Payne Earns Academic Honors

Feb. 21, 2002

Seattle, Wash. - Junior team captain Loree Payne has earned second team honors on the Verizon Academic All-District VIII Women's Basketball teams announced today. First, second and third team honors were selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) and 15 women representing 14 different institutions were honored.

In order to be eligible for academic all-America honors, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.2 grade point average and be a starter or important reserve on the team. Washington is located in District VIII, which includes California, Hawai'i, Alaska, British Columbia, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and Utah.

Payne, who leads the Huskies in scoring this year, is a psychology major with a 3.68 grade point average. She is one of only three Pac-10 Conference players selected to the district teams. Arizona State's Leah Combs was also named to the second team while Stanford's Bethany Donaphin earned third team honors.

Payne, a 4.0 student out of Havre, Mont., earned All-Pac-10 Academic honors as a sophomore last year. This season, she is averaging 13.8 points per game and has helped lead the Huskies to a record of 16-9 overall and 11-5 in the Pac-10 Conference, entering the final weekend of the regular season. The Huskies are currently in third place in the Pac-10 and vying for a high seed in the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament, held March 1-4 in Eugene, Ore.

2002 Verizon Academic All-District VIII Women's Basketball Teams

First Team
Lauren Beckman Utah Senior 3.75 History
Linda Frolich UNLV Senior 3.61 Psychology
Kate Murray LMU Junior 3.82 Business
Cindy Oparah UC-Irvine Senior 3.78 Biological Sciences
Darci Pemberton Idaho Senior 3.93 Physical Education

Second Team
Kayte Christensen UCSB Senior 3.46 Classics
Leah Combs Arizona State Senior 3.95 Broadcasting
Caroline Gruening Santa Clara Senior 3.77 Combined Sciences
Caroline Heaton Southern Utah Senior 3.778 Physical Education
Loree Payne Washington Junior 3.68 Psychology

Third Team
Becki Ashbaugh Santa Clara Senior 3.59 Operation Management
Jamie Critchfield Weber State Senior 3.98 Communications
Bethany Donaphin Stanford Senior 3.38 Public Policy
Jessica Malone Gonzaga Senior 3.25 Political Science
Kate Smith Nevada Junior 3.50 Speech Pathology

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