Steve Sheppard, a hard worker and two-year pro from Maryland, was waived by the Detroit Pistons yesterday, while in Indianapolis, 10 television cameras trained on opening of Pacers' rookie practice, featuring Ann Meyers.

"I'm a lot slower than the other guys," the UCLA women's All-America signed by the NBA club last week allowed after the two-hour workout. "They're a lot more physical than the women I've played against. And I can't do a lot of the things against the men that I've done against the women."

John Kuester, the former North Carolina Tar Heel guard trying as a free agent to make it for a third NBA campaign, was put in the position of applying his 6-foot-3 stature against the 5-9 (and 50 pounds lighter) Meyers. "She's a real fine basketball player," said Keuster, who sent Meyers crashing to the floor on one drive to the hoop, then picked her up.

Said Coach Bob Leonard: "I think she did excellent. . . She got knocked down a few times, but I thought she competed very well."

Carolina's Dudley Bradley was one of the rookies in the Pacers' scrimmage. Who'll stick on the 11-"guy" roster?