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Purdue Women's Basketball Recruiting

2002 Senior All-Star Team


Player Profiles


June 11, 2002
Bob Sternvogel
© MrHoops

    Introducing the 2002 Senior All-Star team.

    Following arthroscopic knee surgery in December, MELANIE BOEGLIN missed three weeks of action. After she returned to the court, Melanie helped the Lady Braves post a 25-2 mark and win the 4A state title. Her 10 points, five rebounds, six assists, and five steals in the championship game victory over South Bend Riley landed Boeglin on the All-Tournament team. For the season, she averaged 13.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.3 spg, and 6.3 apg. Melanie was named a third-team All-State player by the AP, while the Louisville Courier-Journal and ICGSA selected her to their respective All-Indiana second teams. Midwest Sports Publishing tabbed her the #17 senior in the state. As a junior, Melanie averaged 9.8 ppg and 5.2 apg. Her greatest AAU success came in 1998, when she helped Indiana’s Finest to a fourth-place finish in the national tournament. On April 21 of this year, she was named the Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Classic MVP after her 21 points led District 1 to a 113-73 triumph over District 3. Melanie has committed to Indiana State.

    BRIGETT BRANSON follows up her 2001 Junior All-Star berth with this senior-year selection. Her 11.6 ppg and 9.6 rpg helped the Warriors achieve a 14-7 record this past season. For her efforts, Brigett was selected an AP All-State second-teamer and Midwest Sports Publishing’s #20 senior in Indiana. In an April 14 contest, she scored 10 points to help her North squad to an 86-72 win over the South. As a junior, Branson contributed 14.1 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 3.6 apg, and 2.3 spg as Turkey Run finished 16-4. Her sophomore averages of 11.5 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 3.5 apg, and 3.0 spg helped garner a sectional championship for her school. Brigett made both the All-Sectional and All-Conference teams for ’98-’99, ’99-’00, and ’00-’01. She accumulated 1038 points (a school record) and 868 rebounds during her Turkey Run career. The adidas All-American was a member of AAU state championship teams at both the 13-and-under and 15-and-under levels. Her 15-U squad also took fifth at Nationals. Brigett’s AAU teammates have included Candace Dark, who will play alongside her during this series. This fall, Branson will begin her stint as a member of Kathi Bennett’s Indiana Hoosiers.

    CANDACE DARK was named the local small-school Player of the Year by the Lafayette Journal & Courier after averaging 20.7 ppg as a senior. Of her 477 points on the season, 34 were scored in her best game. She also contributed 7.5 rpg, 4.1 apg, and 5.0 spg as the Mustangs won their second straight sectional crown en route to a 19-5 finish. Candace, who was accorded second-team All-State honors by the AP and Louisville Courier-Journal, also made the ICGSA’s first team. Midwest Sports Publishing named her the #13 senior in the state. In 2001, Candace received honorable mention on the Street & Smith All-America team after leading Fountain Central to its first regional championship by averaging 21.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 5 apg, and 5.6 spg. She broke the 1000-point barrier as a junior, and finished with 1875 points and 633 rebounds as a Mustang. The perennial Fountain Central MVP and All-Wabash River Conference selection has also been an adidas Top Ten Camp Upperclass All-Star. A core Junior All-Star last year, Candace has played AAU ball for Indiana’s Finest Black Cats and the Indiana Force. On April 14 of this year, she scored 15 points to help the North to an 86-72 win over the South. Candace will attend summer school at Ohio State before taking the court for the Buckeyes in the fall. According to Fountain Central coach Phil Rash, Dark "is one of the most complete players in the state." Besides annually leading western Indiana in both scoring and assists, she is also "a great defender and rebounder" blessed with "excellent court awareness and the unique ability of making her teammates better."

    MEGAN DOSSEN contributed to four state championships during her remarkable career at Fort Wayne Luers. After taking three straight 2A crowns with a combined mark of 81-2, the Knights moved up to 3A this past season and finished 21-5 after defeating Gibson Southern by a 51-37 count in the title clash. Megan averaged 16.2 ppg and 6.5 rpg as a senior, and finished with 1180 points and 479 rebounds for her Luers career. She was recently named an ICGSA All-State second-teamer, a 3A All-Tournament selection, and Midwest Sports Publishing’s #15 senior in the state. In the 2001 title game, Megan led all scorers by posting 23 points in a 55-39 victory over Shenandoah. She contributed 14 ppg and 4.6 rpg as a junior. The two-time All-Conference selection and former Junior All-Star was the 2000 semi-state MVP. Dossen will attend the University of Indianapolis.

    Purdue-bound CAROL DUNCAN averaged 14.5 ppg and 9.4 rpg during her senior campaign as a Panther. She accumulated 1214 points and 828 rebounds for her NorthWood career. Carol, who helped her team claim the 1999 3A crown with a win over Indianapolis Cathedral, finished her high school tenure with a 16-6 season and 76-19 total record. As a senior, she was named a first-team All-State player by both the Louisville Courier-Journal and the ICGSA. She also received a third-team berth on the AP All-State squad, while Midwest Sports Publishing declared her the #5 senior in Indiana. A core member of last year’s Junior All-Stars, Carol contributed 17.3 ppg and 11.1 rpg during a 2000-’01 campaign in which the Panthers went 19-4. That season saw her make the All-Conference squad for a second straight time as she led Elkhart County in scoring.

    Although BRIANNA HOWARD finished her Southwestern career as the Rebels’ all-time leader in both points (1918) and steals, she will join the Purdue Boilermakers as an "invited walk-on" in the fall. Educational expenses will not be much of a concern, however, as the future Ph.D. candidate in pharmacy has received a four-year academic scholarship. As a high school senior, Brianna averaged 19.9 ppg and 6.1 rpg as the Rebels won the 2A championship with a 70-64 victory over Shenandoah. After contributing 19 points in the title clash, Howard was named both an AP All-Tournament selection and the recipient of the Patricia L. Roy Mental Attitude Award. The Rebels’ MVP was a first-team (Louisville Courier-Journal) and second-team (ICGSA) all-stater. She was also named the #30 senior in Indiana by Midwest Sports Publishing. The Rebels’ leading scorer for each of her four seasons at Southwestern averaged 23.2 ppg and 7.1 rpg as a junior. She has also been an AAU teammate of Sharika Webb, who will join Brianna as a freshman member of next season’s Boiler squad after playing with Howard in this All-Star series. In the South squad’s 86-72 loss to the North on April 14, Brianna scored 16 points in defeat.

    CINDI MERRILL averaged 23 points and 7 rebounds per game as the Lady Millers compiled an 18-2 mark this past season. She finished with 1525 points (high game 39) and 548 boards for her Noblesville career. The three-year team captain and three-time All-Conference selection was named a 2001-02 All-Stater by the Louisville Courier-Journal (first team), ICGSA (second team), and AP (third team). Midwest Sports Publishing tabbed her the #18 senior in Indiana. As a junior, Cindi averaged 18.4 ppg and 4.5 rpg. She was named to the All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference First Team after being awarded All-Olympic Conference honors for ’98-’99 and ’99-’00. Cindi was also a perennial All-Metro and All-Hamilton County choice. On April 14, she scored 9 points for the North in an 86-72 triumph over the South. Cindi will matriculate at Ohio’s Miami University.

    JENNY PFEIFFER finished with 1527 career points after averaging 22.5 ppg during her senior campaign as a Panther. Against Jeffersonville, she scored a season-high 36 to help Jennings County win the Hoosier Hills Conference crown. Jenny was selected an All-State first-teamer by both the Louisville Courier-Journal and the ICGSA, and was named second-team All-State by the AP. Midwest Sports Publishing tabbed her Indiana’s #6 senior. After a 2000-01 season in which she contributed 20.7 ppg, Jenny was named a Junior All-Star and a Street & Smith Honorable Mention All-American. She has also been an adidas Top Ten Camp Upperclass All-Star, a Blue Star Elite Selection, and a High School Christian Athlete All-America choice. The perennial All-HHC athlete has been ranked among the nation’s top 20 guards and 50 best players. Bret McCormick of All-Star Girls Report characterizes Pfeiffer as "both a true point guard and a true shooting guard, which is a great combination." Jenny will attend the University of Kentucky.

    As a senior, JESSICA SCHERER overcame foot and back problems to average 20.1 ppg and 9.4 rpg as the Tigers took their second sectional crown in three seasons en route to a 23-2 mark. Her 1304 career points place her atop Triton Central’s all-time list. Besides becoming Shelby County’s MVP for the third time, Jessica was selected an All-State performer by the ICGSA (second team) and AP (third team). Midwest Sports Publishing named her Indiana’s #24 senior. A Junior All-Star last year, Jessica averaged 18.5 ppg and 8.2 rpg for 2000-01. The Indianapolis Star named her to its Metro South First Team after her junior season, then placed her on its Super Team this year. Jessica has played for the Indiana Force in U.S. Junior Nationals competition She will be a freshman for the Evansville Lady Aces this fall.

    Team captain CYNDI VALENTIN led the Panthers to a 23-1 mark this past season by averaging 21.5 ppg, hitting as many as 38 in a clash with Ben Davis. Granted first-team All-State recognition by both the Louisville Courier-Journal and the ICGSA, Cyndi also made the AP’s All-State second team. Midwest Sports Publishing tabbed her the #3 senior in Indiana. In the South’s 86-72 loss to the North on April 14, Cyndi scored 13 points in defeat. During the 2000-01 season, Valentin contributed 21.9 ppg and 6.1 rpg as Bloomington South compiled a 17-6 record. She was named Team MVP and an All-Conference Indiana performer for the second straight year, and was further rewarded by being selected as a Junior All-Star. Cyndi will play for the Indiana Hoosiers.

    Although SHARIKA WEBB averaged 18.3 ppg and 6.3 rpg as a senior, she could not lead the two-time defending state 3A champion Irish to a crown after Indianapolis Cathedral’s move to Class 4A. Sharika can receive some consolation from the fact she helped Cathedral post a 104-6 record during her tenure, and leaves as the school’s all-time leader in points (1651), steals (355), and three-point field goals (165). Sharika was also a 2001-02 first-team All-State selection of both the Louisville Courier-Journal and the AP. Midwest Sports Publishing named her the #4 senior in Indiana. During her junior campaign, Webb contributed 16 ppg, 5.5 rpg, and 4.3 apg as the Irish finished 29-1 after defeating Plymouth in the state title clash. The Nike All-American hit a game-high 20 points in defeat as her South squad lost to the North last April 14. When she joins Kristy Curry’s Purdue club, Sharika will be teamed with Brianna Howard, whom she met when both Webb and Howard were 12-year-olds. Another Boiler freshman will be Carol Duncan, who helped NorthWood beat Cathedral for the 1999 3A crown.

    JESSICA WRIGHT, Sharika Webb’s teammate at Indianapolis Cathedral, averaged 12.8 ppg and 5.5 rpg as a senior. Jessica was a Second-Team All-State selection of both the AP and the ICGSA, as well as Midwest Sports Publishing’s choice as the #2 senior in Indiana. The 2001 Nike All-America Camp attendee and Street & Smith All-America Honorable Mention recipient was rated #28 nationally by Blue Star and #45 by Student Sports. Jessica contributed 12.1 ppg and 5 rpg during the Irish’s 2000-01 3A championship season. The former state title game MVP will play collegiately at Illinois.

    Last alphabetically, but wearing the #1 jersey, is SHANNA ZOLMAN. The current Miss Basketball is the 27th girl to receive recognition as Indiana’s premier high-school player. During her senior season, Shanna broke the state scoring record set by Stephanie White (now McCarty) in 1995. Zolman scored 53 of her 3085 career points in a 2001-02 clash with Elkhart Memorial. Her string of 70 consecutive free throws made established a national mark. Shanna led the state in scoring in each of her four seasons as a Warrior She averaged 31.2 ppg as a freshman, 33.0 as a sophomore, 34.3 as a junior, and 33.8 as a senior. Zolman also distinguished herself as a rebounder, grabbing 9 boards a game last season after collecting 7.4 per contest through her first three Wawasee campaigns. She also entered 2001-02 with career averages of 4.5 apg and 5.0 spg, then contributed 5.0 apg and 4.6 spg as a twelfth-grader.

    Shanna was a Parade first-team All-American both last year and in 2002. USA Today named her to its most recent All-USA Second Team. Student Sports similarly honored her as a second-team All-American. Zolman was named an All-State first-teamer by the Louisville Courier-Journal, the AP, and the ICGSA. Midwest Sports Publishing named her Indiana’s best senior. Blue Star and All-Star Girls Report each ranked her #8 in the country. In 2000, Shanna was both an AAU 16-and-under All-American and a United States Junior World Qualifying Team invitee. Last year, she was selected as a Junior National Team alternate. Two days after being named the co-MVP of April’s inaugural McConald’s All-American game for girls, Shanna participated in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-Star game. With her Wawasee #24 jersey now retired, Shanna will strive to add to her legend when she begins her Tennessee Lady Vol career in the fall.


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