Women's Basketball Faces Rival Cougars Saturday Afternoon

Jan. 30, 2001

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The Washington women's basketball team (12-6, 5-3), in thirdplace and within a half-game of first in the Pac-10, travels across thestate to face rival Washington State (8-10, 3-5) in a nationally televisedgame at 1 p.m., Sat., Feb. 3 in Pullman, Wash. The game will be televisedlive by Fox Sports Net with Tod Pickett and Heather Cox calling the action.It can also be heard on radio at KKOL 1300 am.

The Huskies are coming off a road split in the Bay area, falling firstto Stanford (76-68) and then winning at California (69-68). Senior guardMegan Franza rebounded from a nine-point performance against the Cardinal torecord a 30-point outburst against the Bears, in which she scored 22 pointsin the first half and tied her own school record with six three pointbaskets. Franza, who chalked up the third 30+ point performance of hercareer, continues to lead the Huskies in scoring, at 14.7 points per game.Freshman guard Giuliana Mendiola snapped a scoring slump with 14 points atStanford and is next at 10.4 points per game and Loree Payne follows at10.2.

Although they were outrebounded in both games last week, the Huskiescontinue to lead the Pac-10 at 43.5 boards per game. They are third inscoring offense, with 70.4 points per game, behind Arizona and Stanford, andstand second in assists per game with a 16.22 average. Washington also leadsthe Pac-10 in three point field goals made, with 117 in 18 games. Franza's30-point game bumped her up to third on the conference scoring chart, behindUCLA's Michelle Greco (20.1) and Oregon State's Felicia Ragland (18.5).

The Cougars, coming off a pair of road losses, are led by seniorforward Yvonne Volkman, who is averaging 9.8 points per game. As a team, WSUis posting 65.2 points per and 36.6 rebounds per contest. The Cougarsopened conference play with a wins over USC and UCLA but have lost five ofsix since then.

Game 19Washington Huskies (12-6, 5-3)atWashington State Cougars (8-10, 3-5)
1 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 3
Friel Court (12,058)
Pullman, Wash.
Game will be televised live on
Fox Sports Net

The Coaches
June Daugherty (Ohio St. �78)
Record at UW: 71-62 (5th yr.)
Career record: 194-136 (12th yr.)
Washington State
Jenny Przekwas (Wyoming �86)
Record at WSU: 12-34 (2nd yr.)
Career: 145-133 (10th yr.)

Series Notes
Washington leads the series with WSU, 40-10, and has won the last 10 games... WSU's last victory over the Huskies was Feb. 25, 1995 (72-67 inPullman).

Recent Results
UW split on the road, losing at Stanford (76-68) and winning at Cal (69-68)... WSU lost a pair on the road, at Cal (69-56) and at Stanford (84-67).

Huskies on Radio
All UW games air live on KKOL 1300 AM radio. Steve Sandmeyer calls theaction. Games can also be heard live on the internet at:http:www.broadcast.com/sports/ncaa/washington

June Daugherty Radio Show
KOMO am 1000
Mondays, 6:30-7 p.m.

Next Games
Arizona, 7 p.m., Feb. 8
Arizona State, 2 p.m., Feb. 10
Bank of America Arena
Seattle, Wash.

Franza Named Seattle PI Sports Star of the Year Finalist:
Senior guardMegan Franza, a four-year starter for the Huskies, is a finalist for the66th annual Seattle Post Intelligencer Sports Star of the Year Award.Franza, No. 8 on the UW career scoring chart, is among 10 Seattle-areasports personalities who are finalists for the prestigious award that willbe presented at the annual banquet Jan. 31. The list of finalists, whichincludes three additional UW student-athletes, is as follows: Tami Bennett(UW soccer), Megan Franza (UW basketball) Megan Quann (Olympic swimmer),Jennifer Spediacci (UW softball), Ja'Warren Hooker (UW track), DarrellJackson (Seattle Seahawks), Nate McMillan (Seattle SuperSonics), GallynMitchell (Emerald Downs), Rick Neuheisel (UW football coach), KazuhiroSasaki (Seattle Mariners).

Looking Back:
Washington has engineered a dramatic turnaround from lastseason, when the Huskies played their home games in downtown Seattle, werecontinually plagued by injuries and lacked a senior class. After 18 gameslast season, Washington had a record of 5-13 ... this year, the Huskies are12-6 ... they were 2-6 after the first eight Pac-10 games in 2000 ... thisyear they are 5-3, in third place and a half-game out of first.

Last Meeting with Washington State:
March 4, 2000 at Pullman - Loree Payne scored 14 of her game-high 17 pointsin the second half to lead Washington past Washington State, 64-56. TheHuskies snapped a six-game losing streak while beating WSU for the 10thstraight time despite committing 26 turnovers. Emily Autrey scored acareer-high 14 points to go along with eight rebounds. Megan Franza andLeAnn Sheets added 13 and 12 points, respectively.

WSU was outrebounded 42-32 in the loss. Victoria Harrod, who scoredseven points in the last two and a half minutes, led the team with 14points. After a tight first half, Washington owned a one-point lead at theintermission, 32-31. WSU took its second lead of the game when Alke Dietelknocked down a jumper just seconds into the second half. The Cougars'advantage was short-lived. A Sheets free throw knotted at 33-33 at 19:21.Then Autrey and Payne combined to bury to the Cougars over the next threeminutes. Autrey's three-pointer started the run at 18:38. Payne added fourstraight points, then Autrey added another field goal to put Washington up42-33 at 16:25. Yvonne Volkman broke-up the Husky onslaught with athree-point play at 16:18. But Washington answered with an 8-0 run thatbrought their lead to 50-36 with 11:52 left. WSU struggled from the fieldshooting 36 percent, heavily hampered by a 1-of-15 performance from beyondthe three-point arc.

Look at Lalum:
Freshman center Andrea Lalum (Bozeman, Mont.) moved into thestarting lineup four games ago, for the Oregon/Oregon State series, and hasresponded well to the move. She has averaged 11.5 points over the last fourgames, with a career-best 19 at Stanford. In addition, her field goalpercentage has been stellar in Pac-10 games, at a team-high .593 from thefield in eight conference games.Lalum, who is part Native American, posted her second double-double of theyear when she had 12 points and 11 rebounds against Oregon State.

Lalum, who grew an inch last year up to 6-foot-4, is a versatile playerwho provides the Huskies with a physical inside presence but has alsoconnected on 13 three-point shots this year. She was 3-for-3 from behind thearc as a part of her 19-point effort at Stanford.

She blocked four shots against St. Mary's Dec. 17, the highest singlegame mark by a Husky player since Amber Hall swatted four away at Texas,Dec. 2, 1996. Hall, then a junior, went on to finish her career asWashington's career-leading rebounder (1,003 rebounds, 1996-99).

Lalum has now started six games this season, including the OklahomaState and Nebraska contests.

Senior Strength:
Husky coach June Daugherty continually points to thesix-player senior class as a major reason for UW's hot start this year,crediting the group with strong leadership in practice and during games.Senior captains Megan Franza and Jill Pimley headline the group. Franza hasbeen a constant in the starting lineup since her freshman year and is aleader on the court. Pimley is in her second season as a team captain and isa vocal leader whether she is playing or on the bench. LeAnn Sheets, who hasstruggled with injuries throughout her career, is healthy and gives theHuskies a veteran presence in the post. Melissa Erickson also offersexperience off the bench, giving the Huskies added height inside. SarahDuncan was named Most Inspirational last season and continues to fill thatrole this year. Carli Halpenny rounds out the group. A redshirt junior, shehas opted to graduate this year in order to spend the spring quarterstudying in Italy. The move puts her back in the class she entered with in1997 and strengths the leadership the six-player group provides.

Washington had no seniors on its roster last season when it posted an8-22 record.

Healthy Huskies:
While crediting the senior class with leading the Huskies,coach Daugherty also points to a healthy lineup as cause for celebration.Washington's frontline was beset by injuries last season, causing Daughertyto constantly shuffle her lineup. No less than five different players wereon the bench with injuries at one point or another last year. LeAnn Sheetsmissed the first eight games of the season after foot surgery. CherylSorenson ended up redshirting after a torn ACL in preseason. MelissaErickson was hampered by a sore shoulder during the non-conference portionof the schedule. Carli Halpenny was limited by a stress reaction in her hipand was initially declared out for the season and Kellie O'Neill had apremature end to her freshman year after suffering a severe ankle sprainmidway through the season.

Sheets suffered a sprained ankle at Boise State this year, causing herto miss the next two games, but she has returned to full strength. Inaddition, Loree Payne returned after missing the first six games with astress fracture in her foot. She posted a season-best 21 points against USC,Jan. 7.

The healthy lineup has given the Huskies increased depth this season, afactor that was particularly evident in the triple overtime win against USCJan. 7. The Trojans had four key players foul out while the Huskies wereable to constantly rotate fresh players in the game.

Megan on the Move:
Senior guard Megan Franza had one of the finestperformances of her career last Saturday at California. The left-handedguard from Leavenworth, Wash., exploded for a season-high 30 points on11-of-17 from the field. She tallied 22 points by halftime and finished thenight with a school-record tying six three point baskets to go along withfour assists, three steals and a block. Here are a few notes on what Franzais doing in her final season as a Husky:

  • Season-high 30 points at California, Jan. 27
  • Third career performance of 30 or more points (35 vs. Idaho, 12/18/99, 33vs. Stanford, 1/27/00)
  • Tied her own school record with six three pointers at Cal (shares recordwith two others) ... she and Jamie Redd (1996-99) both hit six twice
  • No. 8 on UW career scoring chart with 1,361 points ... with nine points atStanford, she passed former teammate Amber Hall (1,330)
  • Started 103 of last 105 games ... last time not starting was Nov. 15,1998, vs. Iowa sophomore year
  • Reached double figure scoring in 39 of last 45 games ... has led UW inscoring last two seasons
  • Team captain

A few more Franza Notes:

  • Career scoring average of 13.0 points per game
  • No. 2 on UW career three point field goals made chart (171 made) ...trails leader Jamie Redd (192)
  • No. 2 on career three point attempts list with 609 ... again trails Redd(675) ... Franza equalled her career high attempts with 13 versus Nebraskathis season (Dec. 6)
  • A first team All-Pac-10 selection last year, Franza became the 16th Huskyto top the 1,000-point barrier and only the eighth player to pass the markas a junior.

Chart Topper:
Megan Franza's game-winning shot with 4.5 seconds on the clockagainst Oregon State (Jan. 20), capped 28-point performance for the seniorguard. That was followed by her 30-point performance two games later atCaliforinia.

And Finally:
Last year, with a scoring average of 17.2 ppg, Franza led thePac-10 in scoring until the final two weeks of the season, while freshmanteammate Loree Payne finished fourth with 17.4 points per game. Togetherthey formed the highest scoring duo from the same school in Pac-10 history.

With the graduation of Maylana Martin (UCLA) and the redshirt seasonfor Oregon's injured Shaquala Williams, Payne and Franza entered the 2000-01season as the leading returning scorers in the Pac-10.

A victory over Washington State would give fifth-year Husky coachJune Daugherty career win No. 195 ... when Washington defeated Oregon StateJan. 20, it gave Daugherty victory No. 70 in her tenure at Washington ...she enters the WSU game with a five-year mark of 71-61 and a 12-year careerrecord of 194-135 ... her win total is third among seven Husky coaches overthe years.

On the Rebound:
Washington's rebounding efforts have improved tremendously>from last season. After a cumulative -4.3 rebounding margin in 2000, theHuskies have a margin of +4.4 over opponents this season, a mark that ledthe Pac-10 until the Huskies were outrebouned at Stanford and Cal.Washington has outrebounded all but six opponents this season (UConn, St.Mary's, ASU, Oregon, Stanford, Cal). The team is averaging 43.5 rpg, firstin the Pac-10, after 18 games. Freshman Giuliana Mendiola is currently theleading rebounder at 6.5 boards per game. LeAnn Sheets follows at 6.0 andKellie O'Neill is at 5.6 rebounds per game.

Pizza Time!:
Washington's defensive efforts have been stellar so far thisseason and it's not just the Huskies who are reaping the benefits. WhenWashington wins at home and holds its opponent under 55 points, every fan inBank of America Arena can redeem their ticket stub for a free small pizza atPapa John's Pizza. It's become a rally cry for the home crowd and so far,the fans have cashed in twice, against UCLA (54) Jan. 4 and against LoyolaMarymount (52) on Dec. 21. They just missed against James Madison when theDukes tallied 56 points. Overall, the Huskies are holding opponents to 66.7points per game this season.

Mendiola Magic:
Freshman guard Giuliana Mendiola is off to a great start inher first season as a Husky. Here are a few highlights from the year:

  • Leads UW in rebounding (6.5) and assists (3.7)
  • Second-leading scorer at 10.4 points per game
  • No. 8 rebounder in the Pac-10
  • Seattle Times Classic MVP ... 37 points, 15 rebounds, three turnovers intwo games
  • Four double-doubles this season
  • Assist to turnover ratio is 1.4
  • Has started 16-of-18 games
  • Plays point guard and either wing position
  • A few more notes ... the younger sister of teammate Gioconda ... takescare of the ball well, with only one turnover in her first college game, atIndiana, none at Boise State and none against Loyola Marymount ... eightassists versus UCLA ... In the triple OT win over USC, had 12 points, 10rebounds, six assists and only two turnovers in 41 minutes of action ... washeld scoreless at California, for, in her own memory 'probably the firsttime ever.'

More Magic:
Freshman guard Gioconda Mendiola, older sister to Giuliana, hada career high when she posted a team-leading 10 points against UCLA Jan. 4.Mendiola had only scored in two of the nine games in which she had played tothat point in the season. Her previous high was five points against JamesMadison.

Mendiola graduated from high school in June, 1999 and then remained athome in California for a year before starting school. She and younger sisterGiuliana wanted to start college at the same time, so that they could playfour years together.

Travel Plans:
Washington departs Seattle Friday afternoon and will stay atthe Best Western University Inn in Moscow, Id. (208) 882-0550.

Road Warriors:
This weekend marks the third game of a three-game road swingfor Washington. The Huskies have compiled a record of 5-3 on the road thisyear, with a 2-2 mark on their first conference road trip, after splittingin the Bay area last week. Washington's three non-conference road wins cameat Michigan, Boise State and Oklahoma State. The only loss was a 77-74setback in overtime at the buzzer to an Indiana squad that now boasts arecord of 13-5.

Washington had a mark of 1-10 on the road last season.

Payne Returns to Action:
Sophomore guard Loree Payne has returned to theform Husky fans are used to. UW's leading scorer as a freshman last season(17.4 ppg), Payne missed the first six games after being sidelined by astress fracture in her left foot. The sophomore guard, who was on thegold-medal winning USA Basketball Jones Cup team this summer, is back in thestarting lineup and bumped her scoring average into double figures for thefirst time this year after tallying 29 points, including seven threepointers, in the Oregon series two weeks ago. She followed that by shakingoff a 2-for-10 performance by hitting the winning three point basket with:58 seconds remaining in the game at California.

Payne returned to the court against Loyola Marymount, Dec. 21.

Injury Update:
Gioconda Mendiola will have surgery Feb. 1 to repair asprained thumb on her right hand. She will not play at WSU. Melissa Ericksonis being evaluated by doctors after injuring her knee at California. She isdoubtful for WSU. Cheryl Sorenson suffered a sprained ankle at Californiabut is expected to play at WSU.

Loree Payne missed the first six game with a stress fracture in herleft foot but returned Dec. 21. LeAnn Sheets suffered a left ankle sprain atBoise State and missed the Nebraska and Oklahoma State games. Sarah Keelerhad a minor meniscus tear in December and will redshirt this season.

Keeler to Redshirt:
Freshman forward Sarah Keeler (Pendleton, Ore.) willredshirt this season and begin her first year of play in 2001-02. Keeler, aUSA Today honorable mention selection as a junior in high school, suffered atorn ACL during her senior year at Pendleton High. Keeler had surgery Nov.10 to repair a minor meniscus tear in her left knee. She slightly re-injuredthe knee during practice recently. Keeler is continuing rehabilitation andis practicing with the team.

UW Against Ranked Teams:
The Huskies are 0-3 against opponents ranked in theAssociated Press Top 25. The first loss came at the hands of No. 1Connecticut (100-54) back on Nov. 24. The second at No. 22 Arizona, 88-72,and then to No. 18 Oregon, 67-53.

Though the Huskies have faced just three ranked teams this season,their schedule has not light. In the Jan. 29 RPI rankings, Washington'sschedule is listed as No. 21 in the country, in strength of schedule. It wasbeen as high as No. 2 earlier in the year.

Huskies in Overtime:
The triple overtime game against USC Jan. 7 wasWashington's second extra period contest this season. The Huskies opened theyear with a 77-74 loss at the buzzer in one overtime period at Indiana. Thetriple overtime game against USC was the first in UW school history.Washington's all-time record in overtime is 8-9 since 1976.

Huskies Honor UW Football Player:
The women's basketball team is wearing apatch with the initials 'CW' on its jerseys this season, to support seniorfootball player Curtis Williams, who suffered a spinal cord injury duringthe Oct. 28 football game at Stanford. Williams, who attended the Rose Bowl,is currently in a rehabilitation center in San Jose, Calif.

So Far, So Good:
Washington wrapped up the non-conference portion of itsschedule with a mark of 7-3, its best non-league record since 1997-98 whenit was 9-0. Included in that record is a 3-1 mark on the road. The onlythree non-conference losses of the season came in overtime at the buzzer atIndiana, at the hands of No. 1 Connecticut and a two-point loss to a 10-1Colorado State team. The third straight road win, at Oklahoma State Dec. 3,equalled UW's mark from all of last season. The wins have been impressive,beginning with a 73-60 thumping of a Michigan team that had knocked offLouisiana Tech two nights earlier. The Huskies rebounded from the UConn lossby cruising past Boise State, 87-67, and followed with the win at OSU andits first home victory in the new arena, against Nebraska. The Huskiescurrently have a home mark of 6-3. Helping the cause this year has beenincreased scoring from the bench and a versatile rotation that is nearlythree deep at every position.

Last Week
UW 69, at California 68 � Despite a second half surge and a five point leadwith 7:51 remaining in the game, it was not enough for California asWashington regained the lead with 1:18 to play and defeating the Bears,69-68, Saturday. Husky senior guard Megan Franza led all scorers with 30points, including a school-record tying six three pointers. Franza, who was11-for-17 from the field and 6-of-10 from behind the arc had 22 of herpoints by halftime.

With just 1:37 left on the clock, Courtney Johnson scored on afast-break lay-up to hand California a two point, 68-66, lead. The Huskiescame right back down the floor, missing on their first shot but grabbing therebound and kicking the ball out to sophomore guard Loree Payne who promptlyhit a three-pointer, the final points of the game, to give Washington thewin. Ami Forney had a double-double for the Bears, with a career-high 27points and 14 rebounds.

California put up two shots with 12 and six seconds remainingrespectively, both failing to drop, before Forney committed a foul with fiveseconds on the clock. LeAnn Sheets missed both resulting free throws forWashington, giving Cal a glimmer of hope, but the Bears final shot with asecond remaining again would not fall.

Washington went into halftime with a comfortable 39-30 lead thanks to astrong first half start that never saw the Huskies trailing. Freshman centerAndrea Lalum finished with 11 points and seven rebounds. Washington shot 42percent as a team over the course of the night, besting Cal's 35 percentshowing.

at Stanford 76, UW 68 -
Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer became the firstwomen's basketball coach in Pac-10 history to win 200 career conferencegames as the Cardinal defeated Washington 76-68 at Maples Pavilion.Stanford freshman Nicole Powell led all scorers with 20 points while adding a game-high nine rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots.

Stanford, which scored the first four points and never trailed,received 11 points from Powell and shot 57.7 percent from the floor en routeto a 35-28 halftime lead. Washington drew within three five minutes into thesecond half, however, the Cardinal responded with an 18-7 run to take a58-44 lead with 8:10 left. Enjoli Izidor came off the bench and hit boththree-point attempts to spur the run. From there, the Huskies never gotwithin 10 points and Stanford took a 16-point lead, its biggest of the game,on a St. Clair three with 3:56 remaining.

UW freshman center Andrea Lalum scored a career-best 19 points on8-of-11 shooting to pace the Huskies, while fellow freshman GiulianaMendiola added 14. LeAnn Sheets and Loree Payne each scored 10, while MeganFranza had nine for Washington.

Huskies Among National Leaders in RPI Rankings
Washington's impressive stand in the RPI rankings continues. In theJan. 22 Collegiate Basketball News Women's RPI Ratings, UW stands at No. 19in the nation and its schedule is listed as the 21st-toughest. Last week,they were No. 17 and listed as having the 16th-toughest schedule.

Washington has posted a record of 12-6 thus far, including a six-gamewin streak that was snapped by a now 12-4 Colorado State team. The wins havebeen impressive. UW's victory over Michigan came against a Wolverine teamthat had knocked off then-eighth-ranked Louisiana Tech, a 2000 Final Fourparticipant. Washington's season-opening loss at Indiana, at the buzzer inovertime, came against a Hoosier team that has gone on to post a record of13-5. UW's other loss came at the hands of top-ranked and defending nationalchampion Connecticut.

The Rating Percentage Index (RPI) is used by the NCAA women'sbasketball committee to supplement the selection of at-large teams and theseeding of all teams for the NCAA basketball tournament. It is derived fromthree component factors: Div. 1 winning percentage (25%), schedule strength(50%) and opponent's schedule strength (25%).

Catching up with Kellie:
Sophomore Kellie O'Neill had a stellar performancein her first home game this season, against No. 1 Connecticut. A 6-1guard-forward, she poured in a game-high 27 points against top-rankedConnecticut in Washington's home-opener Nov. 24.

O'Neill, who topped her previous career-best 16-point from December1999, went 12-for-18 from the field, including a 2-for-3 effort from 3-pointrange. Even more impressive was who it came against. O'Neill put in thehighest individual scoring effort against UConn to that point in the season.Only three players - including 2000 WNBA Rookie of the Year Betty Lennox -were able to score at least 25 points against UConn and its stingy defenselast season.

O'Neill, whose younger sister Kristen recently signed with Huskies fornext season, finished her high school career at Meadowdale with 1,414points, 810 rebounds, 213 steals and 170 blocks with a career field goalpercentage of 50.9 percent.

What They're Saying about O'Neill
'I like the way she plays,' Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma said ofKellie O'Neill after she scored 27 points against them on Nov. 24. 'You haveto guard her at the 3-point line. She's really smart with the ball in thelane. Their guards (Megan Franza and injured Loree Payne) get a lot ofmention and notoriety, and they should. But I think that kid (O'Neill) isreally, really good.'

Home Sweet Home:
Over the last year and a half, Bank of America Arena atHec Edmundson Pavilion has undergone an extensive renovation. On Nov. 24 theHuskies, who hosted defending national champion Connecticut, moved back intotheir on-campus arena � a venue that provides the charm of its original1920s style along with all the modern conveniences of today. Over $40million dollars in improvements have been made and the new transformationensures that every person in the building has a great seat with noobstructed views.

The Huskies have enjoyed remarkable success in Hec Edmundson Pavilion,now called Bank of America Arena, building a long-standing tradition oftop-notch women's basketball on the west coast and across the country.

This season marks the 72nd year of service for the historical buildingthat has an entirely new look on the inside. The renovation gives Washingtona much-needed new competition and practice facility for several of itsteams. The seating capacity has been increased from 7,900 to 10,000 and goneare the supports pillars that have obstructed views from the upper levelseats since the buildings inception. The renovation design of Hec EdmundsonPavilion began in the summer of 1997. Construction began in March, 1999 withcompletion in the fall of 2000.

The Schedule:
As is tradition, the Washington women's basketball team facesa challenging schedule as it enters the 2000-2001 season. The Huskies face11 teams that played in the postseason last year, seven in the NCAATournament, and already saw none other than defending national championConnecticut Nov. 24. Four Pac-10 teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament in2000 and four opponents played in the WNIT, including national semi-finalistColorado State.

Coaching Staff:
Head coach June Daugherty and her staff enter their fifthyear at Washington, with one newcomer on list. Former Michigan WolverineYeshimbra 'Shimmy' Gray joins the Huskies this season, replacing HulettBrooks who left to pursue private business. Daugherty, who was inducted intothe Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame in September, and her assistants, SunnySmallwood and Mike Daugherty, have been together since the 1996-97 season.

Gold Medal Count:
Sophomore Loree Payne capped a stellar freshman campaignwith her selection to the USA Basketball R.William Jones Cup team thatannually plays in Taiwan. The youngest player on the squad and the lonerepresentative from the Pac-10, Payne helped lead the team to a gold medalin the four-game tournament. She finished with 16 points, three rebounds andfour assists in three games played. Payne tallied 11 points in the goldmedal game.

Reichmann Honored:
Junior forward Heather Reichmann received a specialhonor when her high school jersey was retired in a surprise ceremony Dec.19. Reichmann, who prepped at King's High School in Everett, was a threesport star in high school, earning letters in basketball, swimming andtrack. The 1998 Class A Player of the Year, Reichmann led her basketballteam to a 25-3 record and the state title as a junior and a second placefinish as a senior.

Halpenny Selected to Study Abroad
Carli Halpenny is one of 25 University of Washington undergraduates selectedto participate in a prestigious international study program during thespring quarter. She was chosen from a pool of 50 applicants to participatein the UW's Comparative History of Ideas (CHID) program. Halpenny, aredshirt junior, will spend the spring, 2000 academic quarter at school inRome, Italy in the program that involves the study of literature,architecture and the culture and language of the country. She was one of 12students chosen from outside the UW architecture school to join the25-person travel party.

The program allows Halpenny, who maintains a 3.75 grade point average,to complete her undergraduate degree in zoology and graduate in June, 2001.She has elected to complete her basketball eligibility at the conclusion ofthis season, a move that now gives the Huskies a six-player senior class.Halpenny joins Sarah Duncan, Melissa Erickson, Megan Franza, Jill Pimley andLeAnn Sheets in their final year of eligibility.

Halpenny, a 6-foot-3 center, enters this season healthy for the firsttime since her arrival in 1997-98. She has played in all six games this yearand is averaging 10 minutes and 2.8 points per game. Halpenny suffered atorn anterior cruciate ligament in her knee upon her arrival in 1997 andused a redshirt season for her rehabilitation. She saw limited action in herfirst two seasons, playing in eight games as a redshirt freshman in 1999 andnine games as a sophomore last year.

Recapping 1999-2000:
Faced with a spate of injuries to its front line and ayoung squad with no seniors, Washington suffered through its first losingseason in school history with a record of 8-22 overall and 4-14th for aninth place finish in the Pac-10. The season was not without its highlightsthough, the biggest coming back on Jan. 27 when the Huskies upset No. 24Stanford and captured the 500th win for the women's basketball program. Itwas the second victory in a row over Stanford and career win No. 180 forcoach June Daugherty. Washington was led by the scoring duo of Loree Payne(17.4 ppg) and Megan Franza (17.2 ppg), who combined to form the highestscoring duo from the same school in Pac-10 history. Franza was named to theAll-Pac-10 First Team, continuing a tradition which has seen Washington havea player on the first team every year but two since the league began play inthe 1986-87 season. Payne finished the year as one of the most prolificfreshman players in UW history. She broke eight freshman records,highlighted by her scoring mark of 521 points.

Although Washington did not lose anyone to graduation, twoplayers did not return to the team this season. Starting point guard JuliaGray transferred to UNLV and reserve center Tiffiany Diggins left theprogram. Washington returns four of its starters from a year ago.

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