Getting a couple of home wins are a big confidence boost for BYU's women's basketball team as they make their final conference road swing through Colorado and Wyoming. This Thursday night the Cougar women play at CSU (17-4, 6-2) and at Wyoming (9-12, 1-7) on Saturday afternoon.
Tip off: BYU @ CSU is 7:00 p.m. Arena: Moby Arena
Tip off: BYU @ Wyoming is 2:00 p.m. Arena: Multipurpose Gym Auditorium
BYU Probable Starters - 2000-01 stats
l 31 Lisa Osguthorpe - 6-0 Jr, F (6.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg)
l 44 Caroline Beus - 6-1 Sr, C/F (8.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg)
l 23 Chanell Rose - 6-0 So, F (6.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg)
l 11 Erin Thorn - 5-10 So, G (16.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg)
l 22 Stacy Jensen - 5-6 Jr, G (9.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg)
BYU Players Off the Bench- 2000-01 stats
l 04 Kaly G. Shippen - 5-6 Sr, G (3.6ppg)
l 14 Julie Whetten - 5-8 Fr, G (5.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg)
l 50 Heather Cheesman - 6-1 Fr, F (8.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg)
l 21 Jennifer Lietner - 6-0 Fr, F (4.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg)
l 20 Brittany Larson - 6-0 So, F (1.8 ppg, 1.1 rpg)
Player Injury Update
# 15 Jorja Cox may see some action this week. She's been cleared to play after an injury to her knee.
# 21 Jennifer Lietner is day to day after re-injuring her foot in the SDSU game last week.
Quickie BYU Stats - 2000-01 Season
l Shooting from the field - .430 (535-1245)
l Shooting from the free-throw line - .728 (287-394)
l Shooting from the three-point arc - .396 (287-394)
l Averaged 68.5 points per game
Season Highlights To Date
l Most points scored - 90 @ Washington State on 11/30/00
l Most field goals made - 32 @ Washington State on 11/30/00
l Most free-throws made - 22 vs Northern Iowa on 12/07/00
l Most three-pointers made - 12 vs UNM on 02/03/01
l Most rebounds made - 49 vs SMU on 12/30/00
l Most assists made - 24 vs UNLV on 02/08/01
l Most steals made - 14 @ Idaho State on 12/28/00
l Most points - Erin Thorn (36) @ Arizona 11/18/00
l Most field goals made - Erin Thorn (12) @ Arizona 11/18/00
l Most three-pointers made - Erin Thorn (8) @ Arizona 11/18/00
l Most free-throws made - Heather Cheesman (9) @ Gonzaga 12/02/00 l Most rebounds made - Lisa Osguthorpe (10) vs SDSU on 02/10/01
l Most assists made - Lisa Osguthorpe (8) vs UNLV on 02/08/01
l Most steals made - Lisa Osguthorpe (4) @ Utah on 01/27/01
l Most blocked shots - Caroline Beus (2) @ Washington State 11/30/00, Lisa Osguthorpe (2) vs SDSU on 02/10/01
Last Game Recap
The Cougar women are on a four-game winning streak after two more conference wins at home last week. They got and 89-83 win over UNLV on Thursday night and a decisive 76-53 victory over SDSU on Saturday night. BYU had lost to both of these teams in earlier MWC action on their home courts.
The Rams are in second place in the latest MWC standings (6-2) with just two losses, one of which was to the Cougars in Provo in January. Ashley Augspurger is at the top of the scoring board for CSU with an average of 12.0 ppg and 4.4 rpg. Two other teammates are also scoring in double digits with Angie Gorton averaging 11.0 and Elizabeth English contributing 10.0 points a game. Heather Haanen leads the team in rebounds with an average of 4.5 boards a game. On the year, the Rams are scoring 66.0 points a game from 43 percent shooting from the field and 73 percent at the free-throw line.
# 00 Ashley Augspurger - ( 12.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg)
# 44 Heather Haanen - (9.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg)
# 50 Shannon Strecker - (5.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg)
# 02 Elizabeth English - (10.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg)
# 14 Angie Gorton - (11.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg)
Series Record: 36-15 favoring the Cougars.
Last Meeting: In the first conference outing between the two teams, the Rams picked up the 66-55 win at the Marriott Center. The last time the Cougars won in Ft. Collins was back in 1994.
Wyoming (9-12, 1-7) has been on the road for most of its early conference action playing five of its eight MWC games to date on the road. Their lone conference win is against the Air Force Academy. Four Cowgirls are scoring in double digits with Carly Stucky leading the way with an average of 12.7 points a game. She's followed by Shelby Hoffman with 11.8 points, Ana McColl with 11.3 points and Jessica Gibbs rounding out the scoring with an average of 10.7 points a game. She's also the team's leading rebounder, grabbing 7.6 boards a game. Wyoming is shooting 40 percent from the field and 69 percent at the free-throw line and are scoring 64.9 points a game.
Wyoming Probable Starters
# 13 Brenda Pickup - (6.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg)
# 33 Shelby Hoffman - (11.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg)
# 51 Ann McColl - (11.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg)
# 42 Christy Bacon - (9.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg)
# 54 Jessica Gibbs - (10.7 ppg, 7.6 rpg)
Series Record: 33-13 with the edge going to the Cougars
Last Meeting: Earlier this year, the Cowgirls made their trip to the Marriott Center with the homestanding BYU team getting the 78-57 win.
Mountain West Conference Standings (as of 2/12/01)
SCHOOL ALL GAMES MWC GAMES
Utah 20-2 9-0
Colorado State 17-4 6-2
BYU 14-8 6-3
New Mexico 14-8 5-3
UNLV 14-7 4-5
San Diego State 11-11 3-6
Wyoming 9-12 1-7
Air Force 3-18 0-8
Coach Shippen vs MWC Opponents
vs CSU: 1-4
vs. Wyoming: 3-1
vs UNLV: 5-0
vs SDSU: 5-0
vs Air Force: 4-0
vs UNM: 3-5
vs Utah: 4-4
Cougars in MWC Stats (as of 02/12/01)
TEAM (after 9 conference games)
1st in Scoring Offense - (630 pts, 70.0)
1st in Field Goal % - (.452, 225-498)
1st in 3-PT Field Goal % - (.385, 60-156)
2nd in Free-Throw % - (.736, 120-163)
2nd in Rebounding Defense - (32.6, 293)
2nd in Assists - (16.11, 145)
3rd in 3-PT Field Goals Made - (60, 6.67)
Erin Thorn - 4th in Scoring (137 pts, 15.2 avg)
Erin Thorn -3rd in Assists (38, 4.22 avg)
Erin Thorn - 1st in 3-PT Field Goals Made (24, 2.67 avg)
Erin Thorn - 5th in 3-PT Field Goal % (.407, 24-59)
Caroline Beus - 4th in Field Goal % (.540, 34-63)
Caroline Beus - 9th in Rebounding (23 off, 23 def, 46, 5.1 avg)
Caroline Beus - 5th in Offensive Rebounds (23, 2.56)
Chanell Rose - 3rd in Field Goal % (.540, 27-50)
Jennifer Leitner - 4th in Blocked Shots (8, 1.00)
Stacy Jensen -2nd in 3-PT Field Goal % (.432, 16-37)
Stacy Jensen -6th in Assists (32, 3.56)
Stacy Jensen - 5th in 3-PT Field Goals Made (16, 1.78 avg.)
Lisa Osguthorpe - 8th in Steals (15, 1.67 avg.)
On BYU team: We've been playing really well right now and we've been working hard on our mental toughness. We need to learn how to dig down and get after it. Our recent wins have given the team some good confidence. The upcoming games are pivotal and getting a road win this week would be huge for us.
On CSU: I know that they will be ready for us and they'll be prepared, ready to play especially after losing on our home court. We need to take this game just like any other game and play our best. Ft. Collins is a very tough place to play.
On Wyoming: Despite their record, they've been playing everyone very tough and playing in Laramie is no easy task for any team.
Did You Know....Cougar Family Connections
Kaly Gillette Shippen (#04) is coach Shippen's sister-in-law. She married his younger brother Ty Shippen who walked on to this year's men's basketball team.
Chanell Rose (#23) is BYU's men's assistant basketball coach Dave Rose's daughter. She transferred from playing one year at neighboring Utah Valley State College.
As of Dec. 16, Utah transfer Trent Whiting became eligible to play on the men's team. His wife Amber who is a transfer from Weber State is part of the women's team. She'll be redshirting this season.
Travel Itinerary for Cougar Team
The team leaves for Ft. Collins, Colorado on Wed. Feb. 14, arriving in Denver on United flight #2761.They then will bus to Ft. Collins, staying at the Ft. Collins Marriott, 350 E. Horsetooth Road, 970-226-9704. On Friday, Feb. 16, the Cougars will drive to Laramie and will be staying at the Comfort Inn on 3420 E. Grand Ave.,307-721-8856. BYU returns to Provo on Saturday, Feb. 17 on United flight #2819 out of Denver, arriving at 10 p.m. , approximately.
Wed. Feb 14 - Practice @ Moby Gymnasium, 6 - 8 p.m.
Thurs, Feb. 15 - Shoot Around @ Moby Gymnasium, 1-2 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 16 - Practice @ Multi Purpose Gym, 1-3 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 17 - Shoot Around @ Multi Purpose Gym, 8-9 a.m.
Ahead for the Cougars
The Cougars play their final three home games at home beginning with Utah on Feb. 23 in a 7 p.m. tip off. UNM comes to the Marriott Center on Mar. 1 and Air Force on March 3.