSU, 6-1, junior
"Similar to how Chamique Holdsclaw was in college, Augustus is tremendously hard to defend, knows how to operate around the basket, is a great rebounder and just has too many weapons to hurt you with." -- Nancy Lieberman
"She can, at times, be pretty much impossible to guard and can take over games. After her Final Four experience, she'll look to be even more consistent." -- Mechelle Voepel
G MIN FG FT REB PTS
35 34.3 52.890.1 6.019.4
Jacqueline Batteast, Notre Dame, 6-2, senior
"After three double-doubles in last season's NCAA Tournament, it's clear she's taking her game to the next level." -- Nancy Lieberman
"The Big East's preseason player of the year was very strong last season in the NCAA Tournament, averaging 22.0 points and 11.7 rebounds." -- Mechelle Voepel
G MIN FG REB AST PTS
3232.9 45.28.6 2.316.0
Monique Currie, Duke, 6-0, junior
"With Alana Beard and Iciss Tillis gone and Lindsey Harding suspended, Currie is left with a big load to carry -- and has the skills to do it." -- Mechelle Voepel
G MIN FG REB AST PTS
3427.7 47.56.1 3.012.3
Heather Schreiber, Texas, 6-2, senior
"A mismatch nightmare who can post you up or shoot over you. She's just so comfortable when the ball's in her hands and makes great decisions." -- Nancy Lieberman
"A lefty who can score from anywhere on the court; she has improved her defense and passing skills." -- Mechelle Voepel
G MIN FG 3FG REB PTS
3530.0 46.839.1 5.812.9
Kim Smith, Utah, 6-1, junior
"She will again be the best player in the Mountain West. Last season, she was the top scorer, rebounder and 3-point shooter for the Utes, who deserved an NCAA bid. "
-- Mechelle Voepel
G MIN FG 3FG REB PTS
3135.749.936.9 7.515.5

Honorable mention: Ann Strother, Connecticut.

ESPN analyst Nancy Lieberman, ESPN.com columnist Mechelle Voepel and Melanie Jackson, who coordinates ESPN.com's women's basketball coverage, contributed to the selection process.

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