March 15, 2001
REGIONAL: West, First Round.
TIME: Friday, 5 p.m. EST.
SITE: O'Connell Center, Gainsville, Fla.
Washington looks to add to its remarkable turnaround when it faces OldDominion in the opening round of the NCAA women's tournament.
The Huskies, 8-22 last year, rebounded to win a share of the Pac-10conference title with Stanford and Arizona State. A victory against the LadyMonarchs would give Washington its first 20-win season since 1994-95.
To do so, the Huskies will have to beat one of the regulars in the NCAAtournament. Old Dominion is making its 11th consecutive appearance in thetournament, and the Lady Monarchs have advanced to Sweet 16 the last fouryears.
'Old Dominion has great tradition in women's basketball and they have beento the tournament many times,' said third-year Huskies coach June Daugherty,who is taking Washington to the tournament for the second time. 'I'm reallyexcited about going to Florida and representing this school against atraditional tournament team.'
Washington has a two-game losing streak that dropped the Huskies out of thefinal regular-season Top 25 poll.
Washington has three starters averaging double figures in scoring, led byMegan Franza (16.4 points). The Huskies led the Pac-10 in 3-pointers made with208.
Old Dominion earned an automatic bid by winning its 10th consecutiveColonial Athletic Association title with a 66-62 win over James Madison in theconference tournament championship.
Lady Monarchs forward Hamchetou Maiga became the 10th ODU player to win CAAplayer of the year honors. The 6-foot-1 native of Senegal was among the Top 5in scoring (13.8 points) and rebounding (7.4) while leading the league infield-goal percentage. Maiga was sixth in the CAA with 2.10 steals per game.
This will be the first meeting between the schools.
Washington is 1-4 on neutral courts in NCAA tournament.
PROBABLE STARTERS: Old Dominion - F Tiffany Thompson (6.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg), FMaiga (13.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg), F Monique Coker (8.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg), G Okeisha Howard(14.4 ppg, 2.9 apg), G Sharon Francis (9.4 ppg, 3.6 apg). Washington - LeAnnSheets (7.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg), C Andrea Lalum (8.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg), G Loree Payne(10.4 ppg, 1.6 apg), G Franza (16.4 ppg, 3.5 apg), G Giuliana Mendiola (10.8ppg, 4.0 apg)
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Old Dominion - Automatic bid, Colonial AthleticConference champion. Washington - At-large bid.
ALL-TIME TOURNAMENT RECORD: Old Dominion - 29-16, 17 years. Washington -11-12, 12 years.
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