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#44 Tonya Washington
  • University of Florida (1997-00)
  • 6-0 * Guard/Forward
  • Paxton, Florida
  • Paxton High School

Tonya Washington has an explosive first step… creates her own shots… can shoot off the dribble… plays with a lot of enthusiasm on the court… very versatile player who can play or the perimeter on in the paint… a remarkable scoring talent... sports one of the best vertical jump and broad jump on the team… has a terrific one-on-one game and drives aggressively to the hole... nicknamed "LT" by her teammates, taking the first and third letters of her given name: Latonya… ough luck at USA Basketball tryouts: invited to tryout for the 1999 World University Games team, but underwent an emergency appendectomy days before the event began; earned a spot on the 1998 USA Jones Cup Team, but could not accept the position due to an academic conflict... on target to graduate with an undergraduate degree in Recreation - Program Delivery in August of 2000, when she would have had the option of retaining a fourth year of college eligibility after having sat out as a freshman due to NCAA rules (She was a partial qualifier her freshman season and was forced by the NCAA to sit out the year)., however, she decided to forego a fourth year of eligibility to pursue a professional basketball career.... on April 25, 2000 became the 18th overall selection in the 2000 WNBA draft, picked by Washington as the 2nd selection in the second round.

Career Notes Played three collegiate seasons... records upon graduation: eighth all-time leading scorer (1,448 points)... highest 3-point field goal percentage (36.0%)... sixth highest career scoring average (15.4 ppg)... seventh most field goals made (620)... sixth most field goals attempted (1,352)... sixth most 3-pointers made (73)... seventh most 3-pointers attempted (203)...scored double-figures in 79 of 94 career games played... 12 career double-doubles.

Senior Year (1999-2000) Starting forward in every game this season… named to the WNIT Final Four All-Tournament team... earned First Team All-SEC honors by the league coaches & Second Team All-SEC honors by the media… UF's leading scorer… ranks second for scoring in the SEC… played every position on the floor this season except center, and was the backup point guard to starter Tombi Bell… UF's leading scorer in the WNIT in three of its five games... team-high 48 three-pointers… second on the team in rebounds per game… second on the team in assists… second-highest offensive rebounding average the SEC (all games & SEC-only)… passed the 1,400-point plateau after scoring 16 points in the WNIT quarterfinal win over Maryland (March 21)... set a UF postseason record by scoring a career-high 39 points against Dayton (March 15) in the first round of the WNIT - hitting 16-of-24 from the floor... her 39 points tied for the third most points scored in a game in UF history... played every minute of UF's SEC Tournament games, averaging 23 points over the pair of games… topped the 1,300-point plateau in the win over Arkansas (March 2) in the first round of the SEC Tournament, when she scored a game-high 28 points, while grabbing seven rebounds... recorded a career-high 31 points during UF's close five-point defeat at ninth-ranked LSU (Feb. 24), scoring 26 points in the second-half alone on 6-of-10 shooting from long range and grabbing seven rebounds… one of three Lady Gators to score in every game this season… scored double-figures in all except one game this season (at Purdue)… tied her then-career-high with 29 points in the win against Arkansas (Feb. 10)… scored a career-high 29 points at No. 3 Georgia (Feb. 3), which included the game-tying, buzzer-beating 16-foot jumper at the end of regulation… played a career-high 45 minutes in the overtime loss at Georgia (Feb. 3)… became the 14th Lady Gator to net 1,000 career points, when her 16-foot jumper with 9:20 remaining in the game against Wisconsin-Green Bay on Jan. 3 broke the plateau - and she did this in just three seasons... named to the State Farm Classic All-Tournament team (Dec. 29), averaging 20.0 points and six rebounds… named MVP of the Oakland Tribune Classic (hosted by California) after scoring a two-game total of 37 points and 15 rebounds and leading UF to the tournament title… double-figure scoring games in 33 of 34 this season... four double-doubles this season.

Junior Year (1998-99) Played in 28 games this season, starting 12… UF's leading scorer (16.7) and rebounder (8.3)… named second team All-SEC (coaches' and media teams)… was the SEC's sixth-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder... second-highest scoring average by a junior in UF history... highest 3-point field goal percentage (40.7%) by a junior in UF history... dominate in the win over George Washington (Nov. 22), scoring 19 points with a career-high 20 rebounds, while shooting 6-of-10 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line… a starter in five games during the first half of this season, Washington told Coach Ross she preferred to come off the bench and provide a spark… earned All-Tournament team honors at the State Farm Classic (Dec. 30) for totaling 37 points and 19 rebounds during the two-game event… named to the Preseason WNIT All-Tournament team after averaging 17.5 points and 9.5 rebounds, leading UF to a third place finish… named to the Duke Classic All-Tournament team (Nov. 29)… sprained the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in her right knee during practice on Jan. 16 and missed the ensuing five games as a result of the injury: South Carolina, Tennessee, LSU, Kentucky and Vanderbilt… UF went 2-3 with her out of action… recorded a career-high 26 points twice this season (vs. Miami, Nov. 24 and at Kentucky, Jan. 24)… received a pep-talk from former Lady Gator great Sophia Witherspoon on Dec. 28 after scoring 12 points against Western Michigan and was inspired to average 21.7 points over the next five games until suffering the knee injury… eight double-doubles this season… tallied 26 double-figure scoring games this season and eight double-figure rebounding games.

Sophomore Year (1997-98) Washington was the first player off the bench... played both the '3' and the '4' position... scored in every game but one (at Alabama, Feb. 14), playing just seven minutes in the loss... averaged 15.8 points and 6.2 rebounds during the last five games of the season… earned three starts in place of Tiffany Travis after the Christmas break... totaled 51 points over three games in the NCAA Tournament games, one behind senior All-American Murriel Page's total of 52, averaging 27.3 minutes, 17.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, while shooting 63.9 FG% (23-36) and 5-for-5 from the free throw line… UF's second leading scorer & rebounder during the NCAA Tournament… averaged 14.0 points & 7.0 rebounds during the SEC Tournament... hit her first career 3-pointer at LSU (Jan. 24)... was dazzling during the final 10 minutes of the win at Florida State (Jan. 21), scoring nine points during the decisive 12-2 run, and recording UF's last 11 points to finish the game with 16 points and 11 rebounds, her first career double-double... recorded her first double-figure rebounding game on Jan. 10th, grabbing 10 at Tennessee... trailing 63-60 with 5:01 remaining versus Duke (Dec. 29), UF used stifling defense to shut down the Blue Devil offense for the remainder of the contest, while Washington scored five of her 11 points during UF's final scoring run en route to the 70-63 win... had a team & career-high five assists at Georgetown (Dec. 7)... 20 double-figure scoring games and three double-figure rebounding games.

Freshman Year (1996-97) Washington spent her inaugural collegiate season concentrating on academics... she practiced during the fall with the team and did not travel or suit-up.

High School One of the most talented players in Florida high school history, Washington established the all-time national scoring record, netting 4,489 points during her final four years at Paxton High School, surpassing the previous mark of 4,385 set from 1974-77 by Jeri Grigsby of McDowell, Kentucky... played six years on the varsity team, as she was permitted to run with the high school team while attending middle school... her six-year numbers top the 5,000-point plateau... averaged 25.9 points and 12 rebounds per game her senior year, when she guided the Bobcats to a second consecutive 1A state title... became the state of Florida's all-time girls or boys prep scorer during her junior year, dethroning former Lady Gator teammate Dana Smith, who tallied 3,469 points at St. Cloud HS... the only girl in Florida history to net over 1,000 points in a single year, a feat accomplished as a sophomore during the 1993-94 season when she averaged 29.2 points per game... contributed 34.3 ppg as a freshman... holds school record for most three-point field goals in a game... received national recognition by USA Today, which tabbed her a second team All-USA performer and named her the Florida Girls Player of the Year... Miss Florida Basketball her senior year... also a Street & Smith third team All-American... ranked 11th in College Sports magazine's listing of the Top 100 Seniors in 1996... played softball and ran track at PHS... received perfect attendance awards and was a member of the 'A' and 'B' honor rolls.

Washington's Career Statistics
1997-98 32 3 754 152 318 .478 1 3 .333 44 71 .620
1998-99 28 12 850 202 415 .487 24 59 .407 40 58 .690
1999-00 34 34 1174 266 619 .430 48 141 .340 51 72 .708
Totals 94 49 2778 620 1352 .459 73 203 .360 135 201 .672
1997-98 78 95 173 5.4 41 0 35 81 14 26 349 10.9
1998-99 73 159 232 8.3 46 0 40 59 13 28 468 16.7
1999-00 118 116 234 6.9 49 0 64 80 11 52 631 18.6
Totals 269 370 639 6.8 136 0 139 220 38 106 1448 15.4
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