Halpenny Selected to Study Abroad

Dec. 11, 2000

Seattle - Women's basketball player Carli Halpenny is one of 25 University of Washington undergraduates selected to participate in a prestigious international study program during the spring quarter. She was chosen from a pool of 50 applicants to participate in the UW's Comparative History of Ideas (CHID) program.

Halpenny, a redshirt junior on the basketball team, will spend the spring, 2000 academic quarter at school in Rome, Italy in the program that involves the study of literature, architecture and the culture and language of the country. She was one of 12 students chosen from outside the UW architecture school to join the 25-person travel party.

The program allows Halpenny, who maintains a 3.75 grade point average, to complete her undergraduate degree in zoology and graduate in June, 2001. She has elected to complete her basketball eligibility at the conclusion of this season, a move that now gives the Huskies a six-player senior class. Halpenny joins Sarah Duncan, Melissa Erickson, Megan Franza, Jill Pimley and LeAnn Sheets in their final year of eligibility.

Halpenny, a 6-foot-3 center, enters this season healthy for the first time since her arrival in 1997-98. She has played in all six games this year and is averaging 10 minutes and 2.8 points per game. Halpenny suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her knee upon her arrival in 1997 and used a redshirt season for her rehabilitation. She saw limited action in her first two seasons, playing in eight games as a redshirt freshman in 1999 and nine games as a sophomore last year.

'I was honored to be selected as part of this group,' said Halpenny, 'and it's an oppotunity I couldn't pass up. This is something I've always wanted to do. It will be a great educational opportunity and a chance to expand my horizons beyond life as a student and basketball player at Washington. Even though I won't play four years of basketball, I'm excited to graduate with Megan, Jill, Sarah, Melissa and LeAnn, the class I started with as a freshman.'

'This is a tribute to Carli and all the hard work she puts in as a student-athlete,' added Husky head coach June Daugherty. 'We will miss her on the court, but we understand what a fantastic opportunity this program offers.'

The Huskies, who are coming off a 69-57 win over Nebraska, continue a seven-game home stand when they host St. Mary's at 1 p.m., Sun., Dec. 17 at Bank of America Arena.

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