Second Half of MWC Race Sends Cougars on the Road

(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

With a two-game winning streak, and huge wins over MWC foes SDSU and UNLV, the Cougar women's basketball team begins the second half of the MWC race with two road games. BYU (13-7, 4-3) takes on CSU (13-7, 4-3) Thurs., Feb. 10 and Wyoming (12-8, 3-4) Sat., Feb. 12.

Teams: BYU (13-7, 4-3) vs. CSU (13-7, 4-3) Date: 02/10/05 Time: 7 p.m. Arena: Moby Arena

Teams: BYU (13-7, 4-3) vs.WY (12-8, 3-4) Date: 02/12/05 Time: 2 p.m. Arena: Arena Auditorium

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BYU's Probable Starters

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

G 14 Julie Sullivan 5-8 Sr 11.0 3.5

G 30 Mallary Gillespie 5-10 Fr 8.0 2.5

F 32 Kristin Kozlowski 6-2 Sr 10.1 5.1

F 35 Melinda Johnsen 5-10 So 3.7 2.0

F 51 Danielle Cheesman 6-2 Sr 9.0 8.7

Cougar Players Off The Bench

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

F 33 Ambrosia Anderson 6-2 Jr 10.5 4.8

C 45 Dani Kubik 6-3 So 8.5 4.6

C 52 Lauren Riley 6-3 Fr 2.2 1.8

F 50 Mary Martha Abell 6-3 Fr 2.1 1.8

G 15 Tiari Goold 5-10 Fr 0.8 1.1

G 10 Laura Stratton 5-6 Jr 0.5 0.4

2004-05 Team Stats --

-- Shooting from the field: (.441, 492-1116)

--Shooting from the free-throw line: (.723, 253-350)

-- Shooting from three-point line: (.329, 96-292)

-- Average points per game: 66.7

Lineup Update

Starters: Record:

Seljaas, Sullivan, Kozlowski, Johnsen, Cheesman: 6-4

Sullivan, Anderson, Kozlowski, Johnsen, Cheesman: 2-1

Sullivan, Gillespie, Anderson, Kozlowski, Cheesman: 1-0

Goold, Sullivan, Kozlowski, Johnsen, Cheesman: 2-1

Sullivan, Gillespie, Kozlowski, Johnsen, Cheesman: 1-1

Previous Game Recap

"Team" was the secret weapon for BYU women's basketball in their win over UNLV 74-48.

BYU now improves to 13-7 overall and 4-3 on the season. The Cougars are now tied for third place in the Conference.

Junior forward Ambrosia Anderson, senior center Danielle Cheesman, and sophomore center Dani Kubik each scored in double figures. This is the 10th straight game that three Cougars have scored in double figures.

Eleven players scored points for BYU as they drilled a season high 60 percent of their shots from the field. In an unselfish effort, the Cougars also recorded a season high 25 assists.

Kubik came off the bench strong for the Cougars tying with Cheesman for a game high 14 points and recording another game high seven rebounds.

Cougar sophomore guard Melinda Johnsen was 100 percent shooting from the field.

UNLV jumped out in front at the beginning of the game led by forward RanDee Henry, who scored five of the first seven UNLV points.

With 17 minutes to play in the first half the Cougars kicked into high gear and went on a 19-1 run over seven minutes to take a lead they wouldn't give up for the rest of the game.

About the Cougars

--The Cougars current record: 13-7, 4-3

--The team's leading scorer is senior point guard Julie Sullivan, who tallies 11.0 points.

--Senior forward Danielle Cheesman tops the list in the rebound category with 8.7 per game.

--Cheesman notched her fifth double double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the Utah game on 01/29/05. It was her 12th overall.

--Cheesman joined BYU's elite 1,000 point club when she hit a three-point bucket just minutes into the Weber State game on 12/30/04. She becomes the 14th student-athlete who has reached that similar milestone during their BYU college career.

--Senior point guard Julie Sullivan is one of the team's best free throw shooter, with a percentage of .797, (55-69).

--Anderson picked up her first double double of the 2004-05 campaign with the 20 points and 12 rebounds against SEMO on 12/10/04.

--Freshman Mallary Gillespie put in seven three pointers in the game vs. Nevada on 11/24/04, that's two shy of BYU's all-time record holder in three pointers, Erin Thorn. Thorn tallied nine treys vs. Arkansas Pine-Bluff at a tournament in Denver on 12/14/01.

BYU By The Numbers

13 games where Julie Sullivan has scored in double figures.

10 games that senior forward Kristin Kozlowski has scored in double figures.

10 times that BYU has had at least three players scoring in double figures.

8 season-high blocks by BYU in the game vs. Wyoming on 01/13/05

8 times that Ambrosia Anderson has scored in double figures.

5 times that the Cougars have shot 50 percent or better from the field: vs. Colorado State on 01/15/05 (50.8, 31-61); vs. Portland State on 01/08/05 (51.7, 31-60); vs. USC on 12/18/04 (55.3, 26-47); vs. GW on 12/06/04 (50.0, 27-54); and vs. SUU on 11/19/04 (52.6, 30-57).

1 time that BYU has shot 60 percent: vs. UNLV on 2/05/05 (60.4,32-53)

Player Injury Report

--Nancy Seljaas broker her foot at the UNM game on 1/20/05. She will be out about four to six weeks

--Kali Taylor broke a finger in her left hand this week and will be out four to six weeks.

--Junior forward Jennie Keele will get a medical redshirt for the rest of this season due to foot injury.

Cougars Picked Fifth in Preseason Media Poll

For the 2004-05 season, BYU's women's basketball team was picked to finish 5th in the regular MWC season.

Rk. Teams (1st votes) Points

1. UNLV (5) 134

2. New Mexico (8) 131

Utah (7) 131

4. Colorado State 92

5. BYU 88

6. Wyoming 65

7. San Diego State 43

8. Air Force 28

Abell Gets MWC Newcomer of the Year Nomination in Preseason Media Poll

Mary Martha Abell, a 6-3 freshman forward from Monroe, Louisiana and Monroe High School was picked as the top newcomer in the media's preseason poll announced in Denver in October 2004.

Tracking the Cougars vs. MWC as of Feb.7

Category Conference Games All Games

Scoring Offense 3rd, 64.6 2nd, 66.7

Scoring Defense 4th, 59.4 4th, 59.3

Scoring Margin 3rd, +5.1 3rd, +7.4

Field Goal Pct. 2nd, .439 1st, .441

Free Throw Pct. 6th, .720 3rd, .723

3-Point Field Goal Pct. 3rd, .341 3rd, .329

Rebounding Offense 1st, 39.3 2nd, 39.8

Rebounding Defense 5th, 34.1 3rd, 33.0

Blocked Shots 2nd, 4.14 5th, 3.00

Assists 3rd, 15.43 1st, 16.30

Steals 6th, 7.14 6th, 7.90

Assist/Turnover Ratio 3rd, .86 4th, .86

3-Point Field Goals Made 6th, 4.29 4th, 4.80

Offensive Rebounds 4th, 12.71 6th, 12.25

Defensive Rebounds 1st, 26.57 1st, 27.55

Tracking BYU Players in the MWC as of Feb. 7

Name Category Conf. Games All Games

Sullivan, J. Scoring 7tht, 13.4 12th, 11.0

Cheesman, D. Scoring 14th, 10.0 20th, 9.9

Anderson, A. Scoring 20tht, 8.3 13tht, 10.5

Kubik, D. Scoring 20tht, 8.3 ----

Kozlowski, K. Scoring 22ndt, 8.1 17th, 10.1

Gillespie, M. Scoring 26tht, 6.9 23th, 8.0

Kubik, D. FG Pct. 2nd, .553 ----

Chessman, D. FG Pct. 7th, .492 8th, .472

Anderson, A. FG Pct. 10th, .451 10th, .442

Kozlowski, K. FG Pct. 11th, .449 2nd, .563

Sullivan, J. FG Pct. 14th, .432 15th, .410

Cheesman, D. Rebounding 4th, 7.9 2nd, 8.7

Kozlowski, K. Rebounding 10th, 5.9 15th, 5.1

Kubik, D. Rebounding 15th, 5.0 ----

Sullivan, J. Assists 4th, 4.14 5th, 4.10

Goold, T. Assists 6th, 3.57 10th, 2.80

Kubik, D. FT Pct. 7th, .789 ----

Sullivan, J. FT Pct. 10th, .759 5th, .797

Kozlowski, K. FT Pct. ----- 7th, .754

Sullivan, J. 3-PF FG Pct. 1st, .727 ----

Anderson, A. 3-PT FG Pct. 9th, .389 6tht, .364

Kubik, D. Blocked Shots 5th, 1.14 ----

Cheesman, D. Blocked Shots 14tht, 0.57 ----

Sullivan, J. Blocked Shots 14tht, 0.57 14th, 0.50

Anderson, A. Steals 9tht, 1.57 ----

Johnsen, M. Steals 15tht, 1.57 -----

Kozlowski, K. Steals 15tht, 1.57 ----

Sullivan, J. 3-PT FG Made 12tht, 1.14 ----

Gillespie, M. 3-PT FG Made 15tht, 1.00 4th, 1.70

Cheesman, D. Offensive Reb. 1st, 3.71 3rd, 3.24

Kozlowski, K. Offensive Reb. 4tht, 2.80 10th, 2.15

Kubik, D. Offensive Reb. 15th, 1.71 ----

Cheesman, D. Defensive Reb. 7tht, 4.14 2nd, 5.60

Kozlowski, K. Defensive Reb. 10tht, 3.57 ----

Kubik, D. Defensive Reb. 14tht, 3.29 ----

About Colorado State University

CSU has a 13-7, 4-3 record and is tied with BYU with the same record for second place in the current MWC standings. The Rams have not lost a league game at home going 3-0 with victories over SDSU, UNLV and Wyoming. Three CSU players scored in double digits led by a team high 14.9 points from junior forward Melissa Dennett. Lindsay Thomas follows with 12.9 points and a team high 8.3 rebounds a game. Junior guard Vanessa Espinoza rounds out the double figure scoring with an average of 11.7 points and 3.0 boards a game. As a team, CSU shoots 43 percent from the field, 70 percent at the free throw line and 32 percent from behind the arc. After 20 games played, the Rams are averaging 66.7 points and hold opponents to 59.5 points per game.

Colorado State Probable Starters

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

G 05 Vanessa Espinoza 5-3 Jr 11.73.0

G 20 Molly Nohr 5-11 So 4.9 2.6

G 21 Annika Walseth 6-1 So 2.7 3.3

F 32 Melissa Dennett 6-2 Jr 14.9 8.1

C 45 Lindsay Thomas 6-3 Jr 12.98.3

Series Record: 38-22 in favor of the Cougars

Last Meeting: BYU and CSU met once already this season, in Provo where the Cougars picked up the home win with a score of 74-54. The Cougars are 11-14 when playing at Moby Arena. The last time BYU picked up a win at the Arena was during the 1994 season when both teams were part of the WAC. Both teams played to a second overtime period with the Cougars finally getting the win, 79-78. In five of the last seven losses in Fort Collins, BYU has lost each game by six or less points.

About University of Wyoming

As the first half of MWC play ends, the Cowgirls have a 12-8, 3-4 record. They host Utah on Thursday night before playing BYU on Saturday afternoon. At home, Wyoming has a 7-1 overall record and is 2-0 in conference play. Toping the list in scoring for the team is senior Ashley Elliott who contributes with 16.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. Freshman forward Hanna Zavecz follows with 15.0 points and 5.7 boards per game. Erin Hicks, a junior guard rounds out the double figure scoring with 10.2 points. Hicks also leads the team in the rebound category, grabbing 7.3 boards a game. Wyoming is shooting 37 percent from the field and 75 percent at the free throw line. When shooting from three-point range, the Cowgirls shoot 32 percent. The team averages 59.9 points per game and allows opponents 55.0 points a contest.

Wyoming Probable Starters

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

G 23 Erin Hicks 5-9 Jr 10.2 7.3

G 24 Ashley Elliott 5-7 Sr 16.9 3.9

F 12 Dominique Sisk 5-10 Fr 2.1 2.4

F 13 Hanna Zavecz 6-0 Fr 15.0 6.7

F 31 Kristen Lenhardt 6-1 Sr 4.8 4.0

Series Record: 40-15 favoring BYU

Last Meeting: In the first meeting between the Cougars and Cowgirls, Wyoming got the win in Provo by the score of 74-63. It was the opening game of this year's MWC race. At Arena Auditorium, BYU has a 16-10 record, although the Cougars have lost the previous two times in Laramie.

Head Coach - Jeff Judkins

Overall Record: 71-42, begins his fourth season at BYU.

Under Coach Judkins, the team has gone 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 (24), Jordan (22), Jenna (20), Jaime (17), Jaxson (14).

Judkins Record vs. MWC Schools

School Record In 2005

Air Force 6-0 1-0

CSU 1-5 1-0

New Mexico 2-6 0-1

San Diego State 6-0 1-0

UNLV 5-4 1-0

Utah 3-4 0-1

Wyoming 5-2 0-1

2004-05 Cougar Roster Breakdown

Seniors (4):

Danielle Cheesman, Kristen Kozlowski, Julie Sullivan, Kali Taylor

Juniors (5):

Ambrosia Anderson, Julie Cross, Jennie Keele (Overdiek), Nancy Seljaas, Laura Stratton

Sophomore (3):

Dani Kubik, Tiari Goold,Melinda Johnsen

Freshman (4):

Mary Martha Abell, Mallary Gillespie, Lauren Riley, Summer Sykes

By Position

Forward (6):

Mary Martha Abell, Ambrosia Anderson, Danielle Cheesman, Kristen Kozlowski,

Summer Sykes

Guard (6):

Julie Cross, Mallary Gillespie, Tiari Goold, Laura Stratton, Julie Sullivan, Kali Taylor

Guard/Forward (3):

Melinda Johnsen, Jennie Keele, Nancy Seljaas

Center /Forward(2):

Dani Kubik, Lauren Riley

Team's Practice Schedule/Media Interviews

The BYU team practices at the Marriott Center from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., on Monday's, Wednesday's, Thursday's, and Friday's. On Tuesday's , practice time is from 1 to 3 p.m.

Media interviews with coach Judkins and players can be done prior to or at the end of practice. All interviews must be scheduled in advance with the women's basketball athletic communications director, Norma Collett at 801-422-4908, 801-372-0989 during regular business hours or via email at: collett@byucougars..com

No interviews will be given the day of a game until after the game. Updated information on the women's basketball team is available 24 hours a day on the BYU web site at www.byucougars.com/basketball_w/

Stats on the team are updated on the web site every Monday morning. Media members may contact Norma Collett to receive news releases and game notes via email.

All working media personnel will be put on a media gate list for entry into the arena. The list will be available by the elevators near the main ticket office in the Marriott Center. No other credentials are needed. Media will be assigned a seat on press row to cover each home game.

Travel Plans

BYU departs on Wed., Feb. 9 at 4:50 on Delta flight #1848, arriving in Denver at 6:14 p.m. The team then will drive to Fort Collins and stay at the Ft. Collins Marriott , 350 East Horsetooth Road, 970-226-5200, 970-282-0561, fax.

Team Shoot around: Thurs., Feb. 10, 12-1 p.m., at Moby Arena

Team Practice: Fri., Feb. 11, 11-2 p.m.

The Cougars will return via bus after the Wyoming game on Saturday afternoon.

What's Next

BYU is back at home for its final two league games at the Marriott Center. The Cougars host Air Force on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m., and New Mexico on Sat., Feb., 19 in a 2 p.m. tip off. BYU's four seniors will be recognized prior to the start of the game on Saturday. The Cougars play their final three MWC games on the road. At Utah on Feb., 24 and then at UNLV on Mar. 3 and at SDSU on Mar. 5.

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