Huskies Face Florida in NCAA Second Round

March 17, 2001

* Pregame Washington/Florida Quotes

The Game: Washington (20-9) will face host Florida (24-5) in NCAA SecondRound action at 8:35 p.m. EST (5:35 p.m. PST), Sun., March 18 at theOConnell Center in Gainesville, Fla. The Huskies, who are the No. 6 seedin the West Region, advanced to the second round with a 67-65 victory over11-seed Old Dominion Friday night. The Lady Gators, the No. 3 seed,defeated 14-seed Holy Cross, 84-52, in the first round. Both Washingtonand Florida earned at-large berths to the NCAA Tournament.

Television / Radio
The Washington-Florida second round NCAA game will be televised live onESPN Fullcourt with Larry Vettel and Leah Secondo, a pay-per-view optionon the network. The game will air live in Washington on Fox SportsNorthwest. It can also be heard on radio at KOMO Radio am 1000. Fans canaccess the game on internet at www.gohuskies.com and then going tohttp:www.broadcast.com/sports/ncaa/washington or from the Florida site atgatorzone.com

The Coaches

Washington
June Daugherty (Ohio State 78)
Record at UW: 79-65 (5th yr.)
Career: 202-139 (12th yr.)

Florida
Carol Ross (Mississippi 82)
Record at UF and career: 229-109 (11th yr.)

Tournament Notes
Washington improved to 12-12 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and 7-3 infirst round action ... the Huskies are making their first appearance inthe tournament since 1998 ... it is the third appearance under fifth-yearHusky coach June Daugherty ... the victory over Old Dominion was the firstwin in the first round since 1995.

Series Notes
This will be the first meeting between Florida and Washington ... theHuskies own a record of 6-4 against teams from the Southeastern Conference... the last time UW faced an SEC team was in the 1997-98 season when theHuskies knocked off Vanderbilt, 82-71, Dec. 6, 1997 in Seattle ... Floridahas a record of 5-2 against schools from the Pac-10.

About Florida
Ranked No. 14 in the most current Associated Press Top 25 Poll ...returned to the NCAA Tournament after a one year absence that broke astring of eight straight appearances ... tied with Georgia for secondplace in the SEC ...five players average double figure scoring, led byjunior guard Brandi McCain at 19.6 points per game ... Washington andFlorida have no common opponents this season.

Statistical Comparison UW UFOverall Record 20-9 24-5Points per game 73.3 78.6Field goal percentage .405 .4353-pt. FG percentage .333 .304Rebounding average 42.7 45.0

Dawg Bites
A win over Florida would give June Daugherty victory No. 80 at Washington... Husky sophomore Loree Payne and Florida junior guard Brandi McCainwere teammates on the USA Basketball Jones Cup Team this past summer ...McCain was injured and did not travel with the team to Taiwan, butreturned in time for an exhibition game against the 2000 USA Olympicwomens squad ... UW is 2-3 versus opponents ranked in the AP Top 25 thisseason ... Florida is ranked 14th in the March 11 AP poll while Washingtonreceived votes ... sophomore Cheryl Sorenson will celebrate her 21stbirthday on game day.

Three Point Barrage
By adding seven more three point baskets against Old Dominion Fridaynight, the Huskies broke the Pac-10 Conference single season record fortreys ... the Huskies have made 215 three pointers this year, breaking theold conference mark of 213 set by Stanford just last seaon ... the markfar surpasses UWs previous single season high of 150 in 1998 ... earlierthis year, the Huskies broke the Pac-10 single game record with 16 threepointers versus Arizona.

Last Game

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Loree Payne got Washington's tournament off to amagical start Friday, hitting a 7-foot jump shot at the buzzer to lift theHuskies past Old Dominion 67-65 in the first round of the West Regional.

With 0.7 seconds remaining, Payne, a sophomore, took the inboundspass from Megan Franza, spotted up on the baseline and swished home thegame winner as the buzzer blared.

The sixth-seeded Huskies (20-9) rushed off the bench and mobbedPayne, pushing her into press row, as they celebrated a triumphant returnto the tournament after a two-season absence.

No. 11 seed Old Dominion (21-9) trailed by as many as 10, but chippedaway, and when Monique Coker hit a layup, the Lady Monarchs tied the gameat 65 with 54 seconds remaining.

After a Washington turnover, Old Dominion had a chance for thego-ahead bucket, but lost the ball after shooting an air ball, thengetting whistled for a shot-clock violation.

The Huskies brought the ball down, and Franza missed a 15-footjumper. But the ball went out of bounds off Old Dominion, giving Payne herchance to be the hero.

It was a quick turnaround for Washington, which blew its chance towin the Pac-10 outright with two bad losses to to UCLA and USC - both atthe bottom of the conference - to close the regular season.

The Huskies,who depend largely on their 3-point shooting, won despitemaking justj 7 of 22 from long range. Payne hit four 3-points and ledWashington with 20 points. Franza, an All-Pac-10 first-teamer, finishedwih 12 points and six assists.

Long a powerhouse in the womens game, Old Dominion came into thetournament with its lowest seed ever, even though it won its 10th ColonialAthletic Association title. Myriah Spence came off the bench to lead theMonarchs with 13 points while teammate Hamchetou Maiga had 11 points andseven rebounds. The loss was ODUs first opening-round loss since 1995.

What's Next: The winner of the Washington - Florida game advances to theWest Region Semifinals in Spkane, Wash., March 24 and 26.

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