Mary Markey Joins Women's Basketball Coaching Staff; Program Inks Swedish Player

Aug. 24, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. - Mary Markey, who played for Washington State women's basketball Head Coach Jenny Przekwas at St. Francis College (Pa.) from 1995-98, has been named assistant coach to the Cougar women's program, Przekwas announced Friday.

Most recently having played professionally in Switzerland the past two years, Markey fills the vacancy left by Stacy Alexander, another former St. Francis player under Przekwas. Alexander moved up the collegiate coaching ranks by accepting a position with Towson University as its women's basketball recruiting coordinator/assistant coach.

'We are very excited to have Mary join our program,' said Przekwas. 'I am thrilled to have a former player on my staff again. She will be a great asset to our program.'

In her four-year career at St. Francis, Markey averaged 14.3 points and 6.9 rebounds a contest. Markey was named the 1997 Northeast Conference (NEC) most valuable player, in addition to earning first-team All-NEC accolades (1998) and an a NEC Tournament MVP nod (1998). She was a member of three NEC championship teams from 1996-98.

Markey is not the only individual that has made her way from Europe to join the WSU women's basketball program.

Emma Joneby, a 6-foot-2 forward from Sanda High School in Vasteras, Sweden, has signed a grant-in-aid form to play basketball at Washington State, Przekwas announced. Joneby (pronounced Yoan-a-bee) is the first player from Sweden to join the Cougar women's basketball team in the program's history.

'We feel quite fortunate to have Emma in the program,' said Przekwas. 'Pippa (Pierce) worked hard to sign her and we think she will make an impact.'

Joneby has been a member of the Swedish Junior National Team for four years and played in over 40 international games with the national team. During her three-year career at Sanda, Joneby averaged 18.3 points and 12.2 rebounds a game including 24 points and 16.7 rebounds a contest during her senior year. In her senior season, Joneby earned the 2001 MVP award at the Under 20 Championships in Sweden.

Cougar Notes: With the exception of the Nov. 10 exhibition game, all Saturday home games for Washington State will tip-off at 6 p.m., during the 2001-02 season. The Nov. 10 exhibition contest will begin at 1 p.m. Szudia Bragg (Phoenix, Ariz.) has rendered herself ineligible based on NCAA academic requirements. In 22 games last season, Bragg averaged 3.7 points and 2.1 rebounds a contest.
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