Payne Sidelined with Stress Fracture

Nov. 14, 2000

Seattle - Washington sophomore Loree Payne (Havre, Mont.) has a stress fracture in her left foot and will not play in Washington's season-opening games at Indiana and Michigan this weekend.

Payne, a sophomore guard, will take complete rest for two weeks and then begin rehabilitation as the pain in her foot dictates.

'It's disappointing not to have Loree as we open our season,' said fifth-year Husky coach June Daugherty. 'Our main concern is her health and recovery. It's too early to tell how long she will be out. We can only hope for the best.'

Payne, who hasn't missed a game since the eighth grade, was the Huskies leading scorer as a freshman last year, averaging 17.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. She and teammate Megan Franza combined to form the highest scoring duo from one school in Pac-10 history. Payne broke several Washington freshman records, including the season scoring mark with 521 points in 30 games. Payne and Franza were set to enter this season as the leading returning scorers in the Pac-10 Conference.

Payne spent her summer with USA Basketball, playing on the R.William Jones Cup Team that won a gold medal in Taiwan. The squad also had the chance to play the USA women's Olympic team in Hawaii, in its final warm-up before the Summer Games.

Washington opens the 2000-01 season Nov. 17 at Indiana. Game time is 4 p.m. EST (1 p.m. PST) at Assembly Hall in Bloomington. From there, the Huskies travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. for a Nov. 19 game against the Wolverines.

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