April 1, 2013
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AUBURN - While The Auburn women's basketball team's season ended Saturday night in the Women's NIT Quarterfinals, senior Blanche Alverson will wear her Auburn jersey one more time as she was selected to the State Farm College 3-Point Championship, Intersport announced Monday.
The event is part of the 25th annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championship, set for 6 p.m. CT on Thursday, April 4 at McCamish Pavilion on the campus of Georgia Tech. Alverson is the second Auburn player in as many years to be invited to the event as Kenny Gabriel, formerly of the Auburn men's basketball team, competed in the slam dunk contest a year ago.
The event, which will showcase the dunking and sharp-shooting talents of 24 of the nation's top college basketball players, will be broadcast live on ESPN. The broadcast team includes Brad Nessler, Dan Dakich, Jimmy Dykes and Samantha Ponder. Individual events include: Hampton Hotels Men's 3-Point Championship, State Farm Women's 3-Point Championship, Pepsi MAX Battle of the Champions and Denny's Slam Dunk Championship.
"It is such an honor to be selected for this event and I am excited for the opportunity to go to Atlanta and do my best," said Alverson. "Being able to put on the Auburn jersey one more time means to much to me. I will do my best to represent the Auburn Family well."
Alverson will be competing in the State Farm Women's 3-Point Championship. A 6-foot-3-inch senior from Andalusia, Ala., Alverson averaged 12.6 points per outing, 6.1 rebounds per game and sank a team-best 67 shots from behind the arc this season. She was named the 2012 and 2013 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earned a spot on the inaugural AllState WBCA Good Works Team this year. Crowned Auburn's Miss Homecoming earlier this year, Alverson is only the fourth player in Auburn history to tally at least 1,000 points, 500 boards, 100 steals, 100 assists and 50 blocks throughout their career.
Competing in Atlanta, Alverson will see some familiar faces at the event. Not only is McCamish Pavilion less than two hours from Auburn, it is also about 30 miles from Buford (Ga.) High School, where Alverson graduated from in 2009.
Others that have been selected to the State Farm Women's College 3-Point Championship so far are Alexa Deluzio (Florida State), Marissa Kastanek (North Carolina State), Kortni Jones (Middle Tennessee State), Aulani Sinclair (Indiana) and Kate Thompson (Michigan). Two other participants will be named in the coming days.