Huskies Face Florida in NCAA Second Round
March 17, 2001
The Game: Washington (20-9) will face host Florida (24-5) in NCAA Second Round action at 8:35 p.m. EST (5:35 p.m. PST), Sun., March 18 at the OConnell Center in Gainesville, Fla. The Huskies, who are the No. 6 seed in the West Region, advanced to the second round with a 67-65 victory over 11-seed Old Dominion Friday night. The Lady Gators, the No. 3 seed, defeated 14-seed Holy Cross, 84-52, in the first round. Both Washington and Florida earned at-large berths to the NCAA Tournament.
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Statistical Comparison UW UF Overall Record 20-9 24-5 Points per game 73.3 78.6 Field goal percentage .405 .435 3-pt. FG percentage .333 .304 Rebounding average 42.7 45.0
Three Point Barrage
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Loree Payne got Washington's tournament off to a magical start Friday, hitting a 7-foot jump shot at the buzzer to lift the Huskies past Old Dominion 67-65 in the first round of the West Regional.
With 0.7 seconds remaining, Payne, a sophomore, took the inbounds pass from Megan Franza, spotted up on the baseline and swished home the game winner as the buzzer blared.
The sixth-seeded Huskies (20-9) rushed off the bench and mobbed Payne, pushing her into press row, as they celebrated a triumphant return to the tournament after a two-season absence.
No. 11 seed Old Dominion (21-9) trailed by as many as 10, but chipped away, and when Monique Coker hit a layup, the Lady Monarchs tied the game at 65 with 54 seconds remaining.
After a Washington turnover, Old Dominion had a chance for the go-ahead bucket, but lost the ball after shooting an air ball, then getting whistled for a shot-clock violation.
The Huskies brought the ball down, and Franza missed a 15-foot jumper. But the ball went out of bounds off Old Dominion, giving Payne her chance to be the hero.
It was a quick turnaround for Washington, which blew its chance to win the Pac-10 outright with two bad losses to to UCLA and USC - both at the bottom of the conference - to close the regular season.
The Huskies,who depend largely on their 3-point shooting, won despite making justj 7 of 22 from long range. Payne hit four 3-points and led Washington with 20 points. Franza, an All-Pac-10 first-teamer, finished wih 12 points and six assists.
Long a powerhouse in the womens game, Old Dominion came into the tournament with its lowest seed ever, even though it won its 10th Colonial Athletic Association title. Myriah Spence came off the bench to lead the Monarchs with 13 points while teammate Hamchetou Maiga had 11 points and seven rebounds. The loss was ODUs first opening-round loss since 1995.
What's Next: The winner of the Washington - Florida game advances to the West Region Semifinals in Spkane, Wash., March 24 and 26.