Women's Hoops Begins Preparation for 2002 Season

Oct. 12, 2001

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Washington Women's Basketball Opens Practice for 2001-02 Season
The Washington women's basketball team begins preparation for the 2001-2002 season with the first official day of practice, Sat., Oct. 13 in Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The Huskies will hold two practices Saturday, with the first at 9:30 a.m. and the second at 4 p.m.

Washington opens its 28th season of women's basketball with a squad that returns three starters and eight letterwinners from the team that won a share of the Pac-10 championship and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament. It is a team that features a wealth of experience, with one senior, four juniors, three sophomores, a redshirt freshman and a talented trio of local freshmen who should all see immediate playing time.

Husky Coaching Staff
Washington head coach June Daugherty, who helped engineer the second-best turnaround in the country last season, enters her sixth season as head coach of the Huskies. She owns an 81-66 (.551) record in that span and has a 12-year career mark of 204-140. Daugherty is joined by Sunny Smallwood and Mike Daugherty, both also in their sixth season with the head coach, along with Shimmy Gray, in her second year on the staff.

The Schedule
As is tradition, the Washington women's basketball team faces a challenging schedule as it enters the 2001-2002 season. The Huskies face 10 teams that played in the postseason last year, six in the NCAA Tournament. Four Pac-10 teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2001 and four opponents played in the WNIT. Washington opens its season on the road for the second year in a row. First, the Huskies travel to Montana State, hometown of UW sophomore Andrea Lalum, and then its off to Wisconsin for the first meeting with the Badgers since 1990. Washington's first home game is Nov. 23 when it hosts Northeastern in the opening round of the Seattle Times Husky Classic. The tournament was moved up from its usual late December start, to accommodate the revised Pac-10 schedule. Conference play for the Huskies now begins Dec. 21 when the Huskies host Washington State. The creation of the first-ever Pac-10 Conference postseason tournament calls for the new design. The tournament, to be hosted in Eugene, Ore. by the Ducks, runs from March 1-4.

Letter of Intent Period
High school seniors can officially declare their choice of the college or university they plan to attend the following year during the early letter of intent signing period. The fall period begins Nov. 14 this year. Following that period, the next opportunity that student-athletes may sign is in April. Coaches or other university personnel are not permitted to discuss prospective student-athletes until the school has received their letter of intent. Information on the student-athletes will be released, by the media relations department, upon arrival of the letters.

Practice Policy
Washington women's basketball practices are open to the media and public and will usually be held on the main court or the east court at Bank of America Arena. Interviews must be arranged through the media relations office and 24 hours advance notice is requested. Interviews will be scheduled around players' convenience and must be concluded by the start of practice. Please call the UW Media Relations office to confirm practice location and start times. The Husky practice schedule, listed month to month, can be found on www.gohuskies.com, under the women's basketball page.

Husky Calendar

Sat., Oct. 13	First official day of practice, 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.	Bank of America ArenaThurs., Nov. 1	Pac-10 Media Day	San Jose, Calif.Sun., Nov. 4	First exhibition game vs. NWBL, 3 p.m.	Bank of America ArenaWed., Nov. 7	Tip-off Luncheon, 12 noon, Crowne Plaza Hotel	Seattle, Wash.Mon., Nov. 12	Second exhibition game vs. P&P Express, 7 p.m.	Bank of America ArenaWed., Nov. 14	National Letter of Intent Signing DayFri., Nov. 16	Season opener at Montana State, 7 p.m. MST	Bozeman, Mont.

Quick Facts
University of Washington Huskies
Head coach: June Daugherty (Ohio State '78)
at UW: 81-66 (five seasons)
career: 204-140 (12 seasons)
Assistant coaches: Sunny Smallwood (Boise State '83, ninth year at UW, sixth year with coach Daugherty), Mike Daugherty (Ohio State '77, sixth year), Shimmy Gray (Michigan '94, second year).
2000-2001 record: 22-10
Pac-10 Conference record: 12-6/tie-first
Letterwinners returning / lost: 8/6 Starters returning / lost: 3/2 Redshirts returning: 1 (Sarah Keeler) Newcomers: 3 (Kirsten Brockman, Kayla Burt, Kristen O'Neill)

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