Semifinal Against Utah Next, As MWC Tourney Continues

After a huge eight-point win over UNLV, BYU's women's basketball team advances to one of two semifinal games in the 2001 EAS MWC Women's Basketball Championships. The Cougars play instate rival Utah,who advanced after defeating the Air Force Academy Wednesday night.

Tip off: BYU vs Utah, 2:30 p.m. PST Arena: Thomas & Mack Center

Cougars vs Utes On Web/Tape Delay/Satellite

Friday's game between BYU and Utah can be heard live on the web by clicking on the MWC web site at www.mountainwestconf.com The game can also be seen in Utah, tape delay at 9 p.m. on WB30. A satellite tape delay broadcast of the game can also be seen on the BYU TV on the Dish Network 500 system on Saturday, Mar. 10 at 5:30 p.m. Mountain Time.

BYU's Probable Starters

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

F 31 Lisa Osguthorpe 6-0 Jr 5.9 4.3

F 23 Chanell Rose 6-0 So 6.3 3.4

C 44 Caroline Beus 6-1 Sr 8.7 5.7

G 11 Erin Thorn 5-10 So 15.9 4.5

G 22 Stacy Jensen 5-6 Jr 9.6 2.8

Cougar Players Off the Bench

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

F 50 Heather Cheesman 6-1 Fr 7.8 3.7

F 21 Jennifer Leitner 6-0 So 5.9 5.0

G 14 Julie Whetten 5-8 Fr 5.5 1.8

G 04 Kaly G. Shippen 5-6 Sr 3.5 0.5

F 20 Brittany Larson 6-0 So 1.7 1.1

F 15 Jorja Cox 5-11 Sr 1.6 1.4

Quickie BYU Stats

l Shooting from the field - .428 (681-1590)

l Shooting from the free-throw line - .718 (357-497)

l Shooting from the three-point arc - .399 (197-494)

l Averaged 68.4 points per game

Season Highlights To Date

TEAM

l Most points scored - 90 @ Washington State on 11/30/00; 89 vs UNLV on 02/08/01

l Most field goals made - 32 @ Washington State on 11/30/00; 30 @ Wyoming on 2/17/01

l Most free-throws made - 26 vs Colorado State 01/20/01

l Most three-pointers made - 12 vs UNM on 02/03/01

l Most rebounds made - 49 vs SMU on 12/30/00

l Most assists made - 24 vs UNLV on 02/08/01

l Most steals made - 14 @ Idaho State on 12/28/00

l Most blocks made - 7 vs Air Force on 03/03/01

INDIVIDUAL

l Most points - Erin Thorn (36) @ Arizona 11/18/00; Erin Thorn (31) @ UNM on 02/03/01

l Most field goals made - Erin Thorn (12) @ Arizona 11/18/00; Erin Thorn (10) @ UNM on 02/03/01

l Most three-pointers made - Erin Thorn (8) @ Arizona 11/18/00

l Most free-throws made - Heather Cheesman (9) @ Gonzaga 12/02/00; Erin Thorn (8) vs UNLV on 02/08/01

l Most rebounds made - Caroline Beus (11) @ UNM on 02/03/01; Lisa Osguthorpe (10) vs SDSU on 02/10/01

l Most assists made - Stacy Jensen (11) vs UNM on 03/01/01

l Most steals made - Stacy Jensen (6) @ Idaho State on 12/28/00

l Most blocked shots - Lisa Osguthorpe (4) @ CSU on 02/15/01

Last Game Recap - BYU vs UNLV

The Cougars advanced into one of two semifinal games after picking up an eight-point 62-54 win over UNLV on Wednesday night at this year's EAS MWC Women's Basketball Championships. In the game three BYU players tallied double-digit scoring lead by sophomore All-American Erin Thorn with 13 points and six rebounds. Thorn had nine points in the first half of play all from behind the three-point arc. Her four additional points in the second half came from the free-throw line late in the game. Jennifer Leitner came off the bench for her 12 points and six rebounds. Chanell Rose contributed 10 points.

Scouting Utah

This will be the third meeting between the Utes and Cougars this season. In the two previous meetings Utah won both games, a 15-point 72-57 win at the Huntsman Center and a 12-point advantage 67-55 at the Marriott Center. Erin Thorn tallied 12 points in Salt Lake City, with junior guard Stacy Jensen picking up 16 at the Marriott Center. Jennifer Leitner came off the bench in both games to lead in rebounds with five and nine boards. Julie Whetten had four assists in the first game at the Huntsman Center.

Series Record: 26-46 for the Utes. Utah also leads the series 5-7 when the teams play each other on neutral sites.

BYU Players Receive Conference Honors

Erin Thorn was named to the 2000-01 All-Mountain West Conference First Team

Stacy Jensen was named to the 2000-01 All-Mountain West Conference Second Team

Julie Whetten was named Newcomer of the Year

Mountain West Conference Standings (as of 03/07/01)

SCHOOL ALL GAMES MWC GAMES

Utah 26-2 14-0

Colorado State 22-6 10-4

UNLV 18-9 8-6

New Mexico 18-11 8-6

BYU 17-11 8-6

San Diego State 13-15 5-9

Wyoming 11-17 3-11

Air Force 3-25 0-14

Coach Shippen vs MWC Opponents

vs UNM: 4-5

vs Air Force: 5-0

vs Utah: 4-6

vs CSU: 1-4

vs. Wyoming: 3-1

vs UNLV: 5-1

vs SDSU: 5-0

BYU and the 1999-2000 MWC Tourney - A Look Back

The Cougars came into the 1999-2000 inaugural McLeod MWC Women's Basketball as the number two seed with a 10-4 record. BYU advanced to the title game after a decisive 78-37 victory over SDSU and a 77-69 win over CSU (the only team BYU had not beaten in conference play that season). In the championship game, Utah ended BYU's six-game winning streak, the longest of the season, with a 47-61 victory over the Cougars to capture the conference title. Lori Cuff and Erin Thorn earned All-Tournament team honors.

Shippen Quotes

On BYU team: The win over UNLV on their home court was huge for us. I thought we played a tremendous second half, particularly defensively and on rebounds. We played an okay first half, just had a hard time getting into our game.

On UTAH: We need to have a good rebounding game, watch our turnovers and hit some big shots. They are a very balanced team, very solid. We played them tough both times, we just came up a little short at the end.

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