Former Winslow High School All State basketball star Francine McCurtain is transferring from Washington State University to Northern Arizona University. McCurtain was second on the Lady Cougars team in scoring (9.3 points per game) and in assists (2.3). She was third in rebounds, steals and blocked shots. She led the team in three-pointers. Washington State finished 2-27 for the season and 0-18 in the PAC-10 Conference.
McCurtain was the Arizona Republic’s 1A-3A Player of the Year in 2001 and led the Winslow Lady Bulldogs to three straight Arizona 3A Championship Games. She averaged 27 points, 11 rebounds and four assists per game at Winslow.
NAU Coach Meg Sanders said that McCurtain will have to sit out the 2002-2003 season, but will have three years of eligibility remaining. The Lady Lumberjacks finished their most recent campaign with a 17-11 record and were 10-4 in the Big Sky Conference.
Sanders said that she is elated to have McCurtain back in northern Arizona and feels that she will be a strong contributor to NAU’s success. She said that McCurtain had been a top player in one of the best high school programs in the state while at Winslow.
Francine McCurtain has a sister, Starla McCurtain, playing at Winslow High School now.