June 24, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head basketballcoach Cindy Fisher announced today that Chassie and Cherrith Wiersma aretransferring from Oregon State University, and will attend theUniversity of Wyoming beginning in the fall of 2000.
The Wiersmas (pronounced Weirz ma) come to Wyoming after playing twoseasons for Oregon State University. Under NCAA transfer rules, theymust sit out next season. They will resume playing in the 2001-2002season, and will have two years of eligibility remaining. Here are thesignees:
Chassie Wiersma, 5-11, Shooting Guard, Central Point, Ore.:
A two-yearstarter at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore. She started in 50of 57 games in those two years. Wiersma averaged 6.9 points, 4.1rebounds and 2.2 assists this past season, and 6.3 points, 3.3 reboundsas a true freshman. An excellent shooter, she led the Beavers inthree-point (11-24, .458) and free throw shooting (53-64, .828), hersophomore year. At Crater High School in Central Point, Ore., she was aFirst Team All-State and a two-time All-Conference selection. She helpedher team a 24-3 record and the 4A state championship runner up spot as asenior. Coached in high school by David Heard. One of seven children ofBart and Ilene Wiersma. She selected Wyoming over several schoolsincluding New Mexico, Valparaiso, Utah and Gonzaga.
Cherrith Wiersma, 5-9, Point Guard, Central Point, Ore.:
Wiersmaaveraged 4.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and assists this past season at OregonState University. She was a two-year starter for the Beavers, startingin all 57 games as a freshman and sophomore. Along with her sister,were the only two players to start in every game in 1998-99. She led theBeavers in minutes played, averaging 25.5 per game. An honorable mentionAll-State selection as a senior at Crater High School, she helped herteam to the runner spot in the 4A state championship game. Wiersma wascoached by David Heard. The daughter of Bart and Ilene Wiersma, her twinsister Chassie will also join the Cowgirl squad this fall. She choseWyoming over several schools including Valparaiso, Utah, New Mexico andGonzaga.
"We are very excited about the addition of Cherrith and Chassie to ourprogram," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "To be able to add this kind ofexperience and talent to a young and skilled group of players is a hugeplus. They will have an immediate impact, not only on the Cowgirl squad,but on the University of Wyoming and in the Mountain West Conference."
The Wiersmas are the third and fourth student-athletes to sign withthe Cowgirls this season. The other signees include Brenda Pickup (5-7,Brush Prairie, Wash.) and Larissa Cordiano (5-10, Melbourne, Australia),who inked with the Cowgirls earlier this spring.