Payne To Be Inducted Into Montana High School Association Hall of Fame

March 2, 2009

SEATTLE -- Current Washington assistant women's basketball coach and former Husky standout Loree Payne will be inducted into the Montana High School Association Athletes' Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 7.

Payne, Washington's all-time career leader in three-point field goals made, will be recognized at Saturday's Montana State A Girls Basketball Championship game in Butte, Mont. Her alma mater, Havre High School, advanced to the state championships this year and Payne could be on hand to see her former team battle for a state title if it advances that far.

'I am extremely honored to be inducted into the Montana High School Association Hall of Fame,' Payne said. 'It means so much to be able to return to the Montana State `A' Tournament to receive this honor at the same venue where our 1998 team won the state championship. I am so excited to see all the people who helped me achieve this great honor and celebrate with the loyal fans of the state of Montana.'

Payne, a native of Havre, Mont., is in her second season as an assistant coach for the Washington women's basketball team. In 2007, she returned to her collegiate alma mater where she etched her name in the Husky record books as a four-year letterwinner from 2000-03. A three-year team captain, Payne was a two-time first-team All-Pac-10 honoree and a two-time Kodak/WBCA All-Region selection. She owns both UW school records for three-point field goals made (245) and attempted (732). She ranks seventh on Washington's all-time scoring list with 1,675 career points and was the ninth Husky to reach the 1,000-point scoring mark as a junior.

Payne helped the Huskies to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances during her career, including UW's dramatic run to the Elite Eight in 2001. Her game-winning shot at the buzzer in Washington's first-round game against Old Dominion made ESPN's Plays of the Week. Payne was also selected to the USA Basketball Jones Cup team that toured Taiwan in 2000. As a freshman at UW, she led the Huskies in scoring with 17.4 points per game and was a Pac-10 All-Freshman honoree. Payne was also a standout in the classroom, earning Pac-10 All-Academic honors three-straight years.

Payne is a 1999 graduate of Havre High School where she excelled in three sports throughout her prep career. She was a four-year all-conference and all-state selection in basketball, averaging 25 points per game during her tenure. Payne was Montana's 1999 USA Today Player of the Year and a two-time Gatorade Circle of Champions Montana High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. She was also a three-year starter in volleyball, leading her team to back-to-back state titles. An excellent track and field athlete, Payne competed in javelin and high jump and won the Class A state high jump championship in 1998.

Following her graduation from UW in 2003, Payne served as an assistant coach women's basketball coach at Northwest Nazarene for one season (2003-04) and at the University of Portland for three seasons (2004-07).

Payne is one of seven 2009 Montana High School Association Hall of Fame inductees.

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