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Season Opener At Weber State

After two close exhibition games the BYU women's basketball team is eager to get the season under way. The year's first game is on the road as the Cougars travel to Ogden for an instate match up with Weber State, on Friday, Nov. 21. Tip off is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Dee Events Center.

Teams: BYU (0-0) @ Weber State (0-0) Time: 6:30 p.m. Arena: Dee Events Center

Live Internet Broadcast

All of BYU's women's basketball games will air live on the internet by clicking on BYU radio is also available on the Dish Network and on Direct TV. Veteran radio broadcaster Jay Monsen will call the action.

BYU's Probable Starters

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

F 15 Jennie Overdiek 5-10 So 3.5 3.1

F 51 Danielle Cheesman 6-2 Jr 11.2 5.4

C 40 Ashleigh Chamberlain 6-4 Sr 4.2 3.4

F/G 25 Kali Taylor 5-11 Jr 4.5 1.9

G 04 Kestlee Dooley 5-8 Sr 4.0 1.9

Cougar Players Off The Bench

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

G 15 Julie Sullivan 5-8 Jr 6.2 2.9

F 33 Ambrosia Anderson 6-2 So 4.3 3.1

G/F 01 Nancy Seljaas 6-0 So 1.9 0.9

G 12 Angie Gatten 5-6 Sr 1.2 0.2

G 13 Tiari Goold 5-7 Fr

G 23 Heather Hansen 5-9 Fr

G 24 Hollie Hansen 5-9 Fr

G/F 35 Melinda Johnsen 5-10 Fr

2002-03 Final Season Stats

u Shooting from the field: (.433, 754-1742)

u Shooting from the free-throw line: (.737, 341-463)

u Shooting from three-point line: (.378, 206-545)

u Average points per game: 66.3

2003-04 Season Outlook

Hoping to rebound from an injury-plugged season, this year's team comes back with talent and experience from last season's MWC Championship run in Las Vegas and a sixth consecutive post season appearance.

Returning Players

Under third-year head coach Jeff Judkins, the Cougars will use the experience gained by the younger players to build a winning season. Returning players, such as junior starter Danielle Cheesman, senior guard Kestlee Nelson, and underclassman with significant playing time, will need to step up and fill leadership roles. Cheesman, the Cougars' second-leading scorer and leading rebounder, will provide the team with versatility with her outside shooting ability and solid presence under the basket. Cheesman spent part of the 2003 summer trying out for the USA Women's Basketball Team.

Senior center Ashleigh Chamberlain and junior forward Kristen Kozlowski will also provide height in the paint and help Cheesman pull down the boards. Juniors Julie Sullivan, who suffered a torn ligament in her knee and started in 13 of 14 games last season, along with guard Kali Taylor will return to the Cougar roster. Nelson, who replaced Sullivan in the starting lineup, will return with experience playing in pressure situations. In MWC play Nelson toped the list in field goal percentage from behind the arc (53.6). Sophomore Jennie Overdiek will be a strong threat on the defensive end with her 12 starts from last season. Also back for a second season with BYU are Ambrosia Anderson and Nancy Seljaas. Both got significant playing experience as freshmen.


With four new freshmen coming in, including three Utah natives, the Cougars' will be able to develop the perimeter players into excellent talent. Mountain View High School standouts Hollie and Heather Hansen, younger sisters of BYU graduate and Atlanta Hawks Travis Hansen, led their team to State championships and will add depth in the guard position.

Joining the Hansen twins in the guard position is Melinda Johnson, younger sister of Ute standout Brinton Johnson, of Murray High School who will be a great addition on the outside. Tiari Goold, a guard from Milwaukie, Ore., will also add talent with great passing skills and knowledge of the game.

With the talent returning from last year and the incoming athletes, BYU will battle for a title at the MWC tournament and another run to the NCAA Tournament.

The Judkins file

Overall Record: 43-21, 18-10/2 years

Entering the 2003-04 season, head coach Jeff Judkins, is back for a third year at the helm of the Cougar women's program. Coach Judkins took the women's team to back-to-back NCAA appearances as well as to the title games of the MWC Championships, winning the title game in 2001-02.

An all-state selection in basketball, football and baseball, Judkins played basketball for the University of Utah 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 (23), Jordan (21), Jenna (19), Jaime (16), Jaxson (13).

This Week's opponent

Weber State

This will be the first game of the season for both teams after each has competed in two exhibition games. Weber State returns three starters and eight letterwinners from last year's 22-9 team who went on to the first round of the NCAA tournament. Head Coach Carla Taylor begins her 15th season with the Wildcats. Junior Julie Gjertsen who averaged 16.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game is back for her third season at Weber State. Also returning are seniors Angela Sampson and Kristen Hesselbach. Sampson tallied 5.5 points and 4.9 rebounds while Hesselbach contributed with 3.1 points and grabbed 3.6 boards a game.

siblings in the pros

Three of the players on this year's roster have brothers playing in the NBA. Travis Hansen, Atlanta Hawks is older brother to twins Heather and Hollie Hansen. Travis is in his rookie season, and was a two-year starter at BYU. Britton Johnsen, a forward rookie is playing his first professional season with the Orlando Magic. Johnsen was a four-year starter at the University of Utah. His sister Melinda Johnsen is playing her freshman season as a Cougar.

returning player bios

# 33- Ambrosia Anderson

6-2 So. Forward

Colorado Springs, Colorado

At BYU: FRESHMAN - (2002-2003): At the end of her first year playing college basketball she played in all 31 games and got the starting nod in three of those (at no. 21 George Washington, at NC State and against the University of Alabama at the Triple Crown from Albuquerque, New Mexico)...picked up a team high and a personal best 14 points against UNLV on 2/20/03 and had a season and career high 11 rebounds vs. New Mexico on 2/6/03...two times she had team high seven rebounds, the first vs. UNM on 3/8/03 the final regular season conference game and at the team's last game of the year at Colorado in the first round of the NCAA tournament... was also perfect from the free throw line against SDSU making all five attempts...overall, she finished in fifth place in points on the team with a total of 133 for an 4.3 average...placed fourth in three categories, field goals made with 55 and a 1.8 average, free throw made category with eight, and total rebound with 96...was third on the team in 3-pt field goals made with 15...finished fifth on the team in three other categories, offensive rebounds with 22, defensive rebounds with 74 and blocks with seven.


Yr G/GS FG-FGA % FT-FTA % 3-pts % Pts. Reb. A BL. St. TO

03 31/3 55-154.357 8-12 .667 15-45.333 133 96 19 7 16 34

Career Highs:

Points: 14

Rebounds: 11

#40- Ashleigh Chamberlain

6-4 Sr. Center

Kanab, Utah

At BYU: JUNIOR - (2002-2003): Started in her first game as a BYU Cougar vs. Wyoming on 1/18/03 after becoming academically eligible on January 2...finishing the season playing in 21 total games, starting in 10 of them...averaged 11.8 minutes per game...led the team in field goal percentage at the end of the season with .542 going 39-72 with an average of 4.2 points per game and scoring a total of 89 points for the year...fouled out 6 times during the season... averaged 3.4 rebounds a game, pulling down a total of 72 rebounds for the year... In the 2003 MWC tournament she had seven rebounds and three steals against the University of Utah on 03/14/03 in the semifinals of the championship in Las Vegas... was 3 for 7 against Colorado in the first round of the NCAA tournament leading the team in rebounds with that post season game she played a total of 18 minutes.

SOPHOMORE - (2001-2002): Redshirt


Year G/GS FG-FGA % FT-FTA % 3-pts % Pts. Reb. A BL. St. TO

03 21-10 39-72. 542 11-20.550 0-0.000 89 72 4 6 8 32

Career Highs:

Points: 12

Rebounds: 8

#51- Danielle Cheesman

6-2 Jr. Forward

Orem, Utah

At BYU: SOPHOMORE - (2002-2003): Started in all games...picked up her fourth double double of her career with 11 points and 11 rebounds against UNLV on 2/20/03...tallied a season and career high 21 points against Montana State at home on 12/30/02...has had her second highest points output with 20 points twice, vs. UNLV on 3/12/03 and against NC State on 12/14/02...had her third double-double of her career and second of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds against George Washington on 12/11/02...picked up her second double-double of her career with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the game against Oregon on 12/07/02... tallied 10 points and seven rebounds against SUU on 12/3/02...had two back-to-back games where she grabbed double figure rebounds with10 against Oregon on 12/7/02 and at no. 21 George Washington on 12/11/ MWC games had a team high 17 points vs. Utah on 2/1/03 and a team high 11 points in the following league game vs. UNM on 2/6/ the MWC game against UNLV had a team high 11 rebounds and also vs. UNLV at the MWC tournament led the team in rebounds with nine...finished her second season with the BYU program as the team's second leading scorer with a total of 348 points for an 11.2 per game average...and was also in second place in three other categories; field goal attempts with an average of 10.6; field goals made with a total of 143 for a 4.6 average, and free throws made with 87 total and an average of 1.5 per game...also on the team she was third in steals with a total of 27 and in the rebound category was first in total rebounds and first in total offensive boards, tallying a total of 168 rebounds and 58 offensive boards...she also finished in second place on the team in defensive rebounds with a total of 110 for an average of 3.5 per game.

FRESHMAN - (2001-2002): Played in all 33 games, starting in the last 19...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 and first-ever collegiate double double with 16 points and 12 rebounds vs New Mexico on 2/16/02.


Year G/GS FG-FGA % FT-FTA % 3-pts % Pts. Reb. A St. TO

02 33/19 118-252.468 46-58. 793 1-5 .200 283 145 16 20 47

03 31/31 143-328. 436 47-78. 603 15-47.319 348 168 32 27 79

TLS 64/50 261-580.450 93-136.683 16-52.308 631 313 48 47 126

Career Highs:

Points: 21

Rebounds: 12

Assists: 3

#32- Kristin Crockett Kozlowski

6-2 Jr. Forward

Centerville, Utah

At BYU: SOPHOMORE - (2002-2003): In her second season in college basketball and her first at BYU she started in her first game on 3/12/03 but had been getting significant playing time in the previous 16 contests...averaged 8.6 minutes per game... and had a season high 10 points and six rebounds vs. the Air Force Academy on 3/16/03...ended the season with a .400 field goal percentage hitting 10 of the 25 shots... averaged 1.9 points per game... went 11 for 13 from the free throw line ending the season with a .846 percentage and was perfect from the line in conference play, going 9 for 9...she also pulled down a total of 27 rebounds during the season...started in the first round of the NCAA tournament against Colorado playing nine minutes scoring three points and grabbing two rebounds.

REDSHIRT - (2001-2002)


Yr G/GS FG-FGA % FT-FTA% 3-pts % Pts. Reb. A BL. St. TO

03 16-4 10-25. 400 11-13.846 0-0 .000 31 27 2 3 2 12

Career Highs:

Points: 10

Rebounds: 6

#4- Kestlee Nelson Dooley

5-8, Sr. Guard

Sandy, Utah

At BYU: JUNIOR - (2002-2003): Had her first start as a guard on the Cougar squad at the beginning of MWC play against CSU on 1/16/03 replacing an injured Julie Sullivan...had significant playing time in all previous 13 games ...finished the season with a .438 field goal percentage...shot a team high .536 from behind the arc in league games going 15 for 28 averaging 5.3 points per game... shot .720 from behind the free throw line...played an average of 25.9 minutes per game...ended the season with a total of 29 steals, 82 assists, and 58 rebounds... averaged only 1.3 turnovers per game...with an average of 2.6 assists per game...had seven assists against UNLV on 2/20/03... was 5 for 5 from the field against Utah on 03/14/03...contributed 5 assists against Colorado in the first round of the NCAA tournament.


Yr G/GS FG-FGA % FT-FTA % 3-pts % Pts. Reb. A BL. St. TO

03 31/18 42-96. 438 18-25.720 21-47.447 123 58 82 3 29 40

Career Highs:

Points: 17

Rebounds: 5

Assists: 7

#15- Jennie Overdiek

5-10, So. Guard

Syracuse, Utah

At BYU: FRESHMAN - (2002-2003):Begin her collegiate basketball career at BYU starting in 12 of 31 games with an average of 18 minutes a game...finished the season with .507 field goal percentage going 37 for 73...averaged 3.5 points per game and .444 behind the 3-point line connecting 12 times...averaged .793 from the free throw line going 23 for 29... averaged 3.1 rebounds per game pulling down a total of 95 for the season, 76 being defensive rebounds...was 4 for 4 from the field against New Mexico on 02/06/03... picked up a season and career high 12 boards vs. UNM on 3/15/03 and had a career high 15 points against UNLV on 1/25/03... played a season high 37 minutes against CUS on 2/15/03...played 20 minutes pulling down 3 rebounds and scoring 5 points against Colorado in the first round of the 2003 NCAA tournament.


Yr G/GS FG-FGA % FT-FTA % 3-pts % Pts. Reb. A BL. St. TO

03 31/12 37-73. 507 23-29 .793 12-2 .444 109 95 30 6 13 31

Career Highs:

Points: 15

Rebounds: 12

Assists: 3

#1- Nancy Seljaas

6-0, So. Guard/Forward

Bountiful, Utah

At BYU: FRESHMAN - (2002-2003): In her first season playing college basketball she played in 29 games averaging 6.0 minutes of playing time...picked up a season high 13 points and six rebounds vs. Air Force on 2/9/03, the six boards were a team high for that league game...also tallied a team high three steals vs. the University of Colorado at the NCAA first round game on 3/22/03....the 29 games she played includes 13 of 14 games for an average of 6.0 minutes of playing time per contest...and in those 13 league games she shot .435 from the field and .889 from the free throw line...the 89 percent was second best on the team in MWC games.


Yr G/GS FG-FGA % FT-FTA % 3-pts % Pts. Reb. A BL. St. TO

03 29/0 17-47 .362 14-19 .737 8-24.333 56 21 7 1 9 12

Career Highs:

Points: 13

Rebounds: 6

Assists: 2

Steals: 3

#14- Julie Sullivan

5-8 Jr. Guard

Silver City, New Mexico

At BYU: SOPHOMORE - (2002-2003): The season ended on Mon., Jan. 13 suffering a torn ACL during practice....had started all games through the ISU game on 1/07/03 ...picked up a season high nine assists in that game...had a season high 15 points against Alabama on Dec. 21...tallied 10 points, five assists and five rebounds vs NC State on 12/14/02...did not play in the second half of the game vs. Oregon due to a pulled muscle...picked up 12 points in the game on Dec. 5 vs. USF...had seven assists vs Boise State on 11/27/02...had seven assists in two games vs. Boise State on 11/27/02 and vs. Idaho State at 1/7/03...tallied five assists in two other games at UCSB on 1/2/03 and at NC State on 12/14/ that game she was also perfect from the free throw line making all four attempts...after playing in 14 games, starting in 13 she finished the season third in assists on the team with a total of 53 for an average of 3.8 per game...was fifth on the team in free throw percentage, .828 (24-39)...and in those 14 games she also finished fifth on the squad in points average with 6.2 and a total of 87 points.

REDSHIRT - (2001-2002):

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


Yr G/GS FG-FGA % FT-FTA % 3-pts % Pts. Reb. A BL. St. TO

01 32/00 57-150 .380 30-44 .682 22-47 .468 166 56 69 7 18 46

02 Redshirt

03 14/13 28-93 .301 24-29 .828 7-19 .368 87 40 53 3 7 37

TLS 46/13 85-243 .350 54-73 .740 29-66 .439 253 96 122 10 25 83

Career Highs:

Points: 15

Rebounds: 6

Assists: 8

#25- Kali Taylor

5-11, Jr. Guard

Lyman, Utah

At BYU: SOPHOMORE - (2002-2003): In her second season with the BYU program she averaged 18.1 minutes per game, getting the starting on Dec. 30 vs. Montana State...averaged 5.1 points per game in conference play and 4.5 overall...contributed an overall shooting percentage of .421 and .714 from the free throw line going 20 for 28...made 13 3-pointers for the season... ending the season with a total of 39 assists and 20 steals...was 3 for 3 against University of Oregon on 12/07/02... was 2 for 2 behind the arc against Utah on 03/01/03, in that same game had a season and career high 16 points...had 4 steals against San Diego State on 02/22/03...played 14 minutes and pulled down 3 rebounds against Colorado in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

FRESHMAN - (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.


Yr G/GS FG-FGA % FT-FTA % 3-pts % Pts. Reb. A St. To

02 28/0 11-33 .333 7-12 . 583 4-11 .364 33 10 11 2 5

03 31/9 53-126 .421 20-28 .714 13-45 .289 139 59 39 20 48

TLS 59/9 64-159 .403 27-40 .675 17-56 .304 172 69 50 22 53

Career Highs:

Points: 16

Rebounds: 4

Assists: 6

Steals: 6

#12- Angie Gatten

5-6 Sr. Guard

Jefferson City, MT/No. Idaho College

AT BYU: Junior (2002-03)Finished her second season in the BYU program playing in a total of 13 games, shooting .800 from the free throw line going 4 for 5 for the season and in conference games was at 100 percent from the charity stripe...shot .400 from the field...had 22 points for the season going 4 for 10... and was 3 for 5 from behind the arc during conference play as the total of 13 games she averaged 3.9 minutes per game, playing a total of 51 minutes in the season...had three rebounds, three assists, and two steals on the season... played 4 minutes in the first round of the NCAA tournament against Colorado contributing one assist in that contest.

2001-02: REDSHIRT

2000-01: No. Idaho College

1999-00: No. Idaho College

Career Highs:

Points: 8

Steals: 2

Rebounds: 1

#30 - Melissa Brown

5-8, Sr. Guard

University Place, Wash

At BYU: JUNIOR - (2002-03) Played in two pre-season games, four MWC contests and one post season game for a total of seven...averaged 1.7 minutes of playing time in the league games and in the two non-conference contests...scored two points at the NCAA first round game against Colorado on 3/22/03.

SOPHOMORE (2001-02) Played in eight games that includes three non-conference games, four league contests and at Oregon in the team's first round WNIT game...picked up two points vs. the Air Force Academy on 2/1/01.

2003-04 Newcomer Bios

#13 - Tiari Goold


5-7, Fr

Oregon City, Oregon

Before BYU: National Honor Society... Honor Cord... Athlete of the Week, "Pioneer Spotlight"...two-year letterwinner in women's basketball and soccer... Second Team All-League... State Honorable Mention... All-American nominee... Second Team All-League in soccer.

#24 - Hollie Hansen


5-8, Fr

Orem, Utah

Before BYU: Team Defensive Player of the Year...Team Offensive Player of the Year... four-year letterwinner in

women's basketball... League MVP... led team to Regional Championship four straight years... State MVP... led team to State Championship three straight years... 2001 ESPN National Champions.

#23 - Heather Hansen


5-8, Fr

Orem, Utah

Before BYU: Team MVP... four-year letterwinner in women's basketball...League MVP... led team to Regional Championship 4 straight years... State MVP... Named Utah's Miss Basketball... led team to state Championship three straight years...2001 ESPN National Champions.

#35 - Melinda Johnsen


5-10, Fr

Murray, Utah

Before BYU: Female Athlete of the Year... four-time letterwinner in women's basketball and softball... region 5 MVP.... Selected to Utah's All-State Team,junior and senior year... Utah's Athlete of the Year 2002-2003... Region 5 Player of the Year and All-State honors in softball.

Walk-On Bios

#5 - Julie Cross


5-9, So

Scottsdale, Arizona

Before BYU: High School Valedictorian...Team MVP three straight years... four-year letterwinner in women's basketball...Second Team All-Region... 1997 BCI National Champions...two-year letterwinner in women's volleyball.

#41 - Lindsey Huffman


5-7, Jr

Woodstock, Georgia

AT UVSC: Played two seasons for UVSC... averaged 22 minutes with 9 ppg.

Before BYU: Honor Roll four straight years with a GPA of 3.9... Started on the Varsity squad all four years of high school... Team MVP three straight years... All-Region player four straight years... 2001 Regional Player of the ...2001 Region 4A leading scorer... also a four year letterwinner in softball and received All-Region honors.

Cougars weekly practice times/interviews

The women's team practice and plays its home events at the Marriott Center. The squads' practice times are as follows:

M, W, F - 10:30 to 1 p.m.

Tuesday - 1-3 p.m.

Thursday - 12-3 p.m.

All coach and player interviews are done prior to or after practice and must be scheduled in advance by contacting the women's basketball SID Norma Collett at 801-422-4908 or via e-mail at: There are no interviews 24 hours prior to any games.


After the game at Weber State, the Cougar team travels to Anchorage, Alaska to participate in this year's 2003 Alaska Shootout, Nov. 25-26. The first game for BY is against Clemson on Tuesday, Nov. 25 with an 8 p.m. local tip off.

BYU Women's Basketball Roster

Tentative 2003-04

No. Name Pos Ht Yr Exp. Hometown/School

01 Nancy Seljaas G/F 6-0 So 1V Bountiful, UT/Bountiful HS

04 Kestlee Nelson Dooley G 5-8 Sr 3V Sandy, UT/Alta HS/UVSC

10 Laura Stratton G 5-6 So HS Missoula, MT/Sentinel HS/BYU Id.

12 Angie Gatten G 5-6 Sr 3V Jefferson City, MT/No.Idaho Co.

13 Tiari Goold G 5-7 Fr HS Milwaukie, Oregon/Oregon City HS

14 Julie Sullivan G 5-8 Jr 2V Silver City, NM/Silver City HS

15 Jennie Overdiek G 5-10 So 1V Syracuse, UT/Clearfield HS

23 Heather Hansen G 5-9 Fr HS Orem, UT/Mountain View HS

24 Hollie Hansen G 5-9 Fr HS Orem, UT/Mountain View HS

25 Kali Taylor G 5-11 Jr 2V Lyman, UT/Wayne HS

32 Kristen Kozlowski F 6-2 Jr 3V Centerville, UT/Boise State

33 Ambrosia Anderson F 6-2 So 1V Colorado Springs, CO/Doherty HS

35 Melinda Johnsen G/F 5-10 Fr HS Murray, UT/Murray HS

40 Ashleigh Chamberlain C 6-4 Sr 3V Kanab, UT/UVSC

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


5 Julie Cross G 5-9 So Scottsdale, AZ/Coronado HS

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

41 Lindsay Huffman G 5-7 Jr 2V Woodstock, GA/Etowah HS/UVSC

Head Coach: Jeff Judkins

Assistant Coaches: Alli Bills, Jonas Chatterton, Stacy Jensen

Athletic Trainers: Carolyn Billings, Staci Reynolds

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