Former Husky standout Loree Payne begins her fourth season as an assistant coach at Washington.
Payne will serve as the team's academic coordinator, as well as working with the Husky perimeter players, organizing scout teams and recruiting. She will also be responsible for running summer camps.
Payne, a 2003 Washington graduate and two-time All-Pac-10 player, returned to her alma mater after serving as an assistant women's basketball coach at the University of Portland for three seasons. Payne spent one season as an assistant coach at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, before taking the position with Portland.
"I am excited about bringing Loree back to her basketball roots," UW head coach Tia Jackson said at the time of her hiring. "The tradition and standard of excellence at the University of Washington are what I believe originally drew her to UW as a player and now as a coach. She is a great addition to this staff and will be a tremendous asset to our success. She brings great energy and passion, key elements that define what our program will be about. This is a special time for our program and I am fortunate to have Loree join me in bringing back the buzz to Husky women's basketball."
Payne, a four-year letterwinner from 2000-2003 and three-year team captain, is Washington's career leader in three-point field goals made (245) and three-point field goals attempted (732). She ranks seventh on Washington's all-time scoring list with 1,675 career points and was the 17th UW player to reach the 1,000-point milestone when she did so on Jan. 2, 2002. She was just the ninth Husky to reach the mark as a junior.
During her collegiate career, Payne was also a three-time selection to the Pac-10 All-Academic team including back-to-back first-team nods as a junior and senior. "I'm very honored to be given this opportunity to return Washington," Payne said when she was hired. "This is where my heart and soul have always been and I'm really looking forward to being a part of the Husky family again. Tia is awesome and I'm also looking forward to being a part of everything she is going to bring to the University."
Payne was a member of two NCAA Tournament teams at Washington, including the Huskies' 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, she led Washington in scoring with 17.4 points per game and was a Pac-10 All-Freshman honoree.
Payne's coaching career began at Northwest Nazarene in 2003-04 where her responsibilities included organization of film exchange and recruiting details, fundamental and skill development, and the organization of summer camps. She was then appointed an assistant coach at Portland in the spring of 2004, where her coaching duties included on-court fundamentals, scouting and recruiting. She also worked primarily with the Pilots' perimeter players.
Payne is a native of Havre, Mont., and a 1999 graduate of Havre High School. As a prepster, she was named a 1998 Nike All-American, was Montana's 1999 USA Today Player of the Year, and was a two-time Gatorade Circle of Champions Montana High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Payne was also a standout track and field athlete in high school, winning the state high jump title in 1998. Payne resides in Seattle.
PAYNE'S WASHINGTON PLAYER BIO
SENIOR YEAR (2002-03) - Started all 30 games....team captain....First Team All Pac-10 Team selection for second-straight season....named to Verizon Academic All-District VIII first-team...earned Pac-10 All Academic first-team honors...finished her career ranked sixth on UW's all-time career scoring list with 1,675 points...set UW career records for three-pointers made (245) and three-pointers attempted (732)....ranks second on both career Pac-10 lists....team's second-leading scorer with 14.4 points per game...reached double-figure scoring in 20 of 30 games....scored at least 20 points in five games....team's leading scorer in six games...team leader in assists in three games....set career high with 29 points vs. Washington State (12/28)...later matched that with 29 points vs. Oregon (1/23)....shot 76.9 percent from the field (10-13) and 66.7 percent from beyond the arc (6-9) for 27 points vs. Wisconsin (12/2)....six three pointers vs. Wisconsin was a season high, later matched vs. Oregon (1/3)....equaled career high with six assists vs. UCLA (2/1)....pulled down season high eight rebounds vs. UCLA (1/3)....recorded season high three steals three times...scored at least 20 points in back-to-back games on the road vs. Oregon State (22) and Oregon (24), Feb. 20 and Feb. 22....team high 24 points led UW to first win at McArthur Court Eugene since 1993 and first win there during June Daugherty's tenure....named to Seattle Times Husky Classic and Glaxo Smith Kline All-Tournament teams.
JUNIOR YEAR (2001-02) - Team co-captain ... became 17th UW player to reach the 1,000-point plateau Jan. 4 versus UCLA ... ninth Husky to reach the mark as a junior... tied UW single game records with seven three pointers made and 15 attempted vs. No. 16 Michigan, Dec. 9 ... selected to All-Pac-10 First Team and All-Pac-10 Academic First Team ... also named to Verizon Academic All-District 8 second team honors ... led Pac-10 in three pointers made with 72 ... leading scorer with 14.3 points per game, good for ninth in the Pac-10 ... led team in free throw shooting at 82 percent scored a season-high 26 points at Oregon State ... had five three pointers in that game ... scored 23 points twice, versus No. 16 Michigan and Boise State ... had six 20-point games ... named to Husky Classic All-Tournament Team ... enters senior season at No. 3 on UW career three point field goals made and attempted lists.
SOPHOMORE YEAR (2000-2001) - Ignited UW's run through the NCAA Tournament when she hit game-winning shot at the buzzer in Huskies' first round game against Old Dominion ... the shot, on an inbounds pass from Megan Franza, was a highlight of the tournament and made ESPN's Plays of the Week ... finished with a team-high 20 points in the contest, including 4-of-8 three-pointers ... Huskies' leading scorer throughout postseason, averaging 17.0 ... scored 14 points vs. 14th-ranked Florida and 17 each against Oklahoma and SW Missouri ... hit 8-of-10 free throws vs. OU ... team tri-captain ... missed first six games of the year with a stress fracture in her left foot ... returned to starting lineup vs. UCLA and USC ... game-high 21 points vs. USC ... hit game-winning three pointer with :58 seconds to go at Cal ... scored 19 points in win over Stanford ... led UW in scoring in five games ... earned second-team Academic All-Pac-10.
FRESHMAN YEAR (1999-2000) - Selected to USA Basketball Jones Cup team that toured Taiwan during the summer ... played in three of four games and finished with 16 points, including 6-of-6 from the field in the gold medal game ... youngest player named to the team ... had a stellar freshman season, finishing as UW's leading scorer, averaging 17.4 points per game ... received Pac-10 honorable mention recognition and was named to Pac-10 All-Freshman Team ... District VIII Regional all-America team ... teamed with Megan Franza to become the Pac-10's all-time highest scoring duo from the same school, when they finished the season as the third and fourth-leading scorers, respectively ... ranked among the top three in Pac-10 scoring all season ... broke the UW freshman scoring record in second-to-last game of the season, against USC, when she scored 28 points ... finished the year with 521 points, topping the 20-year old freshman mark of 475 ... smashed the UW freshman record for three pointers made with 60 (old record - 33) ... scored a career-high 28 points twice, vs. Oklahoma State (12/19/99) and USC (3/9/00) ... led team in FT pct. all season ... scored 25 points in UW's upset of No. 24 Stanford, Jan. 27, the 500th win for the UW program.
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PAYNE'S UW PLAYER CAREER HIGHS