Second Half of MWC Race Brings Wyoming and CSU to Marriott Center

After going 1-1 on the road last week, the women's basketball team is at home this week starting the second half of MWC action. BYU hosts Wyoming on Thurs., Feb. 12 and CSU on Sat., Feb. 14. Start times are 7 p.m., and 4 p.m. respectively.

Teams: BYU (12-9 2-5 ) vs. WYO (8-12, 4-3) Date: Thurs. 2/12/04 Time: 7:00 p.m. Arena: Marriott Ctr

Teams: BYU (12-9, 2-5 ) vs. CSU (12-8, 3-4) Date: Sat. 2/14/04 Time: 4 p.m. Arena: Marriott Ctr.

Saturday's Game vs. CSU To Air Live on BYU-TV

Cougar fans can follow the teams action this week on BYU Radio for Thursday's game and on BYU-TV on Saturday afternoon.

BYU's Probable Starters

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

F 51 Danielle Cheesman 6-2 Jr 11.2 6.1

F 33 Ambrosia Anderson 6-2 So 11.9 6.1

F/G 15 Jennie Overdiek 5-10 So 5.6 4.1

G 14 Julie Sullivan 5-8 Jr 8.6 2.3

G 24 Hollie Hansen 5-9 Fr 0.8 1.7

Cougar Players Off The Bench

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

G/F 01 Nancy Seljaas 6-0 So 7.2 1.6

C 40 Ashley Chamberlain 6-4 Sr 6.0 5.9

G 25 Kali Taylor 5-11 Jr 6.5 1.5

F 32 Kristin Kozlowski 6-2 Jr 3.4 2.1

G 04 Kestlee Dooley 5-8 Sr 1.7 1.4

G/F 35 Melinda Johnsen 5-10 Fr 1.3 1.5

G 13 Tiari Goold 5-7 Fr 1.3 0.5

G 24 Heather Hansen 5-9 Fr 1.5 0.5

G 12 Angie Gatten 5-6 Sr 1.1 0.4

2003-04 Team Stats

4 Shooting from the field: (.399, 498-1247)

4 Shooting from the free-throw line: (.701, 272-388)

4 Shooting from three-point line: (.340, 111-326)

4 Average points per game: 65.7

Last Game Recap

The women's team picked up its second league win with a 82-50 rout over San Diego State on Saturday afternoon. BYU put an impressive game plan together that saw balanced scoring from at least three players that put up double figure points. It was the team's first game in which they shot over 50 percent (52) for the game and the 82 points tied for the high of the season. Danielle Cheesman and Nancy Seljaas scored 13 points each with Ambrosia Anderson coming off the bench for 12 points. The Cougars outrebounded the Aztecs 34 to 29.

Cougar Team Notables

2 82-point scoring output twice to date; @ Portland State on 1/10/04 and @ SDSU on 2/7/04.

2 32-point margin of victory @ SDSU on 2/7/04 is largest margin of victory of the year

2The 10-4 preseason record is the best for BYU since the 1999-00 year, when they went into league play with a 10-3 record.

2 The 7-1 preseason road record was the best dating back to the 1999- 00 season when they went 5-2 in away games, prior to the con conference opener.

2 Best free-throw percentage: 93 percent (26-28) @ Montana State on 1/6/04

2 The seven point loss at Wyoming this year is the same point loss as last year's 59-66 game against the Cowgirls in Laramie.

2 Best field goal shooting: .522 (26-50) @ SDSU on 2/7/04

2 Most rebounds tallied to date: 48 vs. Air Force, 1/24/04 and @ CS Fullerton on 12/9/03

2 Most assists: 26 vs. Air Force eon 1/24/04 and @ Portland State on 1/10/04

2 Most blocked shots in a game: 7 vs. Idaho State on 12/20/03

2 Most turnovers in a game: 23 @ Colorado State on 1/15/04

2 Least turnovers made: 10 @ Weber State on 11/21/03 and vs. New Mexico on 1/24/04

Individual Player Notables

2 Most points scored - A. Anderson (22 vs USF on 1/3/04 and 22 vs. Utah on 1/31/04)

2 Most field goals made - A. Anderson (10 vs USF on 1/3/04)

2 Most three-point FG made - N. Seljaas (5 vs Mt. St. Mary's 11/26/03)

2 Most ft's made - J. Sullivan (12 @ Santa Clara on 12/04/03)

2 Most ft's attempted - J. Sullivan (16 @ Santa Clara on 12/04/03)

2 Most reb., made - D. Cheesman (13 @ Montana State on 1/6/04)

2 Most reb, made - A. Anderson (13 vs. Utah on 1/31/04)

2 Most ast., made - K. Taylor (6 @ Arizona on 12/12/03)

2 Most st., made - J. Sullivan (4 @ NAU on 1/8/04)

2 Most double doubles - A. Anderson (4) - (17 & 12 vs. Clemson on 11/25/03; 21 & 11 vs. TCU on 11/29/03; and 22 & 11 vs. USF on 1/3/04; 22 & 13 vs. Utah on 1/31/04

2 Most double doubles - D. Cheesman (3 ) - (18 & 12 vs. Mt. St. Mary's on 11/26/03 , 13 & 10 @ Santa Clara on 12/04/03, and 20 & 13 @ Montana St. on 1/06/04)

2003-04 Mountain West Conference Standings (As of 2/9/04)

Conf. Games All Games

Team (Rk)

Utah 7-0 17-4

UNLV 5-2 16-4

New Mexico 5-2 13-7

Wyoming 4-3 8-12

Colorado State 3-4 12-8

BYU 2-5 12-9

San Diego State 2-5 7-13

Air Force 0-5 3-15

MWC Opponents this week

Wyoming

The Cowgirls of Wyoming have compiled an 8-12, 4-3 record to date which puts them in third place in the currently conference standings. On the road, Wyoming has a 1-1 record. The team just lost to New Mexico in Laramie by a score of 56 to 61. Ashley Elliott, who has started in all games for the Cowgirls tops the list in scoring with 16.9 points per game. She also contributes with 4.7 rebounds a game. Michelle Lieber is the team's leading rebounder, grabbing 6.4 boards per game. Wyoming is currently shooting 35 percent from the field, 71 percent from the foul line and 32 from behind the arc, and they are averaging 52 points a game. Head Coach Joe Legerski, a former assistant at the University of Utah is in his first season at the helm of the Cowgirls program.

Wyoming Probable Starters

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

F 31 Kristen Lenhardt 6-1 Jr 7.2 4.3

F 33 Michelle Lieber 6-0 Fr 6.1 6.4

C 53 Sara Hippen 6-3 Jr 4.3 3.6

G 13 Brenda Pickup 5-7 Sr 9.3 3.7

G 24 Ashley Elliott 5-7 Jr 16.9 4.7

Series Record: 39-15 for BYU

Last Meeting: In the earlier meeting between the two conference foes in Laramie, the homestanding Cowgirls picked up the 57-50 win, making it the second straight time that Wyoming had beaten the Cougars in the Multipurpose Gym. In that road trip the Cougars lost both conference games and went 0-2 in league play.

Colorado State

The Rams are coming into conference play on a two game winning streak deafeting both Air Force and New Mexico in Ft. Collins. CSU, who is 12-8 and 3-4 on the year, plays at Utah on Thursday night before the matchup with BYU on Saturday afternoon. They are in fourth place in league standings. Melissa Dennett is one of four players scoring in double figures. She's tallying 13.4 points and 6.9 rebounds, followed by Vanessa Espinoza who contributes 12.4 points and leads the way in the rebound category grabbing a team high 7.7 boards a game. Lindsay Thomas and Joy Jenkins are also scoring in double figures with 12.1 for Thomas and 11.1 for Jenkins. The team shoots 44 percent from the field, 69 percent from the free throw line and 35 percent from three-point range. They tally 66.9 points a game, and hold oppoenents to 65 points.

CSU Probable Starters

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

F 32 Melissa Dennett 6-2 So 13.4 6.9

F 23 Sara Brown 5-10 Fr 0.6 1.0

C 45 Lindsay Thomas 6-2 So 12.1 7.4

G 05 Vanessa Espinoza 5-4 So 12.4 2.8

G 11 Jasai Ferrucho 5-7 Sr 6.8 2.6

Series Record: 37-21 for BYU

Last Meeting: The team's have already met once this season in Ft. Collins where the Rams picked up a two-point 52-54 victory over the Cougars. In the Marriott Center CSU has an 11-13 record winning in Provo 81-64 on 1/10/02.

Practice times

While at home, the Cougar women practice daily from 1-3 p.m., in the Marriott Center. Coach/player interviews are to be scheduled in advance by contacting the women's basketball contact Norma Collett, 801-422-4908 or via e-mail at norma_collett@byu.edu When the team is on the road, practice and interview times vary. No interviews for coaches or players can be done 24-hours prior to any game.

UP NEXT

The Cougar team will go on its final MWC road swing next week, playing at the Air Force Academy on Thurs., Feb. 19 and at New Mexico on Sat., Feb. 21.

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