Aug. 2, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Six teams that competed in post-season play will highlight the 2005-06 Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball schedule, announced Tuesday by the Wyoming Athletics Department.
Kansas State, Montana, New Mexico, TCU and Utah all competed in the NCAA Tournament a year ago, while BYU and UNLV were participants in the WNIT. Kansas State was the only team to finish the season ranked in the final ESPN/USA today Coaches Poll. The Cowgirls will see the Colorado Buffaloes, Kansas State Wildcats and Montana Lady Grizzlies early in the season and then a couple of tough match-ups against Boise State, Denver, Northern Colorado, Sacramento State, Utah State and Weber State. They will host Chadron State at the Wyoming Shootout, on Saturday, December 17, in a double-header with the men. Wyoming will also have a regular home-and-away series with Air Force, BYU, Colorado State, New Mexico, UNLV, San Diego State, TCU and Utah.
The schedule begins with the Cowgirls playing five of seven games at home, including their home opener. They will have two exhibition games against Adams State College, Thursday, Nov. 3, and Metro State, Friday, Nov. 11 then they start off the regular season by hosting Sacramento State, Saturday, Nov. 19, at noon. Other home games include Boise State, Kansas State, Montana and Northern Colorado. The Cowgirls first road game will be on Monday, November 21 as they play the Colorado Buffaloes in Boulder. There will also be road games against Chadron State in Casper, Denver, Utah State and Weber State.
Wyoming will begin Mountain West Conference play with their first three of four games on the road, which will begin January 5, against UNLV, in Las Vegas, Nev. Their home conference schedule will begin on Saturday, Jan. 7 against Mountain West Conference newcomer TCU.
"This year's schedule will be a challenge for a team that consists mainly of freshmen and sophomores," said head basketball coach Joe Legerski. "We are still learning how to become a quality program and compete at a high level night in and night out. Mountain West Conference play will also present some unique challenges with the eliminations of travel partners this season."
Head coach Joe Legerski enters his third season with the Cowgirl Basketball Program. He returns three starters and 11 letterwinners to this year's squad, including Second Team All-MWC selection Hanna Zavecz and Honorable Mention All-MWC selection Erin Hicks.