Women's Basketball Plays First Exhibition Game Monday Night

Nov. 6, 2000

The Washington women's basketball team plays the first of two exhibition games Monday night when it hosts RTU Clondica Riga, a women's team from Latvia. Tip-off time is 7 p.m. at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

DIRECTIONS
Edmonds-Woodway High School
7600 212th St. SW
Edmonds, WA

From 1-5 North or South, take the 220th St. SW (Mountlake Terrace) exit and head west. Cross Highway 99 and turn right on 76th.Proceed north on 76th a few blocks and the school is on your left.

Huskies Get Set for 2000-2001 Season
Washington opens its 27th season of women's basketball with a veteran squad that returns four of its five starters from last season along with a talented group of newcomers. As the only Pac-10 school with no losses to graduation, the Huskies have a five player senior class rich with experience, highlighted by a roster of sophomores and juniors who have all seen extensive playing time, and finally, four newcomers who could all provide immediate contributions.

Bank of America Arena
Along with the usual excitement generated at the beginning of a new season, the Huskies welcome a return to their home court after playing last season off campus. Over the last year and a half, Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion has undergone an extensive renovation. This year, the Huskies move back into their on-campus arena - a venue that provides the charm of its original 1920s style along with all the modern conveniences of today. Over $40 million dollars in improvements have been made and the new transformation ensures that every person in the building has a great seat with no obstructed views.

Explosive Backcourt Highlights Husky Offense ...
Highlighting the veteran Husky team is an explosive backcourt that features senior guard Megan Franza and sophomore guard Loree Payne, who finished last year as the third and fourth leading scorers in the Pacific-10 Conference, respectively. Franza, who averaged 17.2 points per game, led the league in scoring until the final two weeks of the season, while Payne finished fourth with 17.4 points per game. Together they formed the highest scoring duo from the same school in Pac-10 history. With the graduation of Maylana Martin (UCLA) and the impending redshirt season for Oregon's injured Shaquala Williams, Payne and Franza enter the 2000-01 season as the leading returning scorers in the Pac-10.

... Along with a Healthy Front Line
Fifth year coach June Daugherty relishes the opportunity to open the season, even open practice, with a healthy front line. The group was straddled with injuries during the majority of last season, causing Daugherty to constantly alter her starting lineup and rotation. This year, senior LeAnn Sheets, the leading returning rebounder (6.8 rpg) in the Pac-10, enters her final campaign with no lingering effects from her foot surgery. In addition, sophomore Cheryl Sorenson, a guard/forward whom Daugherty calls the most critical missing piece last season - because of her versatility - is recovered from ACL surgery last November. Kellie O'Neill, who had an immediate impact last season, particularly in rebounding, but missed the tail end of the year with a severely sprained ankle, is stronger and faster as she enters her second season. The addition of two freshmen post players, Andrea Lalum (6-4) and Sarah Keeler (6-3) further bolsters the Husky interior game.

Husky Coaching Staff
Washington head coach June Daugherty and her staff enter their fifth year with the Huskies, with one newcomer on list. Former Michigan Wolverine Yeshimbra 'Shimmy' Gray joins the Huskies this season, replacing Hulett Brooks who left coaching to pursue private business. Daugherty, who was inducted into the Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame in September, and her assistants, Sunny Smallwood and Mike Daugherty, have been together since the 1996-97 season.

The Schedule
As is tradition, the Washington women's basketball team faces a challenging schedule as it enters the 2000-2001 season. The Huskies face 11 teams that played in the postseason last year, seven in the NCAA Tournament, including none other than defending national champion Connecticut in the home opener Nov. 24. Four Pac-10 teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2000 and four opponents played in the WNIT, including national semi-finalist Colorado State. Washington opens its season on the road, at Indiana, in the first game between the two schools since 1982. The roadtrip continues to Michigan, against a Wolverine team that played in the first round of the NCAAs. The Huskies then return home for the grand opening of Bank of America Arena when they host the Connecticut Huskies in a nationally televised game on Fox Sports Net at 9 p.m.,Nov. 24.

Gold Medal Count
Sophomore Loree Payne capped a stellar freshman campaign with her selection to the USA Basketball R.William Jones Cup team that annually plays in Taiwan. The youngest player on the squad and the lone representative from the Pac-10, Payne helped lead the team to a gold medal in the four-game tournament. She finished with 16 points, three rebounds and four assists in three games played. Payne tallied 11 points in the gold medal game.

Husky Calendar
Thurs., Nov. 2 Pac-10 Media Day, 12 noon - 2:45 p.m. San Jose Arena, SJ, Calif.

Mon., Nov. 6 First exhibition game vs. TRU Clondica Riga (Latvia) 7 p.m. Edmonds-Woodway HS

Sun., Nov. 12 Exhibition game vs. Bay Area Pro-Am, 2 p.m., Mountlake Terrace HS

Wed., Nov. 8 National Letter of Intent Signing Day (late period begins April 11)

Fri., Nov. 17 Season Opener at Indiana 5 p.m. EST

Fri., Nov. 24 Home opener versus Connecticut, Bank of America Arena 9 p.m. PST

Huskies Among Returning Pac-10 Leaders
Pac-10 Conference 1999-2000 Final Individual Statistics
(returning players in bold)

SCORING		  G	   FG	   3FG	   FT	   PTS	   AVG.
**1. Williams, Shaquala, ORE 31 189 53 118 549 17.7
2. Martin, Maylana, UCLA 29 193 0 120 506 17.4
3. Payne, Loree, WASH 30 183 60 95 521 17.4
4. Franza, Megan, WASH 30 192 62 69 515 17.2
5. Dietel, Alke, WSU 27 142 35 47 366 13.6
6. Ragland, Felicia, OSU 30 146 28 68 388 12.9
7. Pierce, Sissel, OSU 29 166 0 43 375 12.9
8. Lackey, Angela, ARIZ 31 137 1 119 394 12.7
9. Brown, Tatum, ARIZ 32 154 0 88 396 12.4
10. Moos, Carolyn, STAN 30 128 15 100 371 12.4
**injured, expected out for season

REBOUNDING G OFF DEF TOT AVG
1. Martin, Maylana, UCLA 29 100 152 252 8.7
2. Jackson, Shavaki, CAL 22 84 107 191 8.7
3. Brown, Tatum, ARIZ 32 96 151 247 7.7
4. Petraitis, Reda, OSU 30 98 125 223 7.4
5. Hubbard, Janae, UCLA 29 88 126 214 7.4
6. Sheets, LeAnn, WASH 22 59 91 150 6.8
7. Pierce, Sissel, OSU 29 76 114 190 6.6
8. Washington, Tiffany, USC 29 81 107 188 6.5
9. Ragland, Felicia, OSU 30 69 117 186 6.2
10. Ashbaugh, Lauren, CAL 28 53 117 170 6.1

Huskies Tied with UCLA in Preseason Coaches Poll
The Washington women's basketball team has been picked to finish sixth the Pacific-10 Conference race, along with UCLA, in the preseason coaches poll. The Huskies, who finished ninth last season, return four of five starters from the squad that posted a record of 8-22 last year.
With four returning starters from last year's NCAA Tournament team, Stanford has been tabbed by the Pac-10 women's basketball coaches as the team to beat in the 2000-01 season. The Cardinal tied with Arizona for second place in the Conference with a 13-5 league record last season, while Oregon captured its second straight Pac-10 title.
Stanford, which finished 21-9 overall and advanced to the second round of the NCAA West Regional last season, garnered nine first-place votes in the preseason poll, while Oregon earned one first-place vote. The Cardinal made its 13th straight NCAA Tournament appearance last season.
This is the first time that Stanford has been tabbed by the coaches as the Conference preseason favorite since the poll's inception in 1998-99. The Cardinal was last picked to win the Pac-10 race by the media in 1997-98.

2000-01 PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COACHES POLL
(first place votes in parentheses)

Team	Pts.
1. Stanford (9) 90
2. Oregon (1) 78
3. USC 70
4. Arizona 66
5. Arizona State 57
6t. UCLA 49
Washington 49
8. Oregon State 34
9. California 29
10. Washington State 18

Payne Among Sharp Shooters
The Women's Basketball Journal surveyed Division I women's basketball coaches to name the two best pure shooters in the nation. A No. 1 vote was worth two points, and a No. 2 vote gave the player one point. Here is a look at the results that were released in the Sept. 30 issue of Women's Basketball Journal:

Player		School	Pts.
1. Jackie Stiles SW Missouri St. 53
2. Sue Bird Connecticut 36
3. Alicia Ratay Notre Dame 35
4. Kelly Miller Georgia 21
5. Loree Payne Washington 14
6. Jamie Carey Stanford 9
Alisha Sare Texas 9
Georgia Schweitzer Duke 9
Lisa Shepard Penn State 9
Wendi Willits Arkansas 9

Letter of Intent Period - Begins Nov. 8
High school seniors can officially declare their choice of the college or university they plan to attend the following year during the early letter of intent signing period. The fall period begins Nov. 8 this year. Following that period, the next opportunity that student-athletes may sign is in April. Coaches or other university personnel are not permitted to discuss prospective student-athletes until the school has received their letter of intent. Information on the student-athletes will be released, by the media relations department, upon arrival of the letters.

BASKETB ALL TICKET INFORMATION
For further information on Husky women's basketball tickets, call 206-543-2200.
Three Point Plan
Fans may choose any three Pac-10 Conference games for just $24. Reserved seats (though not necessarily the same seat for each game). This plan is available Nov. 1 - Dec. 31 and offers a 20% discount off regular season prices.Pepsi Fan Plan
Families may purchase four tickets, four hot dogs and four Pepsi soft drinks for $25 total. General admission seating only.
Husky Student Tickets
Student tickets are on sale now. For $30, UW students may purchase a season pass good for all men's and women's regular season games - 29 games total). There is a limit of 500 student tickets available for purchase. One pass per student. Student seating is general admission. The first 500 students in attendance at each game will be admitted to the student sectoin - overflow seating is located in the public general admission area.

Husky Quick Facts
University of Washington Huskies
Head coach: June Daugherty (Ohio State '78)
at UW: 59-56 (four seasons)
career: 182-130 (11 seasons)
Assistant coaches: Sunny Smallwood (Boise State '83, eighth year at UW, fifth year with coach Daugherty),Mike Daugherty (Ohio State '77, fifth year)Shimmy Gray (Michigan '94, first year).
1999-2000 record: 8-22
Pac-10 Conference record: 4-14 / 9th
Letterwinners returning /lost: 10/2
Starters returning / lost: 4/1
Redshirts returning: 1 (Cheryl Sorenson)
Newcomers: 4

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