Current Press Release

February 22, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Wyoming Women's Basketball Contact: Amy Dambro

Probable Starters: The probable starters for this week's game are: GuardMolly MarsoGuardShelby HoffmanForwardChristy BaconForwardCarrie BaconForwardRebecca Tomlin

This Week: The Cowgirls will finish up their regular season this week. They will travel to Colorado Springs to face Air Force on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m., and then will face the UNLV Lady Rebels on Saturday night at 8:35 p.m. MST.

A Recap of Last Week: The Cowgirls went 0-2 over the weekend, as they were defeated by the Denver Pioneers, 87-63 and the Colorado State Rams, 101-68. Against Denver, Wyoming was led by sophomore guard Shelby Hoffman, who had a team high 20 points. Hoffman was 6 of 15 from the field in 31 minutes of play Senior center Rebecca Tomlin added 17 points and a team high five rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 39% from the field, and had 19 turnovers on the night. Denver was led freshman guard Melissa Garcia, who had a team high 20 points, along with three assists. In the second game of the weekend, Wyoming was defeated by the nationally ranked Colorado State Rams. The Cowgirls were led by sophomore guard Shelby Hoffman, who had a team high 24 points and three rebounds. Hoffman was 6 of 13 from the field and 7 of 7 from the free throw line in 34 minutes on the night. Freshman forward Carrie Bacon added 18 points and a team high seven rebounds on the night. The Rams were led by senior guard Becky Hammon, who had a team high 36 points and six assists. Senior forward Katie Cronin added 25 points and a team high 12 rebounds. The Cowgirls are now 6-18 overall, and 2-10 in the conference heading into this week's games.

About Air Force: The Cowgirls will face the Air Force Falcons in their first game of the week. Air Force is 5-19 overall and 0-12 in the conference. They were defeated by TCU 87-66 in their last outing. The Cowgirls defeated the Falcons earlier this season, 89-58. The Falcons were 5-21 overall and 0-14 in the Mountain Division last season. They return eleven letterwinners and three starters from last year's team. The Falcons are led by junior forward Megan Thiedeman, who leads the team in scoring with 11.3 points per game, along with 4.5 rebounds per contest. Junior forward Mollie Peters leads the team in rebounding with 5.6 per game, along with 8.9 points. This is the 15th meeting between the two schools, Wyoming leads the series 13-1. The Falcons are coached by Sue Darling, who is in her first season at Air Force

About UNLV: The Cowgirls will face the UNLV Lady Rebels in their second game of the weekend. UNLV is 15-9 overall and 6-6 in the conference. They were defeated the SMU Mustangs 74-62 in their last outing. UNLV defeated the Cowgirls earlier in the season, 83-56. The Lady Rebels were 4-23 overall and 3-11 in the Mountain Division last season. They return eight letterwinners and three starters from last year's team. UNLV is led by freshman guard Linda Froehlich, who leads the team in scoring and rebounding with 23 points and 9.1 rebounds. Senior forward Angie Dye is adding 7.6 rebounds and 8.5 points per game. This is the eighth meeting between the two schools, Wyoming leads the series 4-3. The Lady Rebles are coached by Regina Miller, who is in her first season at UNLV.

98-99 RecordA Year AgoWyoming6-18 (2-10)10-17 (5-9)Air Force5-19 (0-12)5-21 (0-14) UNLV15-9 (6-6)4-23 (3-11)

Team Capsules

Air Force, Thurs. Feb. 25, Colorado Spirngs, Colo., 7:00 p.m. Wyoming Series Record vs.Wyoming leads 13-11998-99 Overall Record5-191998-99 Conference Record0-121997-98 Overall Record5-211997-98 Conference Record0-14 (8th-Mountain) ConferenceWestern AthleticHead CoachSue DarlingRecord at School (Years)First YearCareer Record (Years)SameLetterwinners Returning/Lost11/2Starters Returning/Lost3/2Sports Information ContactLaura FawcettSports Information Office Phone(719) 333-3950

UNLV, Sat., Feb. 27, Las Vegas, Nev., 8:35 p.m. Wyoming Series Record vs.Wyoming leads 4-31998-99 Overall Record15-91998-99 Conference Record6-61997-98 Overall Record4-231997-98 Conference Record 3-11 (7th-Mountain) ConferenceWestern AthleticHead CoachRegina MillerRecord at School (Years)First YearCareer Record (Years)60-100 (Six)Letterwinners Returning/Lost8/3Starters Returning/Lost3/2Sports Information ContactAndy GrossmanSports Information Office Phone(702) 895-3764

Coach's Quotes: Quotes from University of Wyoming head basketball coach Cindy Fisher. About Denver: "I think Denver had a point to prove tonight. They didn't play well up in Laramie, and this team has really improved since then. They played very hard, out hustled us on the loose balls and rebounds. You can't win a game and get beat on the boards by 15. We shot the ball very poorly, except for Shelby, who finally got something going, and they just shot lights out. We just didn't play any defense, and in a game like this you need to step up and we didn't do that."

About CSU: "Hats off to the fans of Ft. Collins and Colorado. They've really jumped on with this team, and been with Becky Hammon and Katie Cronin. I'm just glad the fans are there to support them. The sixth man is so important come tournament time. The fans are the sixth man, and I hope they back them like they have been, because this is a tough atmosphere to play in. I felt good that they had to press us as long as they did. We're a young team, we had three freshman and a sophomore on the floor the majority of the game, and they just outmatched us. They would set their traps on you with 5'8" people and it's just tough to get the ball out against that. Once we broke the pressure, we turned the ball over trying to set up a play. I thought the pressure bothered us by taking a lot of time off the clock, but I thought our kids did a good job of breaking the pressure and getting through it, we just didn't take care of the ball. Against a team like Colorado State, you can't turn the ball over 32 times, but overall I was proud of our kids."

Injury Report: Sophomore basketball player Lisa Glasser (Bismark, N.D.), who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee has undergone surgery. She is lost for the season. Glasser does have a redshirt year available to her. Glasser started 13 of 27 games in the 1997-98 season. She averaged 3.2 points and 4.8 rebounds as a freshman.Junior guard Sara Ossana (Tucson, Ariz.) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her knee during practice last week and will have to undergo surgery. She is also lost for the season. Ossana is a junior college transfer from Central Arizona College. She played in nine games for the Cowgirls this season, starting in six of those. She was averaging 7.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.Head coach Cindy Fisher also announced that freshman guard Agnes Lindberg (Uppsala, Sweden) and sophomore guard Mandy Gonser (Colorado Springs, Colo.) will be redshirting this season due to injuries. Both have a redshirt year available to them.

Fisher Begins First Season: Head basketball coach Cindy Fisher begins her first season with the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball program. She was named head coach on March 27, 1998 and becomes just the fifth head basketball coach in Cowgirl history.Before coming to Wyoming, Fisher had been an assistant at Old Dominion for the past three seasons. During those three years at Old Dominion, the Lady Monarchs were 92-8, including a 34-win season and two 29-win years. They were also runners up to the national champion in 1997, and a Sweet Sixteen participant in 1996, 97 and 98. A 1988 graduate of Arizona State, Fisher is a native of Cheyenne, and was a three-year starter at Cheyenne Central High School. Her family still lives in the Cheyenne area.Fisher's Career Coaching Record Overall RecordConference Record WLPct.WLPct.1998-99 618.250210.167

Cowgirls Return Eight Letterwinners and Four Starters in '98-'99: The Wyoming Cowgirls welcome back eight letterwinners and four starters to the 1998-99 squad, led by senior center Rebecca Tomlin. UW looses only two seniors from last season, which includes guard Courtney Stapp.SeniorsHeather Allen, G, 5-7, Carrollton, Texas Regan Dulaney, G, 5-10, Tucson, Ariz. Jenny Lazzeri, F, 5-10, Lakewood, Colo.Rebecca Tomlin, C, 6-2, Las Animas, Colo.JuniorsSara Ossana, G, 5-9, Tucson, Ariz. (Transfer)Taran Stapp, G, 5-8, Newell, S.D. SophomoresShelby Hoffman, G/F, 5-9, Gillette, Wyo.Lisa Glasser, F, 5-10, Bismarck, N.D.Mandy Gonser, G/F, 5-9, Colorado Springs, Colo.Redshirt FreshmanTeal Horsman, G, 5-6, Eugene, Ore.NewcomersCarrie Bacon, F, 6-0, Colorado Springs, Colo.Christy Bacon, G/F, 6-0, Colorado Springs, Colo.Agnes, Lindberg, G, 5-7, Uppsala, SwedenMolly Marso, G, 5-6, Gillette, Wyo.Heather Shaffner, G, 5-9, Monument, Colo.Becky Ward, C, 6-2, Yoder, Wyo.

Colorado State, Hawai'i Favored in 1998-99 WAC Preseason Media Poll: The Wyoming Cowgirls have been picked to finish fifth in the Mountain Division according to the WAC women's basketball coaches' preseason poll. Colorado State and Hawai'i were chosen as the favorites to win the Mountain and Pacific Divisions, respectively, with Colorado State the favorite to win the '98-99 WAC Championship Title.

WAC Mountain DivisionWAC Pacific Division1.Colorado State (15)1201.Hawai'i (10)1152.Rice (1)1022.New Mexico (5)1033.SMU953.Utah (1) 934.TCU734.Brigham Young 775.WYOMING555.Fresno State 626.Tulsa546.UTEP 487.UNLV477.San Diego State 408.Air Force228.San Jose State 30

1998 WAC Champion Vote: Colorado State (13), Hawai'i (1), New Mexico (1), Rice (1)

UW 1998-99 Record BreakdownOverallat home.........................................................4-7away............................................................0-9neutral.........................................................2-2Conferenceat home.........................................................2-5away............................................................0-5Longest winning streak..........................................1 gameLongest losing streak...........................................6 games FG% Wyoming (Percentage)........................................41%FG% opponents (Percentage)......................................45%3-Pt. FG% (Percentage)..........................................33%Free Throw%.....................................................69%Avg. assists for season.........................................13.9Blocks for season...............................................37Steals for season...............................................188Avg. points per game............................................63.1

Cowgirls sign Four to National Letters of Intent: Head Coach Cindy Fisher announced the signing of four student-atheletes to national letters of intent to attend the University of Wyoming in the fall of 1999. Here are the signees:

Darci Arsene, 6-2, Power Forward, Aldergrove Sec., Abbottsford, B.C. Ann McColl, 6-3, Center, Cascade High School, Everett, Wash.Toni O'Conner, 6-2, Forward, Plevna High School, Plevna, Mont.Brianna Tischer, 6-3, Center, Arlington High School, Marysville, Wash.

KOOL Radio 1210 AM to Broacast Cowgirl Home Games Live: For the fourth season,Wyoming Basketball home games will be broadcast live on KOOL Radio 1210 AM in Laramie. Broadcasts will begin approximately 10 minutes prior to game time and will include a pregame show featuring interviews with Cowgirl head coach Cindy Fisher. KOOL will also conduct a brief postgame show following Cowgirl games. Pat Gabriel will provide the play by play with Jesseca Cross adding the color commentary. Thanks go to John Thomas of KOOL 1210 AM and KRQU 102.9 FM in Laramie for making this venture possible.

WAC Tournament: The 1998 WAC Tournament will once again be played at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev., on March 1-6, 1999. The Tournament will be a 12-team format. The top six teams from each of the two divisions automatically qualify.

1998-99 Women's Basketball Top 25 Polls: Here are the most recent basketball polls.USA Today/ESPNAssociated PressTop 25 (Feb. 22)Top 25 (Feb. 22)1.Purdue1.Purdue2.Tennessee2.Tennessee3.Louisiana Tech3.Louisiana Tech4.Colorado State4.Colorado State5.Connecticut5.Old Dominion6.Old Dominion6.Connecticut7.Texas Tech7.Rutgers8.Rutgers8.Duke9.Duke9.Virginia Tech10. Notre Dame10.Notre Dame11. Virginia Tech11.Texas Tech12.Georgia12.UCLA13.UCLA13.North Carolina14.North Carolina14.Georgia15.Penn State15.Penn State16.Clemson16.Clemson17.Iowa State17.LSU18.Virginia18.Oregon19.LSU19.Virginia20.UC Santa Barbara20.Iowa21.Oregon21.UC Santa Barbara22.Kansas22.Kansas23.Auburn23.Auburn24.SW Missouri St.24.Alabama25.Florida Intl.25.Florida Intl.Leading Weapons in the Cowgirl Attack: The following is a listing of who leads the Cowgirls in each statistical category.

PointsCarrie Bacon (343 - 14.3 ppg)ReboundsJenny Lazzeri (161 - 6.7 rpg)AssistsMolly Marso (81 - 3.4 apg)MinutesCarrie Bacon (758- 31.6 mpg)BlocksCarrie Bacon (16 - 0.7 bpg)StealsCarrie Bacon (41 - 1.7 spg)Field GoalsCarrie Bacon (126 - 5.3 pg)Three-Point FG'sShelby Hoffman (37 - 1.7 pg)Free-ThrowsCarrie Bacon (90 - 3.8 pg)

Superlatives - IndividualField Goal Pecentage Min 10 Attempts .923 Rebecca Tomlin vs TCU 1-16-99 (12-13)Points27 Rebecca Tomlin vs TCU 1-16-99Carrie Bacon vs Western Michigan 12-5-98Field Goal Attempts24 Carrie Bacon vs Western Michigan 12-5-98 3-Point Attempts10 Shelby Hoffman vs SMU 2-11-99 Southwest State 1-2-99Blocks3 Regan Dulaney vs Tulsa 1-9-99Assists6 Carrie Bacon vs Air Force 1-30-99Molly Marso vs TCU 1-16-99 Tulsa 1-9-99 Rice 1-7-99 Steals5Regan Dulaney vs Southwest State 1-2-99Rebounds14 Rebecca Tomlin vs Western Michigan 12-5-98 Superlatives - TeamField Goal Percentage .540 vs Montana State 12-13-98Points90 vs Southwest State 1-2-99Field Goal Attempts68 vs Southwest State 1-2-993-point Attempts24 vs Southwest State 1-2-99Blocks3vs Illinois-Chicago 11-27-98Assists25 vs TCU 1-16-99Steals15 vs Tulsa 1-9-99 Southwest State 1-2-99Rebounds48 vs Air Force 1-30-99 Lowest field Goal Percentage Allowed.318 vs Loyola Marymount 12-4-98 Fewest Points Allowed50 vs Illinois Chicago 11-27-98

Player Notes:#5 Agnes Lindberg: Will redshirt this season for the Cowgirls due to an injury.

#10 Heather Allen: Averaging 8.1 minutes off the bench this season...averaging1.9 points and one rebound per game...is averaging .5 steals per game...had a season high 14 points and five assists against Southwest State (1-2-99).

#12 Mandy Gonser: Will redshirt this season for the Cowgirls due to an injury.

#14 Taran Stapp: Has seen action in 22 games this season, starting in 12 for the Cowgirls...is averaging 2.4 points per game...also averaging 17.2 minutes and 1.7 assists....had 11 points and two rebounds against Rice (1-7-99).

#20 Regan Dulaney: Started in every game this season for the Cowgirls before breaking her foot...was averaging 6.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per contest...averaging 26.4 minutes a game, plus 1.6 steals and 2.1 assists per contest.

#21 Molly Marso: Started in her first collegiate game against Creighton...is averaging 6.7 points per contest along with averaging 29.5 minutes as a starter... is leading the team in assists with 3.4 per game, which ranks her tenth in overall games and eighth in WAC games (4.4 apg)...is also adding 2.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals per contest....had a career high 15 points against TCU (1-16-99).

#23 Heather Shaffner: Has seen limited action this season for the Cowgirls.

#24 Jenny Lazzeri: The Cowgirls leading rebounder averaging 6.7 rebounds per game, which ranks 13th overall games and eighth in the conference (7.4 rpg)..is averaging 27.6 minutes and 9.9 points, which is third on the team...had a career and season high 13 rebounds against Southwest State (1-2-99) and Air Force (1-30-99)...was named to the All-Tournament team at the Pepsi Shootout in Eugene, Ore.

#25 Teal Horsman: Is averaging almost a point in 8.9 minutes in 14 games this season...is also adding 1.1 assists and one rebound per contest.

#30 Sara Ossana: Played in nine games for the Cowgirls before sustaining a season ending knee injury...averaged 7.9 points in 26.6 minutes of play...was fourth on the team in rebounds averaging 4.4 per game...averaged 1.1 steals and 1.3 assists per game....had a career high 20 points against Loyola Marymount (12-4-98).

#33 Shelby Hoffman: Averaging 7.8 points and 17.5 minutes off the bench...is averaging 1.1 assists and .5 steals per contest...is also averaging 1.4 rebounds per game...had a career and season high 25 points against SMU (2-11-99)...also set an Arena Auditorium record with seven three-point field goals.

#34 Rebecca Tomlin: Is second on the team in scoring with 11.0 points...is third on the team in rebounding with 5.9 per contest...is shooting 59% from the field and 59% from the free-throw line...had a career and season high 27 points against TCU (1-16-99)....had a season high 14 rebounds against Western Michigan (12-5-98).

#41 Carrie Bacon: Started in her first collegiate game against Creighton...leads the team in scoring with 14.3 points, which ranks tenth in the conference...is second on the team in rebounding with 6.5 per contest...averaging 31.6 minutes as a starter...had a career high 28 points against Tulsa (2-4-99)...had a career high 13 rebounds against Air Force (1-30-99)...was named to the All-Tournament team at the Air Force Academy Classic.

#42 Christy Bacon: Is averaging 2.7 points in 14.8 minutes for the Cowgirls...has started in the last seven games...is averaging 2.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per contest...had a season high ten points against Washington State (11-24-98).

#52 Becky Ward: Has played in ten games this season for the Cowgirls...is averaging 3.7 minutes and one rebound per contest.

#54 Lisa Glasser: Scored 23 points and had 20 rebounds against Uppsala (Exhibition) before sustaining a season ending knee injury.