Women's Basketball Moves into Top 25

Feb. 12, 2001

Seattle - The Washington women's basketball team, tied for first place in the Pac-10 Conference, moved into the Associated Press Top 25 rankings for the first time since the 1997-98 season. The Huskies, who knocked off ranked foes Arizona and Arizona State last weekend, stand at No. 23 in the Feb. 12 poll.

Washington is one spot ahead of Arizona State, which dropped a notch to No. 24 after losing, 79-60, to the Huskies Saturday. Stanford is the first team listed as receiving votes in the poll. The Huskies, Sun Devils and Cardinal share the Pac-10 lead with identical 8-3 conference records.

The top 25 ranking is the Huskies' first since the week of Feb. 28, 1998, when they were also at No. 23. The current six-player senior class was in its freshman season and helped lead Washington to its last NCAA Tournament appearance. The team was ranked as high as No. 7 that year, after starting the season on a 10-0 run.

Washington's highest ranking in the Associated Press Top 25 was No. 3 in the final poll of the 1990 season.

Washington's victories over Arizona and Arizona State were led by senior guard Megan Franza, who was named Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 5-11, as announced by Commissioner Tom Hansen.

Franza, from Leavenworth, Wash., averaged 23.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists to lead the Huskies to victories over No. 22 Arizona and No. 23 Arizona State, moving UW into a three-way tie for first place in the Pac-10. On the week, Franza went 16-for-29 from the field (.551), was 7-of-15 from three-point range (.467) and connected on 8-of-10 free throws.

Franza scored 26 points on 9-of-14 (.643) shooting from the field, with three assists in the win over Arizona. She played a key role in UW's Pac-10 record 16 treys, going 4-for-6 from beyond the arc. In the win over Arizona State, Franza scored a game-high 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting (.467) from the field, including a 3-of-7 mark from three-point range.

Franza ranks fourth in Pac-10 scoring (15.5 ppg) and is averaging 16.9 points in Conference games.

The Player of the Week honor is the second of Franza's career and the17th all-time selection for the Huskies.

Washington travels this week to face Northwest rivals Oregon State at 7 p.m. Thursday in Corvallis and Oregon at 1 p.m. Saturday in Eugene. The game at Oregon will be televised live to a national audience on Fox Sports Net.

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