2009 McDonald's All-American Girls Game

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
2009 McDonald's All-American Girls Game
1st Half 2nd Half Total
West 31 38 69
East 30 38 68
Date April 1, 2009
Arena BankUnited Center
City Miami, Florida
MVP/MOP Skylar Diggins,
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Officials Marc McClenney
Ron Leddington
Tina Harrington
Attendance 5,981
Network ESPN
McDonald's All-American

2008

2010 >

The 2009 McDonald's All-American Girls Game was an All-star basketball game played on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at the BankUnited Center in Miami, Florida, home of the University of Miami Hurricanes. The game's rosters featured the best and most highly-recruited high school girls graduating in 2009. The game was the 8th annual version of the McDonald's All-American Game first played in 2002.

The 48 players were selected from 2,500 nominees by a committee of basketball experts. They were chosen not only for their on-court skills, but for their performances off the court as well. Coach Morgan Wootten, who had more than 1,200 wins as head basketball coach at DeMatha High School, was chairman of the selection committee. Legendary UCLA coach John Wooden, who has been involved in the McDonald's All American Games since its inception, served as chairman of the Games and as an advisor to the selection committee.

Proceeds from the 2009 McDonald's All American High School Basketball Games went to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of South Florida and its Ronald McDonald House program.

2009 Game[edit]

The game was telecast live by ESPN. The West Team grabbed a hard-fought 69-68 victory in the opener at the BankUnited Center. The contest was close throughout and came down to a missed free throw with seconds remaining. Kelly Faris (Connecticut) was fouled as she was forced to take a desperation 3-pointer with two seconds to go. After nailing the first two shots, the third came up short and so did the frantic comeback of the East Team.

In a game that was dominated by defense, the West Squad managed to get double figure scoring from only five players. Taber Spani (Tennessee), Christina Marinacci (USC) and DeNesha Stallworth (California) led the offensive attack with 11 points each, while Gennifer Brandon (California) added 10. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt (North Carolina) poured in 10 points and grabbed a team high 10 rebounds.

The East Team was led by Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), who scored 18 points, grabbed five rebounds and nabbed three steals. Morgan Wootten Player of the Year Kelsey Bone (South Carolina) and TaShauna Rodgers (Georgetown) contributed with 10 points and five rebounds each. Kelly Faris provided an all-around solid performance, as she paced the East in rebounds with seven, added four points, three steals, three assists and two blocks in just 15 minutes of play.

For their efforts, Skylar Diggins and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt were selected as the John R. Wooden MVP’s of the game. Unable to play due to injury, Stephanie Holzer (Vanderbilt) was given the Naismith Sportsmanship Award for her involvement in the week’s events and for the support she displayed towards her fellow All Americans.[1]

2009 West Roster[edit]

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Hometown High School College Choice
00 Marinacci, ChristinaChristina Marinacci 6-2 155 F Santa Ana, CA Foothill USC
1 Pierre, ElizaEliza Pierre 5-8 135 G Pasadena, CA John Muir Cal
3 Hill, TaylerTayler Hill 5-10 155 G Minneapolis, MN Minneapolis South Ohio State
4 Ruffin-Pratt, TierraTierra Ruffin-Pratt 6-0 175 G Alexandria, VA T.C. Williams North Carolina
11 Crosby, ChinaChina Crosby 5-5 121 G Bronx, NY Manhattan Center for Science & Mathematics Virginia
12 Rogers, TierraTierra Rogers 5-11 160 F San Francisco, CA Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep Cal
21 Holzer, StephanieStephanie Holzer 6-4 190 C Newtown Square, PA Cardinal O'Hara Vanderbilt
25 Brandon, GenniferGennifer Brandon 6-3 160 F Sylmar, CA Chatsworth Cal
33 Spani, TaberTaber Spani 6-1 180 G Lee's Summit, MO Metro Academy Tennessee
34 Oliver, MoniqueMonique Oliver 6-2 200 C Long Beach, CA Long Beach Polytechnic USC
42 Griner, BrittneyBrittney Griner 6-8 200 C Houston, TX Nimitz Baylor
50 Stallworth, DeNeshaDeNesha Stallworth 6-3 190 F Richmond, CA Pinole Valley Cal

2009 East Roster[edit]

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Hometown High School College Choice
2 Taylor, DaraDara Taylor 5-7 135 G Wilmington, DE Caravel Academy Maryland
3 Wheeler, EricaErica Wheeler 5-8 141 G Miami, FL Parkway Academy Rutgers
4 Diggins, SkylarSkylar Diggins 5-9 145 G South Bend, IN South Bend Washington Notre Dame
5 Bone, KelseyKelsey Bone 6-5 210 C Stafford, TX Dulles South Carolina, transferred to Texas A&M
12 Hassell, JasmineJasmine Hassell 6-2 205 F Lebanon, TN Wilson Central Georgia
15 Rogers, TaShaunaTaShauna Rogers 5-11 163 G Suffolk, VA King's Fork Georgetown
23 Walker, MarkelMarkel Walker 6-2 165 F Pittsburgh, PA Schenley UCLA
24 Williams, DestinyDestiny Williams 6-3 181 C Benton Harbor, MI Benton Harbor Illinois,
transferred to Baylor
32 Stroman, MorganMorgan Stroman 6-2 163 F Hopkins, SC Lower Richland Miami (FL)
34 Faris, KellyKelly Faris 5-11 150 G Plainfield, IN Heritage Christian School Connecticut
44 Tinkle, JoslynJoslyn Tinkle 6-3 190 F Missoula, MT Big Sky Stanford
45 Reed, CokieCokie Reed 6-4 200 C Hewitt, TX Midway Texas

Coaches[edit]

The West team was coached by:

The East team was coached by:

Boxscore[edit]

[2]

Visitors: West[edit]

## Player FGM/A 3PM/A FTM/A Points Off Reb Def Reb Tot Reb PF Ast TO BS ST Min
3 *Tayler Hill 1/ 6 1/3 0/ 0 3 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 2 18
4 *Tierra Ruffin-Pratt 5/15 0/ 3 0/ 0 10 3 7 10 3 2 2 0 2 23
11 *China Crosby 1/ 5 0/ 3 0/ 0 2 0 4 4 5 2 4 1 0 21
33 *Taber Spani 3/12 2/ 5 3/ 4 11 3 1 4 2 0 5 0 2 22
34 *Monique Oliver 2/13 0/ 1 0/ 0 4 2 4 6 1 0 0 2 2 20
00 Christina Marinacci 3/ 7 3/ 5 2/ 2 11 3 2 5 0 1 3 2 3 18
1 Eliza Pierre 1/ 2 0/ 0 1/ 2 3 1 2 3 2 5 0 1 4 19
12 Tierra Rogers 1/ 7 0/ 0 2/ 2 4 5 3 8 1 1 3 1 1 18
21 Stephanie Holzer / / / 0 0
25 Gennifer Brandon 3/ 8 0/ 0 4/ 5 10 3 2 5 0 2 1 1 1 20
42 Brittney Griner
50 DeNesha Stallworth 5/11 1/ 1 0/ 0 11 1 2 3 0 0 2 0 1 21
Team 10 5 15 1
TOTALS 25/86 7/21 12/15 69 32 32 64 16 14 21 8 18 200

Home: East[edit]

## Player FGM/A 3PM/A FTM/A Points Off Reb Def Reb Tot Reb PF Ast TO BS ST Min
2 *Dara Taylor 0/ 3 0/ 3 0/ 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 3 1 0 19
4 *Skylar Diggins 6/13 2/ 5 4/ 5 18 1 4 5 4 0 3 0 3 21
5 *Kelsey Bone 5/15 0/ 0 0/ 0 10 4 1 5 1 0 1 3 1 19
23 *Markel Walker 1/ 3 0/ 0 2/ 2 4 2 4 6 0 1 0 1 2 15
34 *Kelly Faris 1/ 4 0/ 0 2/ 3 4 2 5 7 2 3 2 2 3 15
3 Erica Wheeler 1/ 5 1/ 4 0/ 0 3 0 1 1 2 1 3 0 0 15
12 Jasmine Hassell 3/ 4 0/ 0 0/ 0 6 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 14
15 TaShauna Rogers 3/ 9 3/ 6 1/ 2 10 0 5 5 2 1 2 0 0 20
24 Destiny Williams 0/ 2 0/ 0 1/ 2 1 2 2 4 0 0 3 0 1 12
32 Morgan Stroman 1/ 2 0/ 0 1/ 4 3 2 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 17
44 Joslyn Tinkle 3/ 7 1/ 2 0/ 0 7 0 5 5 0 1 1 5 0 21
45 Cokie Reed 1/ 8 0/ 0 0/ 0 2 2 2 4 1 0 1 4 0 14
Team 3 3 6 1
TOTALS 25/75 7/20 11/18 68 20 34 54 15 9 22 17 12 202

(* = Starting Line-up)

All-American Week[edit]

Schedule[edit]

  • Tuesday, March 31: Powerade JamFest
    • Three-Point Shoot-out
    • Timed Basketball Skills Competition
  • Wednesday, April 1: 8th Annual Girls All-American Game

The Powerade JamFest is a skills-competition evening featuring basketball players who demonstrate their skills in two crowd-entertaining ways. Since the first All-American game in 2002, players have competed in a 3-point shooting challenge and a timed basketball skills competition.

Contest Winners[edit]

  • The 2009 Timed Skills Competition contest was won by China Crosby.

See also[edit]

2009 McDonald's All-American Boys Game

References[edit]

External links[edit]