Payne Named to Regional All-Academic Team

Feb. 20, 2003

Seattle - Washington senior guard Loree Payne has been named to the 2003 Verizon Academic All-District VIII Women's Basketball Team for the second consecutive season. Payne, who sports a 3.65 grade point average as a psychology major, was one of five players named a first-team selection. She will now go on the ballot for national Academic All-America honors. The national team will be announced March 7.

Payne was joined on the first team by Eastern Washington's Kathleen Nygaard, Portland State's Nikki Petticrew, San Francisco's Carey Sauer and Pacific's Corrine Wong. Nygaard (Adna), Pettticrew (9 Mile Falls) and Sauer (Newport) are all Washington natives.

Payne, who is averaging 14.5 points per game for the Huskies (19-5), was a second-team selection in 2002.

In order to be eligible for Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), must be a starter or significant reserve and be in at least their second season of athletic and academic eligibility at their current school. District VIII includes the states of California, Hawaii, Alaska, British Columbia, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and Utah.

In addition to Payne, four other Huskies met the standard for nomination in 2003. That list included Kayla Burt, Sarah Keeler, Andrea Lalum and Kristen O'Neill.

2003 Verizon Academic All-District VIII Women's Basketball Teams

First Team
Name, School, Year, GPA, Major
Kathleen Nygaard, Eastern Washington, Junior, 3.70, Marketing
Loree Payne, Washington, Senior, 3.65, Psychology
Nikki Petticrew, Portland State, Senior, 3.78, Psychology
Carey Sauer, San Francisco, Junior, 3.87, Mathematics
Corinne Wong, Pacific, Senior, 3.95, Environmental Studies

Second Team
Katie Davis, Saint Mary's, Graduate, 3.89, Business Administration
Wendy Gabbe, UC Irvine, Senior, 3.59, English
Catherine Kraayeveld, Oregon, Junior, 3.24, Education
Kate Smith, Nevada, Senior, 3.56, Speech Pathology
Lacey Tolbert, Northern Arizona, Junior, 3.76, Criminal Justice

Third Team
Hollye Chapman, Oregon State, Junior, 3.58, Visual Arts
Susan King, Stanford, Sophomore, 3.34, Psychology
Azella Perryman, Stanford, Sophomore, 3.8, Undeclared
Krista Warren, Arizona, Senior, 3.38, Studio Art
Lisa Willett, UCSB, Junior, 3.70, Psychology

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