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Lords of the wing

11/13/2004

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):

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

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

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

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

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.