Jan. 31, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. - For the first time in women's basketball, the Mountain West Conference hasselected co-Players of the Week. Wyoming's Jessica Gibbs and Utah's Kristina Andersen, both juniorforwards, share this week's honor. Gibbs spurred Wyoming (10-8, 1-4) to its first conference victoryand a split in this week's action. The Cowgirls posted an 86-72 win over Air Force on Saturday afterfalling to New Mexico, 76-61, on Thursday. Andersen helped Utah (14-4, 5-0) remain undefeated inleague play with a 59-55 victory at rival BYU on Friday.
Gibbs led the Cowgirls in scoring with 18 points vs. New Mexico on Thursday, collected her fifthdouble-double of the season as she grabbed 10 rebounds and also registered a career-high fiveassists. In Saturday's win over Air Force, Gibbs surpassed the 20-point mark for the fourth timethis season as she netted 21 points and collected seven rebounds. For the week, Gibbs totaled 39points, 17 rebounds, six assists, three steals and a block during the two games. She shot .652(15-for-23) from the field and was a perfect 9-for-9 (1.00) from the free throw line. She scored indouble-figures in both games to improve her season total to nine games. Gibbs currently stands thirdin the conference in rebounding with an 8.3 average, 13th in scoring with an 11.8 average and tiedfor seventh in steals (1.94). Her accuracy has her listed second in field goal percentage (.579) andthird in free throw percentage (.803).
Andersen led all scorers with a career-high 22 points as the Utes claimed an important win at rivalBYU on Friday. She shot .700 (7-for-10) from the field, including 3-for-5 (.600) from three-pointrange and was near perfect (5-for-6 for .833) from the free throw line. Tied for fourth inconference games with a 14.0 scoring average, Andersen is listed 24th in overall games with a 9.3average. Her .483 field goal percentage is eighth in overall games, but she is shooting .550 to tiefor fifth in conference games. She also stands 17th in the league in rebounding with a 4.8 average.Added to her impressive numbers for the week is the fact that Andersen is dealing with major issuesoff the court as she juggles the normal demands of college life with frequent trips to visit herterminally ill mother in Oregon.
Both of these selections are the first for each player in their careers and mark the first for theirrespective teams this season. Gibbs is a native of Wells, Nevada, who transferred to Wyoming fromthe College of Southern Idaho. Andersen is a product of Marist High School in Eugene, Oregon.
Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball Players of the Week: Nov. 21 ? Mary Apiafi (Sr., C/F)SDSU, Nov. 28 ? Jacque Johnson (Sr., G) CSU, Dec. 6 ? Erin Thorn (Fr., G) BYU, Dec. 13 ? AshleyAugspurger (Fr., F) CSU, Dec. 23 ? Linda Fr?hlich (So., F) UNLV, Jan. 3 ? Jamey Cox (Fr., G) SDSU,Jan. 10 ? Linda Fr?hlich (So., F) UNLV, Jan. 17 ? Jill Adams (Sr., F) BYU, Jan. 24 ? Rozalyn Russ(So., G) AFA, Jan. 31 ? Jessica Gibbs (Jr., F) WYO and Kristina Andersen (Jr., F) UTAH.