Aug. 28, 2002
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Eight teams that competed inpost-season play will highlight the 2002-03 Wyoming Cowgirl Basketballschedule, announced Thursday by Wyoming Athletic Department.
Brigham Young, Colorado, Colorado State, New Mexico, Texas Tech, UNLVand Weber State all competed in the NCAA Tournament a year ago, whileRice was a participant in the WNIT. The Cowgirls could possibly face theRice Owls in the second round of the Mt. McKinley North StarInvitational, in Fairbanks, Alaska, over the Thanksgiving weekend. Theywill also see the Colorado Buffaloes and the Texas Tech Lady Raidersearly in the season, as they will host the Buffaloes at home and TexasTech at the Wyoming Shootout on December 15. They will also have aregular home-and-away series with BYU, CSU, New Mexico and UNLV.
The schedule will open up with the Cowgirls playing the first six often games on the road, but they start of at home with an exhibition gameon Nov. 9 against Colorado School of Mines and then host Metro State, onThursday Nov 14, to begin the regular season. They will play in the Mt.McKinley North Star Invitational on Nov. 29-30, along with road gamesagainst Washington State, Eastern Washington, Cal State Northridge andTexas Tech in Casper.
The Cowgirls open up Mountain West Conference play on the road, Jan. 16and Jan. 18, against rivals Utah and Brigham Young. Their homeconference schedule will begin on Thursday, Jan. 23 against the AirForce Academy.
"This year's non-conference schedule is extremely competitive and willbe a great test for this veteran basketball team," said head coach CindyFisher. "We have succeeded in putting together these strongnon-conference match-up, which will prepare us for the highlycompetitive Mountain West Conference."
Fisher enters her fifth season with the Cowgirl Basketball Program. Shereturns four starters and 11 letterwinners to this year's squad,including Second Team All-MWC selection Carrie Bacon.