2000-2001 Cowgirl Basketball Informational Press Release and Game Notes

Jan. 15, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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Probable Starters:  Here are the probablestarters for this week's games:

WyomingGuard Brenda Pickup, Fr., 5-7, Brush Prairie, Wash.Guard Shelby Hoffman, Sr., 5-9, Gillette, Wyo.Forward Christy Bacon, Jr., 6-0, Colorado Springs, Colo.Forward Jessica Gibbs, Sr., 6-1, Wells, Nev.Center Ann McColl, So., 6-2, Everett, Wash.

This Week: The Cowgirls play their first conference games on the roadthis week. They will face Brigham Young on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.,and then Utah on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.

About Brigham Young: The Cowgirls will go on the road to face theBrigham Young Cougars on Thursday night. The Cougars are currently 8-7overall and 0-2 in conference play. They are led by sophomore ErinThorn, who is averaging 16.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest.Freshman forward Heather Cheesman is also chipping in 9.3 points and 4.7rebounds. The Cougars went 22-9 overall and 10-4 in the conference lastseason They return 12 letterwinners and four starters to this year'ssquad. This is the 48th meeting between the two schools, Brigham Youngleads the series 34-13. The last time these two teams met was Feb. 10,2000 in Laramie, when Birgham Young came out on top with a 70-69victory. The Cougars are coached by Trent Shippen, who is in his fourthseason.

Probable Starters for Brigham YoungGuard      Erin Thorn, So., 5-10, Orem, UtahGuard      Stacy Jensen, Jr., 5-6, West Jordan, UtahForward    Lisa Osguthorpe, Jr., 6-0, Orem, UtahForward    Heather Cheesman, Fr., 6-1, Orem, UtahCenter     Caroline Beus, Sr., 6-1, Kuna, Idaho

About Utah: In the second game of the weekend, the Cowgirls will facethe Utah Utes. The Utes currently have an 14-2 overall record and a 3-0conference mark. They are led by junior Lauren Beckman, who is averaging10.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest. Amy Ewert is also chipping in9.7 points and 3.5 rebounds. The Utes went 23-8 overall and 11-3 in theconference last season They return eleven letterwinners and fourstarters to this year's squad. This is the 48th meeting between the twoschools, Utah leads the series 41-6. The last time these two teams metwas Feb. 17, 2000 in Laramie, with Utah coming out on top with a 85-66victory. The Utes are coached by Elaine Elliot, who is in her 18thseason at Utah.

Probable Starters for UtahGuard      Lindsay Herbert, Jr., 5-11, Coeur d'Alene, IdahoGuard      Kelsy Stireman, Fr., 5-7, Ogden, UtahForward    Amy Ewert, Sr., 6-0, Vancouver, B.C.Forward    Kristina Andersen, Sr., 6-1, Eugene, Ore.Center     Lauren Beckman, Jr., 6-2, Elko, Nev.

2000-01 Record A Year AgoWyoming 8-6 (0-1) 10-18 (4-10)Brigham Young 8-7 (0-2) 22-9 (10-4)Utah 14-2 (3-0) 23-8 (11-3)

Brigham Young, Thurs. Jan. 18, Provo, Utah, 7:00 p.m.Wyoming Series Record vs. BYU leads 34-13Last Meeting Feb. 19, 2000, BYU 70-692000-01 Overall Record 8-72000-01 Conference Record 0-21999-2000 Overall Record 22-91999-2000 Conference Record 10-4 (3rd)Nickname CougarsLocation Provo, UtahConference Mountain WestHead Coach Trent ShippenRecord at School (Years) 53-36 (Three)Career Record (Years) 124-62 (Six)Letterwinners Returning/Lost 12/5Starters Returning/Lost 4/1Sports Information Contact Norma CollettSports Information Office Phone (801) 378-4908

Utah, Sat. Jan. 20, Salt Lake City, Utah, 3:00 p.m.Wyoming Series Record vs. Utah leads 41-6Last Meeting Feb. 17, 2000, Utah 85-662000-01 Overall Record 14-22000-01 Conference Record 3-01999-2000 Overall Record 23-81999-2000 Conference Record 11-3 (1st)Nickname UtesLocation Salt Lake City, UtahConference Mountain WestHead Coach Elaine ElliotRecord at School (Years) 346-148 (17)Career Record (Years) SameLetterwinners Returning/Lost 11/2Starters Returning/Lost 4/1Sports Information Contact Julie LapomardaSports Information Office Phone (801) 581-3771

Leading Weapons in the Cowgirl Attack: The following is a listing ofthe Cowgirls who lead in each statistical category for the 2000-01season.

  Points          Ann McColl (174 - 12.4 ppg)  Rebounds        Jessica Gibbs  (108 -7.7 rpg)  Assists         Brenda Pickup  (55 - 3.9 apg)  Minutes         Christy Bacon (446 - 31.9 mpg)  Blocks          Jessica Gibbs (6 - 0.4 bpg)  Steals          Jessica Gibbs (38 - 2.7 spg)  Field Goals     McColl/Gibbs  (66 - 4.7 pg)  Three-Point FG's   Shelby Hoffman (33 - 2.4 )  Free-Throws     Ann McColl  (42 - 3.0 ftm)

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