Sept. 8, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Seven teams that competed in post-season play will highlight the 2004-05 Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball schedule, announced Wednesday by the Wyoming Athletics Department.
Colorado, Kansas State, Montana and New Mexico all competed in the NCAA Tournament a year ago, while Colorado State, Idaho State and UNLV were participants in the WNIT. Two of the seven teams finished the season ranked in the final ESPN/USA today Coaches Poll. The Cowgirls will see the Kansas State Wildcats and the Colorado Buffaloes early in the season and then a couple of tough match-ups against Denver, Idaho State, Montana and Weber State. They will host Ohio University at the Wyoming Shootout, on December 11, in a double-header with the men. Wyoming will also have a regular home-and-away series with BYU, CSU, New Mexico, UNLV and Utah.
The schedule begins with the Cowgirls playing six of nine games at home, but they will have to open up the regular season on the road. Their first exhibition game will be Thursday November 4 against Adams State College in Laramie, then they start off the regular season on the road against Kansas State, on Friday Nov. 19, in Manhattan. The Cowgirls home opener will be on Sunday, November 21 as they welcome UC-Colorado Springs to Laramie followed by Denver, Northern Iowa, Colorado and Texas Pan AM. There will also be road games against Ohio University in Casper, Northern Colorado, Boise State, Idaho State, Montana and Sacramento State.
Wyoming will begin Mountain West Conference play one the road, January 13 and 15, against rivals Brigham Young and Utah. Their home conference schedule will begin on Thursday, January 20 againstUNLV followed by San Diego State on Saturday January 22.
"This year's schedule will be very challenging for a team that is still in the early stages of becoming a quality program," said head basketball coach Joe Legerski. "The most difficult stretch will be the two weeks after Christmas when we play seven straight games on the road, but we also look forward to the opportunity of playing nationally ranked teams like Kansas State and Colorado."
Head coach Joe Legerski enters his second season with the Cowgirl Basketball Program. He returns three starters and ten letterwinners to this year's squad, including 2003-04 First Team All-MWC selection Ashley Elliott.