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It's December on the Road for Cougar Women

The 19th ranked Cougar women picked up their first road win of the season against Southern Utah and now travel to northern California for a Thursday night game at the University of San Francisco. The final game of the week is in Portland on Dec. 7 with a contest against Oregon at the Rose Garden. That game is set to tip off at 3 p.m., Pacific Time.

Tip off: BYU (4-0) vs U of San Francisco (2-3) 7:00 p.m. (PT) Arena: War Memorial Gym

Tip off: BYU (4-0) vs U of Oregon (1-3) 3:00 p.m. (PT) Arena: Rose Garden

LIVe Internet broadcast

Cougar fans can follow all the action of the women's basketball team live on BYU radio via the internet. Veteran BYU broadcaster Jay Monsen will broadcast the games from San Francisco and Portland. Follow the women's basketball action

BYU's Probable Starters

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

F 21 Jennifer Leitner 6-1 Sr 14.8 10.0

F 45 Lisa Hansen 6-5 Sr 5.3 5.0

F 51 Danielle Cheesman 6-2 So 9.5 4.5

G 11 Erin Thorn 5-10 Sr 18.8 3.5

G 14 Julie Sullivan 5-8 So 6.3 3.3

Cougar Players Off The Bench

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

G 25 Kali Taylor 5-11 So 4.0 2.5

F 20 Brittany Larson 6-0 Sr 1.0 2.8

G/F 01 Nancy Seljaas 6-0 Fr 3.0 0.8

F 33 Ambrosia Anderson 6-2 Fr 2.3 1.5

G 04 Kestlee Nelson 5-8 Jr 1.8 1.8

G 15 Jen Overdiek 5-10 Fr 1.8 2.8

Player Updates

#40 Ashleigh Chamberlain is academically eligible to play in January

#32 Kristen Kozlowski is transfer eligible in mid December. She transferred from Boise State.

Cougar Review

BYU returns three starters from last season's 24-9, 10-4 team who made history by winning their first-ever NCAA Tournament game, going on to the "Sweet Sixteen" in the Midwest Regional.

All-American and MWC MVP Erin Thorn leads the Cougar offense with an average of 17.3 points and 4.0 rebounds a game. Senior teammate Jennifer Leitner is the second leading scorer on the team as well as the leading rebounder. Leitner averaged 11.9 points and 8.7 boards a game. Sophomore forward Danielle Cheesman who got a starting position midway through last season also returns to the team. She averaged 8.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

This season's roster will see the return of MWC's 1999-2000 Newcomer of the Year Julie Whetten Sullivan who redshirted last year. Joining her at the guard position will be Maria Chiara from Hamilton, New Zealand who played two season at Casper Junior College before serving an 18-month LDS mission to Florida.

Senior guard Amy Lewis will finish her college career joined by her twin sister Angie Gatten who redshirted last year. The sister duo walked on the Cougar roster last year. Lewis, who played in 18 games, gained valuable experience and is very familiar with the Cougar offense.

Senior transfer Lisa Hansen who came off the bench in every game is also back for one more season with the Cougars. Her averages included 2.5 points and 2.3 rebounds.

On this season's roster there's three more letterwinners that return with a lot of playing experience. Hansen, and senior Brittany Larson along with Kali Taylor a sophomore guard from Lyman, Utah who averaged over five minutes of playing time in 28 games her freshman season will be critical to the success of the Cougar team.

Utah high school standouts Jen Overdiek, Nancy Seljaas and Ambrosia Anderson will also be part of the roster this year. The two high school graduates will be joined by Kanab, Utah native Ashleigh Chamberlain who joins the team after two seasons at Utah Valley State College. Also from UVSC is junior guard Kestlee Nelson. Kristen Crockett Kozlowski joins the Cougar program via Boise State where she played for one year.

2002-03 Cougar Stats (after 4 games)

u Shooting from the field: (.437, 94-215)

u Shooting from the free-throw line: (.721, 62-86)

u Shooting from three-point line: (.361, 22-61)

u Average points per game: 68.0

A look at this week's opponents

Univ. of San Francisco

After playing in five games to date the Lady Dons from San Francisco are 2-3 on the season picking up wins over Nevada and Seton Hall. Coach Mary Hile-Nepfel is in her 16th year at the University of San Francisco. This year's team has four starters and eight letterwinners from last season's squad that went 18-12 and played in the first round of the 2002 WNIT. Junior forward Carey Sauer leads the team in scoring with an average of 16.0 points and 6.0 rebounds a game. Sophomore guard Toni Russell follows with her contribution of 10.2 points and 2.8 rebounds. The Lady Don's center Mary Jane Krueger is the team's leading rebounder with her average of 10.4 boards, she also contributes 8.2 points a game. As a team, the University of San Francisco shoots 37 percent from the field, 73 percent from the free throw line and is tallying 58 points a game while allowing opponents 60.4 points a game.

Univ. of San Francisco Probable Starters

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

F 42 Carey Sauer 6-0 Jr 16.0 6.0

F 04 Lisa Whiteside 5-9 Sr 6.6 3.6

C 23 Mary Jane Krueger 6-2 So 8.2 10.4

G 11 Toni Russell 5-3 So 10.2 2.8

G 22 Joy Hollingsworth 5-10 Fr 7.2 3.6

Last meeting

These two teams have not met in over 14 years. In the last meeting back in 1987 it was the Cougars picking up the 69-66 victory in San Francisco.

Series record

Record: 3-0 overall in favor of BYU.

Univ. of Oregon

The Ducks have started the season 1-3 after participating in this year's Paradise Jam, from the Virgin Islands. This week they host the University of Portland on Dec. 5 prior to Saturday afternoons game against the Cougars at the Rose Garden in Portland. The University of Oregon is under first year coach Bev Smith who returns to her alma mater. This year's squad returns three starters and eight letterwinners from last year's team that won the 2002 WNIT Championship defeating Houston 54-52. Toping the scoring threat for the Ducks is Cathrine Kraayeveld, a 6-4 junior forward who's averaging11.0 points and a team high 9.5 rebounds per game. Senior guard Shaquala Williams follows close behind with her 10.5 points and 2.3 assists. The University of Oregon is shooting 41 percent from the field and 63 percent form the free throw line and scoring 55.8 points a game.

Univ. of Oregon Probable Starters

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

F 23 Kedzie Gunderson 6-0 So 6.3 1.0

F 33 Cathrine Kraayeveld 6-4 Jr 11.0 9.5

C 44 Andrea Bills 6-3 So 8.8 6.0

G 03 Shaquala Williams 5-6 Sr 10.5 2.0

G 12 Alissa Edwards 5-7 Sr 2.8 2.0

Last meeting

During last year's season the two teams met in Provo with the Cougars getting the 74-58 victory. The Ducks have won the previous six meetings between the two teams.

Series record

Record: 6-2 overall in favor of the University of Oregon

Last Game Recap

After three straight home victories, the Cougar women headed to the road for most of December, playing seven games in three weeks. The tough road schedule began Tuesday night in Cedar City as BYU battled against the Thunderbirds from Southern Utah. In that contest All-American Erin Thorn had a season high 24 points, 21 of those coming from behind the arc. Senior forward Jennifer Leitner tallied a game high 11 rebounds and contributed with eight points. Sophomore starting forward Danielle Cheesman continued her solid play with 10 points and seven rebounds in the team effort while sophomore guard Julie Sullivan tallying five points and four assists. The Cougar defense held Southern Utah to just 27 percent shooting from the field and was outrebounded 46-38 by the visiting BYU team. Southern Utah had been leading the nation in the rebound margin until Tuesdays game. The Cougars finished the game shooting 46 percent from the field and 90 percent from the free throw line.

In the Polls

BYU stayed in the polls this week, moving up four spots to number 12 in the Top 50, last week they were ranked 16th. In this week's AP Top 25 the team moved from 22 to 19 and for the first time broke into the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll with a 22nd ranking.

Thorn watch

Erin Thorn - 5-10 Senior Guard, Orem, Utah/Mountain View HS

u Senior Erin Thorn was picked as a 2002-03 Pre-Season College All-America Second Team honoree.

u Thorn was also named to the "Players to Watch" list for the 2003 Senior CLASS Award.

Media Picks Cougars MWC Champs

During this year's MWC Basketball Media Day, the media picked BYU to win this year's regular season title capturing eight of the 15 first-place votes.

Senior guard and All-American Erin Thorn earned Top Returning Player honors. She was joined on the squad by five additional seniors, including teammate Jennifer Leitner. Colorado State's Ashley Augspurger, New Mexico's Jordan Adams, UNLV's Constance Jinks and Wyoming's Carrie Bacon.

2002-03 Mountain West Conference Preseason Media Poll

Rk. Team (1st-place votes) Pts

1. BYU (8) 110

2. Colorado State (7) 103

3. New Mexico (1) 91

4. Utah 70

5. UNLV 69

6. Wyoming 49

7. San Diego State 31

8. Air Force 17

2002-03 MWC Women's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team

Jennifer Leitner, Sr., F BYU

Erin Thorn, Sr., G BYU

Ashley Augspurger, Sr., F Colorado State

Jordan Adams, Sr., C New Mexico

Constance Jinks, Sr., G UNLV

Carrie Bacon, Sr., F Wyoming

2002-03 MWC Women's Basketball Preseason Top Returning Player

Erin Thorn, Sr., G BYU

The Judkins file

Jeff Judkins, begins his second season at the helm of the Cougar women's program. Judkins, a longtime University of Utah coach and player has a proven record of success dating back to his high school days at Highland HS in Salt Lake City.

An all-state selection in basketball, football and baseball, Judkins went on to play for Utah from 1974-78. While playing for the Utes, he helped the team win one conference championship and two berths in the NCAA Tournament. He was a second-team academic All-American and three-time first-team District VII academic selection. Judkins earned three first-team All-WAC honors and was a member of the 1977 United States World Games team that captured the gold medal.

He played five years in the NBA for the Boston Celtics, Portland Trailblazers, Detroit Pistons and the Utah Jazz. He was a second-round pick by the Celtics in 1978, the same year the Celtics selected Larry Bird with the sixth pick overall.

After his NBA career, he returned to the U of U in 1989, and remained with the men's program for 10 years. Judkins, a Salt Lake City native, graduated from Utah in 1978 with a degree in health and physical education. He is a member of the Utah Sports Hall of Fame and the Crimson Club Hall of Fame.

He and his wife Mary Kay, are the parents of five children: Jessica (21), Jordan (20), Jenna (17), Jaime (14), Jaxson (11).

Returning player bios

51 Danielle Chessman ---- (6-2 Sophomore Forward, Orem, UT/Mountain View HS)

2002-03: Danielle fouled out in the game against Weber State on 11/30/02 with over 8 minutes to go in the contest..she tallied 10 points and seven rebounds against SUU on 12/3/02.

2001-2002: Played in all 33 games, starting in the last 19 of the season...averaged 8.6 points and 4.4 rebounds....was team's second leading rebounder...named to the MWC Academic All-Conference Team with a GPA of 3.00 in an undeclared major...picked up a season high 16 points and 12 rebounds vs New Mexico on 2/16/02.

45 Lisa Hansen ---- (6-5 Senior Center, Bakersfield, CA/Centennial HS/UCSB)

2002-03: Lisa picked up a season and career high six blocks in the game against Boise State on 11/27/02..has started in all games

2001-2002: Played in all 33 games for the season...averaging 2.5 points and 2.3 rebounds a game...named to the MWC Academic All-Conference Team with a GPA of 3.31 in History...tallied a season high 10 points and six rebounds at Weber State on 12/01/01.

2000-01: Redshirt.

20 Brittany Larson ---- (6-0 Senior Forward, Chicago, IL/New Trier HS)

2002-03: Has played in all games

2001-2002: Played in 27 games with an average of 1.6 points and 0.9 rebounds per game...also had an average of 6.5 minutes of playing time per game...tallied a season high eight points vs. Washington State on 11/24/01 and a year high four rebounds per game.

2000-2001: Played in 17 games...averaged 1.6 points a game and 1.1 rebounds a game.

1999-2000: Played in 10 games during her first season with BYU...averaged 4.5 minutes of playing time...tallied five points and two assists.

21 Jennifer Leitner ---- (6-1 Senior Forward, Chico, CA/Pleasant Valley HS)

2002-03: Jennifer picked up her 12th career double double and her first of this season with 18 points and 17 rebounds against Boise State..tallied 11 rebounds against SUU on 12/3/02.

2001-02: Played in 30 games, starting in 29 compiling a total of 357 points for an average of 11.9 per game...second leading scorer and leading rebounder on the team averaging 8.7 boards a game...named to the 2002 MWC All --Tournament Team...and to the MWC All-Conference Second Team...also honored as an MWC Academic All-Conference with a GPA of 3.12 in physical education... named Cougar Club Scholar Athlete.... was named MWC Player of the Week on Feb. 25 after her stellar performance against the University of Utah that included her eighth double-double of the year with a team high 18 points and 12 rebounds...tallied a total of 11 double-doubles for the season ...had a season high 18 points vs UNLV on 2/28/02 and a season high 17 rebounds vs Florida in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on 3/16/02.

2000-2001: Played in 20 games with an average of 6.5 ppg and 5.4 rpg....finished the season as the team's second leading rebounder...had season and career high 21 points against Hawai'i in the second round of the WNIT on 3/19/ that game she picked up a double-double with 10 rebounds...also had a career and season high four assists in the game against Utah at the MWC Championships on 3/9/01.

1999-2000: Played in all 31 games, starting in one....averaged 7.5 ppg and 5.6 rpg...finished the year as the second leading rebounder with a total of 174, 113 of them defensive boards.

1998-99: Redshirt.

05 Amy Lewis ---- (5-6 Senior Guard, Jefferson City, MT/Jefferson City Hs/No. Idaho College)

2002-03: Has played in three games to date.

2001-02: Played in eighteen games averaging 3.4 minutes of playing time...tallied 14 points, four assists and nine rebounds per game.

25 Kali Taylor ---- (5-11 Sophomore Guard, Lyman, UT/Wayne HS)

2002-03: Has played in all four games to date.

2001-2002: Played in 28 of 33 games averaging 5.6 minutes of playing time per game...tallied 1.2 points and 0.4 rebounds...had a season high 11 points vs. Washington State on 11/24/01 and six assists vs Arkansas Pine-Bluff at the Denver Pioneer Classic on 12/14/01.

11 Erin Thorn ---- (5-10 Senior Guard, Orem, UT/Mountain View HS)

2002-03: Had a season high 24 points, 21 of which came from behind the arc against SUU on 12/3/02...tallied a season high eight three pointers in the same game...continues to led the team in scoring in all three games to date...was named MWC Player of the Week on Nov. 25, 2002 after her 19 points and six rebounds vs. ,11th ranked Texas. The honor was the third overall for Thorn.

2001-02: Started in all 33 games...averaging 17.3 points and 4.0 rebounds a game....was team's leading scorer for the third consecutive year...picked up the MWC MVP trophy for her performance at the 2002 MWC Championships in Las Vegas where she tallied eight treys in a game vs Wyoming on 3/6/02 and 13 3-pt field goal attempts in that same game...also tallied a total of 60 points for the 2002 tournament in three games...named to the MWC All-Tournament Team and the MWC All-Conference First Team....garnered MWC Player of the Week for the Dec. 17, 2001 week after her strong performance in the University of Denver Pioneer that tournament she picked up a season and career record high nine-three pointers in the game against Arkansas Pine-Bluff, the nine treys set a new BYU record for treys in a game for both the men's and women's team....had a season high 29 points against Arkansas Pine-Bluff on 12/14/01...eight rebounds at Boise State on 11/16/01 and season high nine assists vs Colorado State on 1/10/02.

2000-2001: Started in all games...finished the season as the team's leading scorer with an average of 15.5 points and 4.5 rebounds a game...had career and season high 36 points and eight three-pointers against Arizona on 11/18/00...those eight three-pointers tie her with Kari Gallup for record three-pointers in a game...named to the MWC All Conference First Team and to the MWC All-Tournament Team.

1999-2000: Started in all 31 games...averaged 13.2 ppg and 3.5 rpg...finishing the year as the team's leading scorer...led the team in assists with a total of 114 and an average of 3.7 per game...also led the team in steals with 61 her first season with BYU...scored in double digits in 24 games...was the MWC Player of the Week on December 6 after picking up a career and season high 25 points against Idaho State on December 1, netting 7-of-9 three-pointers which also put her in second place on the BYU chart for treys in a game....named to the Women's Basketball News Service National All-Freshman All-America team...also named Second Team All MWC and Freshman of the Year...named to the MWC All Tournament Team.

Returning redshirt player BIOS

03 Maria Chiara ---- (5-8 Junior Guard, Hamilton, New Zealand/Casper Junior College)

2002-03: Has yet to play this season.

2001-2002: Redshirt

40 Ashleigh Chamberlain ---- (6-4 Junior Center, Kanab, UT/Kanab HS/UVSC)

2001-2002: Redshirt

12 Angy Gatten ---- (5-6 Senior Junior, Jefferson City, MT/Jefferson City

HS/No. Idaho College)

2002-03: Has played in three games to date.

2001-02: Redshirt

32 Kristin Kozlowski ---- (5-10 Sophomore Forward, Centerville, UT/Centerville HS/Boise State)

2001-2002: Redshirt

14 Julie Sullivan ---- (5-8 Sophomore Guard, Silver City, NM/Silver City HS)

2002-03: Has starter all games to date...had season high seven assists vs Boise State on 11/27/02.

2001-2002: Redshirt

2000-2001: Played in all games...contributing 5.2 points and 1.8 rebounds a game...had season and career high 15 points against Wyoming on 2/17/01...had a season and career high eight assists against Air Force on 3/3/01 named MWC Newcomer of the Year.

newcomer player bios

33 Ambrosia Anderson ---- (6-2 Freshman Forward, Colorado Springs, CO/Doherty HS)

2002-03: Has played in all four games to date.

Before BYU: Two-time All-State, All-Area, All-Star in basketball...named Top 70 Blue Chip Player...named in the Top 25 Street & Smith Basketball team.

04 Kestlee Nelson ---- (5-8 Junior Guard, Sandy, Utah


2002-03: Has played in all four games to date.

At UVSC: Female Athlete of the Year in 2002...Team MVP in 2002...First Team All-Region...All-America Honorable Mention...averaged 12.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.8 steals per game...athletic honor roll.

Before BYU: Team MVP in 2000...three-time All-Region honoree...Academic All-Region....All-State in 2000.

15 Jen Overdiek ---- (5-10 Freshman Guard, Syracuse, Utah

Clearfield HS/UVSC)

2002-03: Has played in all four games to date.

Before BYU: Academic All-State... graduated top three percent of class with honors...three-time basketball team MVP...led team in rebounds for four straight years...was team scoring leader three season...four-year letterwinner in women's basketball...named Region I MVP twice...made the All-State First Team three times and Second Team All State once.... named Utah Gatorade Player of the Year in 2002...was also an All-State performer in soccer...lettered two years in soccer and one in volleyball.

01 Nancy Seljaas ---- (6-0 Freshman Guard/Forward, Bountiful, Utah/Bountiful HS)

2002-03: Has played in all four games to date.

Before BYU: Three-time honor roll student...three-time basketball captain twice...UWBCA 2002 4A Region Five Player of the Year ...Clipper Newspaper District MVP in 2002...two-time Clipper First Team All-District honoree...two-time UWBCA 4A Region Five First Team...Deseret News Ms. Basketball of Utah in 2002...Salt Lake Tribune 4A MVP in 2002...two-time Deseret News First Team All-State...two-time Salt Lake Tribune First Team her senior year averaged 23.3 points a game...six rebounds per game...2.2 steals and 3.6 assists per game... also lettered in volleyball.

2002-03 byu team captains

There are four players that were selected by their teammates to be this season's captains. They are seniors Erin Thorn, Lisa Hansen and Jennifer Leitner and sophomore Danielle Cheesman.

travel itinerary

The team will stay at the Radisson Fisherman's Wharf on 250 Beach Street in San Francisco, 415-392-6700, 415-986-7853, fax. BYU arrives in the Bay area via Las Vegas on United flight #1923 at 12:15 p.m.

In Portland, the Cougars will stay at the Portland Marriott, 435 NE Wasco Street, Lloyd Center, 503-234-3200, 503-234-1836, fax. The team will arrive via San Francisco on United flight #0704, arriving at 10:25 a.m.

Cougars practice schedule/media requests

BYU's women's basketball team holds its practices at the Marriott Center M, W, and F from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Tues.

and Thurs., the team practices from 7-9 a.m. Head coach Jeff Judkins is available for media interviews prior to or after practices. Players are also available at that same time. All interview request must be scheduled in advance through the women's basketball SID Norma Collett. Please contact her at 801-422-4908 or via e-mail at She can also be reached on her mobile phone 801-372-0989.

Up Next for byu

In their second of three December road trips, the team travels east to the capital city for a first ever meeting against George Washington University and then on to Raleigh, North Carolina for another first time meeting with North Carolina State. On Dec. 21, the team will be in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the 2002 Triple Crown where they will meet the University of Alabama. The team's lone home game in December is on th 30th as the Cougars host Montana State.


No. Name Pos. Ht. Cl. Exp. Hometown/School

01 Nancy Seljaas G/F 6-0 Fr. HS Bountiful, UT/Bountiful HS

03 Maria Chiara G 5-8 Jr 2V Hamilton, New Zealand Casper JC

04 Kestlee Nelson G 5-8 Jr 2V Sandy, UT/Alta HS/UVSC

05 Amy Lewis G 5-6 Sr 3V Jefferson City, MT/No. Idaho College

10 Marianne Miller* G 5-6 Jr HS Middleton, ID/Middleton HS

11 Erin Thorn G 5-10 Sr 3V Orem, UT/Mountain View HS

12 Angie Gatten G 5-6 Jr 2V Jefferson City, MT/No.Idaho College

13 Laura Stratton* G 5-6 So HS Missoula, MT/Sentinel HS/BYU Idaho 14 Julie Sullivan G 5-8 So 1V Silver City, NM/Silver City HS

15 Jen Overdiek G 5-10 Fr HS Syracuse, UT/Clearfield HS

20 Brittany Larson F 6-0 Sr 3V Chicago, IL/New Trier HS

21 Jennifer Leitner F 6-1 Sr 3V Chico, CA/Pleasant Valley HS

25 Kali Taylor G 5-11 So 1V Lyman, UT/Wayne HS

30 Melissa Brown * G 5-8 So HS University Place, WA/Curtis HS

32 Kristen Kozlowski F 5-10 So 1V Centerville, UT/Boise State

33 Ambrosia Anderson F 6-2 Fr HS Colorado Springs, CO/Doherty HS

40 Ashleigh Chamberlain C 6-4 Jr 2V Kanab, UT/UVSC

42 Angie Wallace# F 6-0 Fr HS Cleburne, TX/Cleburne HS

45 Lisa Hansen C 6-5 Sr 3V Bakersfield, CA /Centennial/UCSB

51 Danielle Cheesman F 6-2 So 1V Orem, UT/Mountain View HS

* 2002-03 WalkOn

# 2002-03 Redshirt

HEAD COACH: Jeff Judkins (2nd Year)

ASSISTANT COACHES: Alli Bills, Jonas Chatterton


ATHLETIC TRAINER: Carolyn Billings


COLORS: Blue, White and Tan

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