PROVO, Utah (Oct. 31, 2003) The 2003-04 women's basketball season gets underway in early November for the BYU women's hoops team with an exhibition contest at Westminster College on Tuesday, Nov. 4.
Under third year head coach Jeff Judkins, the Cougars will use the experience gained by the younger players to build on another winning season for the women's program.
BYU boasts a strong lineup of returning players with Orem native and Mountain View standout Danielle Cheesman along with senior guard Kestlee Nelson Dooley and junior guard Kali Taylor. Senior center Ashleigh Chamberlain returns for the Cougars in her final season after two successful seasons at UVSC. Joining her will be junior forward Kristen Kozlowski who made her presence known late in the season last year starting in the team's final four games after playing in 16. Sophomore's Jennie Overdiek, Ambrosia Anderson and Nancy Seljaas also return to the Cougar line up with a lot of playing experience.
Four new freshmen will be vying for playing time on the BYU team including three Utah natives. Mountain View High School standouts Hollie and Heather Hansen, who led their team to State championships will add depth in the guard position.
Joining the Hansen twins in the guard position is Melinda Johnson, of Murray High School who will be a great addition on the outside. Tiari Goold, a guard from Milwaukie, Oregon will also add talent with great passing skills and knowledge of the game. UVSC transfer Miriam Sy will also be an asset for the Cougars down low with her quickness and athletic ability.
For the Westminster Lady Griffins, the 2003-04 team return three starters from last year's 13-18 team. At the start of this season, the squad is ranked 29h nationally in the NAIA Division I women's basketball poll.
Tip off for Tuesday's game is set for 7 p.m. BYU plays another exhibition game the following Tuesday, Nov. 11, this time at nearby UVSC. That contest tips off at 6:30 p.m., at the McKay Events Center.