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Anonymous | Posted: 30 Dec 2002 | Updated: 30 Dec 2002

PROVO -- Senior guard Erin Thorn's season-high 34 points propelled BYU to an 87-70 win over Montana State in a Monday matinee at the Marriott Center on Dec. 30. Thorn, who added eight assists, a block and two steals, just missed her career-best mark of 36 points.

"If she doesn't play like this, we lose," said head coach Jeff Judkins. "She took the ball more comfortably and let it come to her." With the win, BYU improves to 7-3 while Montana State suffers only its second loss of the season to fall to 8-2.

Sophomore standout Danielle Cheesman had career night, contributing 21 points in 20 quality minutes, a career high, and also adding four rebounds and three assists. The 6'2" forward scored eight early points to help the Cougars build an 18-10 lead over the Bobcats with11: 53 remaining in the first half.

After Montana State drew within three, 19-16, BYU went on a 22-11 run to close out the half up 41-27.

The Bobcats battled back in the second half, however, closing the gap to only eight points on several occasions, the last coming with 7:51 remaining in the match to trail the Cougars 71-63.

"We did a real nice job defensively in the first half and then we just lost intensity in the second half," Judkins said. "We just let people beat us one-on-one. There's no secret to it, it's just competing."

BYU's defense tightened down on Montana State, only allowing the Bobcats seven more points, while the Cougar offense poured in 16 points to seal the victory. Thorn hit two free throws, a field goal and a three-pointer to ensure the win.

The Cougars, 7-3 head to Southern California to face Santa Barbara on Thursday, Jan. 2 at 2 p.m. and then return home to host Denver at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4.

Official Basketball Box Score

Montana State vs BRIGHAM YOUNG Cougars

12/30/02 3:00 PM at Brigham Young University


VISITORS: Montana State 8-2



25 STUBBS, Isabel...... f 6-8 0-0 8-10 3 3 6 4 20 0 2 0 2 27

32 BURROWS, Kati....... f 5-11 0-1 7-8 0 3 3 3 17 2 5 0 0 32

23 WILCOX, Candis...... g 0-5 0-3 2-2 1 5 6 2 2 6 6 0 2 38

24 LEWIS, Brandi....... g 1-2 1-2 2-4 0 1 1 1 5 1 1 0 0 25

33 HUTCHINSON, Sheila.. g 6-10 0-2 2-2 2 1 3 2 14 0 3 0 1 36

10 WESLEY, Tabitha..... 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

22 JERESEK, Jinnifer... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5

30 JOHNSON, Cassie..... 3-6 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 4 6 0 0 1 0 12

54 STUBBS, Belinda..... 3-7 0-0 0-0 0 4 4 2 6 0 1 0 0 25

55 FOY, Megan.......... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+

TEAM................ 1 2 3

Totals.............. 24-50 1-10 21-26 7 21 28 18 70 10 18 1 5 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-22 45.5% 2nd Half: 14-28 50.0% Game: 48.0% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 1-4 25.0% 2nd Half: 0-6 0.0% Game: 10.0% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 6-9 66.7% 2nd Half: 15-17 88.2% Game: 80.8% 2





51 CHEESMAN, Danielle.. f 10-13 1-2 0-1 2 2 4 5 21 3 2 0 0 20

25 TAYLOR, Kali........ c 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 2 3 0 2 0 1 17

11 THORN, Erin......... g 13-27 6-12 2-2 0 5 5 2 34 8 1 1 2 38

14 SULLIVAN, Julie..... g 1-4 0-1 3-4 0 1 1 4 5 4 5 1 0 34

21 LEITNER, Jennifer... g 3-4 0-0 0-0 5 7 12 1 6 4 1 0 0 32

01 SELJAAS, Nancy...... 2-6 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 5 0 0 0 0 7

04 NELSON, Kestlee..... 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 4 1 0 2 15

10 MILLER, Marianne.... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 3

15 OVERDIEK, Jen....... 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 1 1 3 1 1 0 0 10

20 LARSON, Brittany.... 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 7

33 ANDERSON, Ambrosia.. 1-4 0-0 0-0 3 0 3 2 2 0 2 0 0 9

45 HANSEN, Lisa........ 2-3 0-0 2-7 3 3 6 2 6 0 1 0 0 8

TEAM................ 2 2

Totals.............. 35-66 8-19 9-17 13 24 37 24 87 24 16 2 5 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 17-34 50.0% 2nd Half: 18-32 56.3% Game: 53.0% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 5-12 41.7% 2nd Half: 3-7 42.9% Game: 42.1% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 2-6 33.3% 2nd Half: 7-11 63.6% Game: 52.9% 4


Officials: Mike Petty, Schel Brown, Anita Myles

Technical fouls: Montana State-None. BRIGHAM YOUNG Cougars-None.

Attendance: 1838

Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total

Montana State................. 27 43 - 70

BRIGHAM YOUNG Cougars......... 41 46 - 87


Norma Bertoch | Posted: 31 Dec 2002 | Updated: 28 Apr 2011
Norma Bertoch

In the first month of 2003 the BYU women's basketball team begins its hoops schedule playing one road and one home game. The Cougars are at UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 2 and at home hosting the University of Denver on Jan. 4.

Tip off: BYU (7-3) vs UC Santa Barbara (5-2) 2 p.m., PT Arena: Thunderdome

Tip off: BYU (7-3) vs Univ. of Denver (5-7) 1 p.m., MST Arena: Marriott Center

live webcast

The remaining BYU women's basketball games will air live via the internet at byuradio. 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 21 Jennifer Leitner 6-1 Sr 14.1 9.5

F 24 Kali Taylor 5-11 So 3.8 2.3

C 51 Danielle Cheesman 6-2 So 11.5 5.6

G 11 Erin Thorn 5-10 Sr 20.0 4.5

G 14 Julie Sullivan 5-8 So 7.2 3.1

Cougar Players Off The Bench

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

F 45 Lisa Hansen 6-5 Sr 5.0 3.9

F 33 Ambrosia Anderson 6-2 Fr 2.7 2.1

G 15 Jen Overdiek 5-10 Fr 2.1 2.0

G 04 Kestlee Nelson 5-8 Jr 2.0 1.5

G/F 01 Nancy Seljaas 6-0 Fr 1.9 0.7

F 20 Brittany Larson 6-0 Sr 1.4 2.1

Player Updates/injuries

#40 Ashleigh Chamberlain is academically eligible to play in January

#32 Kristen Kozlowski, a transfer from Boise State will be eligible to play for BYU in Thursday's game vs UC Santa Barbara

Cougar Review

The BYU team begins 2003 with a 7-3 record with its three losses suffered on the road, vs Oregon (77-80) at George Washington (58-82) and vs Alabama (59-70).

BYU returns 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.

After 10 games played, All-American and MWC MVP Erin Thorn leads the Cougar offense with an average of 20.0 points and 4.5 rebounds a game. Senior Jennifer Leitner follows as the team's second leading scorer and the leading rebounder. Leitner averages 14.1 points and 9.5 boards a game. Sophomore forward Danielle Cheesman follows in scoring and is averaging 11.5 points and 5.6 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 has reclaimed her starting point-guard spot contributing 7.2 points and 3.1 rebounds. UVSC junior transfer Kestlee Nelson comes off the bench for Sullivan with her 2.0 points and 1.5 rebounds a game.

In the Cougars most recent game, sophomore Kali Taylor got the starting nod as a forward replacing UC Santa Barbara senior transfer Lisa Hansen. Taylor contributes to the team with her 3.8 and 2.3 rebounds per game. Another Cougar guard is Maria Chiara from Hamilton, New Zealand who played two season at Casper Junior College before serving an 18-month LDS mission to Florida. She has yet to play this season as she has been plagued with illnesses.

Senior guard Amy Lewis will finish her college career joined by her twin sister Angie Gatten who redshirted last year. The sister duo walked on the Cougar roster last year. Both sisters have played in four games so far this year.

UCSB transfer and senior Lisa Hansen who came off the bench in every game last year, started in the first nine games and tallied 5.0 points and 3.9 boards a game.

Senior forward Brittany Larson has played in all 10 games and c contributes 1.4 points and 2.1 rebounds.

Utah high school standouts Jen Overdiek, Nancy Seljaas and Ambrosia Anderson from Colorado Springs, Colorado are also contributing to this year's Cougar effort with Anderson getting the starting nod at forward the last three of four contests.

2002-03 Cougar Stats

u Shooting from the field: (.438, 246-562)

u Shooting from the free-throw line: (.740, 134-181)

u Shooting from three-point line: (.375, 63-168)

u Average points per game: 68.9

A look at this week's opponents

UC Santa Barbara

The Gauchos will be hosting the Cougars this Thursday afternoon at the Thunderdome. UCSB has compiled a 5-2 record to date and is coming off a 10-point 55-44 loss to MWC foe Colorado State in Ft. Collins on Dec. 29. The Gauchos other loss was at Michigan where they dropped that game 64-70. Kristen Mann tops the leader board for UCSB with an average of 15.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Lindsay Taylor is second in scoring and rebounding with 13.9 points and 8.4 boards a game. Three other players also score in double digits with 12.6 from Jess Hansen, 10.4 from Mia Fisher and 10.0 for Lisa Willett. Brandy Richardson who has started in all seven games to date is atop the rebound category, grabbing 9.3 boards a game. The Gauchos are shooting 43 percent from the field and 74 percent from the free throw line and also shoot 32 percent from behind the arc. As a team, UCSB is scoring 70.4 points a game and allowing opponents 68.3 points per game. At home the Gauchos have compiled a perfect 3-0 record and they average just under 2,000 fans at the Thunderdome.

UC Santa Barbara Probable Starters

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

F 15 Brandi Richardson 6-0 So 7.0 9.3

F/G 14 Lisa Willett 6-0 Jr 10.0 3.6

C 44 Kristen Mann 6-2 So 15.3 6.3

G 10 Jess Hansen 5-8 Sr 12.6 4.0

G 21 Mia Fisher 5-9 So 10.4 5.7

Last meeting

These two teams met last three years ago during the 1999-00 season where the Gauchos grabbed the 74-58 victory at the Marriott Center.

Series record

Record: 3-1 favoring UCSB. BYU has yet to win a game in Santa Barbara's Thunderdome.

University of Denver

The University of Denver will be making its first appearance a the Marriott Center. The Pilots come to Provo with a 5-7 record, but will play Idaho State on Jan. 2 before making the trip to Utah. Ashley Atkinson, a 5-10 senior guard is the team's leading scorer with 11.6 points and 2.3 rebounds. Nicky Eason, who's a 5-10 sophomore forward tops the list in rebounds for the University of Denver grabbing 5.2 rebounds and contributing 8.4 points a game. As a team, the Pilots are shooting 37 percent from the field, 58 percent from the free throw line, and 30 percent from three-point range. After 12 games to date, the team is scoring 59.3 points to opponents 65.6 and they have yet to win a game on the road, but have a 1-2 record when playing on neutral courts.

University of Denver Probable Starters

Pos. # Name Ht. Yr. PPG RPG

F 04 Nicky Eason 5-10 So 8.4 5.2

F 30 Stephanie Hart 6-0 Fr 3.6 5.5

C 44 Kellie Carwell 6-3 Sr 5.7 5.0

G 35 Ashley Atkinson 5-10 Sr 11.6 2.3

G 12 Amber Johnson 5-6 Fr 4.6 2.2

Last meeting

The Pilots and Cougars met for the first time last season in Denver at the Pioneer Classic. In that game it was BYU picking up the win 81-67.

Series record

Record: 1-0 for BYU.

In the Polls

The Cougars did not make the list of top 25 teams in any of the polls this week.

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.

u Stats to date include scoring in double figures in all 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 20.0 points, is third on the list in rebounds with 4.5 boards a game and has tallied 48 assists to date, that's an average of 4.8 per game.

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.

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 dec. 30)


Category Place Avg/G

Scoring Offense 6th 66.9

Scoring Defense 4th 62.2

Scoring Margin 5th 66.9 off/62.2 deff, +4.7

Free Throw % 2nd 125-164, .762

Field Goal % 5th 211-496, .425

3-Pt FG % 3rd 55-149, .369

Rebounding Offense 2nd 39.4

Rebounding Defense 4th 36.1

Blocked Shots 2nd 4.22

Assists 5th 14.22

Steals 7th 7.22


Category Place Avg/G

Scoring: Erin Thorn 2nd 18.4

Scoring: Jennifer Leitner 7th 15.3

Scoring: Danielle Cheesman 16th 10.4

Assists: Erin Thorn 5th 4.44

Assists: Julie Sullivan 7th 3.67

Free Throw%: Erin Thorn 2nd .929 (26-28)

Free Throw%: Jennifer Leitner 8th .778 (21-27)

Steals: Erin Thorn 5th 1.89

3-PT FG%: Erin Thorn 4th .457 (32-70)

3-PT FG Made: Erin Thorn 1st 3.56 (32)

Blocked Shots: Lisa Hansen 5th 1.33 (12)

Defensive Rebounds: J.Leitner 1st 6.57 (46)

The Judkins file

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.

Returning player bios

51 Danielle Chessman ---- (6-2 Sophomore Forward, Orem, UT/Mountain View HS)

2002-03: 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..has started in the first nine of 10 games to date.

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: 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: 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/ 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 four 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: Tallied a 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 ... has played in all games to date.

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: 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 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.

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: Eligible to play beginning Jan. 2, 2003

2001-2002: Redshirt

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

HS/No. Idaho College)

2002-03: Has played in four games to date.

2001-02: Redshirt

32 Kristin Kozlowski ---- (6-2 Sophomore Forward, Centerville, UT/Centerville HS/Boise State)

2002-03: Is eligible to play

2001-2002: Redshirt

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

2002-03: Has starter all games to date...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.

newcomer player bios

33 Ambrosia Anderson ---- (6-2 Freshman Forward, Colorado Springs, CO/Doherty HS)

2002-03: Started in last three of four 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


2002-03: Has played in all games to date.

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 played in all games to date.

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 all games to date.

Before BYU: Three-time honor roll student...three-time basketball 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 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.

travel plans this week

The BYU team will leave for Santa Barbara on Tues., Dec. 31 at 9:25 a.m., on United flight#1475, arriving at 12:10 p.m. The team will be staying at the Doubletree Resort, 633 East Cabrilla Blvd., 805-564-4333, 805-564-4964, fax. After Thursday afternoon's game, the Cougars will return to Salt Lake City on United flight# 6217 at 6 p.m., arriving at 10:40 p.m.

practices this week

Tues., Dec. 31 - practice (6-8 p.m.) at the Thunderdome, UCSB campus

Wed., Jan. 1 - practice (12-2 p.m.) at the Thunderdome, UCSB campus

Thurs. Jan. 2 - shoot-around 9-10 a.m., same as above

Fri., Jan. 3 - practice (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.) at Marriott Center

Sat., Jan. 4 - shoot-around (9-10 a.m.) at Marriott Center

Up Next for byu

BYU will travel to Pocatello to take on Idaho State on Jan. 7 and then open up MWC play ah home on Jan. 16 hosting CSU and Wyoming on Jan. 18.


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, New 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. Idaho 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.Idaho College

13 Laura Stratton* G 5-6 So HS Missoula, MT/Sentinel HS/BYU Idaho 14 Julie Sullivan G 5-8 So 1V Silver City, NM/Silver City HS

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

21 Jennifer Leitner F 6-1 Sr 3V Chico, CA/Pleasant Valley 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


ATHLETIC TRAINER: Carolyn Billings