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League Games Tip Off On The Road This Week

The Cougar women get set to play league games on the road this week, traveling to Laramie to take on the Cowgirls on Feb. 13 and then on to Ft. Collins for a nationally televised contest against the Rams of Colorado State on Sat., Feb. 15.

Tip off: BYU (14-6, 5-2) vs Univ. of Wyoming (14-6, 4-3, ) 7 p.m., MST Arena: Multipurpose Gym

Tip off: BYU (14-6, 5-2) vs Colorado State (11-10, 2-5) 3 p.m., MST Arena:Moby Arena

cougars on espn2

The league game this Saturday afternoon between BYU and CSU will air live on ESPN2. Tip off is scheduled for 3 p.m., MST.

live webcast

All of BYU's women's basketball games can be heard live via the internet at byu radio. org BYU radio can also be heard on the Dish Network and on Direct TV. Veteran BYU broadcaster Jay Monsen is the play-by-play announcer for all games.

BYU's Probable Starters

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

F 45 Lisa Hansen 6-5 Sr 4.2 3.1

F 24 Kali Taylor 5-11 So 4.7 2.1

C 51 Danielle Cheesman 6-2 So 11.1 5.6

G 11 Erin Thorn 5-10 Sr 18.2 4.5

G 04 Kestlee Nelson 5-8 Jr 3.2 1.5

Cougar Players Off The Bench

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

G 15 Jen Overdiek 5-10 Fr 3.3 2.5

F 33 Ambrosia Anderson 6-2 Fr 3.6 2.6

F 40 Ashleigh Chamberlain 6-4 Jr 3.7 2.1

G/F 01 Nancy Seljaas 6-0 Fr 2.0 0.9

F 20 Brittany Larson 6-0 Sr 0.9 1.6

Player Updates/injuries

Senior forward Jennifer Leitner has been dismissed from the team indefinitely for breaking team rules. Sophomore guard Julie Sullivan injured her knee (torn ACL) during practice on Jan. 13. She is out for the rest of the season.

Cougar Review

As the BYU team enters the second half of league play this week, the Cougars are 5-2 after losing games to MWC foes UNLV 69-73 on 1/25/03 and to Utah 50-67 on 2/1/03. This week BYU is coming off to league victories at home and have a 5-2 MWC record and are 14-6 overall.

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 18.2 points and 4.5 rebounds a game. Sophomore forward Danielle Cheesman follows in scoring and is averaging 11.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

This season's roster has seen the return of MWC's 1999-2000 Newcomer of the Year Julie Whetten Sullivan who redshirted last year. She reclaimed her starting point-guard spot contributing 6.7 points and 3.1 rebounds, but as of Jan. 13 will not continue to play suffering a torn ACL. UVSC junior transfer Kestlee Nelson has replaced Sullivan at the starting point guard spot. Nelson contributes 3.2 points and 1.5 rebounds a game.

Sophomore Kali Taylor has started in eight games to date and she's contributing with 4.7 and 2.1 rebounds per game.

Coach Jeff Judkins has been rotating two transfer players at one of the forward spots with UCSB transfer and senior Lisa Hansen and Kanab, Utah native Ashleigh Chamberlain. Hansen tallies 4.2 points and 3.1 rebounds a game while Chamberlain, who got her first Cougar start on 1/18/03 vs Wyoming, averages 3.7 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. Senior forward Brittany Larson has played in all games and contributes 0.9 points and 1.6 rebounds.

Utah high school standouts Jen Overdiek, Nancy Seljaas and Ambrosia Anderson from Colorado Springs, Colorado are also contributing to this year's Cougar effort. Overdiek had a career high 15 points vs UNLV on 1/25/03 and a career high seven rebounds against Utah on 2/1/03. Seljaas picked up season highs in points with 13 against the Air Force Academy on 2/8/03. In that game she also tallied a season high 6 boards.

2002-03 Cougar Stats

u Shooting from the field: (.431, 485-1124)

u Shooting from the free-throw line: (.732, 238-325)

u Shooting from three-point line: (.371, 135-364)

u Average points per game: 67.2

byu numbers

u (89) - season high points vs Air Force 2/8/03

u (18) - defense holds both UNM and AF to 18 points in first half

u (28) - consecutive games where Erin Thorn has scored at least one three-pointer

A look at this week's opponents

University of Wyoming

The Cowgirls along with the UNLV Lady Rebels are tied for third place in the current MWC standings with 4-3 records. Wyoming has won the last five of seven conference game, most recently losing to UNLV in Las Vegas 65-68. Overall, the team has a 14-6 record. Three Cowgirls are scoring in double figures with Carrie Bacon toping the list with her average of 13.3 points and a team high 6.7 rebounds a game. Ashley Elliott follows with 11.7 points and grabbing 4.6 boards a game. Ann McColl rounds out the double digit scoring with 11.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. As a team, Wyoming is shooting 45 percent from the field and 76percent at the free throw line. From behind the arc, the Cowgirls make 36 percent of their outside shots.

University of Wyoming Probable Starters

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

F 21 Darci Arsene 6-1 Sr 8.5 4.1

F 41 Carrie Bacon 6-0 Sr 13.3 6.7

C 51 Ann McColl 6-2 Sr 11.6 5.0

G 13 Brenda Pickup 5-7 Jr 8.3 2.5

G 24 Ashley Elliott 5-7 So 11.7 4.6

Last meeting

In the first league contest between these two conference foes, the victory went to BYU at the Marriott Center. The Cougars won 67-59. In Laramie, BYU has a 16-8 advantage.

Series record

Record: 38-14 for BYU

Colorado State University

Colorado State has compiled an 11-10, 2-5 record with conference wins over New Mexico and Air Force at home. Ashley Augspurger is the Rams leading scorer with 13.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Shannon Strecker is also a top scoring threat for CSU with her 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds. In the rebound category it is Lisa Narkiewicz who tops the list, grabbing 5.5 boards a game. As a team, the Rams are shooting 43 percent form the field and 69 percent from the free throw line. In three-point shooting, they're getting 32 percent of their shots.

Colorado State Probable Starters

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

F 00 Ashley Augspurger 6-1 Sr 13.4 5.0

F 24 Jackie Campbell 5-10 Sr 3.8 1.6

C 50 Shannon Strecker 6-2 Sr 10.6 4.9

G 05 Vanessa Espinosa 5-3 Fr 3.4 1.6

G 22 Katie Borton 6-0 Sr 6.7 2.9

Last meeting

The Rams and Cougars played one game already this season with BYU picking up the 71-56 win at the Marriott Center. At Moby Arena, the Cougars have an 11-12 record with their last win coming in 2/12/94 when both teams were members of the WAC. BYU won the game 79-78 in two overtime periods.

Series record

Record: 36-19 for BYU.

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.

u Stats to date include scoring in double figures in all games, tallying a season high 34 points (just two shy of her career high 36 points) against Montana State on Dec. 30. She continues to be the team's leading scorer with an average of 18.5 points, is third on the list in rebounds with 5.1 boards a game and has tallied a team high 92 assists to date, that's an average of 5.1 per game. Thorn had 21 straight free throws before missing one against the University of Denver on 1/4/03.

u After Saturday's game against the Air Force Academy, Thorn had scored at least one three-pointer in 28 consecutive games.

COUGARS IN THE MWC ( as of feb. 10, 2003, conf games only)

TEAM (All Games)

Category Place Avg/G

pScoring Offense 1st 66.3

pScoring Defense 2nd 56.7

pScoring Margin 2nd 66.3 off/56.7 deff, +9.6

pFree Throw % 4th .723, 68-94

pField Goal % 1st .444, 56-136

pRebounding Offense 5th 35.0

pRebounding Defense 1st 30.6

pBlocked Shots 2ndT 3.29

pAssists 1st 17.71

pSteals 4th 8.29

p3-PT FG Made 1st 8.00


Category Place Avg/G

pScoring: Erin Thorn 2nd 17.7

pScoring: D. Cheesman 14th 10.9

pRebounding: D. Cheesman 10thT 5.4

pAssists: Erin Thorn 1st 6.29

pAssists: Kestlee Nelson 7th 3.40

pField Goal %: Erin Thorn 11th .442 (42-95)

pField Goal %: D. Cheesman 6th .455 (30-66)

pFree Throw%: Erin Thorn 3rd .895 (17-19)

pSteals: Erin Thorn 4th 2.29

p3-PT FG%: Erin Thorn 4th .434 (23-53)

p3-PT FG%: Kestlee Nelson 2nd .467 (7-15)

p3-PT FG Made: Erin Thorn 1st 3.29 (23)

p3-PT FG Made: Kestlee Nelson 13th 1.00 (7)

pBlocked Shots: Lisa Hansen 7th 0.71(5)

pOffensive Reb: D. Cheesman 11th 1.86 (13)

pDefensive Reb: D. Cheesman 12th 3.57 (25)


The BYU team leaves Wed., Feb. 12 by bus at 10 a.m., arriving in Laramie at 5 p.m., There the squad will stay at the Laramie Holiday Inn, 2313 Soldier Springs Road, 307-742-6611, 307-745-8371fax. After Thursday night's game, BYU will depart by bus to Ft. Collins, Colorado and stay at the Mariott Ft. Collins, 350 East Horsetooth Road, 970-226-5200, 970-282-0561 fax. After Saturday's game with CSU, the team departs by bus to Denver where they will stay at the Denver Airport Marriott, 16455 East 40th Circle, Denver/Aurora, 303-371-4333, 303-371-1134. Sunday, Feb. 16 the team departs Denver at 8:40 a.m., on Delta Flight 1137, arriving in Salt Lake City at 10:16 a.m.

Up Next for byu

The Cougar team is back home for its final two league games. BYU hosts UNLV on Feb. 20 and SDSU on Feb. 22.


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 6-2 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, Stacy Jensen

ATHLETIC TRAINER: Carolyn Billings

NICKNAME: Cougars COLORS: Blue, White and Tan

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