Two Final Regular Season MWC Road Games This Week

In the final week of regular MWC play, BYU's women's basketball team is tied for second place with UNLV and New Mexico. The Cougar team (16-9, 7-5) takes to the road for the conclusion of league play with a matchup against Air Force (7-18, 1-11) on Thursday night, Mar. 6 and at the Pit to battle the Lobos (17-8, 7-5) on Mar 8.

Tip off: BYU (16-9, 7-5) vs AF (7-18, 1-11, )7 p.m., MST Arena: Clune Arena

Tip off: BYU (16-9, 7-5) vs UNM (17-8, 7-5, )2 p.m., MST Arena: The Pit

live webcast

All of BYU's women's basketball games can be heard live via the internet at byu radio. org BYU radio can also be heard on the Dish Network and on Direct TV. Veteran BYU broadcaster Jay Monsen is the play-by-play announcer for all games.

BYU's Probable Starters

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

F 40 Ashleigh Chamberlain 6-4 Jr 4.0 2.6

G 15 Jen Overdiek 5-10 Fr 3.7 2.8

C 51 Danielle Cheesman 6-2 So 11.6 5.7

G 11 Erin Thorn 5-10 Sr 18.2 4.3

G 04 Kestlee Nelson 5-8 Jr 3.6 1.7

Cougar Players Off The Bench

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

F 45 Lisa Hansen 6-5 Sr 3.8 3.0

F 25 Kali Taylor 5-11 So 4.3 2.1

F 33 Ambrosia Anderson 6-2 Fr 4.1 2.6

G/F 01 Nancy Seljaas 6-0 Fr 2.2 0.9

F 32 Kristen Kozlowski 6-2 So 1.0 1.3

Player Updates/injuries

Freshman forward/guard Jen Overdiek suffered a broken nose and a couple of fractures to her right eye during Monday's (Feb. 24) practice. She is questionable for this week's games. Senior forward Brittany Larson broke her hand in practice the week of Feb. 18 and is out for at least three weeks. Senior forward Jennifer Leitner was dismissed from the team on Jan. 31 indefinitely for breaking team rules. Sophomore guard Julie Sullivan injured her knee (torn ACL) during practice on Jan. 13. She is out for the rest of the season.

Cougar Review

With just two regular season conference games o n the schedule for the BYU women, the team is in second place (16-9, 7-5) in the MWC standings with two other conference foes, UNLV and UNM.

The Cougars who were favored to win the regular season title and are the defending MWC tournament champions return three starters from last season's 24-9, 10-4 team who made history by winning their first-ever NCAA Tournament game, going on to the "Sweet Sixteen" in the Midwest Regional.

All-American and MWC MVP Erin Thorn leads the Cougar offense with an average of 18.2 points and 4.3 rebounds a game. Sophomore forward Danielle Cheesman follows in scoring and is averaging 11.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.

This season's roster has seen the return of MWC's 1999-2000 Newcomer of the Year Julie Whetten Sullivan who redshirted last year. She reclaimed her starting point-guard spot contributing 6.7 points and 3.1 rebounds, but as of Jan. 13 will not continue to play suffering a torn ACL. UVSC junior transfer Kestlee Nelson has replaced Sullivan at the starting point guard spot. Nelson contributes 3.6 points and 1.7 rebounds a game.

Sophomore Kali Taylor started in nine games and has played in all games to date. Her stats include averaging 4.3 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.

Kanab, Utah native center Ashleigh Chamberlain, who became academically eligible in January has gotten the starting nod the last six games. She tallies 4.0 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. UCSB transfer and senior Lisa Hansen continues to come off the bench with her team contribution of 3.8 points and 3.0 rebounds a game. Sophomore forward and Boise State transfer Kristin Kozlowski has come off the bench as well in the last 10 games and is averaging 1.0 points and 1.3 rebounds a game.

Utah high school standouts Jen Overdiek, Nancy Seljaas and Ambrosia Anderson from Colorado Springs, Colorado are also contributing to this year's Cougar effort. Overdiek, who has started in the last six games, had a career high 15 points vs UNLV on 1/25/03 and a career high seven rebounds against Utah on 2/1/03. Seljaas picked up season highs in points with 13 against the Air Force Academy on 2/8/03. In that game she also tallied a season high six boards. Anderson has also had strong performances this year including a career high 14 points against UNLV on 2/20/03.

2002-03 Cougar Stats

u Shooting from the field: (.429, 607-1415)

u Shooting from the free-throw line: (.740, 284-384)

u Shooting from three-point line: (.382, 174-456)

u Average points per game: 66.9

byu in the numbers

u (8) - different starting lineups for the Cougar team this season

u (12) - career high assists for Erin Thorn vs CSU on 2/15/03

u (18) - defense holds both UNM and AF to 18 points in first half in their first league meeting

u (33) - consecutive games where Erin Thorn has scored at least one 3-pointer

u (89) - season high points vs Air Force 2/8/03

u (376) - Erin Thorn's career three-point buckets. She holds the school record in career three pointers

u (1,933) - Erin Thorn's career points to date. She's now in fourth place in all-time scoring in BYU women's basketball history. Jackie Beene McBride holds third place with a total of 2,191 points during her four-year career from 1978 to 1982.

Cougars rotating lineup (2002-03)

Lineup Record

1. Thorn, Sullivan, Leitner, Hansen, Cheesman 5-1

2. Thorn, Sullivan, Anderson, Hansen, Cheesman 1-2

3. Thorn, Sullivan, Leitner, Taylor, Cheesman 3-1

4. Thorn, Nelson, Leitner, Taylor, Cheesman 2-1

5. Thorn, Nelson, Leitner, Chamberlain, Cheesman 1-0

6. Thorn, Nelson, Taylor, Hansen, Cheesman 0-1

7. Thorn, Nelson, Overdiek, Chamberlain, Cheesman 4-2

8. Thorn, Nelson, Taylor, Chamberlain, Cheesman 0-1

A look at this week's opponentS

Air Force Academy

The Air Force Academy is currently in last place in the MWC standings with a 1-11 record. The Falcons lone league victory was over Las Vegas 73-72 in Colorado Springs. Two players score in double figures for the team with LaToya Howell toping the list with 17.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. Shawna Neff is contributing 12.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Briana Thomas is Air Force's top rebounder. She's grabbing 5.1 boards a game. As a team, the Falcons are shooting 39 percent from the field and 71 percent from the free throw line. They are averaging 59.1 points and allowing opponents 73.5 points a game.

Air Force Probable Starters

Pos. # Name PPG RPG

F 33 Briana Thomas 5.9 5.1

F 40 Shawna Neff 12.4 4.1

C 42 Alison Butler 3.1 2.6

G 11 Gwen Grove 4.5 3.0

G 21 Jennifer Roesch 6.8 2.5

Last meeting

In the first league contest between these teams in Provo, it was BYU who picked up the decisive 89-50 win.

Series record

Record: 9-0 for the Cougars. At Clune Arena, BYU has a 4-0 record.

New Mexico

This will be the final league game for both schools, teams that are also tied for second place in the standings, although the Lobos will host regular season champions Utah on Thursday night prior to Saturday's matchup with the Cougars. Overall, New Mexico has a 17-8 record and are perfect 5-0 in conference games at the Pit. Senior forward Jordan Adams is the team's leading scorer with an average of 15.5 points and a team high 6.6 boards a game. Chelsea Grear contributes with 11.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. The Lobos are shooting 43 percent from the field and 73 percent a at the free throw line. New Mexico is shooting 68.3 points per game, allowing opponents just 56.4 points a game.

New Mexico Probable Starters

Pos. # Name PPG RPG

F 40 Jordan Adams 15.5 6.6

F 30 Chelsea Grear 11.0 6.4

C 42 Lindsey Arndt 6.3 4.4

G 21 Mandi Moore 8.2 5.1

G 31 Cristal Garcia 7.6 2.5

Last meeting

The two teams met in Provo in the first league contest where BYU grabbed the 57-46 victory.

Series record

Record: 34-14 for the Cougars. When playing at the Pit, BYU has a 10-11 record.

Thorn watch

Erin Thorn - 5-10 Senior Guard, Orem, Utah/Mountain View HS

u Senior Erin Thorn was picked as a 2002-03 Pre-Season College All-America Second Team honoree.

u Thorn was also named to the "Players to Watch" list for the 2003 Senior CLASS Award, but did not make the final list of 10 players.

u Stats to date include scoring in double figures in all but two games, tallying a season high 34 points (just two shy of her career high 36 points) against Montana State on Dec. 30. She continues to be the team's leading scorer with an average of 18.3 points, is third on the list in rebounds with 4.4 boards a game and has tallied a team high 134 assists to date, that's an average of 5.6 per game. Thorn had 21 straight free throws before missing one against the University of Denver on 1/4/03.

u Thorn has scored at least one three-pointer in 33 consecutive games to date.

Media Picks Cougars MWC Champs

During this year's MWC Basketball Media Day, the media picked BYU to win this year's regular season title capturing eight of the 15 first-place votes.

Senior guard and All-American Erin Thorn earned Top Returning Player honors.

She was joined on the squad by five additional seniors, including teammate Jennifer Leitner. Colorado State's Ashley Augspurger, New Mexico's Jordan Adams, UNLV's Constance Jinks and Wyoming's Carrie Bacon are the other conference players honored.

2002-03 Mountain West Conference Preseason Media Poll

Rk. Team (1st-place votes) Pts

1. BYU (8) 110

2. Colorado State (7) 103

3. New Mexico (1) 91

4. Utah 70

5. UNLV 69

6. Wyoming 49

7. San Diego State 31

8. Air Force 17

2002-03 MWC Women's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team

Jennifer Leitner, Sr., F BYU

Erin Thorn, Sr., G BYU

Ashley Augspurger, Sr., F Colorado State

Jordan Adams, Sr., C New Mexico

Constance Jinks, Sr., G UNLV

Carrie Bacon, Sr., F Wyoming

2002-03 MWC Women's Basketball Preseason Top Returning Player

Erin Thorn, Sr., G BYU

COUGARS IN THE MWC (as of Mar. 3, 2003, conf games only)

TEAM

Category Place Avg/G

pScoring Offense 1st 67.4

pScoring Defense 3rd 59.3

pScoring Margin 3rd 67.4 off/59.3 deff, +8.1

pFree Throw % 4th .750, 111-148

pField Goal % 1st .445, 301-676

p 3-PT Field Goal % 1st .421, 96-228

pRebounding Offense 3rd 34.5

pRebounding Defense 1st 32.2

pRebounding Margin 2ndT +2.3

pBlocked Shots 2ndT 3.08

pAssists 1st 17.58

pSteals 3rd 8.58

pTurnover Margin 4th +1.50

pAssist/Turnover Ratio 1st 17.6 ast.avg; 16.4 to avg, 1.07

pOffensive Rebounds 6th 10.42

pDefensive Rebounds 2ndT 24.08

INDIVIDUAL

Category Place Avg/G

pScoring: Erin Thorn 2nd 18.0

pScoring: D. Cheesman 11th 11.5

pRebounding: D. Cheesman 13th 5.7

pAssists: Erin Thorn 1st 6.92

pAssists: Kestlee Nelson 5th 3.33

pSteals: Erin Thorn 2nd 2.58

pAssist/Turnover Ratio: K. Nelson 1st 40 A, 3.3 avg; 9T, 0.8 avg; 4.44 ratio

pAssist/Turnover Ratio: E. Thorn 3rd 83 A, 6.9 avg; 37T, 3.1 avg; 2.24 ratio

pField Goal %: Erin Thorn 5th .459 (78-170)

pField Goal %: D. Cheesman 9th .449 (57-127)

p3-PT FG%: Kestlee Nelson 1st .538 (14-26)

p3-PT FG%: Erin Thorn 6th .411 (37-90)

p3-PT FG Made: Erin Thorn 1st 3.08 (37)

p3-PT FG Made: Kestlee Nelson 11th 1.17 (14)

pBlocked Shots: Erin Thorn 5thT 0.83 (10)

pOffensive Reb: D. Cheesman 11thT 1.92 (23)

pOffensive Reb: A. Chamberlain 14thT 1.67 (15)

pDefensive Reb: D. Cheesman 14th 3.75 (45)

The Judkins file

Overall Record:40-18, 17-9

Current Record: 16-9, 7-5

Jeff Judkins, begins his second season at the helm of the Cougar women's program. Judkins, a longtime University of Utah coach and player has a proven record of success dating back to his high school days at Highland HS in Salt Lake City.

An all-state selection in basketball, football and baseball, Judkins went on to play for 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 (21), Jordan (20), Jenna (17), Jaime (14), Jaxson (11).

2002-03 Returning player bios

51 Danielle Chessman ---- (6-2 Sophomore Forward, Orem, UT/Mountain View HS) 2002-03: Picked up her fourth double double of her career wit 11 points and 11 rebounds against UNLV on 2/20/03...tallied a season and career high 21 points against Montana State at home on 12/30/02...had her second highest points output with 20 points against NC State on 12/14/02...had her third double-double of her career and second this season with 10 points and 10 rebounds against George Washington on 12/11/02...picked up her second double-double of her career with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the game against Oregon on 12/07/02...fouled out in the game against Weber State on 11/30/02 with over eight minutes to go in the contest..she tallied 10 points and seven rebounds against SUU on 12/3/02.

2001-2002: Played in all 33 games, starting in the last 19 of the season...averaged 8.6 points and 4.4 rebounds....was team's second leading rebounder...named to the MWC Academic All-Conference Team with a GPA of 3.00 in an undeclared major...picked up a season high 16 points and 12 rebounds vs New Mexico on 2/16/02.

45 Lisa Hansen ---- (6-5 Senior Center, Bakersfield, CA/Centennial HS/UCSB) 2002-03: Lisa picked up a season and career high six blocks in the game against Boise State on 11/27/02.. started in 10 games so far. 2001-2002: Played in all 33 games for the season...averaging 2.5 points and 2.3 rebounds a game...named to the MWC Academic All-Conference Team with a GPA of 3.31 in History...tallied a season high 10 points and six rebounds at Weber State on 12/01/01. 2000-01: Redshirt.

20 Brittany Larson ---- (6-0 Senior Forward, Chicago, IL/New Trier HS)

2002-03: Suffered a broken hand in practice during the week of Feb. 17 and will be out for at least three weeks.... has played in all games. 2001-2002: Played in 27 games with an average of 1.6 points and 0.9 rebounds per game...also had an average of 6.5 minutes of playing time per game...tallied a season high eight points vs. Washington State on 11/24/01 and a year high four rebounds per game.

2000-2001: Played in 17 games...averaged 1.6 points a game and 1.1 rebounds a game. 1999-2000: Played in 10 games during her first season with BYU...averaged 4.5 minutes of playing time...tallied five points and two assists.

21 Jennifer Leitner ---- (6-1 Senior Forward, Chico, CA/Pleasant Valley HS) 2002-03: Was suspended from the team for breaking team rules indefinitely as of Friday, Jan. 31, 2003...Garnered her second career MWC Player of the Week honor on Jan. 6 after her stellar performance that saw the Cougars go 2-1 on the week. Her stats included posting a game-high 12 rebounds with six points and four assists against No. 22 Santa Barbara. Leitner capped the week with 15 points, four rebounds and five assists in a win over Denver. For the week, Leitner averaged 13 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists, while shooting 57.7 percent from the field (15-26), 70 percent from the free throw line (7-10) and 66.7 percent from beyond the arc (2-3). Picked up her 14th career double-double with a team and game high 18 points and game high 17 rebounds in the Cougars 51-65 loss to UCSB on 1/2/03...had her 13th career double-double in the game vs University of San Francisco where she tallied 28 points and 11 points...her 28 points in the game were also a career and season high... picked up her 12th career double double and her first of this season with 18 points and 17 rebounds against Boise State..tallied 11 rebounds against SUU on 12/3/02. 2001-02: Played in 30 games, starting in 29 compiling a total of 357 points for an average of 11.9 per game...second leading scorer and leading rebounder on the team averaging 8.7 boards a game...named to the 2002 MWC All --Tournament Team...and to the MWC All-Conference Second Team...also honored as an MWC Academic All-Conference with a GPA of 3.12 in physical education... named Cougar Club Scholar Athlete.... was named MWC Player of the Week on Feb. 25 after her stellar performance against the University of Utah that included her eighth double-double of the year with a team high 18 points and 12 rebounds...tallied a total of 11 double-doubles for the season ...had a season high 18 points vs UNLV on 2/28/02 and a season high 17 rebounds vs Florida in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on 3/16/02. 2000-2001: Played in 20 games with an average of 6.5 ppg and 5.4 rpg....finished the season as the team's second leading rebounder...had season and career high 21 points against Hawai'i in the second round of the WNIT on 3/19/01...in that game she picked up a double-double with 10 rebounds...also had a career and season high four assists in the game against Utah at the MWC Championships on 3/9/01.

1999-2000: Played in all 31 games, starting in one....averaged 7.5 ppg and 5.6 rpg...finished the year as the second leading rebounder with a total of 174, 113 of them defensive boards. 1998-99: Redshirt.

05 Amy Lewis ---- (5-6 Senior Guard, Jefferson City, MT/Jefferson City Hs/No. Idaho College) 2002-03: Has played in nine games to date.

2001-02: Played in eighteen games averaging 3.4 minutes of playing time...tallied 14 points, four assists and nine rebounds per game.

25 Kali Taylor ---- (5-11 Sophomore Guard, Lyman, UT/Wayne HS)

2002-03: Had a season and career high 16 points vs Utah on 3/1/03...picked up a second season high 11 points in the home game against Denver...tallied her third season high 10 points in the game against Oregon on Dec. 7, 2002... had her first Cougar start on 12/30/02 vs Montana State , and since has started in nine of 25 games. 2001-2002: Played in 28 of 33 games averaging 5.6 minutes of playing time per game...tallied 1.2 points and 0.4 rebounds...had a season high 11 points vs. Washington State on 11/24/01 and six assists vs Arkansas Pine-Bluff at the Denver Pioneer Classic on 12/14/01.

11 Erin Thorn ---- (5-10 Senior Guard, Orem, UT/Mountain View HS)

2002-03: Tallied her third career double double with 13 points and 10 assists in the game at Utah on 3/1/03...picked up a season-high six three-pointers against AF on 2/8/03... tallied a career high 12 assists against CSU on 2/15/03, in that game she also picked up her second career double double with 21 points and 12 assists...tied her career high nine assists vs MWC foe Wyoming on 1/18/03...in the win over the University of Denver she picked up her first ever double-double with 10 points and a career high 14 rebounds...picked up a season high 34 points at home vs Montana State on 12/30/02....her second best season high was 24 points, 21 of which came from behind the arc against SUU on 12/3/02...tallied a season high eight three pointers in the same game...continues to led the team in scoring in all games to date...was named MWC Player of the Week on Nov. 25, 2002 after her 19 points and six rebounds vs. ,11th ranked Texas. The honor was the third overall for Thorn.

2001-02: Started in all 33 games...averaging 17.3 points and 4.0 rebounds a game....was team's leading scorer for the third consecutive year...picked up the MWC MVP trophy for her performance at the 2002 MWC Championships in Las Vegas where she tallied eight treys in a game vs Wyoming on 3/6/02 and 13 3-pt field goal attempts in that same game...also tallied a total of 60 points for the 2002 tournament in three games...named to the MWC All-Tournament Team and the MWC All-Conference First Team....garnered MWC Player of the Week for the Dec. 17, 2001 week after her strong performance in the University of Denver Pioneer Classic...at that tournament she picked up a season and career record high nine-three pointers in the game against Arkansas Pine-Bluff, the nine treys set a new BYU record for treys in a game for both the men's and women's team....had a season high 29 points against Arkansas Pine-Bluff on 12/14/01...eight rebounds at Boise State on 11/16/01 and season high nine assists vs Colorado State on 1/10/02. 2000-2001: Started in all games...finished the season as the team's leading scorer with an average of 15.5 points and 4.5 rebounds a game...had career and season high 36 points and eight three-pointers against Arizona on 11/18/00...those eight three-pointers tie her with Kari Gallup for record three-pointers in a game...named to the MWC All Conference First Team and to the MWC All-Tournament Team. 1999-2000: Started in all 31 games...averaged 13.2 ppg and 3.5 rpg...finishing the year as the team's leading scorer...led the team in assists with a total of 114 and an average of 3.7 per game...also led the team in steals with 61 her first season with BYU...scored in double digits in 24 games...was the MWC Player of the Week on December 6 after picking up a career and season high 25 points against Idaho State on December 1, netting 7-of-9 three-pointers which also put her in second place on the BYU chart for treys in a game....named to the Women's Basketball News Service National All-Freshman All-America team...also named Second Team All MWC and Freshman of the Year...named to the MWC All Tournament Team.

2002-03 Returning redshirt player BIOS

03 Maria Chiara ---- (5-8 Junior Guard, Hamilton, New Zealand/Casper Junior College) 2002-03: Has yet to play this season. 2001-2002: Redshirt

40 Ashleigh Chamberlain ---- (6-4 Junior Center, Kanab, UT/Kanab HS/UVSC) 2002-03: Picked up season highs in points (10) and in rebounds (6) vs Air Force on 2/8/03.. started in her first game as a BYU Cougar vs Wyoming on 1/18/03...since, has started in a total of eight games and has played in the last 15...she became academically eligible to play on Jan. 2. 2001-2002: Redshirt

12 Angy Gatten ---- (5-6 Senior Junior, Jefferson City, MT/Jefferson City

HS/No. Idaho College) 2002-03: Has played in 10 games to date.

2001-02: Redshirt

32 Kristin Kozlowski ---- (6-2 Sophomore Forward, Centerville, UT/Centerville HS/Boise State) 2002-03: Had a season high four points against UNLV on 2/20/03...played in her first game as a Cougar vs Univ of Denver on 01/04/03...has played in 10 games to date. 2001-2002: Redshirt

14 Julie Sullivan ---- (5-8 Sophomore Guard, Silver City, NM/Silver City HS)

2002-03: The season ended o Mon., Jan. 13 for Julie when she suffered a torn ACL during practice....had starter all games through the ISU game on 1/07/03 ...picked up a season high nine assists in that gam...had a season high 15 points against Alabama on Dec. 21...tallied 10 points, five assists and five rebounds vs NC State on 12/14/02...did not play in the second half of the game vs. Oregon due to a pulled muscle...picked up a season high 12 points in the game on Dec. 5 vs. USF...had season high seven assists vs Boise State on 11/27/02. 2001-2002: Redshirt

2000-2001: Played in all games...contributing 5.2 points and 1.8 rebounds a game...had season and career high 15 points against Wyoming on 2/17/01...had a season and career high eight assists against Air Force on 3/3/01 named MWC Newcomer of the Year.

2002-03 newcomer player bios

33 Ambrosia Anderson ---- (6-2 Freshman Forward, Colorado Springs, CO/Doherty HS) 2002-03: Picked up a season high 14 points against UNLV on 2/20/03...had a season and career high 11 rebounds vs New Mexico on 2/6/03...started in three games to date and has played in all games to date. Before BYU: Two-time All-State, All-Area, All-Star in basketball ...named Top 70 Blue Chip Player...named in the Top 25 Street & Smith Basketball team.

04 Kestlee Nelson ---- (5-8 Junior Guard, Sandy, Utah Alta HS/UVSC) 2002-03: Picked up a career and season high 17 points vs Utah on 3/1/03...tallied her first start as a Cougar on Jan. 16 vs CSU...had played in all games up until that date... in her first start she had five assists and in the game vs Wyoming on 1/18/03 had a season and career high 12 points all coming from three-point range...picked up a season high seven points in the game vs Idaho State on 1/7/03. At UVSC: Female Athlete of the Year in 2002...Team MVP in 2002...First Team All-Region...All-America Honorable Mention...averaged 12.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.8 steals per game...athletic honor roll. Before BYU: Team MVP in 2000...three-time All-Region honoree...Academic All-Region....All-State in 2000.

15 Jen Overdiek ---- (5-10 Freshman Guard, Syracuse, Utah Clearfield HS/UVSC) 2002-03: Has started in the last six league games ...picked up a season and career high seven rebounds vs Utah on 2/1/03... has played in all games to date..had a career high 15 points against UNLV on 1/25/03...played a season high 37 minutes vs CSU on 2/15/03.

Before BYU: Academic All-State... graduated top three percent of class with honors...three-time basketball team MVP...led team in rebounds for four straight years...was team scoring leader three season...four-year letterwinner in women's basketball...named Region I MVP twice...made the All-State First Team three times and Second Team All State once.... named Utah Gatorade Player of the Year in 2002...was also an All-State performer in soccer...lettered two years in soccer and one in volleyball.

01 Nancy Seljaas ---- (6-0 Freshman Guard/Forward, Bountiful, Utah/Bountiful HS) 2002-03: Has played in 24 games to date...picked up a season high 13 points and six rebounds vs Air Force on 2/8/03. Before BYU: Three-time honor roll student...three-time basketball MVP...team captain twice...UWBCA 2002 4A Region Five Player of the Year ...Clipper Newspaper District MVP in 2002...two-time Clipper First Team All-District honoree...two-time UWBCA 4A Region Five First Team...Deseret News Ms. Basketball of Utah in 2002...Salt Lake Tribune 4A MVP in 2002...two-time Deseret News First Team All-State...two-time Salt Lake Tribune First Team All-State...in her senior year averaged 23.3 points a game...six rebounds per game...2.2 steals and 3.6 assists per game... also lettered in volleyball.

traveling with the cougars this week

Mar. 5 (Wed.) - Team departs Salt Lake City on Delta flight 3893, at 4:45 p.m., arriving in Colorado Springs at 6:15 p.m. Hotel: Embassy Suites, 7290 Commerce Center Dr., 719-599-9100, 719-599-4644 fax.

Mar. 7 (Fri.) - Team departs Colorado Springs on United flight 1078, at 8:31 a.m., arriving in Denver at 9:15 a.m, then departs on United flight 0425 at 11:10 a.m., arriving in Albuquerque at 12:23 p.m. Hotel: Marriott Hotel, 2101 Lousiana Blvd., N.E., 505-881-6800, 505-888-2982 fax.

Mar. 9 (Sun.) - Team departs Albuquerque on Delta flight 3953 at 8:20 a.m., arriving in Salt Lake City at 9:53 a.m.

Up Next for byu

The Cougars who are the defending 2002 MWC Tournament Champions, get set to reclaim the league's tournamanet crown at the 2003 EAS MWC Women's Basketball Championships in Las Vegas. Mar. 12-15. All games will be played at the Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV campus. The Cougar games can be heard live via the internet at byuradio.org

2002-03 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - NUMERICAL ROSTER

No. Name Pos. Ht. Cl. Exp. Hometown/School

01 Nancy Seljaas G/F 6-0 Fr. HS Bountiful, UT/Bountiful HS

03 Maria Chiara G 5-8 Jr 2V Hamilton, N. Zealand Casper JC

04 Kestlee Nelson G 5-8 Jr 2V Sandy, UT/Alta HS/UVSC

05 Amy Lewis G 5-6 Sr 3V Jefferson City, MT/No. Id. College

10 Marianne Miller* G 5-6 Jr HS Middleton, ID/Middleton HS

11 Erin Thorn G 5-10 Sr 3V Orem, UT/Mountain View HS

12 Angie Gatten G 5-6 Jr 2V Jefferson City, MT/No.Id. College

13 Laura Stratton* G 5-6 So HS Missoula, MT/Sentinel HS/BYU Id.

15 Jen Overdiek G 5-10 Fr HS Syracuse, UT/Clearfield HS

20 Brittany Larson F 6-0 Sr 3V Chicago, IL/New Trier HS

25 Kali Taylor G 5-11 So 1V Lyman, UT/Wayne HS

30 Melissa Brown * G 5-8 So HS University Place, WA/Curtis HS

32 Kristen Kozlowski F 6-2 So 1V Centerville, UT/Boise State

33 Ambrosia Anderson F 6-2 Fr HS Colorado Springs, CO/Doherty HS

40 Ashleigh Chamberlain C 6-4 Jr 2V Kanab, UT/UVSC

42 Angie Wallace# F 6-0 Fr HS Cleburne, TX/Cleburne HS

45 Lisa Hansen C 6-5 Sr 3V Bakersfield, CA /Centennial/UCSB

51 Danielle Cheesman F 6-2 So 1V Orem, UT/Mountain View HS

* 2002-03 WalkOn/# 2002-03 Redshirt

HEAD COACH: Jeff Judkins (2nd Year)

ASSISTANT COACHES: Alli Bills, Jonas Chatterton, Stacy Jensen

ATHLETIC TRAINER: Carolyn Billings

NICKNAME: Cougars

COLORS: Blue, White and Tan

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