Saint Mary's Point Guard to Join Women's Basketball Team Next Fall

April 17, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - Point guard Corrie Mizusawa will transfer from Saint Mary's College and join the University of Oregon women's basketball team next season, second-year coach Bev Smith announced Wednesday.

Mizusawa (Lafayette, Calif.), the 2001 West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year, played her first two years at Saint Mary's at Moraga, Calif., making 41 starts at the point. The 5-foot-8 Mizusawa will redshirt in 2002-03 because of NCAA transfer rules and will be eligible to play in 2003-04.

'She's just a quintessential point guard,' Smith said. 'She's a floor leader and a play-maker.'

As a freshman, Mizusawa earned All-WCC Honorable Mention recognition after averaging 7.4 points, 5.0 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game in helping Saint Mary's to a 26-6 record and to the NCAA Tournament's second round. In the Gaels' second-round loss to No. 3-ranked Tennessee, Mizusawa had 13 points and a career-high 11 assists. Mizusawa finished the season No. 1 in the WCC with a 2.6 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Mizusawa left the team, which lost to Oregon in the WNIT first round in March, after 11 games this year and still led the Gaels with 70 assists. She averaged 6.2 points, 6.4 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game as well as shot 42 percent from the floor (21-of-50) 36 percent on 3-pointers (9-of-25) and 74 percent from the foul line (17-of-23).

The timing couldn't be better for the Ducks, as they graduate three guards - Alissa Edwards, Kourtney Shreve and All-American Shaquala Williams - following the 2002-03 season.

'She'll be able to mentor under those graduating guards and have a year in our program to establish herself as our point guard,' Smith said.

A 1999 graduate of Alcalenes High in Lafayette, she started for four years and led her team to the Division III state title her senior year. As a junior, she was picked the Division III Player of the Year.

Mizusawa joins 6-foot-3 post player Carolyn Ganes (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) in Oregon's 2002-03 recruiting class.

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