Season Review for 2003-04

The Cougars completed the 2003-2004 season 15-14 overall and 5-9 in the Mountain West Conference with a first round exit in the MWC Tournament after a 57-60 loss to UNLV, marking the first time in league history that BYU has not advanced to the MWC title game.

Junior guard Julie Sullivan was named to the MWC Second Team after a phenomenal season. Sullivan, who played in all 29 games and started all 14 Conference games, led the team in scoring, averaging 10.4 points per game on 40 percent shooting and scored in double figures in 15 total games, including the last eight consecutive games for the Cougars. Sullivan had a career-high 22 points against San Diego State on March 3.

Senior center Ashleigh Chamberlain also scored in double figures during the first four games of that stretch, making the tandem a tough pair to beat. Sullivan also led the team in assists, averaging 3.55 per game, and steals, grabbing 1.38 per game.

Three other players, junior forward Danielle Cheesman, sophomore forward Ambrosia Anderson, and Chamberlain, received MWC Honorable Mention honors. All three players averaged over seven points and five rebounds per game. In MWC play, the Cougars swept Air Force, improving to 12-0 verses the Falcons since 1998, and the San Diego State Aztecs for the third straight year. The Cougars split games with Wyoming but were swept this season by Colorado State, Utah, UNLV, and New Mexico. In 11 of BYU's 13 losses on the season, the Cougars were defeated by eight points or less.

The Cougars started the season hot as they went 10-4 before the Mountain West Conference opener, their best pre-season record since the 1999-2000 campaign. BYU also went 7-1 on the road during that stretch, their best pre-season road record ever, including a 68-51 win at instate rival Weber State. BYU Head Coach Jeff Judkins picked up his 50th victory as the Cougar head coach with a 59-54 win over the University of San Francisco Jan. 3 in Provo. The Cougars placed themselves in the record books Jan. 6 at Montana State when they shot 93.3 percent (26-28) from the free throw line for the 8th best single game free throw percentage in BYU history.

Junior guard Kali Taylor earned a spot in the record books this season with her shooting from beyond the arc. Taylor shot 40.6 percent (24-64) from three-point range during the season, which ranks 12th all-time.

Sophomore forward Ambrosia Anderson played in all but one game of the season, starting in four. Anderson was the leading rebounder in eight games and the leading scorer in seven, finishing the season with five double-doubles, the most of any Cougar this season. Anderson hit career marks in both points (22 vs. Utah on 1/31/04 and vs. USF on 1/3/04) and rebounds (13 at Air Force on 2/19/04 and vs. Utah on 1/31/04). She also finished the year tied for first place in rebounds per game with 5.8.

Senior center Ashleigh Chamberlain played in all 29 games, starting 19. She dominated in the middle, leading the Cougar rebounding effort in 11 games and finishing the season as the Cougars' leading offensive rebounder with 52 boards and second-best overall rebounder with 5.6 rebounds per game. Chamberlain posted double figures in nine games and had the team's best field goal percentage at 53.3 percent (89-167). She also led the team in blocked shots with 25.

Junior forward Danielle Cheesman has the distinction of being the only Cougar to start all 29 games this season. Cheesman was the team's leading rebounder in nine games, including a career high 13 at Montana State on Jan. 6, and leading scorer in eight games. Cheesman posted three double-doubles on the year and scored in double digits in 13 games. She led the team in field goal attempts (292), field goals made (108), free throws made (63), and defensive rebounds (121). Cheesman also finished the season tied for first place in rebounds per game with 5.8.

Sophomore guard/forward Nancy Seljaas played in 28 of 29 games this season, including all 14 league games and scored in double digits seven times. Seljaas tops the Cougars in three-point field goal attempts (98) and three-point field goals made (39). She also recorded a career-high 16 points vs. Mount St. Mary's on Nov. 26, including a career-high five three-pointers on 5-9 shooting from beyond the arc.

BYU welcomed four freshmen this season that contributed to the team. Freshman guard/forward Melinda Johnsen played in 28 of 29 games, starting in nine, the most of any freshman on the team. Guard Hollie Hansen played in 27 games and started three, all in MWC play. Twin sister Heather Hansen played in 18 games and scored a career-high nine points, all from beyond the arc, against San Diego State on March 4. Hansen also went 6-6 from the free-throw line for the year. Freshman guard Tiari Goold played in eighteen games, starting against CS Fullerton on Dec. 9. Goold led the freshman shooting effort, going 6-14 (.429) from the field.