Women's Basketball Inks Arizona Prep

April 13, 2001

Francine McCurtain, a 5-foot-9 guard from Winslow High School in Winslow, Ariz., has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Washington State, head coach Jenny Przekwas announced Friday.

'Francine has good athletic ability that should help her compete in the Pac-10,' said Przekwas. 'At the two-guard spot, Francine can shoot the three as well as penetrate.'

McCurtain leaves Winslow as the school's all-time leader in points and blocks. As a senior, she averaged 27 points, 11 rebounds, and 4.0 assists, for Class 3A runner-up Winslow. McCurtain was selected as the Arizona Republic's Small School Player of the Year, which encompasses the 1A through 3A classifications. In addition, she was selected as one of only five members on the All-Arizona first team and was the Navajo Times Female Player of the Year.

'It feels great knowing that I am going to play basketball for four years,' said McCurtain of signing with Washington State. 'My dreams have come true.'

'We're very proud of Fran,' said Winslow head coach Don Petranovich said. 'She's had a great high school career and now she will be playing in the Pac-10 Conference, which is one of the best in the country.'

McCurtain is the second Arizona player brought to the Palouse by Przekwas this academic year. Last November, Jessica Perry - a 5-foot-6 point guard from Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix, Ariz. - signed during the early signing period. McCurtain and Perry join junior Szudia Bragg (Phoenix), and freshman Candace Fields (Coolidge) who also hail from Arizona on the Cougars' roster.

'Francine comes from a very successful program and will add a positive element of competitiveness to the Cougars,' said Przekwas. 'She is a good student with an interest in community involvement, she will contribute to Washington State University in many ways.'

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