Sheets to Play Professional Ball

June 1, 2001

Washington senior forward LeAnn Sheets has been invited to play professional basketball with the two-time champion women's team in Seoul, Korea.

Sheets, who helped lead the Huskies to the Elite Eight of the 2001 NCAA Tournament, becomes the next in a long line of Washington basketball players to compete at the professional level. She is believed to be the first Husky to play in Korea.

Sheets, who departed Seattle for Korea May 28, will play with the Cool Cats, the team that won the last two championship titles in its league. Training camp runs from June 1-11 and she is then expected to play for the fourth month-long season.

As a senior, Sheets, a 6-foot-2 forward, was Washington's leading rebounder with 8.8 boards per game. She posted a career-high 15 rebounds in UW's last second win over Old Dominion in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Sheets averaged 8.0 points per game in her finals season.

'This will be an adventure,' Sheets said prior to her departure. 'It should be quite an experience, but one that I am really looking forward to. It's a chance to continue playing basketball, get paid to play basketball, and experience a new culture all at the same time.'

'This is an excellent opportunity for LeAnn,' added Husky head coach June Daugherty. 'It's a testament to her hard work over the past few years and especially as a senior, that she was invited to join this team. We are so proud to have her represent the University of Washington as a professional basketball player.'

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