March 23, 2005
UCLA junior guard Nikki Blue (Bakersfield, Calif.) has been selected by the Associated Press as an honorable mention All-American for 2004-05. Blue led UCLA in scoring (17.0 ppg) and in assists (6.0 apg).
Blue has received many honors this season, earning WBCA/Kodak All-Region 8 acclaim and first-team All-Pac-10 honors for the third consecutive year. She was also named to the mid-season Naismith Award list and the pre-season Wade Trophy and Wooden Award All-America lists. In addition, she was selected to the Pac-10 All-Tournament team after a career-high 36-point performance in the quarterfinals against Arizona State. In Pac-10 play, Blue led the conference with a scoring average of 18.8 points and also posted averages of 6.7 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 3.6 steals. On the year, she recorded 10 20-point games, including two 30-point games, and had two double-doubles.
She has made her mark in the UCLA history books as well, becoming just the second Bruin in history to record over 1,300 career points (1,396, 10th-most in school history) and over 400 career assists (413, sixth-most in school history). Blue also moved into fourth place on the school career charts for steals (258).
2004-05 AP All-America Team
HONORABLE MENTION (In alphabetical order)
Nikita Bell, North Carolina; Nikki Blue, UCLA; Lindsay Bowen, Michigan State; Jessalyn Deveny, Boston College; Megan Duffy, Notre Dame; Candice Dupree, Temple; Ashley Earley, Vanderbilt; Shyra Ely, Tennessee; Katie Feenstra, Liberty; Sylvia Fowles, LSU; Kristin Haynie, Michigan State; Roneeka Hodges, Florida State; Tasha Humphrey, Georgia; Dionnah Jackson, Oklahoma; Tamara James, Miami; Sancho Lyttle, Houston; Kristen Mann, UC Santa Barbara; Shannon Mathews, Gonzaga; Caity Matter, Ohio State; Anne O'Neil, Iowa State; Yolanda Paige, West Virginia; Cappie Pondexter, Rutgers; Liz Shimek, Michigan State; Kim Smith, Utah; Ann Strother, Connecticut; Barbara Turner, Connecticut; Dee-Dee Wheeler, Arizona.