Twenty-four of the country's top women's college basketball players meet tonight at 8 in the first annual Underalls All-America All-Star Classic at George Washington University's Smith Center.
Lusia Harris, the 6-foot star of AIAW champion Delta State University and Ann Meyers of UCLA head the cast in the first women's national all-star game.
Proceeds from the game will go to the Women's Sports Foundation and GWU.
Unlike the NCAA, the AIAW permits underclass women to play in such events, and few of the top players are seniors.
Harris averaged 25.9 points and 14.5 rebounds in her four years at Delta State. Virtually unstoppable within 10 feet of the basket, she shot 63.3 per cent from the floor and 67 per cent from the free-throw line.
Last year, Harris, the team leader in points (15.2) and rebounds (seven) led the United State women's team to at silver medal in the Montreal Olympics.
She will be joined by several Olympic teammates and three other Delta State players on the 12-player West team.
Debbie Brock, the 4-11 dynamo, Ramona Von Boeckman and Kornelia Ward teamed with Harris to help the Lady Statesmen compile a 32-3 mark and take their third consecutive national title. The fifth consecutive national title. The fifth Delta State starter, Wanda Hairston, was selected for tonight's game but withdrew for personal reasons.
Also playing for the favored West squard are Meyers, sister of former UCLA and current Milwaukee Bucks forward Dave Meyers, Tennessee's Pat Roberts and California-State at Fullerton's Nancy Dunkle. All were Olympians.
Meyers, a 5-9 junior, averaged 18 points per game for the 20-3 Bruins. While in high school, she was selected most valuable player in six sports.
Roberts boasts a 30-point, 14-rebound per game average. The 6-1 senior led Fullerton to a 28-5 mark and a berth in the national semifinals against Delta State.
Top performers for the shorter but quicker East include Olympians Nancy Lieberman of Old Dominion and Cindy Brogden of Mercer, along with Maryland's Tara Heiss ad Montclair State's Carol Blazejowski, the nation's leading scorer with a 34-point average.
Blazejowski, a 5-11 junior, set a Madison Square Garden record with 52 points against Queens College this year.
Lieberman was the only high schooler to make the Olympic team. Last season, the 5-10 ball-handling wizard, who picked up her skills on the New York City playgrounds, averaged 20.9 points and eight assists.
Heiss, from Walter Johnson High, is the all-time scoring leader at Maryland with 907 points. The only local player selected, the 5-6 Heiss averaged 12.2 points and five assists this season.
Brogden, a streak shooter, scored 844 points this season to give her a two-year total of 1,746. During a five-game stretch, the 5-11 sophomore scored 40, 40, 33, 47 and 40, points.
Coaches for the East team are Old Dominion's Pam Parson and Maryland's Chris Weller. Handling the West team will Kay Yuw of North Carolina State and her sister, Debbie Yow of Kentucky.
A 6 p.m. preliminary game matches the Washington area's top high school girls from the East (Maryland suburbs, Northeast and Southeast D.C.) against the West (Virginia suburbs, Northwest and Southwest D.C.).