Women's Basketball Tips Off Season on the Road
Nov. 14, 2000
This Week - The Washington women's basketball team opens its 2000-01 season on the road with a pair of games against Big Ten opponents, first at Indiana Friday followed by a Sunday afternoon game at Michigan. Washington opens its 27th season of women's basketball with a veteran squad that returns four of its five starters from last season along with a talented group of newcomers. As the only Pac-10 school with no losses to graduation, the Huskies have a five player senior class rich with experience, highlighted by a roster of sophomores and juniors who have all seen extensive playing time, and finally, four newcomers who could all provide immediate contributions.
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Exhibition Recaps: If exhibition games count for anything, the Huskies are off to a quick start. After two contests, they are averaging 100 points per game, downing a Latvia travelling team, 98-84, and the Bay Area Pro-Am, 102-68. Kellie O'Neill led the Huskies with 17 points and a game-high 10 rebounds in the first game. UW led 63-43 at the break with 12 Huskies in the scoring column, including the four freshmen, at that point. UW let the Latvian team back in the second half, but still finished with a rebounding advantage, 49-25. Against the Bay Area Pro-Am, UW wore down the visitors on the inside, again posting a large rebounding average, 51-29. Megan Franza led all scorers with 23 points as three other Huskies reached double figures. They shot 50 percent from the field for the game.
Husky Coaching Staff: Washington head coach June Daugherty and her staff enter their fifth year with the Huskies, with one newcomer on list. Former Michigan Wolverine Yeshimbra "Shimmy" Gray joins the Huskies this season, replacing Hulett Brooks who left coaching to pursue private business. Daugherty, who was inducted into the Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame in September, and her assistants, Sunny Smallwood and Mike Daugherty, have been together since the 1996-97 season.
Return to Ann Arbor: First year assistant assistant coach Shimmy Gray returns to her alma mater when the Huskies visit Michigan this weekend. Gray played basketball at Michigan from 1990-94, where she was a three year starter for the Wolverines and team captain as a senior. Upon receiving her degree in sociology, with a minor in criminology, she pursued a career as a police officer in Michigan for two years.
Against the Big Ten: Washington owns a 10-11 record in its history against Big Ten opponents. The most recent meetings against Big Ten opponents were with Illinois (L, 85-73) and Iowa (w, 84-76), both in 1998-99 when UW went on to finish 16-13. Injury Update: Freshman Sarah Keeler had surgery Nov. 10 to repair a minor meniscus tear in her left knee. She will be out four to five weeks. Sophomore Loree Payne will be out for the next two weeks, with a stress fracture in her left foot. Her status will be determined after that.
Dawgbite: With one more victory, fifth year Husky coach June Daugherty will reach 60 wins in her tenure at Washington ... her win total is third among seven Husky coaches over the years.
Bank of America Arena: Along with the usual excitement generated at the beginning of a new season, the Huskies welcome a return to their home court after playing last season off campus. Over the last year and a half, Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion has undergone an extensive renovation. This year, the Huskies move back into their on-campus arena - a venue that provides the charm of its original 1920s style along with all the modern conveniences of today. Over $40 million dollars in improvements have been made and the new transformation ensures that every person in the building has a great seat with no obstructed views.
The Schedule: As is tradition, the Washington women's basketball team faces a challenging schedule as it enters the 2000-2001 season. The Huskies face 11 teams that played in the postseason last year, seven in the NCAA Tournament, including none other than defending national champion Connecticut in the home opener Nov. 24. Four Pac-10 teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2000 and four opponents played in the WNIT, including national semi-finalist Colorado State. Washington opens its season on the road, at Indiana, in the first game between the two schools since 1982. The roadtrip continues to Michigan, against a Wolverine team that played in the first round of the NCAAs. The Huskies then return home for the grand opening of Bank of America Arena when they host the Connecticut Huskies in a televised game on Fox Sports Northwest at 9 p.m.,Nov. 24.
Explosive Backcourt Highlights Husky Offense ... Highlighting the veteran Husky team is senior guard Megan Franza, who finished last year as the fourth leading scorer in the Pacific-10 Conference. Franza, who averaged 17.2 points per game, led the league in scoring until the final two weeks of the season, while teammate Loree Payne finished fourth with 17.4 points per game. Together they formed the highest scoring duo from the same school in Pac-10 history. With the graduation of Maylana Martin (UCLA) and the impending redshirt season for Oregon's injured Shaquala Williams, Payne and Franza enter the 2000-01 season as the leading returning scorers in the Pac-10.
... Along with a Healthy Front Line: Fifth year coach June Daugherty relishes the opportunity to open the season, even open practice, with a healthy front line. The group was straddled with injuries during the majority of last season, causing Daugherty to constantly alter her starting lineup and rotation. This year, senior LeAnn Sheets, the leading returning rebounder (6.8 rpg) in the Pac-10, enters her final campaign with no lingering effects from her foot surgery. In addition, sophomore Cheryl Sorenson, a guard/forward whom Daugherty calls the most critical missing piece last season - because of her versatility - is recovered from ACL surgery last November. Kellie O'Neill, who had an immediate impact last season, particularly in rebounding, but missed the tail end of the year with a severely sprained ankle, is stronger and faster as she enters her second season. The addition of two freshmen post players, Andrea Lalum (6-4) and Sarah Keeler (6-3) further bolsters the Husky interior game.
Gold Medal Count: Sophomore Loree Payne capped a stellar freshman campaign with her selection to the USA Basketball R.William Jones Cup team that annually plays in Taiwan. The youngest player on the squad and the lone representative from the Pac-10, Payne helped lead the team to a gold medal in the four-game tournament. She finished with 16 points, three rebounds and four assists in three games played. Payne tallied 11 points in the gold medal game.
Dawg Bites: The five-player senior class has a combined 129 game-day starts between them ... senior Megan Franza led the Pac-10 in scoring until the final two weeks of the 2000 season ... she has started 85 of 87 career games.
Huskies Among Returning Pac-10 Leaders Pac-10 Conference 1999-2000 Final Individual Statistics (returning players in bold) SCORING G FG 3FG FT PTS AVG.
**1. Williams, Shaquala, ORE 31 189 53 118 549 17.7 2. Martin, Maylana, UCLA 29 193 0 120 506 17.4 3. Payne, Loree, WASH 30 183 60 95 521 17.4 4. Franza, Megan, WASH 30 192 62 69 515 17.2 5. Dietel, Alke, WSU 27 142 35 47 366 13.6 6. Ragland, Felicia, OSU 30 146 28 68 388 12.9 7. Pierce, Sissel, OSU 29 166 0 43 375 12.9 8. Lackey, Angela, ARIZ 31 137 1 119 394 12.7 9. Brown, Tatum, ARIZ 32 154 0 88 396 12.4 10. Moos, Carolyn, STAN 30 128 15 100 371 12.4**injured, expected out for season
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