April 4, 2005
Indianapolis – Caity Matter, a senior guard on the Ohio State women’s basketball team, was named to the 2004-05 Bayer Advantage Senior CLASS All-America squad Sunday in an announcement during the NCAA national semifinals in Indianapolis.
Wayne Simien of the University of Kansas was named the men’s winner of the 2004-05 Bayer Advantage® Senior CLASS Award and Kendra Wecker of Kansas State was the female recipient of the award, which is presented annually to the outstanding senior NCAA Division I basketball player.
The Senior CLASS Award is an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School. The award was launched during the 2001-02 season in response to the recent trend of college basketball players leaving college early to turn professional.
National balloting was conducted during the month of March by three separate voting entities – a National Media Committee that covers college basketball, Division I college basketball coaches, and nationwide fan balloting.
Joining Matter and Wecker on the women’s All-Senior All-America First Team was Temeka Johnson of Louisiana State, Jacqueline Batteast of Notre Dame and Janel McCarville of Minnesota.
The second team included TCU’s Sandora Irvin, Baylor’s Stephanie Blackmon, Mississippi State’s Tan White, Tanisha Wright of Penn State and Shyra Ely of Tennessee.
Matter was the second-leading scored for Ohio State in 2004-05 at 13.3 points per outing. She led the Big Ten in three-point shooting with 73 makes on 164 attempts for a .445 shooting percentage from beyond the arc. Matter is the all-time leading three-point shooter in Ohio State history.
For more on the 2004-05 Bayer Advantage Senior CLASS All-America, please visit www.seniorclassaward.com.