With two road wins and a three-game winning streak on the line, BYU's women's basketball team continues play on the road with a Dec. 2 game against Gonzaga and a first-ever meeting with Arkansas on Dec. 4.
BYU Probable Starters - 2000 stats
l 31 Lisa Osguthorpe - 6-0 Jr, F (6.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg)
l 44 Caroline Beus - 6-1 Sr, C/F (9.8 ppg, 9.5 rpg)
l 50 Heather Cheesman - 6-1 Fr, F(10.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg)
l 11 Erin Thorn - 5-10 So, G (21.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg)
l 22 Stacy Jensen - 5-6 Jr, G (9.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg)
BYU Players Off The Bench - 2000 stats
l 04 Kaly Gillette Shippen - 5-6 Sr, G (3.3 ppg,)
l 14 Julie Whetten - 5-8 Fr, G (4.2 ppg,)
l 15 Jorja Cox - 5-11 Sr, F (4.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg)
l 20 Brittany Larson - 6-0 So, F (2.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg)
l 23 Chanell Rose - 6-0 So, F (6.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg)
Cougars Injury Report
Jennifer Lietner will be out for about eight weeks with torn ligaments to her left foot injured during conditioning
Quickie BYU Stats - 2000 Season
l Shooting from the field - .438 (116-265)
l Shooting from the free-throw line - .710 (49-69)
l Shooting from the three-point arc - .407 (135-86)
l Averaged 79.0 points per game
Last Game Recap
BYU finished the month of November with two road wins, a 64-57 victory over Southern Utah and a 90-58 win against Washington State. Freshman redshirt Heather Cheesman led the team in scoring in both games with 16 points in each game. In the SUU victory, the Cougars only had eight turnovers. BYU sealed the win over Washington State early on in the second half, going on a 18-1 run, holding the WSU Cougars to just 24 points in the second half.
Gonzaga University has compiled a 2-3 record to date that includes a close 59-57 two-point loss to Eastern Washington on Nov. 30. Jessica Malone who has started in all five games for the Bulldogs is the team's leading scorer, averaging 21.4 points a game. Two other players are in double digit points. Erin Bergman tallies 15.2 points and Nathalie Chevallay picks up 10.5 points a game. Malone is also the team's leading rebounder with 7.0 boards. Gonzaga is averaging 61 points a game to opponents 62. The Bulldogs are shooting 42 percent from the field and 72 percent at the free-throw line.
Gonzaga Probable Starters
#21 Triana Allen - (3.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg)
#15 Erin Bergman - (15.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg)
#31 Anne Bickelshaupt - (2.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg)
#24 Jessica Malone - (21.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg)
#20 Nathalie Chevallay - (10.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg)
Series Record: 2-1 favoring the Cougars.
Last Meeting: The Bulldogs and Cougars met last year in Provo with BYU getting the 77-58 victory.
The Lady Razorbacks are 2-3 on the year and play at Oklahoma State on Dec. 1. Lonniya Bragg leads Arkansas in scoring averaging 13.2 ppg and 7.6 rpg. She's followed by Wendi Willits who's getting 11.6 points and 2.0 rebounds. Amy Wright is the team's assist leader with an average of 4.6 per game. The Razorbacks are scoring 65 points a game, shooting 40 percent from the field and 68 percent at the line. Opponents are getting 67 points and shooting 42 percent from the field.
Arkansas Probable Starters
#03 Amy Wright - G 5-7 Jr (8.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg)
#20 Wendi Willlits - G 5-8 Sr (11.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg)
#22 Dana Cherry - G 5-8 So (9.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg
#25 Lonniya Bragg - F 5-11 Sr (13.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg)
#33 Celia Anderson - F 6-1 Sr (4.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg)
Series Record: First meeting between the teams.
Did You Know....Cougar Family Connections
Kaly Gillette Shippen (#04) is coach Shippen's sister-in-law. She married his younger brother Ty Shippen who walked on to this year's men's basketball team.
Chanell Rose (#23) is BYU's men's assistant basketball coach Dave Rose's daughter. She transferred from playing one year at neighboring Utah Valley State College.
Head Coach Trent Shippen
Trent Shippen enters his fourth season at the helm of BYU's women's basketball program. The 22 wins last year are a first for the Cougar program since the 1992-93 season when BYU finished with a 24-5, 13-1 record and made its last NCAA Championships appearance.
This is Shippen's first Division I coaching assignment. Shippen came to BYU after a three year stint as head coach at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho. While at Ricks, he led his 1995 team to a fifth place finish in the NJCAA Tournament, and was voted Region 18 Coach of the Year. He was also the recipient of the Alberta Lee Cox Sportsmanship Award at the 1995 NJCAA Tournament. He played college hoops at Ricks College and at Colorado State University. At Ricks he earned All-Region 18 honors as a sophomore and was a member of the 1983-84 Viking team that placed sixth at the NJCAA Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.
During his career at CSU he helped the Rams place third in the NIT Tournament in 1988, where Shippen set the Madison Square Garden single-game record with six three-pointers. The following year he helped CSU win the league title, advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament, was selected Academic All-WAC, and averaged 7.6 points and 2.9 assists.
2000-01 3-1 RICKS COLLEGE
1999-00 22-8 1994-95 33-3
1998-99 16-13 1995-96 19-11
1997-98 15-14 1996-97 19-12
Totals 56-36 (.601) Totals 71-26 (.731)
BYU Home Practices/Media Interviews
While at home the Cougars practice daily from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Marriott Center. Coach Shippen and players are available for interviews prior to or at the conclusion of practice. All interview requests must be done in advance by contacting the basketball media relations director, Norma Collett via phone or e-mail. Phone: 801-378-4908; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. There are no interviews 24-hours prior to a game.
Cougars on the Road
During their stay in Spokane, Washington, the Cougars will stay at the Courtyard by Marriott, 509-456-7600. BYU leaves for Fayetteville, Arkansas on Sunday, Dec. 3 from Spokane on Delta Flight 1930, return to Salt Lake City, travel to Arkansas via Dallas on American Airlines flight #434 arriving at 8 p.m. The team is staying at the Hampton Inn in Fayetteville, 501-587-8300. The Cougars return home on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 2:40 p.m. on American Airlines flight #1479.
BYU Practice times:
Monday, Dec. 4 - shoot around at Bud Walton Arena @11:30 a.m.
Ahead for the Cougars
A four-game home schedule is up next for BYU as they host Northern Iowa on Dec. 7, Montana on Dec. 9. In state rival Weber State comes to the Marriott Center on Dec. 15 and Marquette on Dec. 19.