Oct. 3, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Eight teams that competed in post-season play will highlight the 2003-04 Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball schedule, announced Friday by the Wyoming Athletic Department.
Brigham Young, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas Tech, Utah and Weber State all competed in the NCAA Tournament a year ago, while Colorado State and UNLV were participants in the WNIT. The Cowgirls will see the Colorado Buffaloes and the Texas Tech Lady Raiders early in the season and then a couple of tough match-ups against Northern Arizona and Weber State following Christmas break. They will host Montana State-Billings at the Wyoming Shootout, on December 13, in a double-header with the men. Wyoming will also have a regular home-and-away series with BYU, CSU, New Mexico and UNLV.
The schedule will open up with the Cowgirls playing five of nine games on the road including the first game of the year. They will open up the exhibition season, Thursday November 6, against Adams State College in Laramie, and then begin the regular season on the road against Denver University, on Saturday Nov. 22. There will also be road games against Colorado, Northern Iowa, Texas Tech, Weber State and Montana State-Billings in Casper. The Cowgirls home opener will be on Monday November 24 as they welcome Pac 10 opponent Washington State to Laramie. In all, they will host seven non-conference match-ups before beginning the regular conference season.
Wyoming will begin Mountain West Conference play at home, January 15 and 17, against rivals Utah and Brigham Young. Their road conference schedule will begin on Thursday, January 22 against
San Diego State followed by UNLV on Saturday January 24.
"This schedule will be extremely demanding for such a young team," said head basketball coach Joe Legerski. "We will have an opportunity to compete against eight teams that participated in post season a year ago. The most difficult stretch will be the two weeks after Christmas when we play six games in 14 days. We open up Mountain West Conference play with defending champion Utah and finish the season with five of our last seven games on the road. We will need our young players to step up in a hurry to be competitive with this type of competition."
Head coach Joe Legerski enters his first season with the Cowgirl Basketball Program. He returns two starters and seven letterwinners to this year's squad, including Honorable Mention All-MWC selection Ashley Elliott.