Cowgirl Basketball Set To Begin Conference Play

Jan. 11, 2005

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LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Wyoming women's basketball team will open up Mountain West Conference play this week on the road as they head to Utah for a couple of games. They will face the BYU Cougars, on Thursday, Jan. 13, in Provo, and the Utah Utes, on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 15, in Salt Lake City. The game against BYU is set to begin at 7:00 p.m., while the game against Utah is set for 3:00 p.m.

The Cowgirls enter this week's competition with an overall record of 9-4 after a split last week against Montana and Sacramento State. Wyoming is currently led by senior Ashley Elliott, who is averaging 17.5 points and 3.8 assists per game. She is followed closely by Hanna Zavecz with 14.5 points and 7.2 rebounds and guard Erin Hicks with 10.6 points and a team leading 7.4 rebounds. As a team, they are shooting 270-713 (.379) from the field and 159-217 (.733) from the charity stripe, while averaging 61.1 points per game.

BYU comes in to the week with a 9-4 record overall with this also being their opening game of the conference season. The Cougars are led by Ambrosia Anderson who is averaging 11.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, while Danielle Chessman is averaging a team leading 9.2 rebounds per game. They return four starters and 11 letterwinners to a team that finished 15-14 overall and 5-9 in the Mountain West Conference a year ago.

This will be the 57th meeting between the two schools as BYU leads the series 41-15. The last time the two teams met was Feb. 12, 2004 when the Cougars defeated the Cowgirls 67-50 in Provo.

Utah comes in to the week with a 11-4 mark overall and will play Colorado State before facing the Cowgirls. The Utes are led by Kim Smith who is averaging 17.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. They return two starters and seven letterwinners to a team that finished 24-7 overall and 12-2 in the MWC last year.

The will be the 56th meeting between the two schools as Utah leads the series 49-6. The last time the two teams met was Feb. 14, 2004 when the Utes defeated the Cowgirls 59-45 in Salt Lake City.