Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Bashaara Graves' late FT lifts East
CHICAGO -- Bashaara Graves made a game-winning free throw with less than a second left and the East beat the West 79-78 in the McDonald's All-American game on Wednesday.
Baylor recruit Alexis Prince had 15 points and nine rebounds for the East to earn the MVP award.
Katie Collier made two foul shots for the West with 16.4 seconds left, tying it at 68. Graves was fouled by Collier on the ensuing possession, and the Tennessee recruit made the first free throw to put the East ahead with 0.3 seconds remaining. She missed the second, but time expired before the West could attempt a shot.
"I was ready for it to be over, but I still wanted to play because it was great experience out there and it was fun playing on the court knowing a lot of greats already played on it," Graves said.
Player of the year Breanna Stewart scored seven of her nine points for the East in the final 4 minutes of the game at the United Center. Stewart is headed to Connecticut.
Nirra Fields, who is committed to Washington, led the West with 20 points.
Morgan Tuck, who is from the Chicago area, scored 12 of her 18 points in the second half for the West. Tuck is committed to Connecticut.
"I was definitely nervous starting off and I think that was how everybody was," she said. "Talking on the bench with my teammates, they got me nice and calm and we just had to go out there and play. I just think overall I was getting the ball where I can score."